Got ten minutes? Then you’ve got Thanksgiving dessert. I’m continuing my Thanksgiving meal prep this week (basically test driving recipes for y’all as I’m meal planning haha!). I’m down to what is arguably my favorite course- desserts. I’m also continuing my theme of fall off the log simple (easy baked ham, dressing in less than an hour, and crock pot honey carrots) but this one may take the cake for being the easiest. No cooking or baking and done in less than ten minutes. You can handle that, right? I figured I would need a no brainer easy dessert after making all those other things for the main meal. And this one has one of my favorite flavors of the season. I know there’s a lot of pumpkin lovers out there, but I’m team salted caramel y’all. You just have to try these Salted Caramel Pudding Parfaits. One of the best things I’ve ever made- and one of the easiest.
- 1 Box Jello INSTANT vanilla pudding
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 box gingersnaps crushed into crumbs
- 1 jar Smucker's salted caramel ice cream topping
- Make the Jello pudding with whole milk according to the box instructions adding the cinnamon and nutmeg as you are mixing.
- In small bowls, jars, glasses or parfait cups, add one layer of gingersnap crumbs, then add one layer of the pudding, then one layer of the salted caramel sauce.
- Continue alternating the layers until you've reached the desired full level in your cup.
- Top with Cool Whip and ginger snap crumbs.
- Tastes best if served immediately. (Cookie crumbs get soggy in the fridge.)
I’ve seen a ton of pumpkin parfaits on Pinterest and got the idea for the salted caramel option. I saw a few Salted Caramels when I researched but, they involved making the pudding and salted caramel sauce from scratch. Props if you do that! But on a busy day like Thanksgiving it’s just not happening here. I used the instant pudding but wanted to give it a holiday custard type flavor and added the spices. Honestly, the pudding with the nutmeg and cinnamon is amazing and I’m kicking myself for not trying it before!
I got the Smucker’s Salted Caramel sauce in the ice cream section at Target. It is delicious but quite rich so when you layer your parfait, keep in mind that a little goes a long way. And also keep in mind that this awesome stuff is super messy, so if your parfait isn’t perfect looking (See inside of my glass below.), it’s okay because it will taste perfect. I used gingersnap crumbs and their bite went perfectly with the pudding and the caramel. You could also try graham crackers if you don’t like gingersnaps. You can crush the cookies in a food processor or if you don’t feel like dragging out the food processor, use a meat mallet with the cookies in a Ziploc bag like I did. These are wonderful and incredibly rich so maybe go for the smaller dessert cups. These glasses are about the size of a high ball and it was almost too much! (Yes, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing!) 🙂
This Salted Caramel Pudding Parfait is super delicious and such a wonderfully easy dessert. Almost too easy because now I want to make them ALL the time. If you get stressed on Thanksgiving, just know that you will absolutely nail dessert because this is so easy. And if you want to eat it first, I won’t tell.