Red wine + cherries paired with no bake dark chocolate cheesecake. Yep. This is basically heaven.
This recipe was a total accident. I had purchased cherries, which I have recently decided I adore and wanted to see what they tasted like after being simmered in red wine. Guess what? They tasted like red wine! Win!
And what is better with red wine than a big dose of rich dark chocolate? Nothing I tell you, not a thing!
This is one of those recipes that make you appear extra fancy and very kitchen savvy. Which happens to be perfect for New Years!
So just in case you are looking for a quick and easy dessert to add to your party menu try these! They are rich and decadent so a little goes a long way!
Need more holiday inspiration? Check out my favorite appetizer and drink recipes!
15 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
35 minTotal Time
- 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and sliced
- 1/4 cup sweet red wine
- 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
- 1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese (I used reduced fat)
- 1/2 cup thawed cool whip (I used fat free)
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons dark chocolate or dutch process cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- To make the Drunken Cherries:
- Heat the wine in a small sauce pan over medium to medium high heat and bring to a slight simmer. Add sugar if desired, stir until it is dissolved.
- Add the cherries and stir lightly. Cover and reduce heat to low.
- Let cherries simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- When the cherries are done, remove from heat, strain cherries and let cool.
- Note I did not use the leftover wine, however you can reserve it and drizzle over the parfaits if you wish.
- To make the Chocolate Cheesecake
- Combine all ingredients and using a stand or hand mixer beat until the mixture is creamy and well incorporated.
- To assemble the parfaits:
- Using tasting spoons, mini bowls or trifle dishes pipe or spoon a small amount of the chocolate cheesecake into the bottom of the dish. Top with the drunken cherries and a small dollop of whipped cream if desired.
- These are very rich and decadent, a little goes a long way. This is more of a "tasting" dessert.