Pumpkin Parfait Cups

Pumpkin Parfait Cups

Sometimes I just crave all the flavors of Thanksgiving long before the holiday. I even created a meatball specifically to pacify my tastebuds until the big feast: Thanksgiving Meatballs! They are accompanied by an amazing cranberry-mustard sauce. Add a few green beans and Fried Apples to the plate and my cravings subside. Well … almost … after all, no Thanksgiving meal can be without dessert. Let me introduce you to Pumpkin Parfait Cups.

At my brother’s house a while ago, the wife of the nephew of my sister-in-law (I love extended family) brought a pumpkin fluff dip with vanilla wafers. It was so light and full of fall flavors, I had to ask her to send me the recipe. She blushed a little and said, can you remember four things?

Sometimes …

when it’s important …

… like when I’m making a pre-Thanksgiving meal!

As I was mixing it up, I thought how pretty it would be layered in a glass cup. Instead of vanilla wafers, I used ground graham crackers for an additional layer in the cup. And, as a fall-loving-kid-at-heart, candy pumpkins provide the finishing touch.



Pumpkin Parfait Cups

This simple, yet beautiful, layered pumpkin dessert hits all the notes of fall and Thanksgiving. It is the perfect recipe for kids to assemble and everyone to enjoy!
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 6 cups


  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin
  • 1 4 ounce box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 8 ounce container frozen whipped topping defrosted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon see note below
  • 2 cups graham cracker or vanilla wafer crumbs


  • Combine pumpkin, pudding mix, half of the whipping topping, and cinnamon in a bowl; mix well.
  • Spoon a layer of crumbs into the bottom of serving cups, followed by a layer of pumpkin mixture and a layer of whipped topping. Repeat all layers. Sprinkle with a little more graham cracker or vanilla wafer crumbs.
  • Add a candy pumpkin, graham cracker rectangle or vanilla wafer on top.


You can use all cinnamon or you can use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/8 teaspoon cloves, and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg.
This recipe will make 6-8 servings as pictured. Amount will vary depending on the size of the cup and the thickness of the layers.

This no-bake parfait in individual cups was the perfect ending to our simple menu. It’s getting popular now to host “Friendsgiving” dinners or small-plate parties. Making these in small cups that everyone can take and eat as they mingle would surely please a crowd.

Or, like us, a crowd of two.

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