Cheesecake Parfaits

Cheesecake Parfait

Cheesecake Parfaits

servings: 6 to 8


  • 1 pound cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Assorted toppings such as fruit, preserves + cookies


  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until it is softened. Then add the powdered sugar and beat the mixture until it is smooth, scraping down the bowl to ensure there are no lumps.
  2. Add the lemon juice, vanilla extract, sour cream, heavy cream, and salt. Beat these ingredients until the mixture is very thick, about 5 minutes.
  3. Spoon the mixture into desired glasses, layering with toppings. Refrigerate the parfait until you are ready to serve it.
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Remember that time my friend, Zac Young, and I made cheesecake parfaits?

Still SO my fave!

I mean, blueberries are like “fruit caviar!”

Zac Young and Nikki Dinki

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4th of July Recipe Round Up



The 4th of July is just around the corner and that means fun, frolicking, and most importantly FOOD. Most years I find myself making sweet treats for my niece Lucy, as her birthday falls on the 4th. We all like to gather in Fire Island to celebrate as we sing happy birthday and watch the fire works.


To say Lucy loves dessert is an understatement, so I always try my best to put a smile on her sweet little sugar addicted face and make her some incredible treats. No matter what you are making this July 4th it should be easy, should make people smile and if it happens to also be red white and blue than even better. So here are some of my favorite July 4th recipes that will make your weekend that much more sweet.





Red, White + Blue Sangria  by Crista at Peace.Love.Quinoa

Let’s start this 4th of July with fizzy and refreshing white wine sangria's! In this recipe she finishes her sangria off with sparkling water; I think I'm going to skip that part and finish it with some bubbly champagne! The best part about sangria is you can use whatever wine, fruit and juice you like.


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Willa's Lemonade Cheesecakes



“Where have you been?”

“What have you been doing?”

“Why haven't you posted a new recipe?”


These are frequent questions from my readers. And I’d love to tell you all that I've been busy filming my own show, or that I couldn't come to the computer because I was elbow deep in tomato sauce, but the truth is sadly something very different.





At 40 weeks and 1 day pregnant my husband and I lost our little girl. Her heart just stopped, and we don't know why. We never got to hear her voice, or see her smile, or know what she looks like when she first wakes up. We never got to have all those “firsts” that we had excitedly anticipated.





We were ready for her: diapers unpacked, tiny clothes in her dresser and a place for her to rest her head right next to mommy. It was supposed to be the week we brought her home, the week we stumbled our way through parenthood, laughing as we put diapers on backwards and figuring out the difference between a “boppy” and a “breast-friend”.


But that's just not what happened.



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Half Recipe

(6-8 Individual Cheesecakes or 30 mini Cheeseccakes)

2 8oz Bars of Cream Cheese

1/3 and 1/2 Cup Sugar

1/8 Cup Corn Starch

1/8 Cup and 1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1.5Tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Egg

In a food processor or mixer combine 1 Bar of Cream Cheese, 1/3 Cup Sugar and 1/8 Corn Starch until combined. Add 1 more Bar of cream cheese and combine. Add Heavy Whipping Cream, 1/2 cup Sugarand Vanilla Extract and combine. Finally add 1 Egg and combine. Pour mixture into individual graham cracker crusts and bake in a water bath for 25-30min in a 350degree oven. Or pour batter into a mini muffin tin lined with paper cups and some graham cracker crust and bake for 10-15minutes,

Full Recipe

(8-9inch Spring Form Pan)

4 8oz Bars of Cream Cheese

2/3 and 1 Cup Sugar

1/4 Cup Corn Starch

3/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1 Tbs Vanilla Extract

2 Eggs

In a food processor or mixer place one 8-ounce package of the cream cheese, 1/3 cup of the sugar, and the cornstarch and combine. Then beat in the remaining 3 packages of cream cheese. Next add 1 1/3 cups of the sugar, the vanilla extract and heavy cream and combine. Blend in the eggs, one at a time, beating the bating only until completely blended. For an 8inch spring form cake bake about 1hr-1:15hr at 350 in a water bath.

Gluten-Free: Skip the graham cracker crust for a great gluten free dessert. Add some ground nuts to the top of the cheesecake if you still want a little crunch.


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