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Lemon Raspberry Mousse

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If you’re in the mood for a light and refreshing dessert, you can’t go wrong with Lemon Raspberry Mousse. This elegant yet simple dessert is perfect for any occasion.


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Lemon Raspberry Mousse is the perfect dessert for when you want something sweet but not too heavy. The fluffy texture and tangy lemon flavor make it a refreshing treat.

Lemon Mousse is a dessert that looks and tastes impressive, but it’s actually quite easy to make. 

The recipe only requires a few ingredients and minimal preparation.

This dessert is versatile and can be served on many occasions, from a fancy dinner party to a casual summer picnic.

Lemon and Raspberry Mousse is a dessert that everyone loves. 

It’s a classic flavor combination that is sure to impress guests and leave them wanting more.


16 Vanilla wafers placed at the bottom of a square baking dish


What is Lemon Mousse?

Lemon mousse is a light and airy dessert made with fresh lemon juice, sugar, and whipped cream. 

It is usually served chilled and garnished with fresh fruit or a dollop of whipped cream.


Lemon Mousse layered on top of vanilla wafers  


What Ingredients are in Lemon Raspberry Mousse?

  • Vanilla wafers: These are used to make the crust for the mousse. They add a sweet and crunchy texture to the dessert.
  • Boiling water: Used to dissolve the lemon Jello and create the base for the mousse.
  • Fresh lemon juice: Adds a tangy and bright flavor to the mousse.
  • Lemon Jello: Gives the mousse its signature lemon flavor and helps it set.
  • Ice cubes: Added to the Jello mixture to cool it down and help it set faster.
  • Cream cheese: Gives the mousse a rich and creamy texture.
  • Sugar: Adds sweetness to the mousse.
  • Lemon zest: Adds extra lemon flavor and aroma to the mousse.
  • Cool Whip: A whipped topping that adds lightness and fluffiness to the mousse.
  • Raspberry Jam: Adds a fruity and sweet flavor to the mousse, as well as a pop of color.
  • Fresh fruit: Optional for the top of cake, such as fresh raspberry, blueberry, and kiwi to add freshness and contrast to the dessert.

Pro Tips:

  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor. Bottled lemon juice may contain preservatives or additives that can affect the taste.
  • You shouldn’t need nonstick pans but you can use parchment paper for easier cleanup if desired.


second layer of vanilla wafers on top of lemon mousse


How to Make Lemon Raspberry Mousse

You won’t find this topping the list of a low calorie diet but trust me – you’ll enjoy every bite!

  1. Crust: Place vanilla wafers in an even layer in a square pan.
  2. Combine: Mix Jello, boiling water, and lemon juice. Add ice, then mix in cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest, and Cool Whip.
  3. Add: Pour half the mixture over the vanilla wafers in the dish.
  4. Second Layer: Layer more vanilla wafers on top, then brush with raspberry preserves. Pour the remaining mixture over the top and chill overnight.
  5. Serve: Before moving to a serving plate, top with more Cool Whip and fresh fruit.

Pro Tips:

  • Make sure the Jello mixture is fully dissolved. Any undissolved Jello granules can create lumps in the final product.
  • Don’t skip the raspberry jam – they add a delicious fruity flavor and help hold the vanilla wafers together.
  • Be sure to chill the mousse overnight to allow it to fully set. This will ensure a smooth and creamy texture.
  • For a neater presentation, stand additional vanilla wafers around the edge of the dish before pouring in the Jello mixture.
  • Beat cream cheese mixture in a separate bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed or low speed and save yourself some work.


seedless raspberry jam on top of wafers


Is Lemon Mousse Gluten Free?

This recipe for Lemon Raspberry Mousse is gluten-free, as long as you use gluten-free vanilla wafers. 

Always double-check the ingredients to ensure that they are gluten-free.

If following a specific diet for blood sugar, be sure to check your sugar content also.


finished lemon raspberry mousse with fruit on top


Can You Freeze Lemon Raspberry Mousse?

While you can technically freeze this Raspberry Mousse recipe, it is not recommended. 

The texture may change once thawed, and it may not be as light and fluffy as it was before freezing.

To freeze, cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in the freezer. 

Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before serving.


close up of lemon mousse with sliced fruit


What Goes With Lemon Raspberry Mousse?

Raspberry Lemon Mousse pairs well with a variety of desserts, including Krispy Coconut Oatmeal Cookies, or light Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Cups.

You can also serve it with a cup of cinnamon milk or hot chocolate for a delightful afternoon treat.

Top dessert with the following both for taste and visual affects!:

  • Fresh Raspberries
  • Kiwi
  • Blueberries
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Mint Leaves
  • Lemon Peel
  • Icing Sugar
  • Raspberry Sauce
  • Whipping Cream


top view looking down of a slice of mousse ready to eat


How to Store Leftover Lemon Raspberry Mousse

Store leftover lemon-raspberry mousse squares in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

After this time, the mousse may start to lose its texture and flavor.

Try not to let the mousse come to room temperature. This will help preserve it longer.


side view of a slice of mousse on plate ready to eat


How Long Does Lemon Raspberry Mousse Last?

A square of Lemon Raspberry Mousse will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator when stored properly. 

If frozen, it can be stored for 1-2 months. 

It is best to consume it within this time frame to ensure the best flavor and texture.


forkful of mousse being held up above mousse


More Fruit Recipes You’ll Love…

Lemon Raspberry Mousse is a match made in heaven. The tartness of the lemon and the sweetness of the raspberry create a perfect balance of flavors. Enjoy!


Yield: 12 Servings

Lemon-Raspberry Mousse

slice of lemon mousse with a fork stuck in it

If you're in the mood for a light and refreshing dessert, you can't go wrong with Lemon Raspberry Mousse. This elegant yet simple dessert is perfect for any occasion.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  1. Cover bottom of an 8x8 casserole dish with vanilla wafers.
  2. In a small heat proof bowl, combine jello, boiling water and lemon juice, stir to dissolve.
  3. Once dissolved, add ice cubes and mix until ice cubes are dissolved.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and lemon zest.
  5. Gradually add jello mixture to cream cheese mixture - whisking as you incorporate.
  6. Whisk in 2 cups of cool whip.
  7. Pour half of jello cream cheese mixture over the vanilla wafers.
  8. Cover with more wafers.
  9. Heat 1/3 cup of raspberry preserves in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  10. Brush over the tops of the vanilla wafers with a pastry brush or back of a spoon.
  11. Pour the remaining jello mixture over the top of preserves.
  12. Stand wafers around the edge of the dish.
  13. Chill over night.
  14. Prior to serving, top with remaining cool whip and fresh fruit. We prefer Raspberries, Blueberries and Kiwi!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 189Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 108mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 2g
Recipe by Liz Heath

Originally Posted: July 16, 2014

Photos & Text Updated: June 10, 2018

Photos & Text Updated: March 13, 2023

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Sunday 27th of July 2014

You didn't use the ice cubes in your instructions. But they are mentioned in your ingredients!


Monday 4th of August 2014

Thank you Amna! I've fixed it!


Wednesday 16th of July 2014

YUM! I really want to try this. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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