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During the holidays we always attend several parties and host a party or two at our house instead. I enjoy making holiday foods and I get a lot of my holiday inspiration from the Kraft Walmart Hub. Most times I'm asked to make dessert because it's one of my specialties. In the past I used to make a cake or a pie but I've found that making individual sized desserts is the best. I like creating desserts that guests can pick up and eat as they mingle at a party. This year my signature dessert is going to be individual Pumpkin Pie Parfaits.
I headed out to Walmart to look for the ingredients I needed for the Pumpkin Pie Parfaits. The first thing I picked up were two Mrs. Smith's Pumpkin Pies. I really enjoy Mrs. Smith's pies because the flaky crusts are made with a touch of real butter which makes a real difference in the flavor! Since no pumpkin pie is complete without the topping, I picked up a container of Cool Whip as well. Now to make the parfaits something special I added a package of dried cranberries and some walnuts to my cart as well.
The best way to make these parfaits is to cook the pies the day before. Simply place them in the oven and bake until the centers are cooked through. I then allow them to cool on a cooling rack. The next day when I'm ready to assemble the parfaits, the pies are ready to go!
In order to make the parfaits I needed 2 sized of circular cookie cutters. A cookie cutter isn't necessary, but it makes it a whole lot easier. I cut 6 small circles and 3 large circles out of each pumpkin pie. Then I placed the Cool Whip in a zip top baggie and snipped off the end. I made the parfaits by layering the pumpkin pie rounds, Cool Whip, dried cranberries, and walnuts in a clear glass. On the top I sprinkled just a pinch of pumpkin pie spice.
The parfaits ended up looking beautiful. The layers of pumpkin and Cool Whip were easy to see and the dried cranberries added a pop of color. I added some disposable silver spoons and the look was complete. I served them on skinny white trays and everyone loved them. They were super delicious, fun to eat, and looked good too! I can't wait to make them again for our Thanksgiving dinner.
Do you want to try making these Pumpkin Pie Parfaits? You can get $1.00 Mrs. Smith's pies with the purchase of Cool Whip now through December 10 with the coupon found HERE.
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- 2 Mrs. Smith's Pumpkin Pies
- 1 container Cool Whip
- 1 c. dried cranberries
- 1 c. walnuts, chopped
- 1 t. pumpkin pie spice
- 6 clear glasses
- Bake the Pumpkin Pies according to the package directions and allow to cool for 2 hours.
- To make the parfaits, find a circular cookie cutter the size of your clear glasses. Cut 9 circles out of each pumpkin pie. Discard the pie scraps or place in a bowl to snack on while you work.
- Place the Cool Whip is a zip top bag and snip off the end.
- Place 1 pie circle in the bottom of each of 6 glasses. Using a circular motion, pipe out Cool Whip on top of each pie circle. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of cranberries and 1 teaspoon of walnuts.
- Repeat for two more layers in each glass. Once the parfaits have been assembled, sprinkle with a light dusting of pumpkin pie spice.
- Add a spoon and serve.
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