Easy Lemon Cheesecake Parfait Recipe

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This Lemon Cheesecake Parfait recipe is the perfect no-bake dessert for Spring and Summer. If you like lemon desserts, you’ll love the bright citrus flavor and creamy texture of this simple and delicious treat. Part cheesecake, part mousse, this recipe is not only easier than traditional cheesecake, but prettier and tastier too!

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Three lemon cheesecake parfait desserts

Crushed Graham crackers are layered with a creamy lemon cheesecake mixture and topped with Cool Whip in these sweet and delicious no bake lemon cheesecake parfaits. One of our favorite lemon recipes, these parfaits have all the flavor and creamy texture of a delicious lemon cheesecake, without any baking required.

Served in individual serving dishes or wine glasses, they’re the perfect dessert option for your next summer party that will be loved by both kids and adults, and sure to win rave reviews at your next gathering.

No bake cheesecake recipes are just one of those desserts that are always a huge hit. They have all the delicious flavors of cheesecake but take just a fraction of the work. If you love them as much as we do, you’ll also want to try this light and fluffy No Bake Cheesecake With Cool Whip or this churro inspired Sopapilla Cheesecake!

Lemon Cheesecake parfait feature

Why We Love This Recipe

  • It’s Impressive – This is a great recipe for a special dinner or a fancy dinner party. It’s as rich and delicious as any cheesecake and it makes for a lovely presentation, yet it’s super quick and easy to make.
  • Make in Advance – These parfaits are best when chilled so you can make and assemble them a few hours in advance and then leave them in the fridge to chill. Then you can concentrate on the rest of your dinner or party, knowing that dessert is already done and ready to serve. The individual servings also make it super convenient for parties.
  • It’s Perfect for Spring – There’s something about lemon that always makes me think of Spring. The tangy flavor and tart sweetness of this dessert are so refreshing, and even the beautiful pale-yellow color seems perfect for spring. This recipe would be a great way to end a lovely outdoor dinner on a warm evening.

What’s Needed to Make Lemon Parfaits

Ingredients for lemon cheesecake parfait
  • Lemon instant pudding mix
  • Cream cheese
  • Milk
  • Cool whip
  • Graham crackers
  • Whipped cream for topping
  • Lemon slices- for garnish

How to Make No Bake Lemon Parfaits

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, whisk both boxes of pudding mix with 2 cups of milk (Note: this differs from the pudding box instructions).

Pudding and milk in mixing bowl

Step 2: Cut the cream cheese into cubes and add it to the pudding mixture.

Cream cheese combined with pudding mix

Step 3: Using a hand mixer, mix the cream cheese and the pudding mixture until well combined and then add the cool whip.

Cool whip mixed with lemon pudding mixture

Step 4: Mix in the cool whip until all ingredients are well combined.

Lemon pudding and cream cheese combined in mixing bowl

Step 5: Place the graham crackers in a food processor and blend them into crumbs. If you don’t have a food processor, you can put them in a gallon Ziploc bag and crush them by hand or with a rolling pin.

Graham crackers in food processor

Step 6: Add a layer of graham cracker crumbs to your parfait glass.

Graham cracker crumbs divided amongst glasses

Step 7: Top the graham crackers with a layer of the lemon cheesecake mixture.

Glasses with lemon cheesecake added

Step 8: Add another layer of graham crackers.

Second graham cracker layer for parfaits

Step 9: Add a final layer of the lemon cheesecake filling.

Final cheesecake layer for lemon parfaits

Step 10: Top with whipped cream and fresh lemon wedges or wheels. Enjoy!

Makes 3 larger parfaits or 4 smaller servings.

