A No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake Parfait on a wood cutting board.

No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake Parfait

These No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake Parfaits are a beautiful, delicious dessert that's perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any time of year!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 591kcal
Author: Ginnie


For Citrus Twists:

  • 1 large Navel orange

For Cranberries:

  • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

For No-Bake Cheesecake:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature

For Serving:

  • 4 shortbread cookies
  • 4 glasses or jars


Prepare Citrus Twists:

  • Remove 4 long, narrow strips of peel from the orange with a paring knife or zester. Twist tightly and hold for a moment; release. Set aside for later.
    Orange Citrus Twists

Prepare Cranberries:

  • Zest and then mince the remainder of the orange's peel. Halve and juice the orange. Place juice in a measuring cup and add enough water to equal 1 cup.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine zest, juice/water mixture, cranberries, and granulated sugar.
    Cranberry sauce ingredients in a pot for homemade cranberry sauce.
  • Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until a thick sauce forms. Transfer to refrigerator to cool completely.
    Finishing cranberry sauce for parfaits.

Prepare No-Bake Cheesecake:

  • Combine heavy cream and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Whip until stiff peaks form. Transfer to another bowl and set aside.
  • Add cream cheese to the stand mixer bowl (no need to clean) and mix until completely smooth.
  • Using a spatula, gently fold 1/3 of the whipped cream into the cream cheese. Repeat process two more times, until whipped cream and cream cheese are completely blended.
    Folding whip cream into the no-bake cheesecake filling.

Assemble Parfaits:

  • Place a couple tablespoons of the cooled cranberry mixture into the bottom each glass or jar. Top cranberries with 1/8 of the cheesecake mixture. Repeat layers, ending with a cheesecake layer. (You will have leftover cranberry sauce.
    Assembling the parfait: layering cranberries and cream cheese in a glass.
  • Cover parfaits and refrigerate until chilled.
  • To serve, break each shortbread cookie into 2 pieces. Crumble half a cookie over the top of each parfait. Garnish parfaits with remaining cookie halves and a citrus twist. Enjoy!


Calories: 591kcal
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