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…
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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
- Instant white chocolate or vanilla pudding (I use Godiva White Chocolate Vanilla Bean)
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Sea salt
- Canned pumpkin purée
- Maple syrup
- Vanilla extract
- Whole milk
- Heavy cream
- Gingersnap cookies
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. 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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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:
A simple and soft cookie! This pumpkin cookie recipe only needs seven ingredients. And is one of the easiest cookie recipes you can make ;).
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This is an easy and delicious sweet potato casserole recipe. It’s the perfect side dish during the fall and at Thanksgiving. Frankly, it’s the best sweet potato casserole out here!
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?!
You’re going to love this easy make-ahead Caramel Apple Overnight Oats recipe bursting with the flavors of fall! This healthy gluten-free and dairy-free recipe is perfect for busy weekday mornings or for an afternoon snack.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins are sure to be one of your favorite things to make in the fall. They are super moist and the cream cheese is baked right in. The only thing bad about them is that you can’t eat just one!
Sprinkled with just a hint of cinnamon and sugar, these baked pumpkin donuts are light, fluffy, and bursting with flavor!
This carrot and roasted red pepper soup is a delicious way to enjoy the bounty of fall. It is full of carrots, roasted red peppers, and garden-fresh tomatoes and is pureed to creamy smoothness. It’s a vegan recipe that is perfect for lunch with a friend or as the first course to an autumn dinner.
Butternut Squash Soup is the perfect fall soup recipe for a cozy evening. It’s the perfect combination of savory and sweet, and has a delightfully creamy texture.
Easy apple fries with caramel sauce that will have you at caramel! Now more than ever we are all looking for comfort food and this recipe couldn’t be more comforting. An especially fun recipe with an air fryer!