Gingerbread Trifle

I’ve never been crazy about a trifle. It’s not my go-to. 9 out of 10 tens I’d pass by it on the Christmas dessert table. But this one, in all its gingerbread yumminess, this one I’ll gladly eat by the spoonful. This fun sprinkled dessert bowl of gingerbread trifle is super easy to whip and will totally wow a crowd with its bright and colorful layers. The best part is that it’s a doctored-up pudding mix so it whips up in a breeze for those last-minute Christmas party dessert needs.

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Easy Gingerbread Trifle

All you need for the gingerbread pudding layer is a box of instant vanilla pudding mix, fancy molasses, and those warm and yummy gingerbread spices: ginger, cinnamon, and clove. The whip cream layer could simply be packaged dream whip prepared according to box instructions, from a can, or homemade sweetened whipped cream. And the nilla wafers are well…store-bought nilla wafers!

See what I mean when I say “really easy.” Dessert doesn’t always have to be 20 steps and 2 hours. I can appreciate the quick and easy semi-homemade desserts too and this gingerbread trifle is exactly that!

Love how easy a trifle is…I bet you’d enjoy this Red Velvet Trifle too! Or maybe you’d like to try a cake, I highly suggest this Cranberry Gingerbread Cake.


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Gingerbread Trifle

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  • Author: Katie
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: Approx. 8 Servings


Take the stress out of the holidays and make this easy no-bake gingerbread trifle made with instant pudding, dream whip, and vanilla cookie layers. A great last-minute dessert for those holiday gatherings.



  • 1 package (102 grams) instant vanilla pudding mix

  • 1 ½ cup milk (dairy-free or regular)

  • ¼ cup fancy molasses

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground clove

  • 2 cups sweetened whipped cream (dairy-free or regular)

  • 1 box (180 grams) nilla wafers, cut in half (gluten-free or regular)

  • Optional: sprinkles *I used Merry & Bright by Sprinkle Pop



  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the instant vanilla pudding mix, milk, fancy molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and clove and mix on medium for 3 minutes. Put in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to chill and firm up slightly.

  2. While the pudding is chilling prepare the whipped cream if need be according to package instructions.

  3. In a trifle bowl place, ⅓ of the nilla wafers in the bottom and generously sprinkle with sprinkles if using.

  4. Add ⅓ of the whipped cream and spread evenly on top of the nilla wafers and sprinkles.

  5. Add ⅓ of the gingerbread pudding and spread evenly on top of the whipped cream.

  6. Repeat steps 3-5 until the ingredients are done or the trifle bowl is full.

  7. Top with remaining nilla wafers and sprinkles. Enjoy!

  8. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Cakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 Portion
  • Calories: 219
  • Sugar: 31 Grams
  • Sodium: 299 Miligrams
  • Fat: 5 Grams
  • Saturated Fat: 2 Grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2 Grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 Grams
  • Carbohydrates: 40 Grams
  • Fiber: 1 Gram
  • Protein: 2 Grams
  • Cholesterol: 1 Miligrams

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