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Valentine’s Day Raspberry Cheesecake Parfaits

Valentine’s Day is the sweetest of holidays. That means sharing delicious desserts with the ones you love. These Valentine’s Day Raspberry Cheesecake Parfaits will become one of your favorite sweet treats.

I love great recipes that are also easy to make and a feast for the eyes. Raspberry Cheesecake Parfaits feature fresh raspberries as a garnish – making it the “cherry on top”.

It’s always nice when fresh fruit is included in a dessert recipe.

Even better, you can make this Raspberry Cheesecake Parfait ahead of time; in fact, the day before is great.

A Pinterest Valentine’s Day Dessert Challenge

For the first Pinterest Challenge of the year, our hostess, Cindy of County Road 407, chose Valentine’s Day recipes as our theme.

We don’t have a Pinterest image as our inspiration. My fellow participants and I could pick any Valentine’s recipe we liked.

Are you coming over from Renae at Peacock Ridge Farm? I love her charcuterie board.

My Valentine’s Day Recipe Inspiration

As I searched through my recipe files for a dessert recipe suitable for Valentine’s Day, I knew two of my favorite ingredients had to be present: chocolate and raspberries. Both these ingredients are iconic for this special holiday.

Then I started browsing through one of my favorite magazines, Tea Time. I’ve subscribed to Tea Time for 20 years. I love their small bites, salads, soups, and small dessert recipes. I found a recipe called Rosy Cheesecake Parfaits.

When it comes to desserts, I love mini desserts. I find most people love sweets, but prefer small portions. Mini desserts are the perfect size for a small treat.

This cheesecake recipe is served in a small “jar”, which I had plenty of. For my parfait glasses, I used these little “shot glasses”. They are about 2 1/2 inches tall and about 1 3/4 inches in diameter.

I used them in cooking classes and in small catered events many times.

small shot glasses

I bought 4 sets of these 6-count shot glasses at World Market.

These small glasses can be used in so many ways, especially for parties.

  • chocolate mousse
  • ice cream
  • buillion
  • gazpacho

I also have a set of small spoons for use with the shot glasses.

small spoons

To include chocolate and raspberries in my recipe, I had to make two changes to the original recipe:

The original recipe called for a graham cracker crust. Since I wanted chocolate in my recipe, I used chocolate wafer crumbs – which I just happened to have in the freezer.

Secondly, instead of the culinary rose petals as a garnish, I substituted raspberries. Now I was ready to begin making the Raspberry Cheesecake Parfaits.

I knew that this sweet treat would not be too sweet.

Making the Raspberry Cheesecake Parfaits: Prep and Crust

Step 1 – Gather your ingredients. This essential first step is called mise en place (everything in its place).

Raspberry Cheesecake Parfait ingredients

You’ll also need a few tools to gather: small dishes for your ingredients, a citrus juicer, a tart taper, and measuring spoons and measuring cups

Raspberry Cheesecake Parfait tools

Step 2 – Measure all your ingredients.

Raspberry Cheesecake Parfait ingredients

Step 3 – Make the crust. The easiest way to do this is to place your chocolate wafers in your food processor and pulse until you have fine crumbs.

TIP: Save any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. They will keep in the freezer for months.

In a small bowl, combine 5 tablespoons of the chocolate wafer crumbs with 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar. Stir to combine.

Melt 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter and stir into the crumbs, mixing well.

Step 4 – Divide the crumb mixture among the 6 shot glasses, about 1 tablespoon each.

Step 5 – Use a tart taper to gently press down on the chocolate wafer crumb mixture. Set the shot glasses aside.

I love my tart taper. It has two ends with two different sizes. It makes getting a smooth crust for a parfait or tart so easy.

Making the Raspberry Cheesecake Parfaits: Filling and Garnish

Step 1 – In the bowl of a mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, 4 tablespoons of granulated sugar, rose water, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Beat with the paddle attachment at medium-high speed until smooth and creamy.

NOTE: You won’t taste the lemon, vanilla extract, or rose water, but the combined flavors add to the richness to the cheesecake mixture.

NOTE: I tried using my immersion blender to mix the cheesecake filling. The mixture was too thick so I switched to my Kitchen Aid stand mixer.

Step 2 – Switch to the whisk attachment and add the chilled heavy whipping cream. Beat on high speed until mixture thickens and forms stiff peaks, approximately 3 minutes.

Step 3 – Spoon the cream cheese filling into a piping bag. You can either just cut a large hole in the bag or use a large round piping tip.

raspberry cheesecake parfait dessert

TIP: Set the piping bag in a tall glass container to make adding the cream mixture to the bag easier.

Step 4 – Set the shot glasses on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Pipe the cheesecake filling evenly among the shot glasses. Cover the shot glasses lightly and set the sheet pan in the refrigerator to chill.

Serving the Raspberry Cheesecake Parfaits

To display the desserts, I placed all the Raspberry Cheesecake Parfaits on a pretty blush pink cake stand.

Just before serving, place one raspberry or one small culinary-grade rose petal on the top of each cheesecake parfait.

For serving each cheesecake parfait, I first placed heart-shaped doilies on the pink vintage plates I bought in Atlanta several years ago. This looks nice and keeps the parfait in place.

