One of the most valuable lessons I have learned from blogging is that you can’t please everyone. That’s the sort of thing that would have bothered me more in the past but now gives me amusement and a sense of freedom. Nevertheless, when it comes to specific recipe requests, I love being able to fulfill as many as possible. When I compiled all of the Thanksgiving recipe requests I received, I had to laugh at the nearly even split between those asking for “Pie, all the pies!” and “Anything but pie!” As I mulled over various ideas that extended beyond the usual holiday staples, it hit me – the same exact dessert could be a pie, or not, depending simply on how you assemble the components.
This fluffy lemon mousse swirled with cranberry sauce can be a stunner whether as a gorgeous no-bake pie or as adorable single serving mousse cups. The light texture and refreshing tartness of the creamy filling makes this particularly well suited for serving after a heavy meal. Even better, it can be partially or fully prepped in advance, giving you one less thing to think about on the holiday.
You can go the extra mile and use homemade cookies for the crust or crumble. Alternatively, you can easily use store-bought cookies. If you don’t love gingersnaps or have other things on hand, this would also work beautifully with graham cracker crumbs or even crumbled shortbread. If you make this, I would love to hear whether you were on Team Pie or Team Anything but Pie and how your version turned out. Enjoy, my dears!