Lemon cheesecake and graham crackers layered into glasses

Tips and Tricks for the Best No Bake Cheesecake Parfaits

  • For an extra fancy presentation, serve in a wine glass or a wide champagne flute. Small mason jars would work well too. Then you can garnish them with some fresh mint leaves and some candy lemon slices.
  • To get that perfect layered look without smearing any of the cheesecake mixture on the edge of the glass, use a plastic bag. Spoon the mixture into the bag then cut off a corner and use it like a piping bag, squeezing the cheesecake through the bag into your glass. If you have an actual piping bag, that works too!
  • Try new flavors! By simply switching the pudding mix, you can change the flavor of this dessert. If lemon isn’t your favorite, try banana cream, pistachio, or even butterscotch. We also love this Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfait for fall! If you want to switch up the cookie crumbs, cinnamon grahams would be delicious with banana pudding, and shortbread cookies work with just about any flavor.
  • Make your own sweetened whipped cream with heavy whipping cream. Then just mix in a little fresh lemon juice and a drop of vanilla extract for an extra flavorful topping.
Lemon cheesecake parfait with lemon slices

What Can I Serve with These?

With a variety of flavors and textures, this dessert is amazing on its own and really doesn’t need anything else. But, like any good cheesecake, it pairs well with fresh berries. Feel free to add a layer of fresh strawberries, raspberries or fresh blueberries, they’d taste amazing with the lemon flavors in this recipe.

You could also add a layer of tart lemon curd or a little store-bought blueberry sauce or strawberry sauce. Or you could even add a drizzle of this Homemade Blueberry Syrup on top of the cheesecake mixture before adding your whipped cream.

Lemon Cheesecake Parfait topped with whipped cream and lemon

How Do I Store Lemon Parfaits?

These parfaits are best eaten the same day they are made, but if you do have leftovers, you can cover them and keep them in the fridge for a day or so. Small airtight containers like mason jars work best if you think you’ll have leftovers. You can also cover them with some plastic wrap.

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Lemon Cheesecake Parfait


Author Lisa O’Driscoll | Fun Money Mom
Course Desserts & Sweets
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Love lemon-y desserts? This delicious Lemon Cheesecake Parfait is both easy and delicious and is sure to become your new favorite no-bake dessert recipe!

Ingredients
 

  • 2 boxes lemon instant pudding mix 3.4 ounce size
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces cool whip
  • 18 graham crackers
  • Whipped cream or extra Cool Whip for topping
  • Fresh lemon slices for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk both boxes of pudding mix with 2 cups of milk (Note: this differs from the pudding box instructions).
    2 boxes lemon instant pudding mix, 2 cups milk
  • Cut the cream cheese into cubes and add it to the pudding mixture.
    8 ounces cream cheese
  • Using a stand or hand mixer, mix the cream cheese and the pudding mixture until well combined and then add the cool whip.
  • Mix in the cool whip until all ingredients are well combined.
    8 ounces cool whip
  • Place the graham crackers in a food processor and blend them into crumbs. If you don’t have a food processor, you can put them in a gallon Ziploc bag and crush them by hand or with a rolling pin.
    18 graham crackers
  • Add a layer of graham cracker crumbs to your parfait glass.
  • Top the graham crackers with a layer of the lemon cheesecake mixture.
  • Add another layer of graham crackers.
  • Add a final layer of the lemon cheesecake filling.
  • Top with whipped cream and fresh lemon wedges or wheels. Enjoy!
    Whipped cream or extra Cool Whip for topping, Fresh lemon slices for garnish

Notes

  • To make these look extra special, serve them in a wine glass or a wide champagne flute. Small mason jars would work well too. Then you can garnish them with some fresh mint leaves and some candy lemon slices.
  • Make these parfaits in shot glasses for cute mini-desserts.
  • To get that perfect layered look without getting cheesecake mixture on the edge of the glass, use a plastic bag or piping bag instead of spooning it in.
  • Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 797kcal | Carbohydrates: 115g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 923mg | Potassium: 433mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 1058IU | Calcium: 318mg | Iron: 3mg
    The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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    2 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      So I made this for our parents for dessert, it was great! I did not do the graham cracker part since we had leftovers, I knew it would be soggy. This was amazing, quick & so delicious! Will definitely make again! My Dad loved it so I’m going to make it in a nice bowl for him. I garnished them w/a lemon or shortbread cookie as I served them. Thanks for the easy dessert!

      1. You’re very welcome! I’m so happy to hear that everyone enjoyed it so much!

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