The perfect summer dessert or sweet treat; pretty enough to serve to guests, but easy enough to prepare for yourself. These Dessert Shells with Macerated Mixed Berries are sweet, light, flavorful, and delicious. Assembly takes only five minutes, with no cook time. Macerated mixed berries simply top light and fluffy dessert shells with a doll-up of whipped cream. This recipe will be your new go-to dessert!
What are the ingredients for this recipe?
There are only a handful of ingredients required for this recipe, it couldn’t be easier!
- fresh berries
- I used strawberries, blackberries and raspberries
- balsamic vinegar
- pre-made dessert shells
- These can be found in most supermarkets right by the fruit, or in the bakery aisle (refrigerated).
- I have included a photo of the ones I used for this recipe.
- Fat-Free Cool Whip
You can also add pudding to these shells! I like the airy feel of these desserts with just the Cool-Whip, but really, the possibilities are endless.
Note: there are no artificial sweeteners or sugar replacements used in this recipe, so it’s perfect for serving a crowd. No one will know that these are lightened-up or low calorie. If you are making this recipe for yourself, you can use sugar replacements if you so wish, however, the stats of this recipe are great while using the real-deal!
How do you macerate berries?
The word “macerate” might seem complicated or intimidated, but it’s as easy as adding balsamic vinegar and sugar to your berries and tossing everything together!
Wash your fruit first, and then cut the strawberries into pieces similar in size to the blackberries and raspberries. If you leave them whole, they will be too large to fill the dessert shells.
After your berries are cut, add them to a mixing bowl. Then, add the balsamic vinegar and the sugar. Toss everything together, and set the berries aside to marinate. I recommend doing this for at least half an hour, so that the juices can start to release and the berries begin to break down a bit. You can do this in advance, too, up to an entire day before hand. The berries will be perfect in the fridge all night, and then when you are ready to serve, this dish only takes 5 minutes of assembly.
Because of the short assembly time, this dish is perfect to serve when you have guests over for a barbeque. You don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen preparing dishes while everyone else is having fun! Just five minutes, and you’re done.
To assembly the dessert shells, place the pre-made dessert shells on your platter. Add a heaping tablespoon of your defrosted cool whip to the center of each shell, and then top with the macerated berries and their juices.
You will have berries and juice leftover; you can serve this on the side for people to add to their dessert shells, or you can drizzle that extra juice on top of the serving platter. Just make sure you do this right before serving so they don’t get too soggy!
Can I store these?
These will not store well, as they will get soggy over time. To prep these ahead of time to have on hand, prepare the macerated berries and leave them in the fridge covered. Then, when you want a quick snack or dessert, simply assemble individual dessert shells as needed. It takes all of five minutes to prepare one, as long as you have everything you need on hand in the fridge!
If you have leftover macerated berries, they pair beautifully in a yogurt or oatmeal bowl for some added sweetness!
Dessert Shells with Macerated Mixed Berries
- mixing bowl
- 1 cup strawberries, chopped
- 1 cup blackberries
- 1 cup raspberries
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 package dessert shells
- 1/2 cup fat free Cool Whip
- Toss the berries with the sugar and balsamic vinegar.
- Let them sit for about half an hour (minimum, or even overnight) for the flavors to combine and juices to release.
- Add a heaping tablespoon of Cool Whip to each dessert shell.
- Top with the macerated berries and juices.
Notes and Tips
- Macerate the berries ahead of time, and defrost the Cool Whip in the fridge ahead of time.
- Assembly of the dessert shells takes five minutes; do this right before serving.
- If bringing this to an event, bring everything separately and assemble right before serving to prevent soggy dessert shells.
- 4 WW points (all plans)
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