Pumpkin trifle in a glass trifle bowl.

Easy, No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle

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Easy-No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle – a delectable layered dessert made with finely crushed, rich graham crackers crust, a decadent pumpkin spice layer with fluffy cool whip, and a cheesecake layer that’s so satisfying it will induce a closed eye mmmm experience. Perfect to wow your guests this holiday season!

Pumpkin trifle in a glass trifle bowl.

Easy, No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle: It’s like a pumpkin pie and cheesecake had a baby and I am so glad they did!

This is an easy recipe that doesn’t require any baking or cooking at all! This dish is perfect for the fall season, but you can enjoy this treat any time of year. It’s especially perfect for Thanksgiving – no one is going to complain about it, that’s for sure! 

This pumpkin cheesecake trifle recipe starts with a graham cracker crust layer that gives it a sweet crunch. Then we add an easy pumpkin layer made from canned pumpkin, vanilla pudding, pumpkin spice, and whipped topping. Finally, our favorite part: the light and fluffy no-bake cheesecake filling, the perfect addition to this trifle!  It only takes 15 – 20 minutes of prep time and then you just let it chill in the fridge overnight. Serve up a scoop at your next dinner party or potluck, and watch them disappear before your eyes!

Why You’ll Love This No-Bake Pumpkin Trifle

  • This recipe comes together in no time flat and you don’t have to bake a thing!
  • Ingredients are readily available and inexpensive.
  • Ideal for those with a sweet tooth
  • It’s a dessert display that works well as a centerpiece for a holiday dinner.
  • Plan ahead and make it the night before for a deliciously chilled dessert the next day!

Equipment Needed To Make Your Cheesecake Pumpkin Trifle

  1. Electric Hand Mixer (or stand mixer)
  2. 3 medium-large size mixing bowls
  3. Trifle Bowl
Close up of a pumpkin trifle in a glass trifle dish.

Ingredients For Your No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle

How To Make A Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle

Graham Cracker Crust

  • Finely crush 4 cups of graham crackers
  • Melt 3/4 cup of butter.
  • Mix the graham crackers and the butter together until well blended and set aside.

Cream Cheese Layer

  • Using a mixer whip the cream cheese until it’s lump-free.
  • Mix in vanilla, and milk at low speed until well blended.
  • Slowly add in powdered sugar and mix well. Set aside.

Pumpkin Layer

  • Using a mixer blend together canned pumpkin, and the pumpkin spice seasoning.
  • Slowly alternate adding in the milk and the instant pudding mix. Mix until well blended.
  • Carefully fold the Cool Whip into the pumpkin mixture until mostly blended. Do not over mix. Set aside.

Putting Everything Together

  1. Start by adding a layer of graham crackers followed by a layer of cream cheese and pumpkin. Rotate each layer twice until ending with a layer of pumpkin.
  2. Optional: Finish with a layer of Cool Whip and sprinkle with crushed graham crackers.

What to Serve/Pair with Your Pumpkin Trifle

If you’re making this dessert to go along with a holiday party or Thanksgiving feast serve it alongside pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies, cinnamon sugar pretzel bites, cranberry bread, or caramel apple nachos!

Close up of a pumpkin trifle in a glass trifle dish.

Pumpkin Trifle  FAQs

Is it possible to create the pumpkin trifle ahead of time?

Absolutely! Ideally, you should prepare your Pumpkin Trifle a day ahead of time so that the graham cracker, pumpkin pudding, and cream cheese tastes can mingle.

What’s the best way to Layer a Pumpkin Trifle?

Traditionally you will put your crumb layer on the bottom and work up from there. If you want to add the cheesecake layer first or the pumpkin layer first that is fine. The order you layer your trifle in will not affect the taste, just the presentation.

Is it possible to freeze the Pumpkin Trifle?

This is not recommended because it will be incredibly soggy once it has been defrosted after being chilled. It is possible to freeze the graham layer and the cream layer ahead of time, but not for an extended period of time before assembling the Pumpkin Trifle.

Are there any other ingredients that can be used instead of Graham crackers to make this recipe?

If you want to replace the graham crackers you can trade them out for ginger snap cookies or nilla waffers! They have a great texture and flavor and merry well with the cheesecake and pumpkin.

What can I use instead of cream cheese in this recipe?

If you’re not a fan of cream cheese, you can substitute it with ricotta instead. Ricotta is more traditional in Italian desserts like this one, but the flavor will be slightly different than what’s expected in a pumpkin cheesecake trifle.

What kind of pudding do I use for this recipe?

I used vanilla instant pudding mix you can use the store-bought or jello brand. The Jello brand has a better flavor and is a bit more firm.

Pumpkin trifle in a glass trifle bowl.

Easy, No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle

Easy-No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle – a delectable layered dessert made with finely crushed, rich graham crackers crust, a decadent pumpkin spice layer with fluffy cool whip, and a cheesecake layer that’s so satisfying it will induce a closed eye mmmm experience. Perfect to wow your guests this holiday season!
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Prep Time 30 mins
Chill Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 servings

Ingredients
  

Crust

  • 4 cups finely crushed graham crackers
  • 3/4 cup melted butter

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 16 oz cream cheese Room temperature
  • cup powder sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla

Pumpkin Layer

  • 3 8oz packages of instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 cups milk
  • 24 oz canned pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • cups Cool Whip

Instructions
 

Graham Cracker Crust

  • Finely crush 4 cups of graham crackers.
  • Melt 3/4 cup of butter.
  • Mix the graham crackers and the butter together until well blended and set aside.

Cream Cheese Layer

  • Using a mixer whip the cream cheese until it's lump-free.
  • Mix in vanilla, and milk at low speed until well blended.
  • Slowly add in powdered sugar and mix well. Set aside.

Pumpkin Layer

  • Using a mixer blend together canned pumpkin, and the pumpkin spice seasoning.
  • Slowly alternate adding in the milk and the instant pudding mix. Mix until well blended.
  • Carefully fold the Cool Whip into the pumpkin mixture until mostly blended. Do not over mix. Set aside.

Putting Everything Together

  • Start by adding a layer of graham crackers followed by a layer of cream cheese and pumpkin. Rotate each layer twice until ending with a layer of pumpkin.
  • Optional: Finish with a layer of Cool Whip and sprinkle with crushed graham crackers.
Keyword No Bake Pumpkin Trifle, Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle, Pumpkin Trifle
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