Easy Lemon Mousse

Hello friends!

Is it just me or are you over winter?  Over it.  It’s officially the doldrums of winter.  But I’m trying not to think about it and carry on…spring will be here soon enough.  And I have to admit, I am feeling refreshed and inspired after a beautiful and relaxing spa weekend with friends.  I’m still smelling tropical flowers and dreaming of massages…I could get used to that life!  😉  I can’t wait to tell you all about it, but that’s for another day.  So for now, I will power on through our very wintery winter. 

And I will start putting lemons in ALL the things.  It’s that time of year where I start craving lemons.  Every single year.  There is something so summery and refreshing and inspiring about lemons don’t you think?  Lemon loaves, lemon tarts, lemonade, even lemons at dinner!  Lemons all the time.

They’re like little balls of sunshine.  And they taste like that too.  So when the lemon urge struck once again, I made an Easy Lemon Mousse.

Easy Lemon Mousse

Easy Lemon Mousse {A Pretty Life}

5 ingredients.  5 minutes.  fresh.  delicious.



Easy Lemon Mousse



  • 1 cup whipping cream (heavy cream (not pre-whipped))
  • 4 oz cream cheese (at room temperature (1/2 block))
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • zest and juice from one fresh lemon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • fresh berries: blueberries (strawberries or raspberries)


  1. Using a mixer whip the cream until it is stiff and peaks form. Transfer to a clean bowl and set aside.
  2. Using a mixer cream together the cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Then gently fold in the whipping cream, and stir until combined.
  4. Transfer to pretty serving dishes and garnish with fresh berries and lemon zest.
  5. Enjoy!

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This dessert is so simple to make.  And I bet it would be good with any kind of citrus fruit…oranges or grapefruits or limes.  Hmmm I just might have to try a different combo!

Easy Lemon Mousse {A Pretty Life}

This recipe is the perfect winter pick me up and I hope you enjoy it!

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Love lemon?  Here are more delicious lemon recipes!

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Have a delicious day!

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  • Reply Gena March 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    I am tired of this winter weather as well!
    Where did you get the little glass jars your lemon mousse is in?
    Stay warm!

    • Reply Jo-Anna March 4, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Hi Gena! They are Weck jars that I found at Crate & Barrel, but I’m sure you can get them in other places as well.

  • Reply Virginia Fynes March 4, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Lemon mmmmmmm… anything lemon makes my mouth water!

    • Reply Jo-Anna March 7, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Mine too! I love lemon!

  • Reply Tara March 5, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    This is beautiful, Jo-Anna! I really want to make this!

  • Reply Steph March 7, 2014 at 3:34 AM

    I’m salivating just looking at these! Seems nice and simple, dangerous territory where cream is concerned – I’m too easily tempted!

    • Reply Jo-Anna March 7, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Me too! Anything with cream is dangerous….but SO good!

  • Reply Amiee June 5, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Thank you for your recipe! I made this today using tartlets and pistachios and it’s worked out perfect, they’re super tasty!

    Thanks again,


  • Reply Danielle DiRusso July 2, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    What is the shelf life? How long will it last in the fridge?

  • Reply bernice January 5, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Can I use this for a cake filling? sounds delicious

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife January 5, 2015 at 7:57 PM

      I’m not sure…it’s quite airy and might turn watery. I might use it as a topping or icing though!

  • Reply Patricia Kirkland February 9, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Hello, They look amazing, can I substitute Milk or even soy milk for the whipping cream. I’m allergic to cream.

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife February 9, 2015 at 2:52 PM

      The whipped cream kind of holds it all together. Maybe try a pudding or whipped coconut milk?

  • Reply Cindy Litchfield April 25, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Thank you for making your recipes printable.

  • Reply PinUp June 13, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    I made this recipe last night, minus throwing any berries into it. In fact, I just finished eating the mousse now.

    It was mmm mmm good!

  • Reply Candy March 29, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Can this recipe be made ahead of time and refrigerated? Thanks.

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney March 29, 2019 at 10:48 AM

      Hi Candy! It can definitely be made 1 day ahead of when you want to serve it. Just keep them tightly sealed in the fridge. Enjoy!

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