Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

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Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

A lovely desert that’s as visually appealing as it is flavorful.

Servings: 20 servings
Prep Time: 9 hours 30 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1   12-ounce carton Cool Whip
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 teaspoon ground cardamom or cinnamon
1   30-ounce can pumpkin pie filling
1   5.1-ounce package cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
2   14-ounce packages gingerbread mix
1/2 cup gingersnaps (optional)





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

L&S Too, Pg. 217

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Show: Paula's Home Cooking/Lady and Sons Too! cookbook/Nov/Dec 2005 issue
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Reader Comments:


Jello does not make 5.1 cook and serve, only 4.6. The 5.1 size is instant.

By Anonymous on November 25, 2013


Recipe looks fantastic , however have recently learned I must go gluten free. Would like to see some fantastic gluten free version

By Mary on November 17, 2013


I have made this several times. I made it for Thanksgiving one year and for a family reunion. It went over real good, everyone that tried it seemed to like it. I love anything with pumpkin, and I love gingerbread with lemon sauce. Do you happen to have a recipe for gingerbread with lemon sauce? I haven't had any since I was in school over 45 years, our school had the best gingerbread with lemon sauce. And cornbread turkey dressing, so I started making my dressing like our school use to make, still making it with turkey in the dressing. I even have it in a cookbook I had published for a family reunion, I even put your pumpkin gingerbread trifle recipe in my cookbook with credit going to you. Love all your recipes and if I ever go to Ga. I will stop and have dinner at your restaurant....By Alene on Nov.14, 2013

By Alene on November 14, 2013


I have made this several times. Once for Thanksgiving at my daughter's house several years ago. And once for a family reunion, everyone loved it. I rate it with 5 or more if they had more. By Alene on November 2, 2013.

By Alene Butler on November 02, 2013


Try this recipe only make one gingerbread.

By jackie on December 29, 2012


Paula is so right; it's so easy, I've made this for two thanksgivings and am back since I misplaced the recipe. I have used just the ginger snaps though (short of time) instead of the gingerbread, sorry Paula. But we all love it even my younger grandchildren.

By linda mast on December 11, 2012


Paula is so right; this is really easy and nice to have ready the day before a dinner. I,ve made this for two thanksgivings but I'm back here since I misplaced the recipe. You'll like it so much though I have made it without the gingerbread (short of time) and just used the gingersnaps, sorry Paula. Anyway, love this!!!!! and so do my young grandchildren.

By Anonymous on December 11, 2012


HELP. I've been making this dessert for several years but now I cannot find Pumpkin Pie Filling. What can I do to replaced this?

By Karen on October 29, 2012


thanks paula--for the pumpkin gingerbread trifle---i cant wait to try it--it looks wonderful ~ hugs

By judy on January 27, 2012


Can't wait to make this, but was wondering how far in advance I van make it and it still taste good???

By Jamie on December 22, 2011


I saw an episode w/ you making changes to traditional Thanksgiving dishes at least a few years ago. I thought this recipe looked so fabulous, especially considering my love of pumpkin pie but lack of education in making pie. It has been SUCH a big hit with the family that I have now made it every year since! It looks so pretty in the trifle dish & is so easy to assemble/prepare/enjoy! I also read a suggestion somewhere to add just a touch of Bailey's to the cool whip layer - & this is delicious, as well!

By Krista on November 20, 2011


This recipe is fantastic! I made this for thanksgiving dinner at work, my supervisor said it tasted like thanksgiving!

By christina isaac on November 19, 2011


I love watching your Holiday shows. You always come up with a new recipe I tried this one last year and I have a little niece that asks for this every time she loved it her name is Breann. I also loved the gooey butter cake recipe that you made one year for the holiday's also yummy

By Sally Singleton on November 15, 2011


This looks sinfully delicious!!! I am going to try this recipe for either Thanksgiving or Christmas, but I will definitely try it. :o)

By Sherika Johnson on November 14, 2011


I have made this recipe since I saw the episode years ago and now my family LOVES and expects this on our holiday table. I have to make double the recipe!! Thank you Paula!

By TiTi on November 10, 2011


This recipe has become my niece's favorite Thanksgiving Day dessart.I think she even loves it better than anything on the table.So every year I make it for her but everyone seems to look it just as much.Thanks Paula for giving the world your wonderful recipes to share with our family.

By Rebecca Teasley on November 09, 2011


My family loves this recipe, but I can never find 5.1 ounce cook and serve vanilla pudding, only instant in this size.

By Lisa C on November 07, 2011


This is THE BEST dessert I've ever made. Delicious concept, fool-proof recipe. Paula, you're amazing!!!

By Sabrina on November 04, 2011


By Gary on October 06, 2011


I have made this several times but used butterscotch pudding instead of vanilla----great combination---"butter" flavor--Paula would approve.

By Suzy on September 27, 2011

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