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Easy Cherry Vanilla Pudding Parfait

Make a ginger Cherry Vanilla Pudding Parfait with this easy recipe. Ginger brings out the flavor of Vanilla and makes this dessert!

Make a Ginger Vanilla Cherry Parfait with this easy recipe. Ginger brings out the flavor of Vanilla and makes this dessert!


Just when I thought that vanilla pudding could not be more…well vanilla, I stumbled upon something that changed my mind. Last week I was following a store recipe on making a crumb topping for grilled fruit using Ginger Snaps. 

The topping was awesome, but the recipe made way too much for the amount of fruit I grilled.  I was going to write about the grilled fruit but it had turned to mush on the grill so it was a total bust. Anyway, the ginger snap crumbs were so good that I ate them off the fruit and saved the rest for later. 

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I decided to make a pudding parfait and use the crumbs for a layer between the pudding and fruit. The ginger flavor completely enhances the taste of vanilla pudding. I would not believe it if I hadn’t tasted it for myself!  

Ingredients to make Vanilla Pudding Parfait

  • Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix – we love regular vanilla pudding, but French vanilla, white chocolate and cheesecake flavors are delicious too.
  • Milk – whole or 2% milk is best. Skim or not milk is not recommended because the pudding may not set .
  • Gingersnap Cookies – packaged, store bought variety. No need to make your own for this easy recipe.
  • Cherry Pie Filling – we love the kind from the can with no sugar added.
  • Butter – unsalted butter lets the cook control how much salt is in the recipe. It’s the only kind we buy.
  • Granulated Sugar – just plain white sugar.
  • Whipped Topping – it’s optional, but we used frozen non-dairy whipped topping to garnish our parfaits. You can make your own from whipping cream or use the kind from the refrigerated can to make fancy swirls!
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Vanilla Pudding Cherry Parfait

This is a fast and easy dessert that is fancy enough for company
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
chilling 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servins
Calories 369kcal

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  • 3.4 ounce instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1-3/4 cup milk, 2%
  • 21 ounce Cherry Pie filling, canned
  • 25 Ginger Snaps
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Almond Extract, optional
  • Whipped Topping or Whipped cream, optional
  • Sliced almonds for garnish, optional


  • In medium bowl, whisk pudding mix and milk until mixture starts to thicken. Set aside, do not refrigerate yet
  • In a small bowl, crush the ginger snap cookies into crumbs, or use a food processor. Add the butter and sugar and mix thoroughly. Set aside, reserving 1/4 cup of crumbs for garnish
  • Pour the can of pie filling into a small bowl, add 1/8 teaspooon Almond Extract. Stir to blend, set aside.
  • Into 6 small parfait glasses, assemble the dessert. Put a scant tablepoon of ginger snap crumbs into the bottom of each glass. Spoon 2 tablespoons of vanilla pudding on top of crumbs. Add 2 tablespoons of cherry pie filling on top of pudding. Continue this process in all 6 glasses until the crumbs,pudding and pie filling have all been used.
  • Chill for 1 hour until pudding is set.
  • Garnish parfaits with reserved crumbs, whipped cream and almond slices (optional)


Almond extract is a perfect compliment to cherries. Just a few drops bring out the intense flavor of the cherries. Any cookie crumbs can be used for the crumb layer, use your favorite flavor.


Serving: 1parfait | Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 271mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 397IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Thank you very much! I love that the Ginger gives it so much flavor! If you make it, let me know how you like it:) Have a great week!

  2. What a “glamorous” dessert. I love your presentation. I really love your recipe. It seems like something I could really make. Everyone will be so impressed! Win Win. Thank you.

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