Shot Glass Apple Parfaits

by lisa on September 23, 2011 · 22 comments

Have you heard of Kitchen Play? Each month Kitchen Play hosts a unique progressive dinner party where six talented bloggers are assigned a course where they incorporate a product into a created recipe. This month the virtual dinner party was sponsored by The US Apple Association. Bloggers can take the challenge of recreating one of the six bloggers recipes. I decided to take on the challenge of the dessert course.

Brandy of Nutmeg Nanny made a comforting parfait where she alternated layers of brown sugar apples, vanilla yogurt, maple syrup and granola. It is the perfect fall dessert! With the mini dessert craze that has hit the restaurant industry, I decided to make mine in shot glasses. The minis are the perfect size to end your meal. My kids loved them. I have made desserts in shot glasses before and they were always a hit. I am hoping that by the time my kids go to college, they think the main purposes of shot glasses are to hold luscious desserts. It might not work but it’s worth a try to keep using my glasses for desserts.

I made a few changes to the recipe by eliminating the maple syrup. The apples were so ripe, they didn’t need the extra sweetness. I think my laziness took over and I didn’t peel the apples. I prefer the texture and like the added nutrients that the skins provide. We were out of granola so I used my kids favorite cereal which is Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It gave a nice crunch to the parfaits. Feel free to use any cereal or even crushed graham crackers. I think these mini desserts would make a great addition to a brunch table too.

The amount of ingredients you need will vary with the size of your shot glasses. I used 4 medium size apples and 24 ounces of vanilla yogurt to make 12 desserts. And don’t worry, if you eat two it’s okay because they are mini!

Shot Glass Apple Parfaits

4 medium apples, cored and chopped into 1 inch cubes
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla paste – if you do not have vanilla paste you can regular vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon juice
24oz. vanilla flavored Greek yogurt
Cinnamon Toast Crunch (crushed) or your favorite cereal

Take chopped apples and put in large bowl. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice and vanilla paste, stir and let sit for 30 minutes. The apples will be sitting in a bowl of sugary liquid. Take apples and juice and put into saucepan on the stove. Simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the apples are soft but not falling apart. The sugar mixture should thicken up a bit. Remove from heat and let cool. Layer the yogurt and cooled apple mixture into 12 shot glasses (less or more depending on the size of your glasses). Continue until you reach the top of each glass, then sprinkle with the crushed cereal.

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Stacie September 23, 2011 at 11:29 pm

This looks delicious!


Erica September 24, 2011 at 12:51 am

Mini desserts are sp fun and im a huge fan of anything parfait ish. so much goodness in the skin


the actor's diet September 24, 2011 at 11:47 am

everything is fun in a shot glass!


That Girl September 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Kitchen play is totally new to me.


Erin September 26, 2011 at 11:35 am

What a fun idea – never heard of Kitchen Play. These little shots are perfect! Love the idea of shot glass sized desserts!


DessertForTwo September 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm

So fun! I've been wanting to do shot-glass desserts for two!
P.S. Small typo about peeling apples: textURE. πŸ™‚


The Japanese Redneck September 26, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Those look really good!


Shelby September 26, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I love how you used cinnamon toast crunch! That is probably my favorite "kid" cereal!


teresa September 26, 2011 at 9:24 pm

eeeh, these are so cute!


Curt September 26, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I was wondering what that was on top. I love cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.


Mari September 27, 2011 at 12:06 am

I love it!! It looks so appetizing. Wonderfully presented in those shot glass.


BigBearswife September 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm

those are great ! I love the look and I bet they taste wondeful!


Jeanette September 28, 2011 at 7:47 am

Love how simple and and kid friendly these parfaits are!


Susan from Food Blogga September 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm

What a darling presentation!


Julie September 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm

It's obvious I need to buy some shot glasses! This looks scrumptious πŸ™‚


JulieD October 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

I love these! I love seeing apple desserts in the fall. πŸ™‚


Michele December 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I made these for my cookie exchange and they were a big hit! My post (with a link to you of course) will be up next week!


terry April 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm

this is such a wonderful idea–writing it down as we speak–thanx for sharing this.


Tahmina September 14, 2016 at 4:16 pm

Can I substitute vanilla Greek yoghurt with sour cream blended with some vanilla extract?


jerseygirl October 13, 2016 at 10:02 pm

I have never tried sour cream so I am not sure if that would work. The yogurt is sweet and sour cream is not so it might not be sweet enough.


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