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Almond Cream Parfaits

Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies—particularly during the Christmas season. These parfaits are a great way to top off holiday meals. They have a sweet almond flavor but aren't too heavy and filling.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 cups milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped toasted almonds
  • 1/2 cup shortbread cookie crumbs
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 6 to 8 maraschino cherries


  • In a large saucepan, combine 3/4 cup sugar and cornstarch. Gradually add milk until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg yolks; gradually add 1 cup hot milk mixture. Return all to pan. Bring to a boil; cook for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Add butter and extract; mix well. Chill for 1 hour or until cool.
  • Add almonds. Pour into six to eight parfait glasses; sprinkle with cookie crumbs. In a bowl, beat cream and remaining sugar until soft peaks form. Spoon over parfaits. Chill. Just before serving, garnish with cherries.

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