Looking for easy desserts? You’ve found one! This quick and easy no-bake dessert will be loved by your friends and family! It’s an elegant looking dessert made up of layers of light and creamy mousse – two chocolate layers divided by a sweet raspberry layer – for a fabulous fruit and chocolate taste.
Layering this no bake dessert into glasses makes it look special, but if you haven’t got time, it’s not necessary. Kids would love the two combined so place each layer on one side of the glass and with a chopstick or butter knife. Gently swirl the two together, just a few times, so that there are ribbons of both flavors throughout (stir too much and you get a weird colored mess).
Decorate with fresh or frozen raspberries, chocolate curls, or a dollop of whipped cream.
Easy Desserts: Chocolate Raspberry Mousse
Always use great ingredients for the best results. Good quality chocolate will shine through in this recipe so don’t skimp and use chocolate chips. Also use real vanilla extract and fresh heavy cream. You’ll be rewarding with a smooth and creamy dessert that’s just short of heaven.
This easy dessert can be made the day ahead which makes it a great dessert for parties. You can serve these in shooter glasses for a dessert sampler. Make plenty though, this will be popular!
You can also make these for the freezer! Just layer them in freezer-safe containers like ramekins, cover them tightly, and freeze. When you’re ready to enjoy one, remove it from the freezer and let it thaw slightly. They’re soft and sweet and wonderful semi-frozen or fresh.
- 2 oz dark chocolate
- 16 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup plus 4 Tbls powdered sugar, divided
- 1 tsp real vanilla extract
- 2 cups (1 pint) heavy cream, divided
- 2 Tbls fruit only raspberry jam
- Red or pink food coloring (optional)
- Raspberries for garnish
- Place the chocolate in a small, microwave-save bowl. Heat on high for 15 seconds, stir, heat again and repeat until the chocolate is melted. Set aside to cool slightly
- Meanwhile, In a large mixing bowl, add the softened cream cheese and beat until smooth.
- To the mixing bowl, add 1 c of the powdered powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat at medium speed for one minute. Stop the beaters and scrape down the bowl and beaters and mix again on low for about 15 seconds.
- To the cream cheese mixture, add 1 Tbls of heavy cream and beat for 30 seconds at high speed.
- Remove ½ cup of cream cheese mixture from the mixing bowl and place in a small bowl. Add the raspberry jam and stir just until combined. Add a few drops of food coloring if desired. Set aside.
- Stir the chocolate. It should be melted, but not hot. If it's cooled too much and has thickened, microwave it again for 7 seconds on medium and stir again. Add the melted chocolate to the mixing bowl with the cream cheese mixture. Stir by hand just until combined. If using a stand mixer, move the chocolate cream cheese mixture to another bowl and wash the mixing bowl.
- In a clean mixing bowl, beat the remaining whipping cream and 4 Tbls powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.
- Remove the bowl from the mixer and remove approximately ⅓ of the whipped cream and stir it into the raspberry mixture, then stir the remaining ⅔'s whipped cream into the chocolate mixture. Gently fold, don't stir or you'll deflate the whipped cream.
- Layer each of the flavors into parfait glasses, large wine glasses, or goblets. Take care to clean any smears on the inside of the glass between layers with a damp paper towel. Or place each flavor into a reclosable plastic bag and cut one corner off about ½" down in order to make large dollops inside the glasses - this generally results in a cleaner glass and less wiping.
- Level each layer by holding the back of a large spoon on the top mousse while turning the glass in a circle.
- Pipe the top layer with a large open star tip if you’d like.
- Top with fresh raspberries if desired
- Chill 2-3 hours before serving
Easy Desserts: Dessert Tasting Party Ideas
Thinking of having a dessert bar? They’re a lot of fun and a great way to get to share some of your favorite desserts in mini sizes. Here are some of the recipes we’ve used for easy desserts for our parties.
- Dessert Tasting Menu Recipe: Easy No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake Shooters
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- Semi-Homemade Desserts: Lemon Cake and Raspberry Coulis Recipe
- Recipe: Mini Pumpkin Custard with Ginger Cookie Crust and Spiced Cream
- Six Sweet Pumpkin Pie Shooter Recipes for the Holidays
- Dessert Bar Ideas – Low Cost Lidded Apothecary Jars Add Style
- Almost Homemade Chocolate Almond Raspberry Cupcakes Recipe
- Recipe: Raspberry Chocolate Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting
- Recipe: White Chocolate Raspberry Torte Cake
- Recipe: Easy Berry Crumble Dessert
Need Dessert Tasting Supplies? Dessert sampler dishes come in all shapes and are made out of everything from disposable plastic, glass, and ceramics. Many of them can double as appetizer plates and serving pieces as well.
What’s your favorite recipe for easy desserts?