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Fruit and Cookie Parfaits

This recipe, which comes from reader Phyllis Larsen of San Francisco, makes about 20 cookies, but you need only 12 for the parfaits.

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  • Servings: 6
Fruit and Cookie Parfaits

Source: Everyday Food, June 2005


For the Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, for sprinkling

For the Filling

  • 1 pint raspberries (2 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 pint blackberries (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 nectarines, sliced
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the cookies: In a food processor, pulse together
    flour, confectioners' sugar, and butter until large clumps form. With the motor running, pour in pineapple juice and then vanilla; process until dough just comes together (about 30 seconds).

  2. Transfer dough to a floured surface; roll out to a 12-inch round. With a 2-inch biscuit cutter, cut out rounds. Gather scraps; roll and cut out more rounds (to make about 20).

  3. Place rounds on a baking sheet; sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake until golden brown on the bottom, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheet.

  4. Meanwhile, make the filling: In a 2-quart microwave-safe dish, arrange fruit in layers, sprinkling each layer with sugar; do not stir. Cover; microwave on high until nectarines are soft and juice has collected in the bottom, about 5 minutes. Uncover carefully; let cool.

  5. To assemble, place a cookie in the bottom of each of six small serving dishes. Dividing evenly, spoon filling into dish. Top with another cookie, and garnish with mint, if desired.

Reviews (13)

  • Takoda 18 Sep, 2008

    What is wrong with you people? You are so rude I can't believe it. So someone made a mistake. Is that the end of the world? Does it give you the right to mouth off in such an inconsiderate way. I read the directions and couldn't figure out what you were all complaining about. Maybe it's YOU who has the problem . . . not MSO. Come on . . . you can point out a mistake and still be nice!!!

  • claire1332 17 Sep, 2008

    make cookies????? directions please would help come on martha we expect better from you

  • KatMyKittiesMom 16 Sep, 2008

    This is the stupidest recipe I've ever seen. Am I supposed to just throw everything together and come up with the cookie? I'm not going to try until this recipe is fixed.

  • sandorgen 15 Sep, 2008

    Where are the directions for "Make the cookies"?? I need more help, please!

  • barbarakowalk 15 Sep, 2008

    Martha, Martha, Martha. "Make the cookies?"

  • skyeyes 14 Sep, 2008

    These cookies look like they are cut-outs or slice-and-baked that the case?

  • judysteff 14 Sep, 2008

    Someone forgot to edit this recipe; it definitely needs clarification!!

  • Grandad 14 Sep, 2008

    Prepare dough and place rounds on a baking sheet!!! What kind of directions are those? Surely we can expect better.

  • chefette86 14 Sep, 2008

    "Prepare dough" doesn't really say much. Although the ingredients are included, this is a recipe, and instructions are necessary.

  • terrie-bear 14 Sep, 2008

    To make cookies that look like this, they appear to be rolled and sliced, maybe after refrigeration? Help! I think some of the directions are missing on this!

  • mykele 14 Sep, 2008

    Obviously the dough is rolled out and cut out with a round cookie cutter.
    I agree that the directions are too vague, not all readers are pros
    in the baking department but good everyday cooks who like to
    have complete directions.

  • CDalton 14 Sep, 2008

    How about a few more directions on the making of the cookies?

  • contributorsmarthastewartcomdysonam 14 Sep, 2008

    How do you make the cookies? They sound good but are they dropped or rolled and in what order do you make the dough.

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