Oct 8, 2012

Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle

Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada, and in honour of that, I made Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle.

pumpkin cheesecake trifle - at www.turtlesandtails.blogspot.com

I first mentioned this dessert last week as something to make to welcome in autumn. I'm not a huge pumpkin fan, but I do love cheesecake, especially the light, no-bake kind. I'd first seen this recipe here, so if you'd like to see the original (hers is much fancier than mine), give it a look.

The recipe is pretty simple and sort of similar to Oreo Dirt Cake.

Ingredients:


15 cookies, crushed into crumbs
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 pkg cream cheese (8 oz), softened
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice**
1 container (12 oz) whipped topping (like Cool Whip)

**Note: if you don't have or can't find pumpkin pie spice, it's very easy to make yourself:

1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ginger
3/4 teaspoon allspice

Directions:


First you need to crush up the cookies - or buy cookie/graham cracker crumbs. I used shortbread cookies with chocolate swirls and blitzed them in my Ninja blender. Love that blender - I use it for so much. A couple of seconds in the blender and I had perfect cookie crumbs.


If you don't have a blender you can put the cookies in a Ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin or heavy-bottomed drinking glass.

Mix the crumbs in a bowl with a tablespoon of melted butter. Make sure the crumbs are well coated. Divide the crumbs up into the serving dishes, reserving a tablespoon of crumbs for garnish at the end. I used lowball drinking glasses and used a flat bottomed spice bottle to press the crumbs firmly into the bottom of each.


In a new mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin puree and cream cheese, and stir until they are thoroughly blended. I used the Ninja for this as well but you could use electric beaters. Add the vanilla, sugar, and pumpkin spice. Stir until smooth. Add one half of the container of whipped topping and stir again until everything is well mixed.


Spoon a layer of the pumpkin mixture on top of the cookie layer, follow with a layer of the whipped topping. Repeat with the pumpkin mixture and the whipped topping until you get to the top of the glass. Sprinkle a bit of the reserved cookie crumbs onto the top of the dessert for garnish. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

pumpkin cheesecake trifle - at www.turtlesandtails.blogspot.com

Isn't that pretty? These turned out rather large - Tom and I could easily share one. I'd like to use something like shot glasses next time.

pumpkin cheesecake trifle - at www.turtlesandtails.blogspot.com

pumpkin cheesecake trifle - at www.turtlesandtails.blogspot.com

It's a really light dessert with just the right amount of pumpkin flavour. And they take no time at all to make. Twenty minutes tops. And that means you get to enjoy more of the holiday instead of being stuck in the kitchen.

pumpkin cheesecake trifle - at www.turtlesandtails.blogspot.com

pumpkin cheesecake trifle - at www.turtlesandtails.blogspot.com

pumpkin cheesecake trifle - at www.turtlesandtails.blogspot.com



I hope all of my Canadian friends had a terrific Thanksgiving, and everyone else had a wonderful weekend no matter whether you were celebrating or not!

~~~~~

I'm linking up here this week!

52 comments:

Joanne Mudd said...

They look yummy Barb! I'll have to try something like this, we aren't big pumpkin fans so I'll do another flavour.

Maria said...

These trifles sound DELICIOUS!!!! What a great fall dessert!

Mindy said...

These sound and look soo good:)

navywifeypeters said...

This looks sooooo yummy! I'd love for you to share this and any other crafts at my new linky party, Submarine Sunday. I hope you'll stop by!


T'onna
http://navywifeypeters.blogspot.com/2012/10/submarine-sunday-1-linky-party_7.html

Kristina Sherman Bonning said...

This looks amazing! I'd love for you to stop over and enter my Perfectly Pumpkin Contest on Monday.

Angela said...

These look delicious and what a great idea to serve them in single serving cups!

recipeswelove1 said...

This looks great!

Cherry Warrick said...

Visiting from Delightfully Inspiring Thursday - looks like such a yummy dessert, love all these ingredients!

emily said...

ooo yum! That looks great. I love anything with Pumpkin :O)

Shelley Robertson said...

This looks so good! I love pumpkin pie and cheesecake and trifles so this is something I am going to have to make! Thanks!

Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel said...

Hi Barb, from a fellow Ontario blogger. This trifle looks seriously delicious. I'll have to make this for my hubby. He's crazy about pumpkin anything. I saw your link on It's a Hodgepodge Life and just had to stop by for a visit. I'm now your newest follower. http://www.thriftyrebel.com
Tuula :)

Stuff and Nonsense said...

i'm sitting on my couch
right now drooling
and thinking how creamy
and delicious this looks


thanks for sharing
at Fridays Unfolded!


just shared on the Stuff and Nonsense
FB page too!


{alison}

Joyce Wheeler said...

I have been looking for new pumpkin recipes, and I do love cheesecake. Followed you from the delicately constructed Fridays.

Becolorful said...

So pretty to look at and sounds delish. Thanks for sharing.
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Jerri said...

These look so yummy! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites!

Amanda said...

Looks very yummy! Thanks for sharing at I Made It! Monday. Can't wait to see what you link up this week. Oh, and don't forget to grab a featured button.

Emily @Sweet Bella Roos said...

I am a huge fan of trifles... even more of the individual kind! So cute. Thanks for sharing at Pin It Thursday!

WillCookForSmiles said...

This pumpkin trifles look awesome! I want one and it's just the perfect size :)

bethany said...

I am absolutely gonna have to give this a try. I get positively weak in the knees for anything with pumpkin!


Great pics too btw! Also I'm your newest follow and I pinned this for later!
<3 Bethany @ TheSepiaPuppy.blogspot.com

Rebecca said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog tonight! Come grab a featured button! http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2012/10/your-whims-wednesday-81-and-features.html

Britni @ Hubby Made Me said...

OOoooOOOoo that looks so good! Am I drooling?! Thanks for linking up to Throwback Thursday :)

BarbSteadman said...

Awww, thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Rebecca!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you, I hope you like it!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks!

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Thank you!

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Thanks!

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Thank you!

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Thanks!

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Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks! I liked this one because it didn't have a heavy pumpkin taste.

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you! I hope you like it too!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks!

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Thank you!

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Thanks!

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Thank you!

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Thank you!

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Thanks!

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BarbSteadman said...

I think it would work with just about any flavour. I'm leaning towards raspberry since pumpkin isn't my favourite either.

Kim~madeinaday said...

These look amazing love the layers! I will be featuring these tomorrow!
Kim~madeinaday

ginger said...

Featuring you today! :) Thanks so much for linking up with {wow me} wednesday.


Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com


http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2012/10/18-pumpkin-inspired-recipes-take-look.html

Maysem said...

That looks fantastic!! I will definitely have to try it:D And I have those same cups!! I would have never thought of using them to serve dessert them... thanks for the idea!


Maysem @ odetoinspiration.com

Maria Matter said...

omgosh, looks delish Barb!!
I'll be featuring you this week @ Inspire Me Fridays! thanks so much for linking up!

JensFavoriteCookies said...

Holy cow, these look so delicious! (And easy, double bonus!)

BarbSteadman said...

Very easy! Hope you try them!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Maria!

BarbSteadman said...

I hope you like it as much as we do!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Ginger!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Kim!

Barb said...

Hi! Just wanted to let you know that I have done a round up of fall link ups from parties in the past, and I've included several of your posts (this one, too). Just wanted to stop by and say thank you for linking up and sharing it with us! :) You can find the round up at http://stringtownhome.net/?p=32... ((Hugs)) - Heather

Barb said...

Thanks, Heather! I'm honoured to be featured!

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