LEMON BLUEBERRY DESSERT

Introduction

Embark on a journey of sweet indulgence with our Lemon Blueberry Dessert! This delightful treat combines the zesty freshness of lemons with the burst of blueberries, creating a dessert that’s as visually appealing as it is scrumptious. Follow our easy recipe to bring this symphony of citrus and berries to your table.

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs (divided)
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ cup salted sweet cream butter, melted and cooled

For the Cheesecake and Blueberry Layer:

  • 16 ounces (2 8-ounce packages) cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from the zested lemon)
  • 16 ounces (2 8-ounce containers) whipped topping, thawed (divided into 1 container for cheesecake layer and 1 for topping)
  • 21 ounces can of blueberry pie filling

Instructions

1. Prepare the Dish

  1. Line a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper and lightly spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Set it aside.

2. Graham Cracker Crust

  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs and 4 tablespoons of granulated sugar.
  2. Pour the melted and cooled butter over the graham cracker and sugar mixture. Stir to coat the crumbs completely.
  3. Evenly spread and press the buttered crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Place the dish in the refrigerator while you prepare the cheesecake layer.

3. Cheesecake Layer

  1. Using a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl with a handheld mixer on medium-high speed, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla for 1½-2 minutes until completely smooth and no lumps remain.
  2. Add the lemon zest and juice to the cream cheese mixture. Continue mixing just until completely incorporated.
  3. Gently fold in 1 container of thawed whipped topping.
  4. Remove the baking dish from the refrigerator and evenly spread the cheesecake filling over the crust.

4. Blueberry Layer

  1. Spread the blueberry pie filling on top of the cheesecake layer.

5. Topping

  1. Spread the remaining thawed whipped topping over the blueberry layer.
  2. Sprinkle the reserved 2 tablespoons of crushed graham crackers over the whipped topping layer.

6. Chill and Serve

  1. Loosely cover the dish and chill it in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours.
  2. Just before serving, slice the Lemon Blueberry Dessert into 3 slices x 3 slices.

Tips for Perfection

  • Freshness Matters: Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for a vibrant citrus flavor.
  • Crunchy Delight: Crush the graham crackers finely for a delightful texture in the crust.

FAQ Section

Q1: Can I use a different fruit topping?

Absolutely! Experiment with your favorite fruits to create a personalized twist.

Q2: Can I make it ahead of time?

Certainly! It actually tastes better when chilled overnight.

Q3: Can I substitute whipped topping with whipped cream?

Yes, whipped cream can be a delicious alternative.

Q4: How long will the leftovers last?

For optimal freshness, consume within 2-3 days, storing it covered in the refrigerator.

Q5: Can I freeze the Lemon Blueberry Dessert?

It’s not recommended as freezing may affect the texture of the layers.

Conclusion

Our Lemon Blueberry Dessert is a celebration of citrusy zest and fruity sweetness. Whether shared with loved ones or savored solo, it promises a burst of flavors in every bite. Try it for your next gathering or a quiet evening treat—it’s a dessert that never disappoints!

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