How To Make Pumpkin Parfaits At Home

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Wanna try a no-bake recipe for pumpkin sweet bites? Then, pumpkin parfaits would be a fair treat! It’s a perfect Thanksgiving dessert with cream cheese mixture and pumpkin mixture layered together in cups. Gingersnap cookies and chopped pecans on the top add a delightful crunch to every bite. So, serve pumpkin parfaits for the Thanksgiving meal and bring a smile to everyone’s face. 

Pumpkin Parfaits with gingersnap cookies

Pumpkin parfaits is a no-bake recipe and does not require much work. You can garnish this dessert with cookie crumbs along with pecans to add more crunch and flavor. It can be refrigerated for 2 to 3 days. You can also keep this dessert in small jars. It’s a light dessert and a great alternative for pumpkin pie.  

So, let’s try the recipe for pumpkin parfaits. I’ve mentioned the equipment and the ingredients you’ll need in the lists below. You can also use malt syrup or any of its substitutes for this recipe.

Read these lists and follow the instructions carefully. I’m sure your Thanksgiving pumpkin parfaits will look and taste exactly as described below. But before you read out the entire recipe, check out other dishes from the dessert section of our blog.

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What Equipment Will You Need For Pumpkin Parfaits?

  • Bowl- You’ll need at least two large bowls, each for cream cheese mixture and pumpkin mixture, in this recipe. 
  • Spatula- Use a spatula to stir the pumpkin puree or the cream cheese mixture in the bowl. 
  • Whisk- Use a whisk to combine the puree with other ingredients like cinnamon, maple syrup, orange juice concentrate, etc. 
  • Blender- Use a blender to combine cream cheese with marshmallow creme and orange juice. It’ll make the cream cheese mixture smooth. 
  • Serving cups- Serve the prepared pumpkin parfaits in serving cups. 
  • Spoon- Spoon in both the mixtures layer by layer into the serving cups. 

How Much Time Do You Need To Make Pumpkin Parfaits?

Preparation TimeCooling TimeTotal Time
15 Minutes2 Hours2 Hours 15 Minutes

What Ingredients Will You Need For Pumpkin Parfaits?

  • Marshmallow creme- You’ll need about seven ounces of marshmallow creme to add a sweet flavor to the cream cheese. 
  • Cream cheese- Use about eight ounces of softened cream cheese for pumpkin parfaits. 
  • Orange juice- You’ll need two tablespoons of orange juice concentrate (thawed), each in pumpkin puree and in cream cheese mixture, to add citrus flavor to parfaits. 
  • Pumpkin puree- Use a can of pumpkin puree to add pumpkin flavor to the parfaits. 
  • Maple syrup- Just a one-fourth cup of maple syrup is enough to add a sweet flavor to the pumpkin puree in the parfaits. 
  • Cinnamon- Add ground cinnamon to the pumpkin puree. Cinnamon will give a nice spicy touch to this dessert. 
  • Nutmeg- Add ground nutmeg to add a warm nutty flavor to the pumpkin parfaits.  
  • Pecans- Add chopped toasted pecans to give a nice nutty crunch to every bite of pumpkin parfaits. 
  • Gingersnaps- add a whole gingersnap cookie on top while serving or crush the cookies and sprinkle it on the pumpkin parfaits. 
Pumpkin parfaits with crushed cookies

Steps To Make Pumpkin Parfaits

1. Mix Cream Cheese And Pumpkin

Add marshmallow cream, orange juice, and cream cheese to a bowl. Mix them to combine and keep them aside. Now take another bowl and combine pumpkin paste with cinnamon, nutmeg, a tablespoon of orange juice, and syrup. Now, add a one-fourth cup of cream cheese mixture to this bowl and mix. Keep this mixture aside. 

2. Prep The Pumpkin Parfaits

Start by adding cream cheese mixture at the bottom of each cup. Layer the pumpkin mixture over the cream cheese mixture and repeat the process to have alternate layers of cream cheese mixture and pumpkin mixture. Top with whipped cream. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Sprinkle chopped pecans and serve with a gingersnap cookie on top. 

Nutritional Information

Calories563 kcal
Carbohydrates112 g
Protein2 g
Fat15 g
Saturated Fat3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat5 g
Monounsaturated Fat5 g
Sodium151 mg
Potassium373 mg
Fiber4 g
Sugar86 g
Vitamin A15476 IU
Vitamin C14 mg
Calcium70 mg
Iron2 mg

How Will Pumpkin Parfaits Look and Taste?

So, finally! We’ve made these scrumptious pumpkin parfaits to compliment our Thanksgiving feast. It looks as good as it tastes. It has crunchy chopped pecans and gingersnap cookies topped over the layers of cream cheese mixture and pumpkin mixture. These sweet layers are filled with the sweetness of marshmallow creme and maple syrup with a hint of citrusy orange juice. Pumpkin puree is amped up with the spiciness of cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Pumpkin parfaits

Pumpkin Parfaits Recipe

Pumpkin parfait is a delicious Thanksgiving dessert. These little sweet treats are filled with cream cheese mixture and pumpkin mixture layered together. The crunchy pecans and gingersnap cookies add more flavor and crunch to this dessert. This dessert is loaded with the flavors of marshmallow creme, maple syrup, orange juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Chilling Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 563 kcal


  • Bowl
  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Spoon
  • Serving Cups
  • Blender


  • 7 ounce Marshmallow Creme
  • 8 ounce Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 2 tablespoon Orange Juice Concentrate (thawed)
  • 14 ounce Pumpkin Puree
  • ¼ cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • ¼ cup Toasted Pecans (chopped)
  • ¼ cup Gingersnaps (crushed)


  • Mix marshmallow cream, orange juice with cream cheese in a large bowl. Now, combine pumpkin paste with cinnamon, nutmeg, a tablespoon of orange juice, and syrup in another bowl. Add a one-fourth cup of cream cheese mixture to this bowl and mix.
  • Spoon some cream cheese mixture at the bottom of each cup. Now, layer the pumpkin mixture over the cream cheese mixture. Repeat the same process to have alternate layers of cream cheese mixture and pumpkin mixture.
  • Top with whipped cream and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Sprinkle chopped toasted pecans and serve this dessert with a gingersnap cookie on top.


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Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 112g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 86g | Vitamin A: 15476IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword American cuisine, Pumpkin, Pumpkin parfaits
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