Let’s face it; New Year’s Eve sneaks up on most of us. After putting all our efforts into the November & December holidays one could actually completely forget the year is coming to a quick end and a New Year will soon be taking its place. We get so caught up in preparing meals, decorating the Christmas tree, shopping, gift giving, holiday card writing, cooking and baking and then with not even a week to spare we hear the big question, “so what are your plans for New Years Eve?” This is when panic mode kicks in.
Whether you decide to have a few people over at your place or your going to a friend or family members house to watch the ball drop, we have the perfect no-bake New Years Eve themed dessert that will leave everybody wanting more, (so be sure to make extras!). This festive treat is made with all the good stuff- champagne, glitters and sparklers and can be prepared just a day before the big celebration. 2017, are you ready for this one?!
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!