Lemon Parfait Dessert

If you’re looking for a quick and easy no-bake dessert, look no further! This Lemon Parfait Dessert will be your new go-to sweet treat!

A straight-on images of 3 lemon parfaits.

Lemon Parfait Dessert

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Try some other delicious lemon desserts like Lemon Pound Cake, Lemon Bars and Raspberry Lemon Icebox Pie.

Sometimes, ya just don’t feel like baking (the horror!). But seriously, have you ever had those dinner parties, where you’re busting your butt to get a killer meal together and then you remember you have to make a killer dessert to go with the killer meal. Whoops.

But you guys, I’ve got you. Parfaits to the rescue.

Think about it. Creamy. Lemon-y. With delightfully crispy bits of cookie. And you don’t even have to turn on your oven! And really, who doesn’t love getting their own, individual-size dessert? With this dessert, you can wow your guests the easy way.

Zoomed in layers of the side of a lemon parfait.

Tips for making this Lemon Parfait recipe

  • The key to making these look pretty is to carefully place each layer round the outside of the cup and then fill in the middle of the layer.
  • You can use any clear cup you have, just remember, ingredient amounts may vary based on the size of the cups. Mine were rather large stemless wine glasses so I wrote the recipe for four but you can always do more or less.
  • I like to crumble the cookies into little chunks that are just a bit smaller than bite-size.

A close up image of a lemon parfait

What is a parfait?

A parfait is a layered recipe in a clear glass. It was originally made with frozen custard but I’m giving it my own twist. Some people also call this dessert a Trifle, but I always think of a Trifle as a layered dessert in a giant bowl, so I went with parfait.

Is a parfait a breakfast food?

It can be, particularly if made with yogurt, granola and fruit. In this case it’s definitely more of a dessert.

How healthy is a parfait?

While a parfait can be healthy, this recipe is not healthy. It’s a dessert.

Will the cookies in the parfait get soggy?

They could if they sit for too long.

Can I make lemon parfaits ahead?

Yes, but the cookies will soften up (which isn’t exactly a bad thing).

How long for lemon parfaits last?

Up to three days in the refrigerator.

A close up of 3 lemon parfaits

Ingredients for lemon parfait cups

  • Shortbread cookies
  • Lemon pie filling
  • Whipped topping

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Lemon Parfait Dessert
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

If you're looking for a quick and easy no-bake dessert, look no further! This Lemon Parfait Dessert will be your new go-to sweet treat!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: parfait
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
Ingredients
  • 64 shortbread cookies, crumbled (around 2 large packages)
  • 16 ounces whipped topping
  • 2 large cans lemon pie filling
Instructions
  1. In each cup start with 5 crumbled cookies.

  2. Next top with an even layer of 1/4 cup lemon pie filling.

  3. Add an even layer of 1/4 cup whipped topping.

  4. Top with a layer of 5 crumbled cookies.

  5. Next top with an even layer of 1/4 cup lemon pie filling.

  6. Add an even layer of 1/4 cup whipped topping.

  7. Top with a layer of 5 crumbled cookies.

  8. Now top with an even layer of 1/4 cup lemon pie filling.

  9. Top with an even layer of 1/4 cup whipped topping.

  10. Finish each cup with a whole shortbread cookie. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving.

Recipe Notes

Please note: ingredient amounts may vary based on the size of your glasses.

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