Cherry-Chocolate Layered Dessert

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This easy layered dessert is a scrumptious twist on Black Forest cake--made with a chocolate wafer cookie crust and topped with dark sweet cherries.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (9 ounce) package chocolate wafer cookies, finely crushed

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • 1 ½ cups boiling water

  • 2 (3 ounce) packages JELL-O Cherry Flavor Gelatin

  • 1 (8 ounce) package PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened

  • 2 ½ cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, divided

  • 2 ounces BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, shaved into curls

  • 2 ¼ cups fresh dark sweet cherries, pitted

  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Mix cookie crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan. Bake 12 to 15 min. or until firm. Cool.

  3. Meanwhile, add boiling water to gelatin mixes in small bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Whisk cream cheese in large bowl until blended. Gradually whisk in gelatin. Refrigerate 30 min. or until chilled.

  4. Whisk 1 cup COOL WHIP into gelatin mixture; pour over crust. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.

  5. Spread remaining COOL WHIP over dessert; top with chocolate curls and cherries. Garnish with sifted powdered sugar just before serving.

Size Wise:

This colorful cherry-chocolate dessert is a great treat to share with friends and family. One pan makes enough for 16 servings.

How to Make Chocolate Curls:

Warm chocolate by microwaving it on HIGH for a few seconds or just until you can smudge the chocolate with your thumb. Hold the chocolate piece steadily, then draw a vegetable peeler slowly over the flat bottom of the chocolate piece, allowing a thin layer of chocolate to curl as it is peeled off the bottom to make long, delicate curls.

For Easy Removal of Dessert From Pan:

Line empty pan with parchment or foil, with ends of paper extending over sides. Use to prepare dessert as directed. When ready to serve, use parchment handles to lift cooled dessert from pan before cutting into pieces.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

261 Calories
15g Fat
30g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 261
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 238mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 81mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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