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Pumpkin Spice Latte Trifle Recipe

If you’re looking for an easy Thanksgiving dessert, give this pumpkin spice latte trifle a look. The layers of pumpkin bread, coffee pudding, whipped cream, and crushed cookies are something you don’t want to miss.

This is a pumpkin trifle recipe with coffee added for more of a PSL flavor. If you love pumpkin spice lattes and pretty much all the other pumpkin spice desserts of the season, here they are all layered up together!

Layers of pumpkin, bread, whipped topping, and cookies in a trifle dessert.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Trifle for an Easy Thanksgiving Dessert

Unless you’re new here, you know trifle recipes are my favorite dessert to bring to a party. They are so easy and people just love them.

Trifles are also great these days because if you can’t find something in the store, there’s usually a safe swap. For example, we originally wanted to make this recipe with pumpkin cake. There was no pumpkin cake mix at the store, so we grabbed some pumpkin bread mix.

With our eerie new reality of empty shelves, it’s good to have some versatile dessert recipes like this one. And, you know what? Pumpkin bread is quite possibly the better choice anyway!

Loaf of pumpkin bread, pudding, cookies, coffee, and whipped topping.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Trifle Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make this easy trifle recipe. The measurements are in the recipe card below.

  • Pumpkin bread. Make a pumpkin bread or cake from scratch, from a mix, or buy a pre-made one to save time. If you’d like a sweeter trifle, use pumpkin cake.
  • Milk. I typically use 2% but use whatever type of milk you’d normally use to make the pudding.
  • Instant vanilla pudding. French vanilla pudding will also work.
  • Instant coffee. I like to use Death Wish coffee for a rich, bold flavor.
  • Hot water. Used to make the instant coffee.
  • Whipped topping. Thawed Cool Whip, or your preferred brand of whipped topping.
  • Pumpkin cookies. Tate’s Bake Shop cookies are used here, but feel free to use any type of crunchy pumpkin cookie.

PSL Trifle Directions

Step One: Make everything for the layers.

Bake or buy your pumpkin bread or cake and cut it into cubes.

Pumpkin bread sliced and cut into cubes on a board.

Combine the instant coffee with the hot water and mix until it’s completely dissolved.

Instant coffee and water in a small bowl.

Use bold coffee if you really like that coffee flavor. Death Wish Instant coffee is perfect for this.

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Adding instant pudding mix to milk.

Whisk together the instant pudding and milk.

Adding coffee to vanilla pudding.

Pour in the coffee and mix well.

Coffee pudding in a bowl with a whisk.

Refrigerate the pudding for at least five minutes or until it is set.

Step Two: Layer the trifle.

Pumpkin bread cubes in a trifle bowl.

Place half of the pumpkin bread cubes into your trifle dish. Leave the remaining cubes for another layer.

Coffee pudding on top of bread in a trifle dish.

Add half of the coffee vanilla pudding mixture to the top of the bread cubes and spread evenly.

Cool Whip on top of pudding in a trifle.

Top with half of the whipped topping.

Crushed cookies on top of whipped topping in a trifle.

Crush 7 of the cookies and sprinkle them onto the whipped topping.

Top of a pumpkin spice latte trifle with crushed cookies on top.

Repeat the layers – bread, pudding, whipped topping, cookies – until your trifle dish is full. End the layers with the crushed cookies.

Pumpkin spice trifle in a bowl next to pumpkins.

Step Three: Store and serve.

Pumpkin pie trifle in a bowl.

Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.  

PSL Trifle Recipe Notes and FAQ

Do I have to use the coffee in the pudding?

If you don’t want to add coffee to the pudding, you are making a pumpkin trifle. Our goal here was to make a pumpkin spice latte trifle, so the coffee is a must. I’m quite confident the recipe would still be delicious without it.

Top of a pumpkin pie spice trifle in a bowl.

Can I make this pumpkin cake trifle ahead of time?

You can get all the layers ready the day before, but do not assemble the trifle until the day of your event. Everything will get mushy if you layer them up too soon.

How can I make this less pumpkin-y?

Too much pumpkin flavor? Feel free to swap out the pumpkin cookies for any kind of crunchy vanilla cookie. Golden Oreos would probably be delicious.

Yield: 16

Pumpkin Spice Latte Trifle Recipe

Layers of pumpkin, bread, whipped topping, and cookies in a trifle dessert.

Layers of pumpkin spice latte deliciousness for an irresistible fall dessert. Easy to make and an instant hit for PSL lovers.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf, 16 oz, pumpkin bread
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 small box, 3 oz, instant vanilla pudding
  • 6 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 small tub, 8oz, whipped topping, thawed
  • 14 pumpkin cookies (one 7oz package Tate’s Bake Shop pumpkin cookies)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, add instant coffee and water and mix well until completely dissolved. 
  2. Mix together pudding and milk and whisk well. Add coffee and mix. Refrigerate for 5 minutes or until set. 
  3. Cut loaf of bread into 1” cubes and place half of them into a trifle dish. Set remaining bread cubes aside. 
  4. Add half of the pudding on top of the bread cubes and spread evenly. Top with half of the whipped topping. Crush 7 cookies on top of the whipped cream. 
  5. Repeat layers, ending with crushed cookies. 
  6. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 227mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 3g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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