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Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle Recipe

Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle Recipe

I like to spice up our Thanksgiving dinner with this special dessert featuring two popular holiday flavors. A delicious alternative to pumpkin pie, it's my favorite potluck contribution. —Deborah F. Hahn, Belle, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 Nellie’s Free Range Egg
  • 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses and egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with water, beating well after each addition.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut gingerbread into 1/2-in. to 1-in. cubes; set aside.
  • 3. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Combine the pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon; stir into pudding. In another bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar and extract; beat until stiff peaks form.
  • 4. Set aside 1/4 cup gingerbread cubes. In a 4-qt. trifle bowl or glass serving bowl, layer a third of the remaining gingerbread cubes; top with a third of the pumpkin mixture and whipped cream. Repeat layers twice. Crumble reserved gingerbread; sprinkle over top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 400 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 314mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 9, 2015

"Absolutely nummy. Big hit at church dinner. I ran out of time and used prepared whipped topping instead of whipping the whipping cream which lowered fat and sugar content, at least a little bit. Am making it for Christmas dinner as well."

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"This was delicious! I made it for Christmas and it was a huge hit! I almost made the gingerbread came from a box, and I'm so glad I didn't . It was easy to make and I got lots of compliments on how moist the cake was!! I will keep this in my recipe box!! Thank you for wonderful dessert"

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2014

"I made this to take to dinner at my daughters. Nothing left, picky kids even wanted 2nds."

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"This is so tasty! Everyone always loves it, and looks like you worked super hard if you bring it anywhere like a potluck!"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2013

"My family literally bothered me to find this recipe . I made this 3 years ago and lost the recipe. They will be so surprised when I show up with this on Thanksgiving."

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"mmm.mmm good.... but not THAT god"

Reviewed Nov. 16, 2012

"I have been making this recipe for 2 years now, It has been a big hit at cjurch dinners, went from making one dish to two, one just isn't enough, This recipe is wonderful, taking it to our church dinner tomorrow.."

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2012

"Delicious! I took this to an Autumn dinner with friends and it was a big hit! I love the addition of the rum extract!"

Kathy H
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"I made this dessert today in individual cups for a party and it is delicious!! thanks"

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"I made this for our church Thanksgiving supper. I doubled the pudding & pumkin mixtures because there was way more cake than filling and I was afraid it would be to dry and i was very glad I did it was perfect! I also used 24oz cool whip instead of messing with the whipping cream...I got lots of compliments. May try with butterscotch pudding next time as I have seen some recipes ask for it instead of the vanilla."

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