Creamy Eggnog Parfaits

Layers of homemade custard and ginger cookies put an elegant spin on a classic Christmas drink.


  • 2 cups (500 mL) milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp (37 mL) cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp (.5 mL) salt
  • 6   egg yolks
  • 2 cups (500 mL) thawed frozen whipped topping, divided
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) rum extract
  • 16   thin ginger wafer cookies or other thin wafer cookies plus 8 additional for optional cookie rims, divided
  •  Additional freshly grated nutmeg and Cookie Garnish (optional, see Chef's Corner and Festive Holiday Touches)


  1. Place milk in Small Micro-Cooker®. Microwave on HIGH 3 minutes. Meanwhile, grate nutmeg using Microplane® Adjustable Grater. Combine nutmeg, sugar, cornstarch and salt in (1.5-qt./1.4-L) Saucepan; whisk in egg yolks using Silicone Flat Whisk until smooth.

  2. Gradually whisk milk into egg yolk mixture. Cook over medium heat 3-5 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil and thickens, stirring constantly (do not overcook). Remove from heat. Transfer mixture to Stainless (2-qt./2-L) Mixing Bowl; place a piece of plastic wrap directly onto surface of custard to prevent “"skin”" from forming. Refrigerate about 4 hours or until chilled. Fold in 1 cup (250 mL) of the whipped topping and rum extract.

  3. If desired, decorate eight martini glasses with crushed cookie rims (see cook's tip). When ready to assemble parfaits, coarsely chop 16 remaining cookies. Spoon ¼ cup (50 mL) of the custard into each glass; sprinkle with chopped cookies. Top with remaining custard.

  4. Attach open star tip to Easy Accent® Decorator; fill with remaining whipped topping. Garnish parfaits with whipped topping and sprinkle with additional nutmeg, if desired. Refrigerate until ready to serve. If desired, garnish with Cookie Garnish.


  •   servings of 8 

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 210, Total Fat 10 g, Saturated Fat 6 g, Cholesterol 160 mg, Carbohydrate 25 g, Protein 5 g, Sodium 120 mg, Fiber 1 g


Cook's Tips:

Whole nutmeg grates easily using the food holder on the Microplane® Adjustable Grater. If desired, ½ tsp (2 mL) ground nutmeg can be substituted for the fresh.

To chill custard more quickly, carefully place bowl over Stainless (4-qt./4-L) Mixing Bowl filled halfway with ice water.

To decorate glasses with crushed cookie rims, crush eight wafer cookies into fine crumbs. Place crumbs on small plate. Pour 2 tbsp (30 mL) water onto another small plate. Dip rim of each glass into water and then into crumbs.

Cookie Garnish:
For a festive touch, drizzle wafer cookies with melted white chocolate and sprinkle with Sweet Cinnamon Sprinkle. Let stand until set. 

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