St. Paddy’s Day Parfaits

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St. Patrick’s Day is coming – March 17th! I have to say, St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a real big deal around our house being that none of us are Irish. But, I did tell my fellas I would make them a few treats for the upcoming holiday.

The problem is, one of my boys really isn’t too fond of mint. He will tolerate it in small quantities, but he’s not a fan.

So I need to make a few treats that don’t involve massive amounts of Kelly green frosting, that turn his lips and tongue bright green. Good luck with that, right? :)

Let’s take a look.

Irish Creme

If you guys haven’t tried this stuff yet, it’s wonderful! This creamer is called Irish Crème. Remember guys, this is a creamer, so it is alcohol free!

The reason I like using flavored creamers so much is because they add a nice, yet subtle flavor to whatever you’re baking. Of course you can use flavored extracts if you prefer, for me it just depends on what I’m making.

Brownie Batter

Your basic brownie batter. I have added the Irish Crème Gourmet Creamer in place of the water. Stir just until moistened.

Filling Cream

This filling is fabulous! It didn’t photograph well, but it is actually a very nice light green color. You could easily make it darker with food coloring, if you wanted to.

I don’t really know where this recipe came from. I had it scribbled down on a piece of paper and stuck in my myriad of recipes to try. I’ve had it forever. It can be used for frosting, filling, just about anything – it’s simply instant pudding, milk (I used creamer) and Cool Whip. It’s delicious!

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Voila! Here you have the final product.

By the way, everyone in my house L-O-V-E-D the parfaits!!

St. Paddy’s Day Parfaits              

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Ingredients

1 brownie mix (you can use a snack size or family size mix, depending on how many parfaits you want)

1 bottle Irish Crème Gourmet Creamer

1 box instant pudding, any flavor, (I used pistachio) 

1 container Cool Whip Topping, I don’t use it often but at times it’s a great help

Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup (I only used a small amount)

Handful of chocolate waffer cookies (I wanted the crunchy texture, you can use whatever you want)

St. Patrick’s Day Sprinkles

*MM Note: a few ideas for other garnishes mini chocolate chips, mini M&M’s, chopped Mint Oreos, chopped Thin Mint cookies, chopped Andes Mints, use anything you want

Directions

1. In a large bowl, combine the brownie mix, Irish Crème Gourmet Creamer, oil, and eggs; stir just until moistened.

2. Pour into greased pan, size will depend on what size brownie mix is being used. Bake at 350 degrees, or temperature and time, called for on back of box. Bake until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. When pan is cool enough to handle, place in fridge for additional cooling. They will cut better after being in the fridge for a bit.

3. For filling, mix together instant pudding flavor of choice, 1/2 the liquid called for, replacing milk with flavored creamer. After creamer and pudding are combined well, gently fold in Cool Whip. Place in refrigerator while brownies are cooling.

4. When ready to create parfaits, start with brownie on the bottom, gently crumbling. Keep in mind you want small pieces, not crumbs, layer with desired amount of filling, chocolate syrup, and any other garnishes you want in the parfaits. Repeat layers as many times as desired. You may want to add extra garnish on the tops of the parfaits. Allow parfaits to rest in fridge for at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve and enjoy the delicious flavors!

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Pudding Parfaits are a great dessert no matter who you are!

In the summer I like to do lighter parfaits with lots of great summer flavors, and in the winter I usually go with something a little heavier. This isn’t my usual winter combo, but I will be honest with you – I have had enough mint, mocha and gingerbread to last my a very long time.

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Here are the basic ingredients you’ll need to prepare these delights. I knew I wanted to make a soft and chewy cookie for the bottom layer of the parfaits. I took a dry sugar cookie mix and added a box of dry french vanilla instant pudding, then the butter and egg, as called for on the back of the package.

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The cookies came out exactly how I wanted them to, soft and chewy, because of the pudding. You could barely taste the french vanilla flavor from the pudding, but they were still very good.

Pudding parfaits are a great way to stretch a dollar, create a unique dessert, and best of all the possibilities are endless!

I like to garnish the top with just a little bit of whip cream and a little crumbled cookie. It just seems to make it more exciting. :)

Chocolate-Banana Pudding Parfaits

Ingredients

Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding

Lo-Fat Milk (I use 1% because my kids drink it)

Sugar Cookies, be sure to save one or two for garnish, (I made my own, but any will do)

Bananas (I go about 1/2 a banana per person, you could easily go with less)

Whip Cream, Cool Whip or Rhedi-Whip, as desired

Directions

1. Pour 1 package (4-serving size) Instant Chocolate Pudding in medium bowl, add 2 cups of cold milk. Beat with wire whisk for about 2 minutes, or until well blended. This step is optional, gently fold in about a half a cup of whip cream, Cool Whip, or Rhedi-Whip. It doesn’t have to be exact.

2. I usually get six average size parfaits, or four large parfaits if you have big eaters coming for dinner. For a family use six parfait cups, if it’s your college age son and some of his buddies, you may want to go with four. It’s your call.

3. Crumble one or two sugar cookies in the bottom of your parfait glass. Then add the banana, be sure to slice it into pieces, then add the pudding, as is.

4. Now my favorite part. Garnish the top with a dollop of topping, whatever kind your family like, a little bit of crumbled cookie, and any type of sprinkle or other topping you would like to add.

5. Cover and place in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. The colder they are, the better they are when you serve.

* Note: If it’s going to be more than a few hours before you serve the pudding parfaits, simply cover and place in the fridge to get nice and cold, and garnish just before serving.

 

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