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      Pumpkin cheesecake gingerbread trifles

      Pumpkin cheesecake gingerbread trifles

      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!

      Lemon Raspberry Trifle

      Lemon Raspberry Trifle


      My lemon tree produced eleven lemons this year! Last year only two. Although, it was enough to make homemade lemon curd to top some flakey pastries. But 11! I know, to some of you out there 11 doesn’t sound like much. But here in Utah, in the dead of winter, with a foot of new snow outside, it’s a gift!  Just in time for my Mom’s birthday!  She loves this Raspberry trifle recipe I found a few years ago.

      But this time, I’m making it with homemade ladyfingers. Adding Madagascar Vanillapura extract and some lemon zest to make them a little brighter with a hint of buttery sweetness.  You do know, that when you make a trifle, its not JUST about how it tastes. Right?  It also has to LOOK delicious! These ladyfingers will be soaked in lemon juice and sugar.  I always add a little more of the lemon juice and sugar than the recipe calls for.  My mom likes it TART and sweet.

      Growing up in Southern California we had limitless amounts of lemons from the most beautiful lemon tree in my grandmother’s back yard.  She knew how to make so many perfectly tart lemon desserts.  I guess this is probably why I’ll go for lemon over chocolate desserts hands down. But, they gotta be tart! And this trifle is the perfect combination of a sweet, tart, and rich delight!



       Ingredients foe the trifle:

      • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
      • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
      • 12 oz-Mascarpone cream cheese, softened
      • One 8-ounce jar prepared lemon curd (I prefer homemade)
      • 2 cups heavy cream
      • 22 hard ladyfinger cookies 
      • 3 cups mixed raspberries 
      • Powdered sugar, for garnish
      • Whipped cream for serving



      1. In a small measuring cup, mix the lemon juice with the sugar and 1/4 cup water until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
      2. Place the mascarpone cheese, lemon curd and heavy cream in a food processor and process until smooth and a bit fluffy.
      3. To assemble the tiramisu, place half the ladyfingers in the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish, breaking a few to fit, and drizzle with half of the lemon syrup. Top with half the lemon cream and 1 cup mixed berries. Repeat the layers, using the remaining ladyfingers, syrup and lemon cream.
      4. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 8 hours or overnight. Before serving, top with the remaining 2 cups of berries and dust with powdered sugar. Serve with whipped cream on the side.


      Homemade Lady fingers


      • 2 tablespoons butter
      • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sifted flour
      • 4 egg yolks
      • 1/2 cup sugar
      • 4 egg whites, beaten until stiff
      • Pinch of salt
      • 1 teaspoon Madagascar Vanillapura extract
      • 1 tsp of lemon zest



      1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 baking sheets with 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons of flour. Mark parallel lines in the flour across the width of the tray about 4 inches apart. Put the eggs and sugar in a large mixing bowl, and with an electric mixer fitted with a wire whisk beat on medium-high speed until the mixture is pale yellow, thick, and has tripled in volume, about 8 minutes, using the mixer. Add the egg whites, remaining 3/4 cup flour, salt and Madagascar Vanillapura, lemon zest, fold to mix thoroughly so the mixture is smooth. Fill a large pastry bag with a 3/4-inch plain tube with the mixture. Pipe fingers about 4 1/2-inches in length on to the baking sheet, using the lines as a guide. Dust the ladyfingers with powdered sugar. Bake until for 15 to 18 minutes, or until just firm on the outside and soft in the center.


      Bothe recipes were originally found from the Food Network. I love them both! I just made a few alterations here and there.