Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lemon Lush Parfaits

Nothing says summer like lemons.  The smell, the taste and the color of lemons makes me feel happy and summery.  That is why Lemon Lush is one of my favorite summertime desserts.  That is also why I had to make it into a parfait because everything is better served in a tiny little glass container.  

Oops, I accidentally left out the milk in this picture, so sorry. 

I must apologize for the very few ingredients this recipe requires.  If you are looking for something that takes countless hours and a million steps to create than this is not it.  Which makes it even more wonderful in my book.  To make these little beauties you will need...

1 3/4 cup milk
8oz cream cheese softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
3.4oz instant lemon pudding mix 
10 Pecan Sandy cookies crushed
1 cup whipped cream

This makes about 12 mini parfaits or 6 regular sized depending on the size of your glass.

First crush the cookies in a plastic bag until they are nice and crumbly.  

Next whisk the cream cheese until smooth and then stir in the powdered sugar.  Keep mixing until there are no lumps.

In a medium sized bowl with a wire whisk or an electric mixer combine the milk and instant pudding mix.  Mix them for 2 minutes or until the pudding sets up and thickens.  It will be a little thicker than normal pudding.

Before continuing you can place the ingredients into piping bags.  This step is not required but I find it much easier and less messy to put everything into the piping bags rather than spooning it into containers.  If you are making regular parfaits you can probably just spoon the ingredients into the glass.  However for the tiny mini parfait glasses or dessert shot glasses piping bags are your best bet.  

For the first layer spoon in about 2 Tablespoons of cookie crumbs (or however much you need to cover the bottom) into the bottom of the glass.  

Next spoon or pipe the cream cheese layer over the cookie crumbs.  I know it doesn't look very pretty but it doesn't really matter since it's about to get covered up anyway.  

Now here comes the sunshine.  Spoon or pipe the delicious lemon pudding layer over the cream cheese mixture.  Feel free to lick the spoon here if you have too.  

For the finishing touch apply a generous dollop of whipped cream to the top, in whatever fashion you like.  Easy peezy lemon squeezy!  Enjoy!

Printable recipe card here.