Have you heard? My family and I love trifles! We just can’t get enough of them! That is why I created this delicious Maple Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bar Trifle!!! I love being able to make this yummy dessert ahead of time and it’s always fun trying new combinations of ingredients.
This Maple Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bar Trifle rocks!!! The combination of pumpkin, whipped topping, cream cheese, a touch of maple and caramel sauce make this a perfect dessert for fall. PLUS… it can easily be tweaked to be gluten free!
First, we need to make a batch of pumpkin bars. In a mixing bowl, cream together pumpkin, eggs, oil and vanilla. In another mixing bowl, combine baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, flour, sugar, nutmeg, salt and flax. Combine the pumpkin mixture with the dry ingredients and pour into a well greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes. When the bars are finished baking, remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.
For this particular recipe the bars do not need to be ‘pretty’ because they will be crumbled and layered to make the trifle. In the picture you can see where I poked the toothpick into the center of the pumpkin bars to see if they were finished baking. While the pumpkin bars are cooling you have time to whip up the filling.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cartons of whipped topping, 2/3 cup granulated sugar. Add (2) – 8 ounce packages of softened cream cheese and stir into the whipped topping mixture.
Place a layer of crumbled pumpkin bars in the bottom of a trifle bowl. Top with a layer of the cream cheese mixture and a drizzle of caramel sauce. Alternate layers until the bowl is completely filled.
For the final touch, drizzle more caramel sauce over the top of the trifle and add colorful candy sprinkles.
Have fun creating your very own trifle! Happy Fall! Linda
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About the author: Linda and Anna are a mother-daughter team that enjoy cooking, crafting and sharing advice with each other. Here they enjoy sharing all their new recipes and ideas with their readers.
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