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Pumpkin Parfaits

Makes8 desserts
  • Active time:30 min
  • Start to finish:2 1/2 hr
October 2008
Imagine the wonderful flavors of pumpkin pie rejiggered into a dreamy mousse layered with cool whipped cream and crumbles of spicy gingersnaps. Best of all, this delicious dessert is a breeze to make—you may never go back to pie again.
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2 1/4 tsp)
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 (15-oz) can pure pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups chilled heavy cream, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, divided
  • 20 gingersnap cookies, coarsely crushed
  • Equipment:

    8 (6- to 8-oz) glasses
  • Sprinkle gelatin over water in a small saucepan and let soften 1 minute. Bring to a bare simmer, stirring until gelatin has dissolved. Whisk together gelatin mixture, pumpkin, brown sugar, spices, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Beat 1 cup cream with 1/2 tsp vanilla until it holds soft peaks, then fold into pumpkin mixture gently but thoroughly.
  • Beat remaining 1 1/4 cups cream with remaining 1 tsp vanilla until it holds soft peaks.
  • Spoon about 1/4 cup pumpkin mixture into bottom of each glass, then sprinkle with some of cookies and top with about 2 Tbsp whipped cream. Repeat layers once, ending with cream.
  • Chill until set, at least 2 hours.
Cooks’ notes: Parfaits can be made 1 day ahead and chilled.