Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle

This Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle is an easy no-bake holiday dessert! It has layers of thick gingerbread cookies, no-bake gingerbread cheesecake, caramel and whipped cream. It’s perfect for holiday parties!

Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle - layers of gingerbread, no bake gingerbread cheesecake, caramel and whipped cream!

Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle - layers of gingerbread, no bake gingerbread cheesecake, caramel and whipped cream!

A Christmas Trifle

So just this week I noticed that one of the radio stations that I listen to regularly has changed. It used to be a station that played current music and often I’d hear a song for the first time on that station – sometimes weeks before hearing it on another station. I’m kind of sad to see it go.

However.

It might just have been replaced with an even better station. What is it? ALL 90s. Shut the front door! If you know me well, you know I dig my 90s music. You can regularly find me jammin’ out the to 90s station on the DirecTV music stations – especially while I’m baking. It’s totally the best and only way to bake. 🙂

Yesterday morning, I was rocking out in the car on the way to work. One of the songs that came on reminded me of the movie “Save The Last Dance.” Did you see that one? It’s from way back in 2001 and I was obsessed with it. A friend and I actually watched a couple scenes over and over to learn some of the moves, haha.

Did you know Kerri Washington (Scandal!!!!!) was in that movie? I loved her even back then. 🙂

Oh, how I love the 90s.

Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle - layers of gingerbread, no bake gingerbread cheesecake, caramel and whipped cream!
Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle - layers of gingerbread, no bake gingerbread cheesecake, caramel and whipped cream!

And this trifle. I’m a big fan.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve barely even begun your Christmas shopping and are semi freaking out that you only have about 2 weeks left to get it together and get on it. Soon, I’ll be running around like a crazy person (but really, how is that different than normal?) trying to get everything finished.

That’s why we need easy desserts like this one in our dessert arsenal. No baking, just a little mixing and layering, refrigerate and you’re done. You could even make it the night before and let in refrigerate for a bit so that everything softens up and melds together. In fact, I recommend it.

I used my favorite childhood gingerbread cookies in this trifle – the Little Debbie ones – and I would actually recommend using those. They are thick, puffy and soft, making them great for a solid layer in a trifle. If you can’t find those cookies, I’d recommend another cookie that is nice and thick. Another option would be to use gingerbread cake instead of the cookies, but that might require baking which defeats the whole no bake purpose. So yea, find those cookies if you can. Walmart is always where I go for the hard-to-find stuff, but I was able to get these at Publix.

Isn’t great how I look out for you at this time of year? To busy to bake? Crisis averted. Enter this Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle.

You are welcome.

Overhead view of Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle with a scoop removed
Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle - layers of gingerbread, no bake gingerbread cheesecake, caramel and whipped cream!

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Recipe

Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 4 hours
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 10-12 Servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle is an easy no-bake holiday dessert! It has layers of thick gingerbread cookies, no-bake gingerbread cheesecake, caramel and whipped cream. It’s perfect for holiday parties!


Ingredients

  • 16 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of cloves
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 20 oz cool whip, divided
  • 14 oz gingerbread cookies (I used about 2 1/2 boxes of these cookies)
  • 1 cup caramel sauce, divided

Instructions

1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
2. Add ginger, cinnamon, cloves, molasses and milk and mix until smooth.
3. Stir in 8 oz of Cool Whip (or homemade whipped cream).
4. In a large trifle dish, break up gingerbread cookies to make an even layer.
5. Top cookies with half of cream cheese mixture.
6. Top cream cheese mixture with 1/2 a cup of caramel sauce.
7. Top caramel sauce with about 6 oz of Cool Whip (or homemade whipped cream).
8. Repeat steps 4-7, then finish off trifle with gingerbread crumbs.
9. Refrigerate until ready to serve, at least 4 hours. Can be made the night before and refrigerated overnight.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 506
  • Sugar: 50.6 g
  • Sodium: 327 mg
  • Fat: 27.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 62.5 g
  • Protein: 4.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 38.3 mg

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40 Comments
  1. Lolly Jane

    Such yummy flavors together- I didn’t have ginger or molasses on hand but a few drops of ginger essential oil + dark corn syrup worked like a charm! I topped with Trader Joe’s cute frosted ginger bread cookies in a circle– the cutest for my Christmas dinner today. Thank you!! 🙂

  2. Jacqui

    All I can find are Little Debbies ICED gingerbread cookies. Will these be as successful, or should I look for the un-iced?

  3. ethelann wood

    I made this for a party. I tasted the filling before assembling it and found it very bland. I used fresh ground spices. I ended up quadrupling the spices and it was fabulous. I used crunchy cookies but the soft sound good. The bowl was empty and raved about this desert. I will make it again.

  4. Patty

    I had a bit of a disaster with a gingerbread Bundt cake. Trifle is always the answer. 🙂 Thanks to Google, I found your recipe, and used it to redeem the cake, using it in place of the cookies. Totally delicious! Thank you!

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I'm a wife and a mom to twin boys and a baby girl! And I've got a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the treats!

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