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Lemonade Cheesecake Parfaits

 Lemonade Cheesecake Parfaits
My friends like the tartness of the pink lemonade layer against the sweetness of the cheesecake layer. For a pretty look, I top the parfaits with crushed pomegranate seeds and lemon zest. —Teena Petrus, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
6 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2 whole graham crackers, crushed
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 teaspoons grated lemon peel, divided
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/4 cups cold water
  • 1 tablespoon grenadine syrup
  • Dash salt

Directions

  • Divide graham crackers among six dessert dishes. In a small saucepan,
  • combine the cream, 1 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
  • Sprinkle 1 envelope of gelatin over cream mixture; let stand for 1
  • minute or until softened. Heat over low heat, stirring until gelatin
  • and sugar are completely dissolved.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in gelatin
  • mixture. Stir in 1 teaspoon lemon peel and vanilla. Pour into
  • glasses over graham crackers, about 1/2 cup in each. Cover and
  • refrigerate until firm.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the water, grenadine, salt and remaining
  • sugar and lemon juice. Sprinkle remaining gelatin over water

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Lemonade Cheesecake Parfaits (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • mixture; let stand for 1 minute. Heat over low heat, stirring until
  • gelatin and sugar are completely dissolved. Pour 2 tablespoons
  • mixture into each parfait glass. Cover and refrigerate until firm.
  • Refrigerate remaining grenadine mixture until syrupy, about 30
  • minutes. With a hand mixer, beat until frothy. Divide among glasses.
  • Cover and refrigerate until firm. Garnish with remaining lemon peel.
  • Yield: 6 parfaits.
Nutritional Facts: 1 parfait equals 449 calories, 18 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 62 mg cholesterol, 193 mg sodium, 67 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 7 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.