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Perfect Pumpkin Parfaits

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The delicious Fall flavors layered in these perfect pumpkin parfaits are extraordinary! The combination of creamy pudding, seasonal pumpkin, warm spices, and crunchy spiced gingersnaps make this dessert Fall perfection. They’re so easy to make and the individual serving sizes are wonderful for entertaining. Dare I say these pumpkin parfaits are better than pumpkin pie?! I’ll let you be the judge…

Pumpkin parfaits on the island with pumpkins next to them. In the background is the stove and a candle burning.

I’m excited to be joining some incredibly talented friends today for a Fabulous Fall Recipes Tour. If you are looking for delicious Fall-inspired recipes, you are definitely in the right place. You are going to love what these wonderful ladies have to share, they are all linked at the end of this post.

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Now, without further ado, let’s get cookin’!

A Pumpkin Predicament

I have a confession. (Please don’t hate me!) Although I love pumpkin, I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie.  There, I said it. Can we still be friends? I know, it’s strange. I’m not even sure I know why I don’t like pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin, I love pumpkin pie spices, and I love pie crust, so why don’t I love pumpkin pie!? It’s truly a mystery. Of course, at Thanksgiving, when it’s offered, I’ll have a small slice of pumpkin pie, for tradition’s sake. However, when I host Thanksgiving, I typically make a substitution for pumpkin pie. One of my favorite substitutions is Pumpkin Roll. It’s so delicious! Don’t worry though pumpkin pie lovers, I still have a pumpkin pie on the dessert table for all of you at Thanksgiving.  This year, I have come up with a new substitution for pumpkin pie when I host Thanksgiving. I am head over heels for this new recipe! Dare I say that these pumpkin parfaits are Fall dessert perfection?! 

Ingredients in Perfect Pumpkin Parfaits

How to Make Perfect Pumpkin Parfaits

This recipe is so easy! It’s incredible how decadent these pumpkin parfaits are and there is no cooking necessary. In a large bowl whisk together the dry pudding mix, spices, and salt until they’re well combined. Next, add the pumpkin purée, maple syrup, vanilla, and whole milk to the dry ingredients. With a hand mixer, beat until the mixture is smooth. In another large bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form, about 3-4 minutes. Then, fold two-thirds of the whipped cream into the pumpkin mixture until smooth.  Pumpkin parfait mixture in a bowl with a spatula and hand mixer next to it. In a Zip-Lock bag, crush the gingersnap cookies with a wood kitchen mallet. A food processor can also be used to crush the cookies, but I like the combination of fine pieces and larger pieces of cookies that hand crushing provides.  Gingersnap cookies in a white bowl with a glass jug of milk. In front of them are more gingersnap cookies, whole and crushed.

Assemble the Perfect Pumpkin Parfaits

In 4-6, 8-ounce jars or glasses layer the pumpkin mixture and the crushed gingersnap cookies. When I make my pumpkin parfaits, I fill the bottom quarter of the jar with pumpkin mixture and then sprinkle about the same amount of crushed gingersnap cookies on top of the pumpkin. Next, I pipe in more pumpkin mixture and sprinkle a little more crushed gingersnap cookies on top. Finally, I add a dollop of whipped cream and garnish the parfaits with a cinnamon stick and star of anise. Layer your pumpkin parfaits however you like. The fun of parfaits is that you can make them your own!

A Few Tips

  1. The easiest way to get the pumpkin mixture in the jar or glass is by piping it. It’s also less messy! If you don’t have a pastry bag, use a plastic bag with a corner cut off. A spoon works too though. 
  2. When layering the parfaits there are no rules. Start with the crushed gingersnap cookies at the bottom and then add some of the pumpkin mixture, alternating as many times as you like to the top. Or, start with the pumpkin mixture first and then sprinkle crushed gingersnap cookies on top continuing the layers up from there. 
  3. The crushed cookie consistency is also up to you. I prefer to use a kitchen mallet to crush the gingersnap cookies because I like some pieces to be crumbs and others to be larger. A food processor can be used, but it will make the crushed cookies more consistent in size.

