Monday, May 10, 2010

Lemon-Raspberry Mousse Squares

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mothers Day weekend!  I didn't chose to sleep in, have breakfast brought to me in bed or get a pedi or facial. All I wanted was to make a few appetizers from my ever increasing list of things to make, while spending the day with family. So that's just what I did. 

I made a dip, 4 appetizers & 1 dessert. I prepped whatever I could in advance & since I was bringing out an appie every hour or so I had time in between. I could just live on appies, can't you?! 

This dessert was definitely a hit & perfect for the hot summer to come. Easy to make, in under a 1/2 hour, pretty to look at & delicious to boot. Light & lemony but not too much, it was perfect!


{ Printable Recipe Here }

48 reduced fat Nilla Wafers

3/4 cup boiling water
1 3oz pkg lemon flavor gelatin
1 cup ice cubes
8oz pkg reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp lemon zest
8oz Cool Whip Free
1/3 cup raspberry preserves
1 1/2 cups fresh fruit such as strawberries, kiwi, raspberries

tand 16 wafers around edge of plastic wrap-lined 8 inch square pan. 

(You can see they hardly stand up but just see my notes on that)

dd boiling water to gelatin mix; stir 2 min until completely dissolved. Stir in ice until melted.

eat next 3 ingredients in large bowl with mixer until blended. Gradually beat in gelatin. Whisk in 2 cups Cool Whip.

our half the gelatin mixture into prepared pan; cover with 16 wafers. Microwave preserves on high for 15 sec or until melted. Brush onto wafers. 

Top with remaining gelatin mixture and wafers.

efrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Invert dessert onto plate. Top with remaining Cool Whip and fruit.

I didn't take a picture of it once cut so here's an idea of how pretty it is.

{ Food for Thought }

The wafers won't want to stand at first so just keep the upright as much as possible. When pouring the 1st half of the gelatin mixture stop halfway & let the mixture act as the glue to keep the wafers up. You may have to adjust them more & stand them up as the pan gets filled.

{ Linking Deliciously to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday }


Jen said...

This looks fabulous!

I am so glad that you had a good mother's day. I spent mine cooking too. :)

SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

that looks really refreshing! a perfect spring dessert.

Brenda said...

I wonder how this would be with sugar free jello and low fat cream cheese? Then it would be a nice low cal dessert.

I could live on appetizers. Sometimes thats all we order when we go out.

Kristina P. said...

This looks absolutely perfect for sping/summer.

Just Breathe said...

Thank you so much. Lemon and raspberries are my favorites. I just printed out the recipe.

Tender Branson said...

That's a beautiful looking mousse. I love the combo of lemon and raspberry so I can't wait to give this one a whirl.

Pam said...

Wow, wow, wow! This looks so pretty and totally delicious. Nicely done.

Jessica said...

I almost just licked my computer screen. I think I need to make this!!!!

Glad you had a great Mother's Day!!!

Life with Kaishon said...

I am so glad you had a wonderful mothers day : ) You are a great mama to your sweet son AND to the doggy :) The dessert looks great. Gary wants bannana pudding soon. I bought the wafers. I have to get on that : )

Tiffany said...

Maybe I didn't tell you that I am on a 28 day cleanse.

I know you would never think to post such goodness if you knew....

Natalie... said...

Oh wow this looks amazing, i bet it was so so tasty!

Chef E said...

I guess I am glad to know I am not the only person who spent MD cooking :)

What a cool dessert, you just jetted me back a few years to the land of my mom's cook books! Also it strikes me as the beginnings of banana pudding too, who would have thought there was more to use those vanilla wafers for than peanut butter sandwiches :)

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

That looks so pretty! It sounds very tasty too - and perfect for summer.

Maria said...

Perfect summer dessert! Saving this one for when it warms up!

jsprik said...

hi steph!! sorry i dont make it here very often..i am going to put you on my bloggy friend list!! :) this looks amazing and yummy too!! :) thnx!

Sara said...

This looks really good...and refreshing! You're right - perfect for summer!
Glad you had a good Mother's Day! And yes, I could eat appetizers all the time. Love em. In fact, that's what we did for Mother's Day dinner :)

Sara said...

This looks really good...and refreshing! You're right - perfect for summer!
Glad you had a good Mother's Day! And yes, I could eat appetizers all the time. Love em. In fact, that's what we did for Mother's Day dinner :)

FROGGITY! said...

i too could live on apples. i seriously have an apple a day!! but i don't want my doc to go away... he lives here... :)

this is GORGEOUS! would be perfect in this weather.

Sherry said...

This sounds amazing and definitely a spring/summer dessert! :D Lemon and raspberries are a perfect combination!

Tami (Pixeltrash) said...

Yummy!!! That looks really good. I may have to try it sometime.

FROGGITY! said...

LOL!!!! appies!!! yeah... you can tell i am sleep deprived and trying to read like 16 blogs at once... i haven't had time to sit down and read until today! on top of it i have total mom brain...

promise to be more attentive to detail when i finally get a chance to rest...

but seriously, this is gorgeous. when and if i ever have time, i am so gonna make some of these recipes of yours!!

and i do love apples... ha

Mommy2Twinkies-Deb said...

Yum! Looks great as always. Happy Mother's Day!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Looks delicious. What dips and apps did you make? I have a party this weekend and I'm looking for a great dip. Any ideas?

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner?

Ms Bibi said...

Those looks so absolutely delicious.
Me and gelatin don't get along for some reason, but I will follow your great instructions and try it.

ModernMom said...

That is simply beautiful! Almost looked to good to eat:)

simpledaisy said...

Looks super summery:)
I love anything fruity:)

Ronda said...

What a refreshing dessert, and beautiful too!! Looks perfect for summer. Yes, I too could live on appetizers!

Beach House Living said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm always thinking about food and will need to remind myself to visit after I've eaten something!

elra said...

Oh dear, it can't be more pretty than this dessert. Look gorgeous, and I can imagine how delicious it tastes.

Kristin said...

YUM...I had a lemon raspberry tier in my wedding cake and am pretty much addicted to that combo of flavors!

Healthy. Happy. Well. said...

woo! That picture is ridiculously enticing. It looks delectable!

The Blonde Duck said...

IT looks so fluffy!

Kerstin said...

What an easy and yummy dessert! Glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

angie said...

Happy Mother's Day.

A bit late. :)

You are my favorite cook. You know that, right? :)

Cinnamon-Girl said...

This looks positively heavenly! You make some of the best desserts!

Duchess said...

That dessert looks amazing! It looks great for a picnic too! Thanks for sharing!

Katie P said...

This looks so delicious, and so easy! Found you on SITS :)

Katie P

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