Gluten-Free Chocolate Pudding Parfaits


I haven′t met a pudding I didn′t love. But, add whipped cream and crushed cookies and I′m hooked. I can still see my mom stirring at the stove with her favorite wooden spoon. It was pudding she was making and I was her taste tester. I remember her checking its readiness by running her finger down the middle of the spoon to see if it would leave a clean line, signaling her to remove it from the heat. Then she would pour

the pudding into little Pyrex dishes, filling each to the top line. I would watch the pudding sit on the kitchen countertop and wait for it cool just long enough for me to dig into its warm, gentle softness with my spoon.



Gluten-Free Chocolate Pudding Parfaits

Yield: 4


8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

2 to 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

3 cups half-and-half

½ cup sugar

1 large egg plus 2 egg yolks

1 cup heavy cream, whipped

8 gluten-free Oreo-style cookies, such as Glutino, chopped


  1. In a medium bowl, mix the chocolate and cocoa powder and set aside.
  2. In a medium, heavy saucepan, heat the half-and-half over medium-high heat until almost boiling (bubbles will form around the edges).
  3. In a heatproof bowl, whisk together the sugar and eggs until thick and pale yellow, about 2 minutes. Slowly whisk half of the hot half-and-half into the egg mixture and then pour the mixture into the saucepan. Bring just to a boil over medium heat and cook, whisking constantly, until bubbly and thickened, 1 minute.
  4. Pour the custard through a sieve into the reserved chocolate-cocoa mixture and whisk until smooth. Let cool slightly, then press plastic wrap onto the surface to cover; refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.
  5. Scoop the chocolate pudding into individual cups and top with the whipped cream and cookies.


  1. davina on November 24, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Sounds delicious! We can’t wait to try them out.

    Newman’s Own makes some awesome wheat free items but many of these (including their oreo’s) include barley flour which contains gluten and so these are NOT gluten free. So, for someone with Celiac disease or someone on a strictly gluten free diet the Newman’s Oreo’s would not be an option. I believe Kinnikinnik makes a gluten free Oreo manufactured in a dedicated gluten free facility.

  2. Heather on October 30, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    ANy way to make these dairy free? We have a hard time finding recipes and foods that are wheat, dairy, and soy free. The more dairy free/soy free ideas the better!

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