Recipe By Jen Graham
Published Dec 11th
Prep 20m Cook 30m Additional 8h Ready In 8h 50m
Servings 20 servings Calories 268.9

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.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) package gingerbread cake mix
  • 3 cups eggnog
  • 1 (5.1 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons gingersnap cookie crumbs

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Prepare gingerbread cake mix and bake according to package directions (any size pan). Cool completely.
  2. 2 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.
  3. 3 In a large bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks are just about to form. Beat in sugar and vanilla until peaks form.
  4. 4 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.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 268.9
  • Carbohydrate 32.1 g
  • Cholesterol 55.1 mg
  • Fat 14.7 g
  • Fiber 0.4 g
  • Protein 2.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 7.9 g
  • Sodium 270.3 mg
  • Sugar 12.6 g

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Chef'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.


  1. I was really excited to make this for Christmas dinner. It was good but not great. In fact it was barely touched:(
  2. 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 - Read more ...
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. I made this for a family gathering this weekend. Everyone gobbled it up. The only thing I will change the next time I make this is to leave off the cranberry's. They don't do anything for this dish. I will be making this again.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 - Read more ...
  8. I am not great with guessing volume - so I measured. For presentation this recipe requires a 10 cup bowl to fill to the brim.
  9. 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.
  10. Ginger bread lovers get ready for a great treat. Made a trial run this morning. Will serve this New Years Eve. Deffinately try this.