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Black Forest Cherry Cheesecake Dessert Cups

A beautiful dessert that deconstructs your favorite flavors in a traditional Black Forest Cake, and serves them parfait style.


  • 10 oz fresh, or frozen, sweet dark cherries
  • 5 oz cherry preserves
  • 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • zest of one lemon
  • several cups quality fudgey brownies, broken up into large chunks


  • In a large saucepan, over medium low heat, bring the cherries and preserves to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add a few teaspoons of water if the mixture's too thick to stir easily.
  • Continue cooking the cherry mixture for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the saucepan from heat, and let it sit until the mixture's cooled to room temp.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whip the 1/2 cup sugar, lemon juice, and ricotta until evenly and completely combined.
  • Add the remaining sugar, whipping cream, and zest to the bowl of a stand mixer. Whip/whisk them together, on medium speed, until the cream's thickened and stiff peaks form. Don't over mix, or you'll end up with butter.
  • Use a spatula and fold the ricotta mixture into the whipped cream until evenly combined and smooth. Chill the ricotta mixture for 15-20 minutes.

To Assemble The Dessert Cups

  • Evenly divide the brownie chunks between 3-4 wine glasses or dessert cups. 
  • Scoop the cherry mixture evenly out over top all of the brownies in the glasses.
  • Scoop, pipe, or spread the ricotta mixture evenly out between the dessert cups and over top of the cherry mixture making sure to keep the layers as distinct as possible.
  • If desired, top each cup with shaved chocolate and a sweet, dark cherry. Serve immediately.