Berry Cheesecake Mousse Cups

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Berry Cheesecake Mousse Cups start with a buttery NILLA wafer crust. The crust is layered with fluffy whipped cheesecake mousse and then topped with plenty of fresh fruit.

This dessert is perfect for Easter or any other spring and summer event when berries are at their best. I love the bright berry flavor and the crunch of the crust works perfectly with the creamy mousse.

This post has been sponsored by NILLA Wafers. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Berry Cheesecake Mousse Cups are an Easter favorite! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

When NILLA wafers asked me to create a recipe to highlight how awesome their wafer cookies are, I just grinned. Could there be a more fun brand to partner with for a recipe?

My first memory of NILLA wafers is probably from around the age of 5. I was sitting in a classroom and I was beyond excited with our snacks that day. I’m pretty sure there was a cup of juice and a couple of NILLA wafers in front of me and it just thrilled my dessert-loving heart.

NILLA Wafers are a universal favorite for kids and adults. Find out how to use them in the perfect Easter recipe!

My desserts and sweet snacks may have gotten a little more sophisticated over the years (okay, maybe not always) but there’s still something immensely satisfying about the classic vanilla flavor that shines through with the original NILLA wafers.

Fortunately, they’re every bit as popular today as they were years ago and you can find NILLA wafers at your local Kroger store.

When I started thinking about flavors to pair with these crispy wafer cookies, I immediately thought of cheesecake. But I wanted something extra fun for spring and for our Easter dessert.

Berry Cheesecake Mousse pairs perfectly with a crispy NILLA wafer crust!

There aren’t even words for how much I adore this lightly whipped strawberry cheesecake mousse. I’ve made endless variations of it and so many of my favorite no-bake recipes start with these basic ingredients.

Cream cheese + heavy cream + sugar? There’s honestly nothing that can go wrong with that combination. When you add in the awesomeness of a classic NILLA wafer, you’ve got a winner of a dessert.

NILLA wafers and Berry Cheesecake Mousse Cups make a terrific Easter dessert. Get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

For these Berry Cheesecake Mousse Cups, I added a generous handful of fresh berries and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to that fluffy whipped mousse. Melted butter and crushed NILLA wafers form the simple crust.

Top each little dish with another wafer cookie or two and a handful of fresh berries. You’ll have a winner of a dessert on your hands in no time.

Berry Cheesecake Mousse Cups are the ideal dessert for spring parties and Easter dinner too!

KITCHEN TIP: Keep in mind that the sweetness of the fresh berries will determine the flavor and sweetness of the dessert.

Berry Cheesecake Mousse Cups

4 regular servings, or 8 miniature servings (miniature serving sizes are pictured)
¾ cup fresh berries: blueberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries, and/or blackberries
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
8 ounces soft cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup heavy cream, divided
16 NILLA wafers
2 tablespoons butter
For topping: fresh berries and NILLA wafers for topping

Place the berries and lemon juice in a small food processor or alternatively in a small mixing bowl. Pulse with a food processor to smash and puree the berries or smash them with a potato masher or a fork until pureed.

Place the cream cheese, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the berry mixture and beat to combine. Add the cream and beat again, until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Place the NILLA wafers in a freezer zip-close bag, remove excess air, and seal. Smash with a rolling pin or the flat side of a measuring cup until fine crumbs form. Place the butter in a small glass bowl and melt in the microwave, this should only take about 20 seconds.

Add the wafer crumbs to the butter and stir with a fork to combine. Divide the buttery crumbs into small serving dishes and press lightly with your fingers to form a crust. Spoon the berry mousse mixture over the crusts.

Top with NILLA wafers and the berries of your choice. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Berry Cheesecake Mousse Cups are the ideal dessert for spring parties and Easter dinner too!

Berry Cheesecake Mousse Cups

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Creamy berry mousse, fresh berries, and a crisp NILLA wafer crust make up these sweet treats!
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 miniature servings OR (4) large servings

Ingredients 

  • 3/4 cup fresh berries
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 16 NILLA wafers
  • 2 tablespoons butter

FOR TOPPING:

  • fresh berries
  • NILLA wafers

Instructions

  • Place the berries and lemon juice in a small food processor or alternatively in a small mixing bowl. Pulse with a food processor to smash and puree the berries or smash them with a potato masher or a fork until pureed.
  • Place the cream cheese, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the berry mixture and beat to combine. Add the cream and beat again, until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Place the NILLA wafers in a freezer zip-close bag, remove excess air, and seal. Smash with a rolling pin or the flat side of a measuring cup until fine crumbs form. Place the butter in a small glass bowl and melt in the microwave, this should only take about 20 seconds. Add the wafer crumbs to the butter and stir with a fork to combine. 
  • Divide the buttery crumbs into small serving dishes and press lightly with your fingers to form a crust. Spoon the berry mousse mixture over the crusts. Top with NILLA wafers and the berries of your choice. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

Keep in mind that the sweetness of the fresh berries will determine the flavor and sweetness of the dessert.

Nutrition

Calories: 285kcal · Carbohydrates: 24g · Protein: 2g · Fat: 20g · Saturated Fat: 11g · Cholesterol: 59mg · Sodium: 242mg · Potassium: 68mg · Sugar: 18g · Vitamin A: 695IU · Vitamin C: 1.8mg · Calcium: 37mg · Iron: 0.1mg
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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Lee says

    I made this for Easter and everyone loved it from ages 78 to 3. It was both light and delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us. We loved it. Will make again and again,5 stars