Mini Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifles

Last night for dessert we had Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifles, and they were so good! My cute mom has been raving about this recipe, so it was fun to try it out. You could make one big trifle, or 4 small trifles like you see here. Either way, this easy dessert will be a hit!

Aren’t these little glass trifle bowls cute?! They were my big thrift store find last week.

image via TBS

I can’t not get the giggles whenever I hear the word “trifle”, because I will always think of the episode on Friends where Rachel makes an English trifle/Shepherds Pie. That episode still makes me laugh!

Joey: “What’s not to like? Custard? Good. Jam? Good. Meat? Goooooood.”

Here’s the recipe (the one without meat…;)) :

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

1 (14-ounce) packages gingerbread mix
1 small box cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
1 (30-ounce) can pumpkin
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1/16 tsp. nutmeg
1/16 tsp allspice
1/16 tsp. cloves
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping or real whipped cream (I mix them)
1/4 cup gingersnaps, optional

Directions: Bake the gingerbread according to the package directions; cool completely. Meanwhile, prepare the pudding and set aside to cool a bit. Stir the pumpkin pie filling, brown sugar, and spices into the pudding. Crumble 1 batch of gingerbread into the bottom of small trifle bowl. Pour 1/2 of the pudding mixture over the gingerbread, then add a layer of whipped topping. Repeat with the remaining gingerbread, pudding, and whipped topping. Sprinkle of the top with crushed gingersnaps, if desired. Refrigerate overnight. Trifle can easily be doubled and layered in a punch bowl.

*Adapted from Paula Deen

For more great pumpkin recipes, don’t forget to check out our pumpkin bread and pumpkin ice cream sandwiches – YUM!

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  1. 1

    I love making trifles. They are so, so easy and there are endless combinations that you can do! I don’t think I’ve ever met a trifle I didn’t love. I’ve made one very similar to this in the past and it is so perfect for cool weather holidays!

  2. 3

    Yummy! I wish I could find great finds at the thrift store. The stores around here stink.

  3. 4

    Y-U-M. I need to make some of this with all the pumpkin we’ve got laying around. Also: I make trifle every Christmas and I think of the same episode every time I make it!

    “This tastes like feet.”

  4. 5

    I LOVE that episode of friends. Thanks for the recipe, looks delish!

  5. 6

    Yum! A perfect fall dessert! I love individual desserts, and this one is so pretty!

  6. 7
    Diane {Created by Diane} says:

    looks wonderful!
    I just had a gingerbread trifle at an event the other night and I was joking about the friends episode, my friend had NEVER seen it. I was laughing so hard, still that one cracks me up.
    Love the mini size :)

  7. 8

    Fabulous dessert!

  8. 9

    Those look awesome! Pumpkin treats are my favorite, yummers!

  9. 10

    Kami… I LOVE you!! You make me smile everyday!!

  10. 11

    ohgoodgolly I’ve never trifled but this recipe is so easy, I think I will! :)

    I found you through TCB. Your photography is gorgeous…I’m off to explore more of your site!

  11. 12

    i wouldn’t mind these on my hips! Come check out a Jack the Ripper tablescape!

  12. 13

    looks delish…and so easy…thank you so much ! have a great weekend…xo

  13. 14

    Wow those look amazing! I’m a pumpkin freak, I love everything pumpkin. And I just so happen to be headed to the thrift store today so maybe I’ll score on some cute little trifle cups! Please come link this to my VIP party this weekend and have a Happy Halloween!

  14. 15

    fabulous and not at all intimidating!

    visiting via TTJ and so glad to find your post! would love to have you stop by for my shabby chic giveaway!

    best to you.


  15. 16

    I made these delicious desserts for Thanksgiving and they were a HUGE hit. I mistakenly doubled the recipe but got to make gingerbread truffles out of them! We’ve still got some pumpkin vanilla pudding left over though….no worries. I’d love it if you checked them out on my blog! Thanks again for the recipe.

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