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Pumpkin Parfait-in-a-Jar

Just in case you need another pumpkin fix... I have got a dessert for you!  Perfect to prepare is a combination of gingersnap goodness and pumpkin cheesecake.  I used 1 cup (250 ml) wide-mouth Mason jars but these also make up nicely in the mini Mason jars (125 ml).

  • 1 1/2 cups ginger-snap cookie crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter

 Cream Filling:
  • 1 cup whipping cream*
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 oz. / 125 ml cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar (confectioners sugar)

 Pumpkin Filling:
  • 1 - 14 oz (398 ml) can of canned pumpkin 
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 package (4 serving size) vanilla instant pudding
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup whipping cream (whipped with 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla)*

  1. To prepare the base, combine cookie crumbs and butter.  Pack crumbs into the bottom of 8-10 Mason jars.
  2. For cream filling...combine whipping cream, sugar and vanilla and beat until stiff.  In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese and icing sugar; beat until smooth.  Add the whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture and whip to combine well.  Carefully spoon cream cheese layer over gingersnap crust.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl combine canned pumpkin, milk, pudding mix, and spices. Mix slowly with electric beater until blended, about 1 minute. Fold in whipped cream. Add pumpkin layer carefully to parfaits.   
  4. Refrigerate. (Even better made the previous day!) 
  5. Just before serving, top each parfait with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with a ginger snap. 
*Whip all the cream at once (with 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla) and use half for cream layer and half for pumpkin layer. 

**Put fillings into large Ziploc bags and cut off tip of a corner off for mess-free dispensing!

Yield: 8-10 (1 cup / 250 ml) Mason jar parfaits. 


  1. We sure enjoyed these at your house. There are times that I wish I was like my kids... getting the leftovers to take home for another day. I'll be making these soon.

  2. This sounds like a yummy and fun dessert for Thanksgiving!

  3. Awww - these look so pretty in the jars and sound so tasty. Great idea for a make-ahead dessert with flair!

  4. Delish! Made these and gave them to friends and family. Easy no bake dessert but you use lots of bowls. I didn't have ginger snaps so I just used graham wafers and my food processor. Looked cool in the mason jars

  5. Our Stampin' Up demonstrator made these for a customer appreciation lunch and they were so good!


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