Sometimes, a picture is worth 1000 words.
I think now is one of those times.
Let me explain, in case you’re confused. Oreo crust. Pumpkin pudding. Whipped cream. Oreo. Pumpkin. Whip. Oreo. Delicious spoonfuls of marvelousness coming your way. Yes, please.
Individual Pumpkin Pie Parfaits are like a cup of pumpkin pie, except 1000% easier and [dare I say] way more delicious. I made these recently when we had friends over for dinner because they could be made ahead of time from ingredients already in my fridge and pantry. I typically go for over the top baked desserts when I’m cooking for company and so often just forget about pudding or easy chilled treats, but these parfaits are a good reminder to think beyond the oven and experience fall in a new way. Pumpkin and chocolate just can’t be beat this time of year.
- 1 small box [3.4 ounce package] instant vanilla pudding
- 2 1/2 cups milk, divided
- 1 envelope Dream Whip
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 cup crushed Oreos [8-10]
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
In a medium bowl, combine vanilla pudding powder and 2 cups milk. Beat with a wire whisk for 2 minutes then cover and refrigerate for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a stand mixer, whisk Dream Whip envelope, 1/2 cup milk, and vanilla on low for two minutes. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl, then beat on high for 5-8 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
Remove pudding from refrigerator and stir in pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree. Set aside. Stir powdered sugar into Dream Whip mixture. Set aside.
Mix together Oreo crumbs and melted butter. Press 1 tablespoon into the bottom of four small dessert glasses or bowls, then top with 1/4 cup pudding, and 1/4 cup Dream Whip*. Repeat, ending with cookie crumbs.
Refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 4 hours.
Can substitute 2 cups Cool Whip or Whipped Cream for the Dream Whip. I just used what I had at home.