Pumpkin Parfait Recipe

Pumpkin Parfait Recipe is a perfect light alternative to pumpkin pie.  Especially great when you want the taste of pumpkin pie and do not want to make the crust!  This parfait dessert will be a big hit at your next family Thanksgiving dinner or a Halloween treat.  Makes a great presentation when served.  Surprise you family and give this recipe a try!

Please check out What’s Cooking America’s Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Menu which includes this easy-to-make and very delicious Pumpkin Parfait.


Pumpkin Parfait


Pumpkin Parfait Recipe:
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pumpkin Parfait Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar Marshmallow fluff or cream
  • 1 (8-ounce) package Neufchatel (light cream) cheese, room temperature*
  • 2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed and divided
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
  • 1/4 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup gingersnap cookies, crumbled
  1. In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat marshmallow cream, Neufchatel cheese, and 1 tablespoon orange juice concentrate until smooth.

  2. In another bowl, stir together pumpkin puree, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and the remaining 1 tablespoons orange juice concentrate.  Fold in 1/4 cup of the cream cheese mixture until no white streaks remain.

  3. Into each of four (4) dessert or parfait glasses, spoon about 3 tablespoons of the remaining cream cheese mixture.  Then spoon about 3 tablespoons of the pumpkin mixture into each dessert glass.  Repeat layers, ending with the pumpkin.

  4. Refrigerate until cold, at last 2 hours or up to 1 day.

  5. Just before serving sprinkle each parfait with chopped pecans and gingersnap crumbs.

  6. Makes 4 servings.

Recipe Notes

* May use regular cream cheese.


Sources:  This recipe is by Betty Ray of Vancouver, WA.  The recipe and photo appeared in Sunset Magazine, 2004 Recipe Annual.  Photo by James Carrier.

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