Such a pretty dessert, isn’t it? So light and fluffy! It looks like it could be served at a froo-froo Victorian Tea Party! Or maybe a little girl’s Princess Birthday Party! My hubby requests this often – – so maaayyybe I ought to say….“or a manly-man garage party involving football games and burping contests?” Kinda sucks the “froo-froo” right out of it, doesn’t it?! Ha!
I think I just like it for special occasions and out on the deck in the summertime, myself. 😉 And though it’s a most welcome, cool and creamy treat when it’s hot out, it’s just as welcome after a hearty wintertime meal, too. Especially after a spicy-hot Mexican dish or piping hot bowl of chili! The cool lime just dances on your tongue ever so lightly, chills, cleanses the palate, and is quickly followed by a slight cheesecake flavor. The crust is just a standard graham cracker crust, but you could use shortbread cookies, vanilla wafers, or any plain-flavored cookie. A pretzel crust might be fun for a slightly salty margarita-style dessert, too. Simply replace half of the water with tequila, and it’s a party! As a matter of fact, you can play to your heart’s content with this one and experiment with any flavor of jell-o (and liquors!) your stores carry. (I see daiquiris, mimosas, sangrias and mojitos in my near future…)
They have a lot of crazy flavors and colors now that the kiddos would really enjoy, too! So just run with it and have a blast! Cut down on a few calories and grams of fat by subbing neufchâtel cheese and sugar-free jell-o if you’d like. It’s just as good! And even the kidlets won’t notice the difference! 😉
Spring is right around the corner, though it sure doesn’t feel like it right now, but it’ll be here before we know it and this is a perfect dessert for bridal showers, baby showers, wedding rehearsal dinners, and holidays such as Easter. So be sure to Pin It to a board that you like to save it so you won’t forget it. This easy dessert has been a favorite with us for many years and will continue to be for many, many more! I have a feeling it’ll be a favorite of yours soon, too. 😉 Have a wonderful day all! 😀 Enjoy!!
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LIME CHIFFON CHEESECAKE DESSERT
Makes one 13×9 pan
For the Crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
For the Filling:
1 (3 oz.) box lime jell-o, (*can sub sugar-free)
1 cup boiling water
12 oz. cream cheese, softened, (*can sub neufchâtel or low-fat cream cheese)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (16 oz.) tub Cool Whip, thawed, (*can sub Lite)
whipped cream, thin lime slices and maraschino cherries for garnish if desired
Mix crust ingredients, save aside 2 tablespoons. Press rest on bottom of 13×9 greased glass dish or pan.
Dissolve jell-o in boiling water, cool.
In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar. Beat in vanilla, slowly beat in jell-o. Stir/fold in Cool Whip. Stir in 3-4 drops green food coloring if you’d like to make it more green in color.
Spoon over crust, smooth top. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs. Chill until set, 3 hours or overnight. Serve topped with more Cool Whip or Reddi-Wip, a thin lime slice, and a maraschino cherry if desired.