Party Panache, Peppermint Mousse Parfaits

This dessert is so pretty, full of holiday flavor,

and so easy to serve because it’s in individual dishes

peppermint mousse

They are creamy little bowls of peppermint heaven!


All you need are a few ingredients, chocolate wafers,

instant pudding mixes, milk, Cool Whip,

peppermint extract and candy


Crush 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


Reserve about 1/2 cup of crumbs for garnishing

Divide the rest in the bottom of individual bowls, shot glasses,

martini or wine glasses, or ramekins

This recipe makes 18 1/2 cup servings

You can make larger servings in 1 cup jars if desired


I used these individual “Just Desserts” by Libbey

These straight sided bowls are perfect for

single serving desserts, dips, or appetizers

I found these dessert dishes at BBB several years ago,

or you can get a similar set online glass dessert cups

Sprinkle a layer of peppermint on top of the cookie crumbs

I used Andes Peppermint chips,

but you could use any chopped up peppermint candy


To make the mousse, make the vanilla 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

Party ready!

individual peppermint mousse

This recipe is adapted 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.
peppermint mousse cups

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31 Responses to “Party Panache, Peppermint Mousse Parfaits”
  1. Such a fabulous holiday dessert! Thank you for showing each step-very helpful. Peppermint happens to be one of my favorites.

  2. Definitely a keeper! I love peppermint and this would be great for a dessert buffet. I’ll check out those little cups; I could see those coming in hand for Cork Poppers now that we are doing appetizer/dessert gatherings. They’d be good for mise en place, too. Thanks for this one!

  3. I love a dessert that is made in individual dishes; it just makes it feel really festive, and this one is certainly lovely to behold!

  4. I always love a dessert that is served in individual dishes. This looks so festive Jenna. Merry Sunday 🎄

  5. Very festive!

  6. Such a lovely holiday dessert! Love the pretty pinky colour.

  7. lghiggins says:

    So cute and so easy to make. It sounds delicious. I try to not use so many processed foods in cooking, but sometimes it just makes sense.

  8. I know I’d love this! And thank you for mentioning the color of the pudding… Why??? Pudding isn’t yellow-Jello! Have a great week Jenna:@)

  9. What a darling idea, and the dessert looks delish, too!

  10. A very interesting recipe. It looks appetizing 🙂 Great culinary inspiration!
    Greetings from Poland!

  11. Nancy says:

    What a fabulous Holiday Dessert! I enjoy how you put it into individual cups. Such a great presentation for a Holiday party!

  12. Shelia says:

    Dear Jenna, Don’t know if your birthday has passed or is soon, but best wishes for the day and the next year ahead! Today is my birthday–and I have never felt so behind. Between church events, a neighborhood luminary project (beautiful!) and just trying to finish things up, I feel WAY behind. But, shopping online has been a lifesaver, and hey, we Sagittarian women never give up! Keep these recipes coming and have a wonderful holiday season. Georgia Gal

    • Happy birthday Sheila! we are almost birthday twins, my birthday is the 11th. Sounds like you are a busy gal! I was really behind too, and they a few days ago I spent some time shopping on Amazon and knocked it out! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Go Dawgs!

  13. Kim says:

    Oh, this looks so yummy! I love the individual dishes and it would be so perfect for a party! Pinned! Hope everything is well down there!

  14. Mary says:

    I remember your pretty little peppermint parfaits Jenna! Mini desserts are a favorite at the holidays. Wishing you a Merry week. ♥

  15. Kitty says:

    What a perfectly festive and easy holiday dessert, Jenna!! I’m going to look for the peppermint candies, as I’m out of them, but if not, crushed candy canes will work!

  16. Yumm and so pretty. I love individual desserts, a taste of something delicious in a smaller bite. I have quite a few small glass dessert cups. This looks so easy too. I always pipe in my mousse, so there is no mess around the edges. Thanks Jenna for sharing another lovely dessert. Merry Christmas.

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