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White Chocolate-Candy Cane Parfaits

 White Chocolate-Candy Cane Parfaits
Candy canes add fun crunch and a burst of mint flavor in these lovely parfaits. The delightful desserts are fun for the holidays.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
8 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Cook: 10 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 3 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup finely crushed candy canes, divided
  • 1/3 cup crushed shortbread cookies
  • Additional crushed candy canes

Directions

  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt.
  • Gradually add 1 cup heavy whipping cream and milk. Bring to a boil
  • over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; cook and
  • stir with a wire whisk 2-3 minutes longer or until thickened.
  • Remove from the heat. Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg
  • yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle

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White Chocolate-Candy Cane Parfaits (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in
  • white chocolate until melted. Stir in vanilla. Transfer to a large
  • bowl. Cool to room temperature without stirring. Press waxed paper
  • onto surface of pudding; refrigerate until chilled.
  • In a small bowl, beat remaining cream until it begins to thicken. Add
  • confectioners' sugar and peppermint extract; beat until soft peaks
  • form. Fold in 2 tablespoons crushed candies.
  • In each of eight dessert dishes, layer 1/4 cup pudding and 2
  • teaspoons crushed candies and cookie crumbs. Top with whipped cream.
  • Garnish with additional crushed candies. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 parfait equals 408 calories, 27 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 146 mg cholesterol, 171 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 5 g protein.