Happy Indulgent Friday! Today I am featuring the dessert portion of my college away-from-home Thanksgiving meal. It was crucial to share dessert before dinner because the actual meal will be live next Tuesday and then before you know it, it’s Thanksgiving Day!! It’s crazy to think December is right around the corner 0.0..where has time gone? No matter, I am still super giddy for the holidays!
This pumpkin trifle is a perfectly elegant dessert that’s anything but stressful. That’s such a huge plus!! I know baking can sometimes be super overwhelming, and there are days when I just want to nap after cooking many sweet treats. Baking desserts does not need to be an intense process and it is possible to simplify, yet still create a beautiful piece of decadent culinary art.
Alright, before I get called a hypocrite by anyone, yes I did use cool whip for this dessert…I know in my pumpkin pie review video I said homemade is the best, don’t buy from the store blah blah blah, but hey I didn’t think anyone brought their Kitchen Aids to college?..or did you? hah I have no idea. It’s supposed to be stress free and easy! (; Ps. If you have to choose a store bought whipped cream, I definitely say cool whip is the best one! (I had a secret love for this stuff when I was little..)
- 12 graham crackers, crushed
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 8 ounces of softened cream cheese
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- Cool whip! (thaw it)
- Crush graham crackers, melt the tablespoon of butter and combine.
- Stir/beat cream cheese until it has a smooth texture, then add pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla.
- After all those ingredients are completely mixed together, fold in 1/2 of the cool whip.
- Assemble! First graham cracker crust, then pumpkin mixture, scoop of whip, and repeat!
- I didn't have pumpkin pie spice in my pantry so I made my own! Here's the alternative if you don't want to buy or have the pie spice...1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp cloves, 1/3 tsp ground ginger, and 1/3 tsp nutmeg.
- The cream cheese isn't heavy, but a great background flavor!
Since this post is college inspired, fight on Trojans!
I hope anyone staying at school this Thanksgiving is inspired to attempt making this easy festive dessert! Hope you indulge and enjoy!
PS. If you love it, ‘like’ it and spread the word! ♡