Guess what?! Another sister of mine is celebrating a birthday!
Happy birthday, Kelsie!
With their new baby girl, Kelsie and her husband Josh are going to have an amazing year! I mean, how sweet is my niece Taylor who was born just over a month ago on December 17th! We are all so smitten with this babe!
Kelsie has a unfailing ability to find the positives in life and easily attracts people with her caring personality. She remains calm in stressful situations (which is opposite of me!) and always has a smile on her face. Did I mention she’s also over-the-top generous—I guess she inherited that my grandpa Poppy Joe. I look up to her for these reasons and many more!
Like my mom and other sisters, Kelsie can bake! This particular recipe is a no-bake recipe, but it has been a family favorite forever. Think of it like strawberry pretzel salad only BETTER! It’s a layered dessert with a buttery graham cracker crust paired with an airy, no-bake cheesecake-like filling. The top, fruity layer is the real magic and is made with a product called “Danish Dessert,” made by Junket. This product can be difficult to find, but there are no substitutions. If you cannot find it at a local retailer, it is available on Amazon. Once all three layers are prepared, this is one celebratory dessert worthy to be served as a birthday treat!
9 graham cracker sheets, crushed (~1 ½ cups crumbs)
1 Tbsp sugar
4-5 Tbsp butter, melted
Mix together and press in bottom of 9x9 inch pan.
1 8-oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1 cup heavy whipping cream
¼ cup sugar
½ tsp vanilla
Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. Add the sugar and vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl, whip the cream until thickened and add to the cream cheese mixture. Mix well and spread over crust, cover, and refrigerate.
1 4¾-oz pkg Danish Dessert (raspberry or strawberry flavored)
1½ cups water
1 cup fresh or frozen red raspberries
Prepare Danish Dessert using instructions on box for the “Pie Glaze,” except use only 1½ cups of water. Allow to cool slightly and add raspberries. Once cool, pour over cream cheese layer and refrigerate until set.