‘Tis the season for Christmas trifle recipes!
Creamy, fruity, and wonderfully colorful, these festive desserts are perfect for your holiday celebrations.
Layers of fruit, sponge and all kinds of decadent treats make these Christmas trifles look just as good as they taste.
Plus, they’re fun and surprisingly easy to make!
All you have to do is layer up festive ingredients in a glass dish for a truly picture-worthy display.
Each of these Christmas trifle recipes will make for a show-stopping dessert – no matter how big or small they are.
30 Best Trifle Recipes for the Holidays
1. English Christmas Trifle
I had to start with a classic, and this OG English trifle is the Daddy of all trifle recipes.
Featuring custard, sherry-soaked cake, fruit, jam, and whipped cream, it’s about as indulgent and scrumptious as it gets.
Of course, the booze is optional, so feel free to leave it out.
Either way, it’s creamy, fruity, and impossibly rich.
2. Everything Christmas Trifle
This “Everything Christmas Trifle” is brimming with all kinds of festive flavors.
From warm spices to peppermint, it’s the perfect treat to put you in the Christmas mood!
Layered with gingersnap shortbread, chocolate chip cheesecake, eggnog pudding, and whipped cream, it’s too good to miss.
3. Peppermint Cheesecake Trifle
Is there anything more festive than a red and green dessert? Nope! Especially when it’s bursting with peppermint crunch.
This amazing peppermint cheesecake trifle is creamy, fresh, and oozing with cheer.
You’ll layer red velvet cake with peppermint cream cheese, mint Oreos, Cool Whip, and peppermint crunch candies.
Sound heavenly, right?
4. Christmas Gingerbread Trifle
This gingerbread dessert is one for the adults! It’s a decadent, boozy treat that’s best served once the kids have gone to bed.
Creamy, rich, and melt-in-your-mouth amazing, you have to make this trifle during the holidays.
It’s made up of boozy gingerbread crumble, dulce de leche whipped cream, and vanilla whipped cream.
Feel free to add some broken cookie pieces for crunch and dig in!
5. Peppermint Brownie Trifle
Chocoholics will go gaga for this peppermint brownie trifle.
You’ll layer bite-sized brownies with fluffy pudding and whipped cream. Then add some crushed candy canes for taste and texture.
To make it even more chocolatey, try chocolate pudding!
6. Strawberry Champagne Trifle
It’s the season for celebrating. So, break out the bubbly and whip up this strawberry Champagne trifle!
Between the fresh strawberries, angel food cake, and Champagne mascarpone whipped cream, it’s creamy, sweet, and perfect for parties!
The only thing I do differently is to add a jelly layer. Make it with Champagne and fresh strawberries for a fun and fizzy surprise.
7. Banana Pudding Trifle
Bring Southern flavors to your Christmas table with this banana pudding trifle!
Layered with bananas, cookies, pudding, and fresh whipped cream, it’s one heavenly dessert.
If you’re like me and grew up eating banana pudding, you’ll love this trifle. It’s homey, comforting, and perfect for feeding a crowd.
8. Apple Butterscotch Trifle
Plop this apple butterscotch trifle on your dessert table, and it will steal the show!
Seriously, butterscotch lovers will go crazy over this decadent dish.
What could be better than spice cake smothered in whipped cream, apple pie filling, and butterscotch pudding?
Every bite is warm, comforting, and sensationally tasty.
Serve this apple butterscotch in a large trifle dish, punch bowl, or in individual mason jars. Yum!
9. Red Velvet Trifle
This red velvet trifle is bursting with color and festive toppings. It just screams Christmas cheer, so get your cameras ready!
Packed with fresh berries, red velvet cake, and cheesecake pudding, it’s impressive enough without the toppings.
But if you have the time, the cake stars are a super cute touch.
10. Holiday Berry Trifle
Bring this holiday berry trifle to your next Christmas party or festive get-together, and everybody will fight for the first scoop.
Dig into the many layers of this insane trifle, and you might even hear some ooh’s and ahh’s around the room.
There’s fruit jelly, white chocolate custard, sponge cake, fresh berries, and mascarpone cream.
Just make sure you get a piece while you can because it’s guaranteed to go quick!
11. Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle
This pumpkin cheesecake trifle is a great way to ease out of fall and into the winter festivities.
It’s creamy, sweet, and totally irresistible. You’ll love every single layer of pumpkin cheesecake, whipped cream, and angel food cake.
It’s crazy easy to make, too. In fact, you can have it whipped up and ready to go in just 20 minutes!
12. Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Trifle
Are you as absolutely obsessed with chocolate as I am? Then you need to give this peanut butter fudge brownie trifle a go!
One bite, and you’ll swoon. It’s seriously that good.
From the squares of fudgy brownies to the peanut butter mousse, it might even be the best on the list.
13. Triple Chocolate Trifle
Not a peanut butter lover? How about triple chocolate instead?
Layered with chocolate cake, whipped cream, chocolate pudding, and chunks of health bar, this trifle is a chocolate lover’s dream come true.
It’s decadent, elegant, and so much easier to make than you might think!
14. Caramel Apple Cheesecake Trifle
Are you looking to really wow your family this year? Whip up this caramel apple cheesecake trifle, and you’ll have everybody’s jaw on the floor!
It’s brimming with layers of pound cake, fried apples, cheesecake filling, caramel, and pecans.
