Easy & Quick to Make Summery Berry Dessert in a Glass

One of my favorite no-bake desserts during the summer months

Summer time is for quick and easy to make very berry desserts that are light but still delicious. That is what I think. Do you agree? :) Of course there is also time for cakes and all other kind of delicious things with those available summer fruits and berries. However, sometimes the weather is so hot that you just cannot imagine baking anything, but that doesn´t change the fact that you want to enjoy something sweet after your meal. That is what this great and versatile dessert is made for, those exact moments :)

Apart from making this dessert during summer months, I tend to make this also when I have some leftover berries and jam from making a cake and I want to enjoy something sweet after a meal. I must say, making this dessert on a regular week evening, to enjoy with your loved ones, makes the day a little special :) And I find these kind of little things great! :) Oh, back to the dessert. So if you tend to bake quite a lot, then you probably have the ingredients for this dessert in your fridge almost at all times. You need some whipping cream and cream cheese, or you can also use some thick yogurt or quark instead of the cream cheese. If you want to make it healthier, you can even leave the cream out, it will still taste good. Then you just need some cookies that you like and jam. Even these two can be replaced by some leftover cake base or ladyfingers, and crushed berries instead of jam. So really, this dessert can be made with so many different things and you can make it a bit different every single time.

In this specific recipe I am using some whole wheat butter cookies (I LOOOVE them in desserts and as a cheesecake base), some greek style cream cheese (I do also really like the version with greek yougurt instead of the cream cheese), whipping cream, raspberry jam and fresh strawberries. I would have preferred to use strawberry jam with strawberries, but I didn´t have any, so that´s the only reason I went with raspberry.  

I often doubt whether I should share this kind of really simple recipes, but when my boyfriend said he loves this dessert after having it for the first time and then he also said he loves these kind of desserts whenever I make them, I thought, why keep it to myself, even if it is very simple :) So I really hope you will also enjoy it as much and let me know if you try some other combinations of fruit or berries :)

Enjoy!

P.S. If you wonder how I got it to look so perfectly layered for the photos, my secret was, I took more time for layering than in the below video tutorial and I also used a piping bag for the cream :) But hey, only for the sake of the photo, I don´t normally do so.

Step by Step Video

RECIPE

Summery Berry Dessert in a Glass

Simple & easy to make light summer dessert

​INGREDIENTS

  • 9-10 whole wheat butter cookies

  • 8-10tsp strawberry/raspberry jam

  • about 10 medium strawberries

 

  • 100g cream cheese, thick natural flavoured yogurt or quark

  • 100g whipping cream (30% fat)

  • 1tsp vanilla paste or extract

  • 2tsp sugar

  • fresh mint for decoration (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Start by crushing the cookies in a blender or in a plastic bag using a pastry roller.

  2. Soften the cream cheese in a medium bowl with the vanilla paste and sugar. Whip the cream until stiff peaks and add half of the cream to the cream cheese and fold in until its almost combined. Add the rest of the cream and continue folding in until combined.

  3. Wash the strawberries, remove the green parts and cube them into fairly small pieces.

  4. Take two small dessert glasses (250ml) and add a layer of crushed cookies to the bottom of each glass, about 3-4 teaspoons for each. Then add 2-3 teaspoons of jam on top so that the cookie layer is covered with jam. Next make a layer of strawberries and top with some of the cream. Repeat all the previous steps to make a second layer.

  5. Decorate with some very fine crushed cookies, some more strawberries and fresh mint.

  6. Refrigerate the desserts for at least 1-2 hours so that the cookie crush has time to absorb the moisture from the jam and the cream and becomes soft and flavourful.

  7. Serve cold.

 

TIP. If the jam you are using is not runny, but is more of a marmalade consistency, mix in some hot water to make it runnier, before you use it for this dessert. This will help the jam to be better absorbed by the crushed cookies.

TIP. You can use any berries or fruits that you like for this dessert and you can also use any other jam. I sometimes also use leftover cake base or lady fingers instead of the crushed cookies.

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