This Pumpkin Trifle recipe is EVERYTHING for Thanksgiving!
Not a good baker? Don’t worry! Just layer the ingredients of this Pumpkin Trifle recipe and you will be the star this Thanksgiving holiday!
It is a debate that comes up with between my friends, family and myself. Sweet Potato Pie or Pumpkin Pie? For me, it is both but for different reasons, but if I had to choose (which I don’t like doing) I would lean a hair over to Pumpkin Pie. I like the pumpkin flavor only because I feel the spices used in most pumpkin desserts are absorbed better with the pumpkin flavor. It’s either that or I just like spiced desserts more than I thought. Don’t get me wrong, you know I love me some sweet potatoes! Especially Candied Yams and Sweet Potato Pie, but there is something special about the flavor of pumpkin that I cannot deny. It has always made me happy.
Enjoying Pumpkin Pie or pumpkin desserts, in general, takes me back to my childhood and Thanksgiving dinner over my grandmother’s house. As a kid growing up, I use to think Thanksgiving was my favorite recipe, that was until Christmas came around, because of all the FOOD! Everything I loved from each member of my family presented itself at the dining room table. From my Aunt Valerie’s Homemade Cornbread Stuffing recipe to my Grandma’s Fried Apples, and my Uncle Kevin inspired Southern Collard Greens recipe. They were all there ready for me to devour one by one. Unfortunately, as I got older, my Thanksgiving began to look differnetly. My Aunt Valerie moved to Atlanta along with my Uncle Kevin, everyone started spending time with their significant others, and my mom, well, she isn’t the cook in the family. Now, I spend Thanksgiving with my husband and maybe a few family members will trickle in here and there, but it’s nothing consistent. That’s okay! I am grateful for a quiet Thanksgiving dinner here and there to avoid clean up and to simplify my cooking a bit. That is where this Pumpkin Trifle Recipe comes into play! This pumpkin recipe is simple and easy for your low-key Thanksgiving holiday meals or for a crowd!
I knew that I wanted to end this Thanksgiving Recipe Round up with a pumpkin dessert but I didn’t want to offer the traditional Pumpkin Pie recipe. I feel that you guys have enough options for that dessert to last generations. So, I decided to make something quick, easy, and delicious that is perfect for your Thanksgiving dessert table. I have to tell you something, this Pumpkin Trifle recipe was a huge hit! It’s not too sweet, it’s very comforting, and it takes not time to make! You know what it puts me in the mind of? Banana Pudding. Yea I know that may seem like a weird comparison, but hear me out. You know when you bite into Banana Pudding and you have the creamy pudding and the nice bite of the soggy vanilla wafers and bananas? Well this Pumpkin Trifle Recipe will put you in the mind of the same level of textures that you will get from Banana Pudding. You have the creaminess of the whipped topping, pumpkin mousse, and the slight crunch from the ginger snaps, and the moistness of pumpkin loaf! I mean this pumpkin recipe is really amazing and I guarantee that you will love it.
This concludes the Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up. If you like the new recipes that I have shared with you over the past 2 weeks, feel free to download and print the grocery list that has every ingredient you need for the full menu listed below. I really hope you enjoyed this round up and you have discovered a new recipe or two that you will enjoy for Thanksgiving with your friends and family this year.
- 2 c. heavy whipping cream
- 1 c. powdered sugar
- ½ can pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
- ½ tbsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 12 oz. Whipped Topping
- 2 Pumpkin Loaf, store bought or homemade
- Ginger Snaps
- In a standing mixer or using a handheld, add the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar to a mixing bowl and begin to mix on medium-high speed. Allow to mix until stiff peaks begin to form, about 5 minutes. Using a rubber spatula fold in the pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice until well mixed and there are no steaks.
- Using a trifle serving dish, start the bottom layer with crumbled pumpkin loaf (just enough to cover the bottom, layer with pumpkin whipped cream, a layer of ginger snap cookies, whipped topping, and repeat. Continue to layer until all ingredients are used. Chill until ready to serve.
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