Patriotic Trifle

Patriotic Trifle

Updated 6/30/22

Patriotic Trifle
Patriotic Trifle

"I have a love-hate relationship with holiday desserts. They’re so much fun but they take so much time that I’d rather spend with my family! I’m always looking for a dessert like this patriotic trifle that is decorative and on-theme without taking too much time. If you don’t have a food processor, all you’ll need is a bag and a rolling pin to crush up the graham crackers. Place the crackers in the bag and seal it tight. It takes a little more work but it works just as well! "

Yields4 mini-trifles

Preparation Time15 min

Chilling Time30 min

Cooking MethodNo Bake


  • (8-ounce) cream cheese (1 package), softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • (8-ounce) whipped topping, thawed
  • 4-5 graham crackers
  • red and blue food coloring
  • Sprinkles, optional
  1. To make your cheesecake trifle, start by adding the softened cream cheese to a large mixing bowl.

  2. Use a hand mixer to beat the cream cheese for a few minutes until it’s fluffy. Add the sugar and beat the mixture again until it’s well combined.

  3. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture just until it’s smooth.

  4. Now it’s time to add the patriotic trifle twist! Separate the cream cheese mixture into 3 bowls. It should be about 1 cup per bowl.

  5. Color one bowl with red food coloring, one bowl with blue food coloring, and keep the last bowl plain white.

  6. Cover the colored mixtures and place them in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.

  7. While your cheesecake filling chills, crush the graham crackers in a food processor. Set the crumbs aside.

  8. Spoon the red cheesecake filling evenly into 4 small jars.

  9. Add a layer of graham cracker crumbs on top.

  10. Repeat with the white and blue layers and decorate with whipped topping and sprinkles!

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