Mascarpone is a soft triple-cream cheese, similar in texture to cream cheese. You can substitute regular cream cheese, but the parfaits won't be as flavorful.

Recipe by Cooking Light October 1999


Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe Summary

6 servings


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add apple and the next 5 ingredients (apple through salt), and cook 12 minutes or until liquid is almost absorbed. Remove from heat.

  • Place cottage cheese in a food processor, and process until smooth (about 2 minutes). Add mascarpone, granulated sugar, and vanilla, and process until smooth. Spoon 2 tablespoons cheese mixture into each of 6 parfait glasses, and top each with 2 tablespoons apple mixture. Repeat procedure with 3 tablespoons cheese mixture and 2 tablespoons apple mixture, ending with 3 tablespoons cheese mixture. Cover and chill at least 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts

265 calories; calories from fat 20%; fat 5.8g; saturated fat 3.3g; mono fat 1.8g; poly fat 0.3g; protein 10.8g; carbohydrates 43.5g; fiber 1.4g; cholesterol 15mg; iron 0.6mg; sodium 390mg; calcium 82mg.