Cherry Cheesecake Parfait

By: Marge Perry & David Bonom


4 cups of frozen unsweetened cherries thawed
1/3 cup of sugar
1 tsp of cornstarch
1/2 tsp of lemon zest
1/2 tsp of vanilla
8 oz of light cream cheese
1 cup of light sour cream
1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar
10 chocolate wafer cookies finely crumbled


  1. Combine the cherries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon zest in a saucepan. Cook over low heat until thickened. Cool.
  2. Meanwhile, use an electric mixer or food processor to combine the vanilla, cream cheese and sour cream. With the machine running, slowing mix in the confectioners sugar.
  3. To assemble: fill each of four large wine goblets or parfait glasses with the layers, starting with a spoonful of the cheese mixture, then crumbs, followed by a layer of the cherries. Continue the pattern, using the remaining ingredients. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes, or make up to a day in advance.