It's become increasingly rare to see the word "parfait" without the word "yogurt" tacked onto it, but this hasn't always been the case. "Parfait," French for "perfect," initially referred to a frozen dessert that began cropping up around the late 1800s.

The frozen dessert, made from sugar syrup, egg and cream, still exists today, but has been trumped in America by a layered treat consisting of ice cream, gelatins, fruits, and of course, yogurt, stacked in layers. We've already shared a plethora of breakfast parfaits with you. But what if you're craving these sweet layers for dessert?

Dessert parfaits replace yogurt with other thick ingredients, like mascarpone or whipped cream. Check out 12 of the best we could find:

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  • Samoas Brownie Parfait with Salted Caramel Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.countrycleaver.com/2013/02/samoas-brownie-parfait-with-salted-caramel-sauce.html">Samoas Brownie Parfait with Salted Caramel Sauce recipe from country cleaver</a></strong>

  • Key Lime Pie Parfait

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/03/12/key-lime-pie-parfaits/">Key Lime Pie Parfaits recipe from Chocolate-Covered Katie</a></strong>

  • Lime Parfait with Baked Blueberries

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://almondcorner.blogspot.ch/2012/08/lime-parfait-with-baked-blueberries.html">Lime Parfait with Baked Blueberries recipe from Almond Corner</a></strong>

  • Mojito Cheesecake Parfait

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.ledelicieux.com/2012/03/19/mojito-cheesecake-parfaits/">Mojito Cheesecake Parfaits recipe from Delicieux</a></strong>

  • Strawberry Parfait

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://suklaamarenki.blogspot.com/2011/05/suloista.html">Strawberry Parfaits recipe from suklaamarenki</a></strong>

  • Spiced Creme Fraiche Parfait

    Get the <a href="http://www.tarteletteblog.com/2009/01/hazelnut-tartelettes-with-spiced-creme_09.html">Spiced Creme Fraiche Parfait recipe from Tartelette</a>

  • PB&J Parfait

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.manifestvegan.com/2010/04/p-b-j-parfait/">PB&J Parfait recipe from allyson kramer</a></strong>

  • Banana Cream Parfait

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://asimplyrawlife.blogspot.com/2013/01/raw-banana-cream-parfait-with-macadamia.html">Banana Cream Parfait recipe from A SImply Raw Life</a></strong>

  • Whipped Biscoff and Chocolate Cream Parfait

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://caitsplate.me/2012/07/16/whipped-biscoff-and-chocolate-cream-parfait/">Whipped Biscoff and Chocolate Cream Parfait recipe from Cait's Plate</a></strong>

  • Lemon Parfait with Vanilla Bean Cream

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://thecozyapron.com/dessert-in-a-glass-lemon-pucker-up-parfaits-with-vanilla-bean-cream/">Lemon Parfait with Vanilla Bean Cream recipe from The Cozy Apron</a></strong>

  • Pistachio Pudding Parfait

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.5dollardinners.com/pistachio-pudding-parfaits/">Pistachio Pudding Parfait recipe from $5 Dinners</a></strong>

  • Peanut Butter and Chocolate Parfait

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://eatgood4life.blogspot.com/2012/01/peanut-butter-and-chocolate-parfaits.html">Peanut Butter and Chocolate Parafait recipe from Eat Good 4 Life</a></strong>

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