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Maple Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bar Trifle (GF)

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!

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Colorful pumpkins on wooden background

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.

pumpkin barsBake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes. When the bars are finished baking, remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.

pumpkin bars2For 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.

cool whip cream cheese icingIn 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.

pumpkin trifle 1Place 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.

pumpkin trifleFor the final touch, drizzle more caramel sauce over the top of the trifle and add colorful candy sprinkles.

pumpkin trifle 3To make the trifle even more festive you can also add a fun Halloween Sugar Cookie.

Maple Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bar Trifle (GF)

A delicious, creamy blend of pumpkin and spices all wrapped up in a trifle.

20 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • FOR THE BARS:
  • 1 (16 ounce) canned pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (*GF Option: use gluten free vanilla)
  • 2 tsp baking powder (*GF Option: use gluten free baking powder)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups flour (*GF Option: use gluten free flour blend + 1 teaspoon xanthan gum unless gf flour already contains it)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • (*GF Option only: 1 heaping tablespoon ground flax)
  • CREAM CHEESE LAYER:
  • 2 cartons whipped topping
  • 2 (8 ounces each) packages cream cheese
  • 2/3 granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine pumpkin, eggs, oil, and vanilla.
  2. In a second mixing bowl combine baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, flour, sugar, nutmeg, and salt (flax if making gluten free version).
  3. Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients.
  4. Place mixture in a well greased 10 x 13-inch baking pan.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes.
  6. When the bars are finished baking, remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.
  7. In a mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cartons of whipped topping, 2/3 cup granulated sugar.
  8. Add (2) - 8 ounce packages of softened cream cheese and stir into the whipped topping mixture.
  9. Place a layer of crumbled pumpkin bars in the bottom of a trifle bowl.
  10. Top with a layer of the cream cheese mixture and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
  11. Alternate layers until the bowl is completely filled.
  12. For the final touch, drizzle more caramel sauce over the top of the trifle and add colorful candy sprinkles.
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Have fun creating your very own trifle!
Happy Fall!
Linda

Disclaimer: Manufacturers formulations and policies may change at any time, therefore it’s important to always read product labels yourself and contact the manufacturer with concerns. We have found that most companies are eager to help answer your questions.

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Frozen Butter Pecan Pumpkin Pie 10

 

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