Monday, May 6, 2013

Individual Chocolate Pudding Cheesecake Parfaits

Individual Chocolate Pudding Cheesecake Parfaits

What do you do when you see a recipe for a dessert that you absolutely, positively want to eat but you know that, if you make it, you will end up finishing the whole big pan, mostly by yourself?  Well, first you try to forget about it but that doesn't seem to work so good.  Then you wonder if you can invite half a dozen friends over for a coffee and dessert party but it's so hard getting people together on short notice...like...in about an hour?

Individual Chocolate Pudding Cheesecake Parfaits
Next you think about which of your neighbors you will unload the rest of the pan on... assuming you will actually give it up.  Lastly, you begin to rationalize the number of calories in the pan and the number of days it will take you to eat it all while knowing full well that you are lying to yourself because you will eat it all in less than half that time.  Back to trying to forget about it.  Sigh...

Individual Chocolate Pudding Cheesecake Parfaits
Since none of those things actually worked for me and I had to improvise another method.  I've seen so many variations of this dessert labeled 'better than sex' cake or 'sex in a pan' cake, etc.  They all seem to be some combination of cookies, no bake cheesecake and pudding.  So I decided to both skinny up the recipe and portion it down to individual servings in little jars.  Single, delicious, delectable, spoon licking, jar licking, bowl scraping little individual servings.  That method worked good.  Well, except for the part where I wanted to make it all over again the next day.  Still trying to work out that kink.  Enjoy!

Ingredients
3 Butter cookies
1/4 Cup low fat cream cheese
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Teaspoon vanilla
1/4 Cup light or fat free prepared whipped topping
1 Tablespoon low fat milk
2 Tablespoons chocolate chips
3 Tablespoons sugar free chocolate pudding

Individual Chocolate Pudding Cheesecake Parfaits
Place the cookies in a plastic bag and crush them by using a rolling pin or even a soup can.  Spoon half the cookie crumbs into the bottom of an 8 oz. jar.

Combine the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, milk and whipped topping in a bowl and beat until thoroughly combined.  Spoon half the cheese mixture onto the cookie crumbs in the jar.  Sprinkle a tablespoon of the chocolate chips on top.

Spoon the chocolate pudding on top of the chips, top with the remaining cookie crumbs followed by the remaining cream cheese mixture.  Finish with the remaining chocolate chips and refrigerate for about half an hour.  This makes one, heavenly, serving but you can easily portion up the ingredients to make more jars.

20 comments:

  1. So if I keep these mini, I can eat more, right?

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  2. What a great idea to make these individual! I always like individual servings, makes you feel like you have some self control, especially when it is desserts.

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  3. Single serving treats are what I need more of in my life. Great idea. And here I'm thinking about how to multiply it to make a bunch for a party. How cool for everyone to have their own instead of digging out messy spoonfuls of a big trifle.

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  4. Love these.... Its perfect for a small dinner party!!! Everyone can have their own little parfait

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  5. This is dangerous. I normally send my desserts to my parents house or with my husband off to work. Thanks for skinny-ing this little guy up! I wish I had one premade in my fridge right now!

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  6. You'd never guess these beauties weren't full of fat and sugar! I think I might need two :)

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  7. YUM! These look great and we love parfaits at this house, especially as the weather get more warm. However, my husband would look at that little thing and ask if it was the appetizer to the dessert! I love that you made it skinny.

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  8. I am all about these single serving jars of goodness! Although I do think I would have a hard time just enjoying one. They look so delicious!

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  9. How perfect are these? There's nothing better than a single serving of chocolate pudding cheesecake! yum.

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  10. These cheesecake-pudding desserts look so delicious. It's a combination of my vafourite desserts - I love cheesecake and one of my favourite sweet meals is also pudding.

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  11. These are so cute. I love the individual serving sizes. Although it doesn't really stop me from eating too much. Definitely only make something like this when I know others will be around to help enjoy.

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  12. Genius! I love your idea for portion control. I've seen versions of this recipe too, but have never tried it, for exactly the same reasons as you. Between my sweet loving husband and myself it would be gone in one sitting. I've saved this for my next sweet treat attack.

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  13. That is basically the story of my life. I am constantly begging people to come take my leftovers. I wouldn't be able to stop myself around this!

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  14. I'm the same way. Once I make something, taste it, then fall in love with it, there's no convincing myself not to eat it. It's a constant battle with myself. These little sex jars look amazing. I'm calling them sex jars now because it just sounds cool.

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  15. Oh Anita I feel your pain! I hate to see food, especially dessert go to waste so I end up eating it and then it really goes to waist! Love this dessert and can't wait to try it.

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  16. I'm with Jennie - Sex jars! That is what the recipe should be called!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party.
    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/05/tgif-link-party-2.html

    Hugs, Cathy

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  17. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with Foodie Friends Friday! This is my Host Favorite and will be featured in a special post on Daily Dish Magazine on Monday! Please come back on Sunday to VOTE!

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  18. Hi there!

    I'm coming over from Foodie Friends Friday. Your recipes look absolutely delicious! These pudding parfaits sound like the perfect mini treat. I'm following you on FB and look forward to seeing more of your recipes.

    Rachel
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Young-Adventures/153028528072356

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  19. This cheesecake is amazing..

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  20. Very interesting blog. Alot of blogs I see these days don't really provide anything that I'm interested in, but I'm most definately interested in this one. Just thought that I would post and let you know.

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