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Homemade Pistachio Pudding Parfaits
Author: Jackie
  • 1 cup pistachios , ground
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • a few drops green food coloring
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cups whipped topping
  • 12 pecan shortbread cookies , coarsely crushed
For the pudding
  1. Using a food processor, grind pistachios as fine as you can get them. Then add powdered sugar and process a few times to combine.
  2. Add water to pistachios to create a paste.
  3. In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, combine milk and pistachio paste and heat on medium low until it begins to simmer (do not let it boil), stirring occasionally.
  4. In a separate bowl, slightly beat egg yolks.
  5. In a small cup or bowl, combine cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water to create a paste.
  6. Once milk mixture begins to simmer, remove from heat and cool for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Once cooled slightly, add 1 tablespoon at a time of milk to egg yolks while whisking to avoid cooking eggs.
  8. Repeat this process two more times.
  9. Next, return milk mixture to medium low heat.
  10. Add egg yolks and cornstarch to the milk mixture and stir constantly.
  11. Once milk mixture thickens and coats the back of your spoon, remove from heat and stir in almond extract and green food coloring.
  12. If you want your pudding smooth, pour the entire content through a strainer/sieve into a big bowl or individual serving bowls.
  13. Once pudding has cooled slightly (about 15 minutes) cover with plastic wrap (placing wrap directly on pudding to avoid pudding skin) and chill for 4+ hours.
To Make the Parfaits
  1. Beat together cream cheese and powdered sugar.
  2. Fold in whipped topping.
  3. Add about a tablespoon of crushed shortbread cookies to the parfait cup.
  4. Next, add a layer of pistachio pudding followed by a layer of whipped cream cheese topping.
  5. Continue until cup is filled.
  6. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to 5 hours before serving.