Inspired by the Olive Garden – Pumpkin Cream Pie Trifle Recipe

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I received a gift card to try the new season favorites at Olive Garden. This post contains an affiliate link.

With the holidays approaching – can you believe that Thanksgiving is just weeks away?! – Chris and I took a trip down to the Olive Garden to try out the new season favorite dessert menu. I’ve been hearing great things about the Olive Garden Pumpkin Cheesecake and knew that I had to try it for myself!

olive garden seasonal favorite menu

There are three new seasonal favorites available at Red Lobster, LongHorn Steakhouse and Olive Garden right now:

Red Lobster’s New! Pumpkin Pie in a Jar –  Layered pumpkin and cream cheese mousse with a graham-cracker crust, topped with sugared pecans

LongHorn Steakhouse’s New! Pumpkin Spice Lava Cake – Warm pumpkin spice cake filled with a cream cheese icing and drizzled with Maker’s Mark® bourbon-caramel sauce and candied pecans

Olive Garden’s Pumpkin Cheesecake – Pumpkin cheesecake topped with whipped cream, caramel sauce and ginger cookie crumbles

I was so full from my lunch that I had to take my Olive Garden Pumpkin Cheesecake to go! I love that you can just order dessert to go, it makes that meal extra special when you take the best part home with you!

olive garden pumpkin cheesecake

Olive Garden challenged me to recreate this tasty treat at home, and let’s just say it didn’t work out so well…I am severely cheesecake-challenged! I don’t think I could bake a cheesecake to save my life!

I did, however, come up with this sweet little Pumpkin Cream Pie Trifle, which I promise is just as tasty as a pumpkin cheesecake!

Made with pumpkin puree and evaporated milk, it’s a light and creamy dessert, just like a cheesecake – only it’s much easier to make! I found the recipe in a little cookbook given to me by a friend, Petite Sweets: Bite-Size Desserts to Satisfy Every Sweet Tooth.

I used the recipe for Pumpkin Cream Pots, and cooked them in ramekins, then scooped out the finished product and served it up in a little trifle bowl and topped with whipped cream!

pumpkin cream pie trifle

Pumpkin Cream Pie Trifles

Ingredients (for 16 2 ounce servings)

1 can pumpkin puree (15 ounce can)
3 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 can evaporated milk (12 ounce can)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together all ingredients until completely combined, then pour into ramekins (I used eight four-ounce ramekins). This will not rise, so you can fill the ramekins almost to the top.

Bake for about 35 minutes and then remove from the oven and allow to cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes. If you’d like to serve in the ramekins, just top with whipped cream! If you’d like to make trifles like I did, just scoop it out once it’s completely chilled and arrange in trifle bowls and top with whipped cream.

pumpkin cream pie trifle

Do you want to try the Olive Garden’s Pumpkin Cheesecake for yourself?

Well, you’re in luck because I’m giving away a $30 Darden Gift Card, which can be used at the Olive Garden, Red Lobster or LongHorn Steakhouse! Giveaway is open to US residents and ends at midnight on November 13th.

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  1. Jeanine says

    I’d have to flip a coin between Olove Garden & Long Horn luckily by me they are right across the street from each other so I’d just go to the one with the smaller line. :)

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  3. says

    I would take my oldest son (20) to Olive Garden. It’s one of his favorite restaurants and we don’t often get the opportunity to go out without his other siblings.

  4. Natalie Vandenberghe says

    I’d love to go to Red Lobster! However, November 13th is our anniversary and Olive Garden is my husband’s favorite restaurant 😉 Thanks for the giveaway (and for posting the delicious recipe)

  5. Lynn says

    I really would love to try the longhorn steakhouse or red lobster, but they’re nowhere near me, so Olive Garden it is!

  6. Toneria M says

    I’d go to Red Lobsters or Olive Garden. Haven’t been in years and the descriptions are making me wanna go now lol

  7. Asimina kaminis says

    Olive Garden is the best I love there pumpkin cheesecake,I wanted to go during never ending pasta bowl my favorite

  8. Debra S says

    Well, we go to the Olive Garden A LOT.. so I think I’d change it up and do Red Lobster for a change! LOL I do NOT eat fish nor anything that swims in the sea, but they have GREAT chicken dishes and oh those cheese bisquits!!!! Wow

  9. says

    Any time I hear the word Trifle I think of Joey on Friends…

    That looks amazing! I am totally going to give it a try. Maybe a big version for Thanksgiving.

  10. says

    I’d choose Olive Garden – actually I’ve never been to any of them before, but I have had carry out from Olive Garden once.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. nicole says

    Olive Garden!! only because when both my brothers come home from the army (home for xmas and my birthday (same week)) they take me out to my favorite restaurant.. and that happens to be olive garden. :)

  12. Wild Orchid says

    Olive Garden!

    Entered the rafflecopter as “Wild orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  13. Peggy D says

    It’s a toss up between Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse…two of my favorite restaurants


  14. Judy Chapin says

    Oh man, I love all three of those places! I’d probably use the gift card for date night with my boyfriend and get some nice steaks at Longhorns :)

  15. Kellie Conklin says

    We’d definitely go to Red Lobster! We love eating there and always have fantastic service but it’s too expensive to take the whole family often! It would be a great holiday treat :) Thanks!

  16. Savannah Miller says

    Olive garden!! I tried the pumpkin cheese with ginger drizzled on top… SO YUMMY!!
    My hubby was mad because I didn’t want to share :)

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