Peppermint Trifle

Of all the Christ­mas recipes in my brain, this one has been there the longest. I would get so excited as a kid watch­ing my mom and dad get out the big, clunky, metal grinder (no such thing as a food processor–and I’m not even that old!), and start run­ning candy canes through it because I knew it could only mean one thing: Pep­per­mint Dessert.

The great­est thing about this dessert aside from the taste is how far ahead it can be made. Like days. I think the gelatin in the marsh­mal­lows sta­bi­lizes the whipped cream, keep­ing it nice and fluffy for a long time. It should be made at least 24 hours in advance, but it just keeps get­ting bet­ter over time. The bits of candy cane slowly melt into the sur­round­ing fluff, mak­ing it pinker and pepperminty-ier.….

My mom always made it in a reg­u­lar pyrex 9X13, but if you want to tri­fle with it (get it.…trifle?.….) you should just increase the recipe by 1/2 and save out some whole wafers to line around the mid­dle layer. I even bought some mini individual-size tri­fles and made them this year–so precious!!

I seri­ously can’t think of a more Christ­masy dessert!

Peppermint Trifle

Pep­per­mint Trifle


  • 1 cup finely crushed pep­per­mint candy canes (I usu­ally just stick them in a ziploc bag and ham­mer away with my rolling pin!)
  • 1 pint (2 cups) whip­ping cream–whipped, but NOT sweet­ened!! Don’t use Coolwhip!!
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 box NillaWafer cookies–crushed up in a food processor–quite finely
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts–optional, but oh so recommended!!


  1. Pour the crushed pep­per­mint candy into the whipped cream. Fold in. Add marsh­mal­lows and nuts, if using. Fold together well.
  2. Pour half of the crushed Nilla Wafers into the bot­tom of a 9X13 glass pyrex. Pour the whipped cream/candy cane mix­ture over the wafer layer.
  3. Smooth the top and cover with remain­ing crushed wafers.
Refrig­er­ate at least 24 hours before serving.

Peppermint Trifle

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  1. I can’t make this for Christ­mas day dessert. Danka tammy and Merry Christ­mas to you

  2. Mmm. How I love pep­per­mint. Did you know the smell of pep­per­mint nat­u­rally makes you happy? I’m smelling pep­per­mint just look­ing at this!

  3. This looks great! Going to try it for sure. :)


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