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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The awesome people at Walkers Shortbread would like to give two TidyMom readers a holiday cup and cookies! Just enough to make your own parfait, or snack on some cookies with your favorite coffee or tea.

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Disclosure: The awesine people from Walkers Shortbread sent me a few boxes of cookies to try and will be supplying the prize above for the winnesr of this giveaway.


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Cheryl Sousan

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+


  1. As an honorary Brit via marriage, Walker’s are the standard by which all other shortbreads are judged. They’re my absolute favorite!

  2. Yum! These look fantastic 🙂 I am also a pumpkin addict, so I would definitely give these parfaits a try!

  3. I love buying those shortbread cookies in Disneyworld! My favorites are the traditional rectangles.

  4. I subscribe via GFC. this recipe looks amazing. I’m addicted to pumpkin myself!

  5. Butterscotch! But in a close second, are the William Wallace Highlanders. How amazing are those tins??

  6. I’m a Tidy Mom subscriber!

  7. I love Walker’s shortbread. But I also love making my own shortbread cookies every year and dipping them in chocolate.

  8. My favorites are the traditional shortbread. Your recipe looks yummy!

  9. Oh Cheryl. You killed me with this one. I LOVE Walkers Shortbread!!! My absolute favorite is the chocolate chip shortbread cookies. That’s such a treat – my family knows that is the best Christmas gift EVER for me!!!

  10. I love the shortbread straight up. They would also make a yummy pie crust in lieu of a graham cracker crust!

  11. The parfait looks amazing! Gorgeous pictures!

  12. my favorite would be the assorted box

  13. I am a subscriber RSS feed , google reader

  14. I follow Tidy Mom on twitter and tweeted this giveaway

  15. I follow Tidy Mom on facebook! 🙂

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  17. I am a follower of yours on facebook & I posted your giveaway on my blog:

    Sounds delicious!

  18. oh my goodness – the yumminess!

    Jim Beam.. atta girl 😉

  19. Hope I am the winner. I love to crush shortbread, mix with butter for a pie crust for my best Lemon cream pie – yummo!

  20. Cheryl!!! These sound FABULOUS!!!

    I’d love to try the ginger royals!

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  23. Oh snap! Seriously, that is just dangerous and all kinds of right .What would I make…I going to have to sleep on that in order to come up with something as amazing as what you concocted 😉

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  32. Forget what my hips may think! My tastebuds rule this body and this is fab! Seriously, I am making this, inviting all my girlfriends over and we are going to enjoy this without hesitation and without guilt.

  33. I would probably coat the shortbread cookies in caramel and chocolate.

  34. I’m following you on Twitter and I tweeted. (ps152)

  35. I think the Pure Butter Shortbreads are the way to go. And I’m also a pumpkin addict, so I adore those parfaits!

  36. I follow on twitter @jojobean26.

  37. Wow! Now that looks like the ultimate dessert! YUM!

  38. Assorted box for sure! Then you get a bit of all the awesomness!

  39. These parfaits are so pretty. You really caught my eye with the whiskey and shortbread combination. Throw some pumpkin in there and I’m sold.

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  41. I have no doubt that these are as delicious as they look!

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