With all the hustle and bustle, this time of year can get a tad bit hectic. So coming up with something to really wow your guests on New Years Eve can be a little daunting – until now. Because Extraordinary Days has a no-bake (yes, no-bake) delight that is sure to make jaws drop. Champagne, strawberries, glitter all all topped off with a sparkler – need we say more?
From Extraordinary Days…There is nothing better than hosting a dinner party on New Year’s Eve – no crowds and no fighting to get a taxi home! It’s even better when you bring fun and sparkle to your dinner table. These festive desserts can be made the day before your party and they combine all the best parts of New Year’s Eve – champagne, glitter and fireworks!
No-Bake Strawberry Champagne Cheesecake
8 large champagne glass servings
For the crust
14 whole graham crackers
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4 tablespoons brown sugar
For the cream cheese filling
2 pounds cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream
For the champagne strawberries
2 pounds fresh strawberries, washed and stemmed
1 bottle of your favorite champagne (save ½ cup for whipped cream)
For the champagne whipped cream
2 cups heavy whipped cream
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
½ cup of your favorite champagne
To prepare the strawberries
Pour your champagne over the strawberries until all are submerged. Cover and refrigerate for 20-24 hours to let the strawberries absorb the champagne. When you are ready to prepare the desserts, remove the strawberries from the champagne and thinly slice the strawberries.
To prepare the crust
In a food processor grind the graham crackers until they create a fine powder. Add the butter, brown sugar, and salt and mix well.
To prepare the cream cheese filling
Combine the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla and beat well. In a separate bowl, beat the heavy cream on high until it becomes stiff. Fold the heavy cream into the cream cheese mixture until it is well incorporated.
To prepare the desserts
Begin by filling 1/6th of a champagne glass with the crust mixture. Next, using an icing-piping bag, fill the next 1/6th of the glass with the cream cheese filling. Refrigerate for 15 minutes to allow the cream cheese filling to become firm. Finally, add a layer of champagne strawberries. Now your glass should be half full so simply repeat these layers one time to fill your champagne glass!
Top the dessert with champagne whipped cream, a dusting of edible glitter and serve with a miniature sparkler!