Gourmet Banana Pudding
5 bananas, sliced, divided
2 boxes (3.4 oz. each) Vanilla Jell-O Instant Pudding and Pie Filling, prepared according to package directions
16-20 A Gourmet Thyme Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies (from the Bakery Department), crumbled, plus a few extra whole cookies, for garnish
2 cups Sweetened Whipped Cream (recipe link below), divided
2-3 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, divided, plus stems for garnish
- Kowalski’s Dried Banana Chips, for garnish
Reserve a few banana slices for garnish. Layer half of the prepared pudding, half of the crumbled cookies and half of the banana slices in a 2 qt. glass trifle bowl or 8 individual 8 oz. parfait glasses; sprinkle with about half of the thyme leaves. Top with remaining pudding, remaining bananas, Sweetened Whipped Cream and remaining crumbled cookies. Garnish with reserved banana slices, whole cookies, banana chips and remaining thyme leaves and stems.
Note: Substitute two recipes of Vanilla Pastry Cream for the Jell-O Pudding, if desired.