Better yet, you can make this dessert ahead of time and keep it cool in the refrigerator until when you need it. Perfect for those busy Christmas days.
15. Cranberry Trifle
Cranberries are the ultimate festive berry. So, take advantage of their gorgeous red color and make this cranberry trifle.
The soft and fluffy cake is layered with sweet-tart cranberries and homemade custard. How could you possibly resist?
Top this trifle with some sugared cranberries, orange peel, and shaved white chocolate. It’s the final touch that makes this trifle just *chef’s kiss*
16. Black Forest Trifle
If you love black forest cake, you’ll love this black forest trifle.
It’s decadent, chocolatey, and oh-so-fruity.
Chocolate and cherry are a match made in heaven, especially during the holiday season.
Piled high with layers of chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and cherry filling, it’s pretty intense. So a little goes a long way.
17. Cherry Cheesecake Trifle
This cherry cheesecake trifle is lighter but just as delicious as a good old cherry pie.
It includes crumbled Graham Crackers, a simple no-bake cheesecake mix, and cherry pie filling. So it’s a cinch to whip up.
And its lovely red color is perfect for Christmas time!
Serve this stunning dessert in individual glasses. That way, no one will have to fight for the biggest piece!
18. Easy Coconut Cream Trifle
Hoping to feed a crowd? Whip up this easy coconut cream trifle!
It’s way easier than baking a pie, and if you use cake mix or a store-bought sponge, it’s embarrassingly effortless.
Layer your sponge with coconut pudding, coconut whipped cream, and toasted coconut. Easy-peasy!
19. Skinny Mocha Trifle
You don’t have to miss out on the holiday goodies just because you’re on a diet. And this skinny mocha trifle is here to save the day!
It’s a guilt-free dessert layered with sweet angel food cake, chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and a decadent coffee drizzle.
Doesn’t sound skinny, huh?
But with the right ingredients, it’s light and much better for you than some of the other recipes here.
20. Boozy Baileys Chocolate Pudding Trifle
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, so whip out this boozy Baileys chocolate pudding trifle! For adults only, of course.
Baileys Irish Cream is the perfect alcohol to pair with chocolate. And it’s a Christmas staple, after all!
21. Orange Cinnamon Pecan Trifle
This orange, cinnamon, and pecan trifle is deliciously fresh and creamy.
The pound cake is soaked with Grand Marnier, adding a nice boozy touch. There are also layers of pudding, cinnamon streusel, and orange-flavored whipped cream.
If you want to make this dessert non-alcoholic, swap the Grand Marnier for orange juice. It’s just as elegant and just as tasty!
22. Salted Caramel and Brownie Trifle
This salted caramel and brownie trifle is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Bring it to your next Christmas party, and it’ll be the star of the show!
With layer after layer of bold deliciousness, it needs to be presented right. That means a big, bold dish with tall sides to show it off.
23. Vanilla Trifle
On the hunt for a truly heavenly treat for your next Christmas dinner party? Serve up this beautiful vanilla trifle.
I know it looks simple, but it’s the kind of dessert everyone will love – even picky eaters!
Dish out a generous portion of this insanely delicious trifle with a good scoop of vanilla ice cream. Delish!
24. Sticky Toffee Trifle
Sticky toffee pudding is a hit in my house all year. But it’s especially beloved during the holidays.
And this trifle is one of my favorite ways to serve it!
Between the caramel custard, sticky toffee sauce, and tender cake, it’s a dream come true.
I also like to add some chocolate crunchies or chopped nuts in the middle for a bit of crunch. Yum!
25. Mini Christmas Trifles
Just because these are mini doesn’t mean they’re any less impressive!
I actually adore these little portions, and with the right kind of glass, I think they look super elegant.
You can use any flavors you like, but the red is extra festive, don’t you think?
26. Devil’s Food Toffee Trifle
If you love Devil’s Food cake, you’ll want to bookmark this one.
This trifle is chocolatey, creamy, and overloaded with sweet goodness. Every bite of this tasty treat is mouthwatering.
Not only is it super easy to make, but it looks like you fussed over it all day. It’s sure to impress!
27. Nutella and Ferrero Rocher Trifles
It’s not Christmas without the chocolates. And this Nutella and Ferrero Rocher trifle is the perfect way to do them justice.
An airy Nutella mousse is layered with rich, fudgy brownies and roasted hazelnuts. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Make this dessert even better with crumbled Ferrero Rocher chocolates between each layer. Yum.
28. Easy Chocolate Cake Roll Trifle with Berries
Since trifles are all about the layers, why not emphasize them with thick slices of cake?
I mean, seriously! How amazing do these cake roll slices look running around the glass?
But it doesn’t just look good. One bite of this trifle, and you’ll melt.
29. Bananas Foster Trifle
Craving something extra decadent? Dig into this fantastic Bananas Foster trifle.
You’ll love the buttery shortbread cookies with the silky-smooth custard filling.
And the homemade Bananas Foster sauce? It’s downright devilish!
30. Eggnog Gingerbread Trifle
Christmas hasn’t officially begun until you’ve had your first mug of eggnog! And this eggnog gingerbread trifle is the perfect treat to go with it.
It’s piled high with layers of gingerbread, eggnog pudding, and whipped cream – three of everybody’s favorite things!
Festive, tasty, and full of the best Christmas flavors: what’s not to love?
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