2 Fresh Berry Dessert Recipes

One of the best things about summer has to be the fact that fresh produce is available in such abundance! While you can purchase berries at your local supermarket year-round, there's just something extra-special about the flavor or the plump, sweet berries that you can get during the warmest months of the year. The next time you bring home fresh blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries, consider trying one of these tasty recipes!

Fresh Berry Cream Cheese Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 prepared graham cracker crust
  • 2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened (regular or reduced fat; avoid using fat-free)
  • ¾ cup of sugar or Splenda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • ¼ cup of blackberry or blueberry jam
  • 1 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup of fresh blueberries

Mixing and Cooking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the cream cheese in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until it is smooth. Gradually mix in the sugar or the Splenda, eggs, and vanilla, continuing to mix until it is thoroughly combined. Once the mixture is well-combined, add the berries and fold in gently using a spoon. Pour the cream cheese and berry mixture into the graham cracker crust. Spoon the jam over the top, using a fork to swirl the jam throughout the pie in a random motion.

Place the pie into the preheated oven and allow it to cook for 30 minutes. Cool the pie completely, then chill before serving. Be sure to store any leftovers in the refrigerator. It's best to refrigerate the pie overnight before serving as it will taste better the second day. If desired, garnish individual sliced with additional fresh berries.

3 Berry Cookie Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 roll of sugar cookie dough
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened (regular or reduced fat; avoid using fat-free)
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of Sugar, Splenda, or Truvia
  • 1 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup of fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries (cut into slices)

Preparation and Cooking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While oven is heating, place the cookie dough on a pizza pan or small cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and roll or press it into a single even layer to form a large cookie crust. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes, checking to be sure that the dough is cooked all the way through before removing from the oven to cool.

In the meantime, place the cream cheese, lemon juice, and your sweetener of choice in a bowl and beat together with an electric mixer until thoroughly combined and smooth. Once the cookie crust has cooled, place the cream cheese mixture on top of the crust and use a spatula to spread it over the crust in an even layer. (You are basically frosting the cookie crust with the cream cheese mixture).

Next, simply place the berries on top of the crust. You can arrange them carefully into a pattern of your choice or mix them together and sprinkle them randomly on top of the cream cheese. Refrigerate until time to serve. Cut into squares or wedges to serve.

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