The holiday season is here, and one of my absolute FAVORITE desserts to make is a trifle. Although they look complicated, they are one of the easiest desserts to make,and are great if you need to make something ahead of time.
They are also a very kid-friendly dessert— one of my boys’ favorites! We are partial to trifles with chocolate in them, though they are great with whipped cream and berries too. When we were out in San Diego, I made a Peppermint Oreo Trifle to share with my sister and her family.
I usually use store bought whipped topping, but this time I made my own with Hood Cream. I don’t know why I haven’t made my own more often, because it’s really easy to do (especially with a Kitchen Aid mixer).
If you like to prep ahead, you can make the cake and whipped cream in advance; same for crushing up the Oreos. While a trifle dish is not essential, it makes the trifle the star of the dessert table!
The first layer of my trifles is always the cake, and it’s the same way with this Peppermint Oreo Trifle. If you are in a hurry, feel free to use a store-bought cake. While they may not have unfrosted cakes out in the bakery, you can ask if they have them in the back to sell. You can also use chocolate pound cake (which you can often find in the freezer section).
Cut the pound cake up into 3/4 inch to 11-inch cubes and line the bottom of the trifle dish. For the next layer, you will use instant pudding (chocolate). You can use the regular pudding if you make it ahead. Layer the chocolate pudding over the cake pieces, using a spatula to smooth it over.
Next up is the crushed Oreos. I used peppermint Oreos for this recipe, but the mint ones are fine too! Crush up about half of the bag of Oreos by placing them in a ziplock bag and going over them with a rolling pin.
After the oreo layer comes the whipped cream. Place your mixing bowl in the freezer for about 15 minutes before using it. When you’re ready to take it out add 4 tbsp of sugar. Next add, 2 cups (one pint) of Hood whipping cream. I added a 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract to flavor my whipped cream, but it’s totally optional. Whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks.
When making your own whipped cream, it’s important to use a quality cream like Hood, which is used by top chefs like Chef Chris Coombs. Chef Coombs has partnered with Hood to share the many reasons he prefers using Hood cream along with some of his delectable recipes, created especially for the Chef Creations Inspired by Hood® eCookbook.
Layer the whipped cream over the crushed Oreos, smoothing with a spoon or spatula. Repeat the layers as needed to fill your trifle dish (most dishes will use 2 repetitions of the above). The last layer of the Peppermint Oreo Trifle will be whipped cream. You can add a single oreo, mint leaves, or both for a garnish. Don’t forget to check out some of our other favorite trifle recipes and enjoy!