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Strawberry Shortcake Parfait

Strawberry Shortcake Parfait Recipe - www.thebudgetsocialite.com

I’ve never been a fan of tooting my own horn… Ok, that’s a lie. But in this case, it’s not just me. It’s all of France. Parfait is French for “perfect”.  So when I tell you this strawberry shortcake parfait is the perfect dessert, I have an entire country backing me up.

Strawberry Shortcake Parfait

Most strawberry shortcake parfait recipes you see floating around use store-bought pound cake. That works, but I like to get wild and crazy and use shortbread cookies. What can I say? I like the crunch and I’m a recipe gansta.

This dessert is as easy as it is delicious. It’s just layering things you picked up at the grocery store. If you wanna put a bit more effort in, you can make fresh whipped cream and your own strawberry balsamic sauce. Both are mouth-watering, choose your own adventure.

Strawberry Shortcake Parfait Ingredients - www.thebudgetsocialite.com


  • Pudding mix
  • Milk
  • 12 oz frozen strawberries in syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • Cool whip
  • 11 shortbread cookies

This is how we do it

  1. Defrost the strawberries
  2. (Optional) Add balsamic vinegar to the strawberry syrup
  3. Make the pudding as per the instructions on the package. Usually there’s some milk and whisk action involved.
  4. Crush up those cookies. You can use a food processor or put them in ziplock and go to town.
  5. Layer ingredients in a glass. Start with the crushed cookies, then the pudding, then strawberries in syrup and lastly the cool whip. If you are using a big glass, repeat.

Strawberry Shortcake Parfait - www.thebudgetsocialite.com

Party Food

You can easily make this parfait the night before, if you are throwing a party. Simply cover your glasses with cling wrap and refrigerate. Speaking of glasses, I’ve served this in hurricane glasses (pictured) for a dinner party type situation OR using my shot glasses and spoon set and put it out buffet style. You have options aplenty.

Do you have a go-to party dessert recipe? Let us know in the comments.

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Trinidad Pena is a blogger, foodie, and design superhero bent on helping others kick-ass online, world domination and convincing the world that wine belongs in the fruit food group since it’s made from grapes.


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