Gingersnaps and Sauteed Apples Parfait

These easy Greek Yogurt Parfaits layered with cinnamon-spiced sauteed apples and crunchy gingersnap cookies are made for cozy holiday brunches and jolly get-togethers with friends! 

two gingersnap and sauteed apples yogurt parfaits arranged on a purple napkin with some gingersnap cookies on the side

These Gingersnap and Sauteed Apples Greek Yogurt Parfaits are my very first recipe developed and photographed here in Canada! Woohoo!

We are still staying at an Airbnb apartment at the moment – we’re moving into our apartment on Saturday – and while the kitchen is pretty well equipped for a rental, it’s pretty limited when you’re a food blogger 🙂

So for this very first recipe, I tried to keep things pretty simple.

I dreamed up a similar recipe a few months ago when we were still living in Sydney. It was winter for me, and the middle of summer in the Northern Hemisphere so I had to wait a little while to turn what I had in my mind into reality.

I was imagining a Greek yogurt parfait with gingerbread cookies instead of gingersnaps but I couldn’t find any in stores. Aren’t they traditional Christmas cookies in Canada? Please Canucks, fill me in! 🙂

different colored apples on a piece of cloth

Normally I would have made the gingersnap cookies for these Sauteed Apples Greek Yogurt Parfaits myself but my pantry is very limited at the moment (understand, almost empty) and I’m waiting for my baker’s set from Amazon to arrive.

I simply have nothing to bake, ingredients or gear. So storebought gingersnaps it was, and I’m still very happy with how the sauteed apples parfait came out.

The warming autumn spices – ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon- give you your dose of holiday magic and the balance of textures – crispy, creamy and soft – is perfect.

Just make sure you assemble them at the very last minute, like, literally just before serving them, to make sure you get this perfect texture. Other than that, easy peasy + delicious.

Here’s to more Canadian recipes! 🙂

P.S: Maybe you don’t know me yet – I moved from Australia to Canada a few weeks ago and here’s the story!

overhead shot of layered gingersnap and sauteed apples Greek yogurt parfaits with a gingersnap cookie on the side

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Gingersnaps and Sauteed Apples Parfait

These easy Greek Yogurt Parfaits layered with cinnamon-spiced sauteed apples and crunchy gingersnap cookies are made for cozy holiday brunches and jolly get-togethers with friends! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brunch buffet recipes, easy dessert recipes, fall recipes, Greek Yogurt Parfaits, healthy desserts, holiday breakfast, holiday brunch, sauteed apples
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 parfaits
Calories 330 kcal


  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 apples peeled, cored and chopped (I like to use a different variety of apples for a more complex flavor)
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 -1 tsp ground cinnamon to taste
  • 3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 10 gingersnap cookies broken into chunks - homemade or store-bought (see notes)


  1. In a large skillet, melt butter. Add apples, cloves, and cinnamon. Stir to cover all apple pieces with the spices. 
  2. Arrange the apples in one single layer, if possible. Cook over medium-high heat for about 5 to 8 minutes or until soft, without stirring too much to allow the apples to brown slightly. If apples start to brown too much and are not cooked yet, reduce heat to medium-low and keep cooking until soft. Remove from the heat and cool.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine honey with Greek yogurt.
  4. In a small glass, layer in that order: Greek yogurt (about 1/4 cup), apples (about 1/4 cup), a few pieces of gingersnaps (about 1 1/4 cookies), greek yogurt (about 1/4 cup) and apples (about 1/4 cup). 

  5. Finish with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a few pieces of gingersnaps. (You should use about 2.5 cookies per serving). Repeat with three other glasses.

  6. Serve immediately, to make sure the cookies remain crispy. If you want to make this recipe ahead, prepare the apples and Greek yogurt but cut the cookies and assemble the parfaits at the very last minute, just before serving.

Recipe Notes

If you don't want to buy gingersnap cookies and prefer a healthier homemade version, you could try these paleo gingersnap cookies from Against All Grain. I made them before and they're delicious!

Nutrition Facts
Gingersnaps and Sauteed Apples Parfait
Amount Per Serving (1 parfait)
Calories 330 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 144mg6%
Potassium 466mg13%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 185IU4%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 193mg19%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. These look so delicious and would be the perfect thing to serve on Christmas morning or even as a dessert for Christmas dinner! Love the different textures you incorporated!

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