Need an easy and elegant dessert idea for your Thanksgiving table? What’s better than a pumpkin-flavored dessert? How about a pumpkin-and-chocolate dessert… served in a cute mini size!
t This fun little dessert looks fancy, but it is so easy to make. It takes a whipped pumpkin fluff and layers it with chocolate pudding and graham crackers.
tMini pumpkin-and-chocolate trifle
t Makes about 2 dozen
t ·1/2 (15 ounce) can solid-pack pumpkin
t ·1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
t ·1 small container instant vanilla pudding
t ·1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
t ·1 sleeve graham crackers (about 8 to10 full cracker sheets)
t ·1 small container instant chocolate pudding
t ·2 cups milk
t ·24 small (2 ounce) disposable shot glasses
t Make the pumpkin fluff:
t 1.Using a hand mixer in a large bowl, whip together the pumpkin, spices, frozen whipped topping and vanilla-pudding mix.
t 2.Cut a small corner off a pastry bag or plastic storage bag (so you can squeeze the fluff out of the bag later) and then use a spatula to fill the bag with the fluffy mixture.
tCrush half the crackers:
t 1.Place about half the graham crackers in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin to create graham-cracker crumbs.
t 2.Leave the rest of the crackers uncrushed and reserve them for garnish later.
t Begin to assemble:
t 1.Squeeze one dollop of the pumpkin fluff out of the bag and into the bottom of each of the 24 shot glasses.
t 2.Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of crushed graham crackers onto the fluff in each shot glass.
t Make the pudding:
t 1.Because the pudding will set quickly, make the pudding right before you plan to add it to the cups.
t 2.Using a whisk or hand mixer, beat the pudding powder and 2 cups of cold milk in a large bowl for about 2 minutes until soft set.
t 3.Immediately spoon about 1 tablespoon of the pudding into each shot glass.
t Finish assembly:
t 1.Squeeze another dollop of pumpkin fluff on top of the chocolate pudding in each shot glass. Refrigerate the glasses until ready to serve.
t 1.Break apart the remaining graham crackers into long, small pieces.
t 2.Right before you are ready to serve, press a piece of cracker into the top of each dessert. This will keep the graham cracker piece crispy and not soggy.
t 3.Serve immediately. Admire the pretty layers of your mini treats!