Strawberry “Shortcake” Mousse Cups

filed under: Cheesecakes on August 21, 2015

Simple Strawberry Shortcake Mousse Cups are the perfect way to taste the flavors of summer! Fast, easy, rich, and refreshing… everything you want in a dessert!

Strawberry "Shortcake" Mousse in a Cup! Easy no-bake dessert!

This recipe was one that fooled me.  It seems too easy, too simple in its ingredients to be anything that would “wow” you.  I didn’t have high expectations, I simply thought it would be ok.

Well.  This dessert impressed me a whole heck of a lot. And, to make it even more impressive, make your own homemade shortbread cookies!

Strawberry "Shortcake" Mousse in a Cup! Easy no-bake dessert!


The only problem I have with this recipe is that it only makes four.  So next time, I will double it!

Or triple, you know, because yum.

Strawberry "Shortcake" Mousse in a Cup! Easy no-bake dessert!

Now, because I NEVER seem to be able to remember to take my cream cheese out of the refrigerator so that it can properly warm to room temperature, here are a couple tips that I have used to “cheat”!

How to soften cream cheese quickly:

  1. Wrap the cream cheese in plastic wrap, then submerge it in a bowl of hot tap water for 5-10 min.
  2. Put the cream cheese into your stand mixer and turn it on medium-high for 3-5 minutes. (I recommend the paddle attachment as I would always find lumps when I used the whisk)
  3. Microwave for 15-20 seconds. I like to use a fork and mash the cream cheese a bit before I put it in the microwave. I also stir it completely when it’s done to make sure that it is even.
  4. I can’t verify is this is true, but I heard that Julia Childs always whacked butter with a rolling pin to quickly bring it to room temperature. If you don’t mind a little mess, this might work for cream cheese as well!

Strawberry "Shortcake" Mousse in a Cup! Easy no-bake dessert!


As you can tell by the numerous amount of pictures, I was totally smitten with these delightful desserts.  I just know you will be too!

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Strawberry "Shortcake" Mousse in a Cup! Easy no-bake dessert!
Strawberry “Shortcake” Mousse Cups
Prep Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Simple Strawberry Shortcake Mousse Cups are the perfect way to taste the flavors of summer! Fast, easy, rich and refreshing… everything you want in a dessert!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Strawberry “Shortcake” Mousse Cups
Servings: 5 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 4 ounces 1/2 package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Milk (can also use cows milk)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup coarsely crushed shortbread cookies divided
  • 6 strawberries chopped into small pieces
  1. Beat cream cheese, cinnamon and 1/4 cup of the sugar in stand mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy.

  2. Add coconut milk beat until well blended. Pour (or scoop) ingredients into a large clean bowl and then clean out mixer bowl.

  3. Pour cream into stand mixer bowl and beat cream and remaining 1/4 cup sugar on medium speed until stiff peaks form.

  4. Add 1/2 of the whipped cream to cream cheese mixture stir until well blended. Gently fold in remaining whipped cream.

  5. Spoon 2 teaspoons of the crushed cookies into a small tea cup or large shot glass.
  6. Divide strawberry slices evenly among glasses.
  7. Scoop mousse into a pastry bag and then pipe out into cups.
  8. Garnish with more strawberry pieces and shortbread cookie crumbs.

I think you could also easily substitute Cool Whip for the from-scratch whipped cream in the recipe if you happened to be in a hurry.

It was an absolute delight to create this Strawberry Shortcake “Mousse” Cups with McCormick. Thank you so, so much for supporting the brands that support this blog. I only work with the best, and am thankful that McCormick is willing to partner with me! <3

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  • Annalise @ Completely Delicious says:

    These look perfect Amanda!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Annalise!

  • Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts says:

    these look so delicious! I’m such a fan of no bake desserts like this, especially with fresh strawberries! yum!

    • Amanda says:

      I think I am a fan of what you are a a fan of. 🙂

  • Samina | The Cupcake Confession says:

    This looks like just the dessert that is not even going to last 5 mins once it’s made! delish!!!!!!!!!! <3

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, you are right! I was amazed how quickly they were devoured!

  • Jess @ Sweet Menu says:

    I love this! They look fantastic – perfect dessert to prepare early and whip out of the fridge to serve dinner guests. Beautiful!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much!

  • DJ says:

    Pet peeve…sorry…but…

    “It seems to easy, to simple in its ingredients to be anything that would “wow” you. ”

    Should be: “It seems too easy, too simple in its ingredients to be anything that would “wow” you. “

    • Amanda says:

      My apologies! Apparently I paid better attention in Home Ec than in English class.

  • Michal says:

    You’re kidding me, that is the first time I buy coconut milk and I have all the ingredients, gotta try it.
    Thanks for the divine dessert.

    • Amanda says:

      Oh yay!!! Hope you love it as much as we did!

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    WOW! These look so simple and delicious, love the idea…MUST MAKE asap!

    • Amanda says:

      Let me know what you think! 🙂

  • sheila says:

    I always double and triple recipes for the sake of science, I’m a nerd that way 😉

    • Amanda says:


  • Maneesha says:

    Totally going to try this recipe! Just a quick question. How much of Cool Whip would I need for this recipe? (Always the one for shortcuts! )

    • Amanda says:

      The smallest container should be plenty. 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    Think I can make this without a mixer?? Broke college student problem!

  • magdabotha says:

    Looks yummy

  • Andrea says:

    I’ve been looking for a recipe like this to make for my wedding dessert, but my fear is that the whipped cream/mousse will “deflate”.. is this recipe good for making ahead of time & serving later? Looks too good not not to try!

  • Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish says:

    Ya, I would totally triple this recipe!

  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes says:

    I’d have to double this recipe for sure. It looks scrumptious!

  • Beverley says:

    I know that I want to be the person in your kitchen with a fork and spoon to taste your treats. xoxo

  • Kelly says:

    These are so so pretty! I love strawberry shortcake in any form so I would definitely double the recipe!

  • ChiChi says:

    This dessert looks so delicious. I really need to make it soon !!

  • Melanie @ Gather for Bread says:

    Oh how sweet and divine….even though summer is coming to a close I will hold onto the dear memories of strawberries all winter long!

  • Shawn @ I Wash You Dry says:

    Adorable! I want to try these with a bunch of other cookies too, love the mousse.

  • Kelly says:

    Love how easy these mousse cups are to whip up! They look beautiful and I love the coconut milk!

  • Jodi says:

    I’m making this for my family tonight. I followed the recipe exactly and my mousse is 100% liquid! What do I do??

    • Amanda says:

      OH NO!!! I am so sorry! Sounds like the heavy cream never became stable? Everything you take out of the mixer should be solid. You can always try adding confectioners sugar to thicken or to refrigerate.

  • Paula says:

    Absolutely delicious

  • Chetna Dsouza says:

    Love your recipes..
    every festive season… I bake for my little one’s…and they are in awe…& it’s only bcos of you!!! Merry Christmas from our end to yours.. love from India.

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    Brand new recipes that people find kinda acceptable.