farewell November. [pumpkin & gingerbread trifle]

November 28th, 2011 by | comments


As promised, here’s the recipe for the pumpkin and gingerbread trifles I served at Thanksgiving. Since November is almost over (I can hardly believe it), I wanted to squeeze in one last pumpkin recipe.

I’m in charge of bringing a dessert every Thanksgiving, but couldn’t decide on what to bring this year. My Mimi (aka grandma) came to the rescue and suggested I make these pumpkin trifle cups, as she said they’re always a hit. I tweaked her recipe a bit, making homemade whipped cream, adding cinnamon, etc., but kept the general focus of the dessert.

My Mimi was right–the dessert received rave reviews. I’ve already contemplated variations I could make on the trifle. I think a lemon curd, whipped cream and graham cracker trifle would be pretty delicious. :)

pumpkin & gingerbread trifle
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  • 1 box (3.4 oz.) Jell-O instant pudding and pie filling, vanilla
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 can (15 oz.) Trader Joe's Organic pumpkin puree
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon, plus more to taste
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp. confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 bag (5 oz.) Pepperidge Farm Ginger Man Home Style Cookies, crumbled
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk. Whisk in pumpkin puree and cinnamon.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip cream, confectioner's sugar and vanilla at high-speed until stiff peaks form. Make sure not to overbeat.
  3. Gently fold about 1 cup of whipped cream into pumpkin mixture and stir until fully incorporated.
  4. In small clear cups or mason jars, layer gingerbread crumbs then pumpkin mixture then whipped cream. Repeat layering process one more time. Sprinkle gingerbread crumbs on top layer of whipped cream. Chill for 1-2 hours, then serve.


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  • Surely you are trifling with our affections! Yes, the curd-combo would be mighty tasty. I’m pretty sure there aren’t many custardy-puddingy-saucy things in the sweet category that wouldn’t be delicious layered with whipped cream and something crunchy or cakelike. I’m going into a dessert coma just thinking about it! The pumpkin ones look wonderful!

  • I think my personal variation to your great recipe would use meringue (with lemon). I love this combo!
    Your shot with the close-up on the layers is so appetizing…

  • Those are just too cool and so great for a large gathering. I also love that they’re show stoppers, but won’t keep you in the kitchen for ages.

  • They look sublime, i can see why everyone loved them and i am really looking forward to the lemon curd version, that is something i may even try myself! Lovely caroline! c

  • Amy

    Oh, what a yummy Thanksgiving dessert! I think lemon curd would be AMAZING :)

  • I feel like November just got here.. and that quick its gone. Ahh.. another year approaches and I love this pumpkin & gingerbread trifle recipe. Amazing

  • Looks delish! Love the look of them in the jars! Neat idea :)

  • I must make these! They’re gorgeous and so creamy and harvest-y. What a fabulous thing to bring to the table. So glad you had a nice time with your family. It certainly looked so delicious and fun. You all look so happy.

  • super fancy! love love love

  • These are so cute! Love them in the jars and clear cups.

  • Gorgeous – and a great way to round out November. I love using my grandma’s recipes – those ladies sure know what’s going on in the kitchen!

  • –I will be making these Christmas Eve, Caroline :)) O, MY! x

  • Heavenly Caroline! I wish we had this dessert at Thanksgiving. I would have dug-in for sure! I think I’d like the lemon version too. :)

  • Sooo creamy and pumpkiny! I love your cute little jars… I imagine I could throw on in my purse and snack later in the day:)

  • Yip, easy to see why they were such a hit and so pretty too.
    :-) Mandy

  • these look amazing! I still have to wrap my head around pumpkin for pudding :)

  • I like everything about this dessert. The ingredients, assembly, and serving method, especially the serving method. For a large group, individual serving cups is the way to go, but, for a less formal shindig, those trifle-filled jars can’t be beat!

  • These look so cute and delicious!

  • egg me on

    These look so amazing! Love that you made some in Mason jars, too. My mom makes something very similar to this — but in a pie version — and looking at these makes me sad that I don’t have any left. So maybe i’ll make these to fill the void!

  • They look so pretty Caroline – I love layered stuff like this… it always adds that little extra something to a dish. Combined with gingerbread crumbs too… It just sounds so delicious! Thanks for sharing the family trifle recipe :)

  • These turned out so lovely and truly a breeze to whip up. Layered desserts always look so pretty that it makes them even more fun to eat! Nice work, girl!

  • Oh no, I nave just a few more days to make this as I normally stop pumpkin by November 30th! I love the dessert in the mason jars! I could see those on a picnic, and I can do that now where I live! Even in the cups, the presentation is awesome. Great recipe and love that it’s share by your grandmother!

  • Wow, what a nice way to send November packing! These looks gorgeous and festive Caroline. Beautiful job.

  • These look wonderful and the presentation is very original. I know I’d love this. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • I remember this one very well! It looks even better today! It looks so original in jars! Excellent idea.

  • Have been waiting for this recipe since I last read about your Thanksgiving party! They look really wonderful.

  • This looks so very good! Just my type of dessert! Beautiful photos.

  • I can’t believe Nov is over too!
    but what better farewell than these beauties.

  • I can’t believe November is almost over either. I can’t say goodbye to pumpkin yet. I’ve stockpiled several cans in my pantry LOL. LOVE the trifle!!!

    • And I’m actually eating pumpkin ice cream as I comment LOL.

  • Wow, what a lovely dessert!:) No wonder it’s such a hit ;)
    I am guessing even you yourself is the main star in each Thanksgiving party, as the desserts-bearer is always the favorite, almost all the time :p

  • This looks delicious! I may need to try this for Christmas!

  • They look so delicious and pretty in these jars!

  • Delicious as always – I like it as it’s easy and looks very effective – way better than that old pumpkin pie anyday!
    Mary x

  • Wow, i have never been a trifle fan because I feel like the good stuff is always at the bottom and I can never get to it easily enough but lord how mercy this looks amazing and the good stuff is all throughout- the perfect trifle to me!

  • So Pretty, pretty!!!! Now, fly over here and make me some, mmk?

  • Liz and I experimented with some pumpkin recipes over the past few weeks but didn’t make anything that looked this good.

  • I am glad you squeezed in one last pumpkin recipe! These are adorable too, perfect for the holiday!

  • Yum! They look so delicious and beautiful. I bet every bite was heavenly!

  • How cute are these? And they are pumpkin! I love it! :)

  • Fabulous! Delcious! Amazing! Mouthwatering! Perfect! YUM, YUM, YUM!

  • Hi Caroline! What a perfect dessert you have made for Thanksgiving! I love how your grandma suggested the dessert. I wish my grandma (or my mom!) was a baker and I could learn so much from them. It seems like your family has a great baking gene. :-) It’s so special when the container is see-through and we can see the pretty layers! I bet this was so delicious…yum!

  • You’ve done it again! Nice job, Caroline!

  • Brilliant! Your Thanksgiving Trifle is a real showstopper, such a clever variation. I like them in the Mason Jars too!

  • they look so good and I love how you put them on individual cups

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