Whiskey Pumpkin Shortbread Parfait

My name is Cheryl………..and I’m addicted to PUMPKIN!

Do you love pumpkin as much as I do? This time of year I feel like I can’t get enough of it!

You can eat it in cupcakes, pancakes, cream cheese, pie, whoopie pies, even coffee!

So when the good people at Walkers Shortbread asked me if I would use their famous shortbread in a recipe during the holidays………….PUMPKIN Parfait was the first thing that popped in my head!

If you don’t already love Walkers Shortbread, I’m sure you’ve seen them around.  They’ve been in the business of baking shortbread in small batches in a family bakery in the Scottish Highlands for over 100 years.


You are going to love me! Because this recipe I came up with is SO  scrumptious, something totally EASY to make, something you and your whole family will LOVE (you can leave out the alcohol for the kids).  We just won’t talk about what it will do to your hips!

This is a great alternative to pumpkin pie!

Whiskey Pumpkin Shortbread Parfait

Yield: 3-4

Whiskey Pumpkin Shortbread Parfait


  • 1-3/4 cup cold milk
  • 1/4 cup Whiskey (*you can omit and just use 2 cups milk)
  • 1 -4 cup serving box of JELL-O­ brand Pumpkin Spice Instant Pudding
  • Whip Cream
  • 2 cups very cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • Pecan Topping
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter
  • Cookie Layer
  • 3/4 of a package Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread, crushed
  • Caramel Syrup for topping


  1. In a medium bowl combine dry pudding mix with milk and whiskey with a wire whisk for 2 minuets then place in the refrigerator to set a little more.
  2. Nuts
  3. In a small bowl mix pecans with melted butter and brown sugar and set aside
  4. Whip Cream
  5. Using a chilled bowl and whisk attachment (I put mine in the freezer for about 20 mins) whip cold whipping cream with sugar and vanilla on high until peaks form (approx 3-4 mins)
  6. Shortbread Cookies
  7. Using a food processor and about 3/4 of a package of Pure Butter Walkers Shortbread pulse until fine or slightly chunky. (you could also put the shortbread in a zipper bag and crush with rolling pin) *I crushed them fine, but I think a little chunky would be even better!
  8. Put it all together: Using individual serving cups, layer; pudding crushed shortbread whipped cream pudding crushed shortbread top with a large dollop or whipped cream sprinkle with candied nuts
  9. drizzle with caramel syrup or topping garnish with 1/2 shortbread cookie

I’ll tell you………this was every bit as delicious as it looks!!

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A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

88 Responses to “Whiskey Pumpkin Shortbread Parfait”

  1. Suzy McNeilly posted on November 23, 2010 at 11:06 am (#)

    I’m all over the Walkers cheesecake!!!!!

  2. Suzy McNeilly posted on November 23, 2010 at 11:07 am (#)

    I follow you on FB!

  3. Suzy McNeilly posted on November 23, 2010 at 11:08 am (#)

    I receive your updates via email also. Thanks for all!

  4. Stefanie posted on November 23, 2010 at 11:50 am (#)

    I love the traditional Shortbread – best breakfast ever!

  5. yvonne posted on November 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm (#)

    I have been a Walker’s Shortbread lover forever. My favorite is just the plain butter cookie with a cup of coffee. Yummy afternoon treat!

  6. yvonne posted on November 23, 2010 at 12:08 pm (#)

    I am a follower.

  7. Randi Lynne posted on November 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm (#)

    I like the assorted ones and think I could try them with tea or coffee!

  8. Sheri Crowder posted on November 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm (#)

    Traditional shortbread is my absolute favorite so I wouldn’t change a thing but the animal shapes variety would be fun;-) Thanks for a great recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  9. Sheri Crowder posted on November 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm (#)

    . . .joined you on Facbook;-)

  10. Sheri Crowder posted on November 23, 2010 at 1:42 pm (#)

    . . .signed up for e-mails too!

  11. Lisa posted on November 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm (#)

    These look sensational! Im going to try them tomorrow along with this chocolate pumpkin recipe, it’s really fabulous if anyone wants to add it to their thanksgiving menu 😉

  12. Lisa posted on November 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm (#)

    My husband would love these. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Dewanna Raite posted on November 23, 2010 at 6:53 pm (#)

    I would make those parfaits and eat them all myself because pumpkin is my favorite flavor.

  14. susitravl posted on November 24, 2010 at 12:16 am (#)

    I love the Butterscotch Shortbread Rings.

  15. April @ The 21st Century Housewife posted on November 26, 2010 at 6:07 am (#)

    Walker’s shortbread is the best, and your recipe sounds delicious. Only problem is I can’t get Jello Pudding very easily in England – only specialist suppliers stock it and they only have ordinary flavours like chocolate and vanilla! Guess I’ll have to use vanilla and try to mix some pumpkin in – your recipe is too good to miss out on! Oh how I wish we could get all the yummy things you have in the US over here. Whenever we visit the US (which I’m very lucky to be able to do at least four or five times a year) I often come back with pistachio Jello pudding and Old Bay Seasoning tucked in my suitcase :) Hope you and yours are enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  16. Peggy posted on November 26, 2010 at 9:16 am (#)

    I love Walker’s Shortbread cookies and I would definitely make use of them by making this parfait! It sounds absolutely dreamy!

  17. Dina posted on November 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm (#)

    creative! sounds good.

  18. Megan posted on November 27, 2010 at 10:15 am (#)

    I would love to use the traditional shortbread cookies to crush as a pie crust! Maybe with a yummy pumpkin filling, or a rich cheesecake! YUM!

  19. Jan posted on November 28, 2010 at 6:22 pm (#)

    I have had many a love affair with Walkers shortbread. So buttery, not too sweet, and the perfect amount of salt. It’s been awhile, and ’tis the season. Maybe I’ll rekindle that love affair.
    P.S. Just saw on the Walkers site that Walkers makes a whiskey fruitcake! How did I not know this?

  20. Melissa posted on November 29, 2010 at 12:06 am (#)

    I Tweeted :)

    Thanks for an opportunity to WIN!!

    Melissa from Naches, WA

  21. Melissa posted on November 29, 2010 at 12:08 am (#)

    i would totallly love to try out the recipe with Walkers shortbreatD


    Melissa from Naches, WA

  22. Katherine posted on November 29, 2010 at 3:22 pm (#)

    I love the white chocolate and raspberry cookies and I would make home made crust with the cookies for a cheesecake.

  23. Polly posted on November 25, 2012 at 4:03 pm (#)

    I would rather make my own shortbread togo with this. It’s fresher, no preservatives, awesome butter flavor and lots more tender and flaky as opposed to crunchy,dry and crumbly, and it can be made ahead and frozen for future use/serving.

    • TidyMom replied on November 26th, 2012 at 8:11 am

      I’m sure that would be great too! – personally though, I love the crunchy crumbly taste of store bought, like the Walkers shortbread 😉


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