Sunday, December 29, 2019

Raspberry Dreamsicle Dessert

For the holidays we always try to have fancy schmancy desserts. Okay, if we're being honest, we like to have fancy schmancy desserts ALL THE TIME. I mean.... desserts are the best, am I right?
This dreamsicle dessert looks so pretty and tastes delicious and is so rich that a small piece goes a long way. That makes this 9 x 13 dessert perfect for family gatherings and potlucks! I went with raspberry juice and raspberry Jello so it would be Christmas-y but you can use orange juice and orange Jello for another delicious flavor. 
You dirty a few dishes with this one but it's all worth it in the end!

Raspberry Dreamsicle Dessert

Bottom Layer
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 Tbsp melted butter

Raspberry Layer
1 cup raspberry juice
2 pkgs raspberry Jello
1 pkg cream cheese, room temp
2 cups Cool Whip

Pudding Layer
1 pkg cream cheese, room temp
1 cup milk
2 lkg vanilla instant pudding
2 cups Cool Whip

Top Layer
remaining Cool Whip

Prepare bottom layer - mix together crumbs and butter and press into a 9 X 13 pan. Chill the pan while you prepare the next layer. 

Prepare raspberry layer - microwave the raspberry juice for 2 minutes (almost boiling). Whisk in the 2 pkgs of raspberry Jello. Set aside. In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth, scraping sides as needed. Very slowly pour the jello into the cream cheese, beating well between additions. Beat until smooth. Whisk in 2 cups of Cool Whip until smooth. Pour over the bottom layer. Let chill while you prepare the next layer. 

Prepare pudding layer - beat cream cheese until smooth, scraping sides of bowl as needed.Very slowly beat in the milk, scraping bowl between additions. Beat until smooth. Beat in 2 pkg of vanilla pudding. Lastly, beat in the 2 cups of Cool Whip. Spoon onto the raspberry layer and then smooth out evenly. 

Top with the remaining Cool Whip (usually about 1 - 2 cups), spreading evenly. Then top with fresh raspberries. 

Let chill until ready to serve - at least a couple of hours. 

If you want to make the orange version - instead of placing raspberries on top, I like to grate some orange rind over the whipped topping. Not as bold as the berries, but still beautiful!

I loved the texture of this dessert - so smooth and creamy. Sue, not so much. She found the Jello layer too spongy for her liking. To each their own! I know the orange version is just as delicious but I have yet to try any other flavor.... maybe lemon or lime or even grape?? Something I will be keeping in mind for the spring! A fun colorful dessert that works for holidays or every day! 

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