Enjoy!

Whether you make perfect pumpkin parfaits in place of pumpkin pie or make them because you love all things pumpkin, I promise you that this recipe will become a family Fall dessert favorite in your home too. If you are looking for more incredible Fall desserts, you may want to try my recipes for:

Delicious Pumpkin Roll

Harvest Pear Crumble

The Best Apple Pie Pizza

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do here on the farm. For more farmhouse inspiration and farm life fun, join me on Instagram and Pinterest. I look forward to seeing you there!

Pumpkin parfaits on the island with pumpkins next to them. In the background is the stove and a candle burning.
Yield: 4-6 Servings

Perfect Pumpkin Parfaits

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

The delicious Fall flavors layered in these perfect pumpkin parfaits are extraordinary! The combination of creamy pudding, seasonal pumpkin, warm spices, and crunchy spiced gingersnaps make this dessert Fall perfection. They're so easy to make and the individual serving sizes are wonderful for entertaining. Dare I say these pumpkin parfaits are better than pumpkin pie?! I'll let you be the judge...

Ingredients

  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant white chocolate pudding
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin purée
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • About 30 store bought gingersnap cookies, crushed
  • Cinnamon sticks and Star of Anise for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together pudding mix, spices, and salt. Add pumpkin purée, maple syrup, vanilla, and whole milk and beat together with a hand mixer until smooth.
  2. In another large bowl, whip heavy cream until stiff peaks form, about 3-4 minutes. Fold two-thirds of the whipped cream into the pumpkin mixture until smooth.
  3. In a Zip-Lock bag, crush the gingersnap cookies with a wooden kitchen mallet. A food processor can also be used to crush the cookies.
  4. In 4-6, 8-ounce jars or glasses layer the pumpkin mixture and the crushed gingersnap cookies. *
  5. Add a dollop of whipped cream on top and more crushed gingersnap cookies if you like. Garnish the parfaits with a cinnamon stick and star of anise.

    Notes

    *Layering the parfaits: There are no rules. Start with the crushed gingersnap cookies at the bottom and then add the pumpkin mixture, alternating as many times as you like to the top. Or, start with the pumpkin mixture first and then sprinkle about the same amount of crushed gingersnap cookies on top of the pumpkin and continue your layers up.

    The easiest way to get the pumpkin in the jar or glass is by piping it. It's much less messy too! If you don't have a pastry bag, use a plastic bag with a corner cut off.

    I prefer to use a kitchen mallet to crush the gingersnap cookies because I like some pieces to be crumbs and others to be larger. A food processor will make the cookies more consistent in size.

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    Pumpkin parfaits on the island with pumpkins next to them. In the background is the stove and a candle burning.  

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    2. Jen says:

      Meeghan, these look almost too pretty to eat! I’m sure they are absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to try this recipe. Happy to be joining you for this round-up of yummy fall recipes. Pinned!

      • Meeghan says:

        Thank you so much, Jen! I am so in love with these parfaits. I hope you and your family love them too! This fall recipe round-up was SO fun! It was an honor and a pleasure joining you talented ladies.

    3. Anne says:

      I right there with you about pumpkin pie! It’s probably my least favorite pie, but these parfaits sound delish with that gingersnap crust!

      • Meeghan says:

        I’m so happy I’m not alone Anne! These pumpkin parfaits are the best alternative to pumpkin pie, I love them. I hope you do too! (Yes, the gingersnaps are my favorite part!)

    4. Deborah says:

      Wow these look beautiful and so delicious! Definitely trying these

    5. Shawna says:

      This looks so delicious Meeghan! I’ve already printed the recipe and would love to try it this weekend. It’s such a pretty presentation for a special meal. Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend.

      • Meeghan says:

        Thank you so much Shawna! I’m so happy you like the way they look. These Pumpkin Parfaits are the perfect way to celebrate in the Fall. Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    6. These look delicious! Definitely pinning to make later!

    7. Pasha says:

      Such a yummy recipe Meeghan!! Fall is the best time to be in the kitchen – isn’t it?? Thanks for joining this Fall Recipe Roundup!

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