Pumpkin cheesecake gingerbread trifles

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Halloween is right around the corner and I’m getting excited!  I usually host a family Halloween party full of fun games, food, treats, and of course prizes! It’s really the only time of year I can gather them all up. With nieces and nephews now having their own little’s, its very rare we see everyone on the traditional holidays.   It’s just another opportunity to laugh, eat good food, and make some more memories.

 This trifle recipe reminds me of a party we hosted a few years back, entitled, “The HUNGRY Games”.  All families were invited to come representing their district. The food was fabulous and the games all surrounded some type of food.  For example, archery, which was aimed at an apple on the opponent’s heads. And of course the "tribute trifle challenge, where each team was required to make a yummy trifle dessert from the unknown ingredients in a chosen bag.  It was super fun and they really created some great trifles and some scary Halloween versions too.

 Trifles are the perfect party dessert. I like to create them in individual servings. It’s a party! Presentation counts as part of the decorations:).  Because they need to be made ahead of time, you're left with plenty of time for other preparations, and time to enjoy your guests when they arrive.

This trifle recipe is fun and delicious! Pumpkin cheesecake, gingerbread cookie crumbles, and googley eyes?! It's sure to be a hit at your next Halloween party.


  • 1 ½ cups cold heavy cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon VanillaPura Mexican/rum vanilla extract
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 ¼ cups pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups crushed gingersnaps
  • 1 bag of large marshmallows
  • I box of milk duds for the eyes


Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat cream, ¼ cup powdered sugar and vanilla extract until soft peaks form.

In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese, pumpkin puree, ¾ cup powdered sugar, and cinnamon until smooth and combined. Fold ½ cup of whipped cream into pumpkin mixture.

In small glasses or individual trifle dishes, layer the crushed gingersnaps, pumpkin cream, and whipped cream. Top with the marshmallow/milk dud googley eyes. 

**If your not a fan of gingersnaps, cookie butter cookies, Oreos, or graham cracker crust crumbles would be good too. That's what's great about a trifle, you get to create whatever you like!

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