Other garnish options:

  • Blueberries
  • Slices or diced strawberries
  • Sliced strawberry cut out with a small heart cookie cutter
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Red sprinkles

Next to the parfait, I placed one of my little spoons.

Now, for the piece de resistance: when I went to Trader Joe’s for pink roses, I discovered these heart-shaped pink and white macarons. I couldn’t resist them.

To finish off the dessert, I placed one macaron on each plate. It adds color, shape, and a nice crunchy texture to compliment the smoothness of the cheesecake parfait.

If you prefer an easy sweet homemade cookie, try this little Valentine’s Day cookie.

For more Valentine’s party ideas, check out these 14 Festive Valentine’s Day Party Ideas.

And speaking of pink roses, I used them in a pink bowl from Home Goods.

Sweet Shark and I had one of the parfaits for dessert and we both loved the creamy texture with a hint of sweetness and lemon. The flavor of the raspberry was delicious.

raspberry cheesecake parfaits

Raspberry Cheesecake Parfaits

adapted from Tea Time Magazine
A creamy filling on a chocolate wafer crust and topped with a raspberry is the perfect dessert for Valentine's Day.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings



  • ¼ cup chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar divided
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese softened
  • ¾ teaspoon culinary rose water
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon fine sea salt
  • cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 6 raspberries for garnish


  • In a small bowl, stir together chocolate wafer crumbs, 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar, and the melted butter until the crumbs are coated with butter.
  • Divide the wafer crumbs among 6 glasses. Using a tart taper, gently press very lightly to create an even layer.
  • In a medium bowl (or stand mixer), using the paddle attachment, beat together the cream cheese, remaining 4 tablespoons sugar, rose water, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and salt until smooth and creamy.
  • Switch to a whisk attachment. Add the heavy whipping cream and beat at high speed until mixture thickens and forms stiff peaks.
  • Transfer the cream cheese mixture to a piping bag with a large round piping tip. Pipe mixture evenly amoung the prepared glasses.
  • Set the glasses on a sheet pan and cover lightly. Refrigerate until serving time.
  • Garnish each cheesecake parfait with one raspberry on top of the cheesecake filling.


Other garnish options:
sliced or small diced strawberries
rose petals
chocolate sprinkles
red sprinkles
Keyword cheesecake tartlets, raspberry cheesecake, raspberry cheesecake parfait, Valentine’s Day dessert
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What do I love about this Valentine’s Day dessert?

  • it is so easy to make
  • it is a no-bake recipe
  • it is delicious
  • it’s not too sweet
  • it is so pretty
  • you can make it ahead by several hours
  • it has two of my favorite Valentine’s Day ingredients: chocolate and raspberries
  • it’s just the right amount
raspberry cheesecake parfaits

I hope that you are ready to visit my blogger friends and get more Valentine’s Day recipes? Start with my friend, Barbara of French Ethereal.

I would love (this is a Valentine’s Day dessert) for you to PIN the Raspberry Cheesecake Parfait.

Would you like more Valentine’s Day ideas? Visit my Valentine’s Day Desserts Board or my Valentine’s Day Party Ideas Board.

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  1. Carol, these parfaits look beautiful and delicious! The combination of chocolate and raspberry sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to try them. Pinned!

  2. These seem perfect for a party or even just making the everyday more special. Thank you for joining us this month. Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. pinned

  3. What a sweet little dessert display, Carol. It turned out so pretty, and those tiny cheesecakes look delicious.

  4. Oh, so yummy! Great recipe, Carol… and I’m thinking that may be just the right size for YOU! 🙂 I might have to eat two! 😉 Pinned!

  5. These look delicious Carol. I love your tip on putting the bag in the glass to fill. Pinned for later.

  6. Carol,
    I just love little bite-sized desserts that are portion controlled. These are so pretty! I know my family will love them for Sunday lunches!

  7. I’ve never heard of a tart taper; learned something new today! Love how these are individual; makes them more special. So pretty on the pink plates with the doilies; love the presentation. Pinned:)

  8. Carol, these just looked SOO pretty. I, too, love the combo of chocolate and raspberries–and am disgusted that Nestle, or whoever made the choc/rasp chips several years ago, no long make them! Awesome for fudge or to melt for a drizzle. I have been hoarding a box of gluten free graham crackers as Al is G intolerant. I might sneak some cocoa into them and make this for Valentine’s Day! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Sweet Shark!

  9. Wow Carol, you are definitely ready for party! Your parfaits are so pretty, and I love the simple presentation in the shot glasses with a raspberry on top. So elegant!

  10. Carol, these little parfaits are just adorable! I absolutely love the combo of raspberry and chocolate, but Mr DIY doesn’t eat raspberries…I can just put strawberries on his 💕 Pinned

  11. 5 stars
    Carol, what a great recipe! I have never made a parfait but this recipe looks really easy. Thank you for this! I have picked up Tea Time from time to time. They do have wonderful recipes!! The ladies in my old tea groups often made recipes from that magazine. Fun!! Love how your table turned out… so pretty!

    Enjoy those parfaits,
    Happy Valentine’s hugs,
    Barb 🙂