Recipe Box, Peppermint Mousse Parfaits

Wow, time is flying!

Advent tree

We have been having a lot of fun with the Advent Tree

Advent calendar

It won’t be long now!

melted snowman 2

The other day the boys found a melted snowman in their sacks

melted snowman

Some mini marshmallows

melted snowman 1

Jelly beans, a carrot nose and a snowman printable that I found at Life in a Larger Story here

While they were noshing on snowmen we had some Peppermint Parfaits

peppermint mousse

These are creamy little bowls of peppermint heaven


All you need are a few ingredients, chocolate wafers, instant pudding mix, milk, Cool Whip, peppermint extract and candy


Pulverize the chocolate wafers then add 2 T melted butter and mix again.  The crumbs will still be very loose, but the butter adds just a little stability


Put a little in the bottom of individual bowls, shot glasses, or any small vessel

Martini or wine glasses would also be great for individual servings


I used these individual “Just Desserts” by Libbey.  These straight sided bowls are perfect for single serving desserts, dips, or appetizers


I used Andes Peppermint chips, but you could use any peppermint candy


Sprinkle a layer of peppermint on top of the cookie crumbs


To make the mousse, make the pudding according to the box directions [I used French Vanilla, which is very yellow, so use regular vanilla for better color control]


Beat the cream cheese until fluffy


Then combine pudding, cream cheese, dry cheesecake pudding mix, red food coloring and peppermint extract


Now fold in Cool Whip


You can use a small scoop to fill the dishes


Then smooth out the tops with the back of a spoon


Sprinkle a little of the remaining cookie crumbs on top and add more peppermints

peppermint parfaits

And you are ready for a party!

individual peppermint mousse

I adapted this recipe from Cincy Shopper


Servings 18 mini parfaits


  • 1 box 9 oz., Nabisco Chocolate Wafer cookies
  • 2 T melted butter
  • 1 box Instant Vanilla Pudding mix
  • 1 box Instant Cheesecake Pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup Andes Peppermint Chips or any crushed peppermint candy
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 tsp Peppermint extract
  • 8 oz Cool Whip thawed
  • red food coloring


  • Crush wafers in food processor. Add butter and mix again. Put a layer of crumbs in the bottom of individual dishes, reserving about 1/2 cup for garnishing later. Sprinkle with a layer of peppermint candy, again reserving a little for garnishing
  • Mix milk and vanilla pudding until blended. Set Aside. Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add the vanilla pudding, dry cheesecake pudding mix, food coloring and peppermint extract. Beat to combine, then fold in cool whip. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Sprinkle a heaping Tablespoon of cookie crumbs into the bottom of each dish. Top with a layer of crushed peppermints.
  • Spoon prepared mousee into dishes, smooth the top with the back of a spoon. Top with reserved cookie crumbs and crushed candy. Makes 18 1/2 cup servings.

for another printable version of Peppermint Mousse Parfaits click here

peppermint mousse cups

I hope your halls are decked and things are Jolly!

Note: I found these dessert dishes at BBB several years ago, and they are still widely available. I have seen them at Home Goods and Pier 1 and you can buy them online here

If you would like to see some other recipes perfect for individual servings, click on the green highlighted titles below

Key Lime Parfait

key lime cake parfait

Sand Dollar Dessert

sand dollar dessert 12

Snow Capped White Russian Parfaits

cookies and cream parfaits

Ice Cream Cake Parfaits



I will be sharing this with my favorite parties and blogs after the holidays~

4 Responses to “Recipe Box, Peppermint Mousse Parfaits”
  1. Emily says:

    I just bet those bags were a big hit with the boys! Love the recipe, the parfaits looks delish.
    Merry Christmas Jenna……………

  2. Mary says:

    Love the melted snowmen for the boys’ advent fun Jenna! Your Peppermint Parfaits are so pretty and perfect portion controlled desserts for the season too!

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