Combining two of the holiday season's best flavors, this dessert is easy to make and a crowd pleaser! If you are feeling fancy, you can pipe your top layer of whipped cream on the trifle. Since I normally travel with this dessert and put a lid on it, I just spread a nice thick layer on top and then sprinkle with some chopped dried cranberries and crumbled gingerbread cookies.

Jen Graham
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Prepare gingerbread cake mix and bake according to package directions (any size pan). Cool completely.

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  • Place the pudding mix in a large bowl. Pour in the eggnog and whisk for about 2 minutes. Refrigerate pudding until the gingerbread cake is cool and you are ready to assemble the trifle.

  • In a large bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks are just about to form. Beat in sugar and vanilla until peaks form.

  • Crumble 1/2 of the gingerbread into the bottom of a trifle bowl or a large glass bowl. Spread 1/2 of the eggnog pudding over the gingerbread, then spread 1/2 of the whipped cream on top of the pudding. Repeat the layers with the remaining gingerbread, pudding, and whipped cream. Refrigerate 6 hours or overnight. Sprinkle the top with the cranberries and cookie crumbs before serving.

Cook's Notes:

You can use already made whipped cream, but I prefer to flavor my whipped cream myself. You can substitute bourbon for the vanilla extract in the whipped cream if you like.

If you use low-fat eggnog for the pudding, your pudding will be loose.

Nutrition Facts

269 calories; 14.7 g total fat; 55 mg cholesterol; 270 mg sodium. 32.1 g carbohydrates; 2.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (81)

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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2009
I made this for Christmas dinner; it was fantastic! I modified by doubling pudding mixture and adding nutmeg and cinammon to the whip cream. Also I couldn't find a gingerbread cake mix so I used a spice cake and added ground ginger and molasses to it and it tasted just like gingerbread. I also made a praline and crumbled it-anyone that wanted it added some on top of thier trifle. Don't add it before or it won't be crunchy! It was a great addition with a bit of crunch. Definitely will make this one again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/27/2011
I was really excited to make this for Christmas dinner. It was good but not great. In fact it was barely touched:( Read More
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105 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2009
I made this for Christmas dinner; it was fantastic! I modified by doubling pudding mixture and adding nutmeg and cinammon to the whip cream. Also I couldn't find a gingerbread cake mix so I used a spice cake and added ground ginger and molasses to it and it tasted just like gingerbread. I also made a praline and crumbled it-anyone that wanted it added some on top of thier trifle. Don't add it before or it won't be crunchy! It was a great addition with a bit of crunch. Definitely will make this one again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2009
I am not great with guessing volume - so I measured. For presentation this recipe requires a 10 cup bowl to fill to the brim. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2011
I used light eggnog and Cool Whip for this and we absolutely loved it! I also garnished this with a row of gingersnap cookies around the edge right before serving. It looked really pretty plus it was delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
AMAZING!!!!! I followed others suggestions and I added molasses and ginger to a spice cake mix and then I added cinnamon and nutmeg to the whipped cream. So very very good and so perfect for the holidays. It may be my new go to dish! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/30/2009
This was good but the eggnog was a little overpowering. I think next time I make it I will use half eggnog and half milk for the pudding. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
Ginger bread lovers get ready for a great treat. Made a trial run this morning. Will serve this New Years Eve. Deffinately try this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2011
This recipe is excellent! I made this for a holiday potluck and took home Best Dessert prize! I tweaked the recipe a bit instead of using dried cranberries to add color and offset the sweetness of the gingerbread and eggnog pudding I made a quick raspberry sauce/compote to add between each layers. I placed store brought mini gingerbread cookies around the inside of the bowl to add a touch of holiday whimsy. So simple to make and very very tasty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2009
This is REALLY very very tasty. I brought an empty bowl home from the company Christmas party. I love the eggnog pudding and next time I might double the pudding part because it was so good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2010
My family was laughing at my excitement over my new trifle dish but they have all asked for this one again! This is the perfect combination of ingredients. I made as is and it was very good! I will make it every Christmas. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/27/2011
I was really excited to make this for Christmas dinner. It was good but not great. In fact it was barely touched:( Read More
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