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Almond Cream Parfaits

 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.
6-8 ServingsPrep: 10 min. + chilling Cook: 15 min.


  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 cups milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure 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. Yield: 6-8 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 423 calories, 26 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 164 mg cholesterol, 93 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.