This is a super simple fake-out for a traditional pumpkin pie. Go ahead and switch up the spices and add in or take out what you and your family do or don’t like. You can also switch up the assembly and put together one big trifle or several individual servings.
• 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
• 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon ground allspice
• 1 teaspoon ground cloves
• 1 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1 5.1-ounce package instant vanilla pudding mix
• 3 cups heavy cream
• 1 12-ounce box Ginger Snaps
Yields: 8 servings
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin, spices, pudding mix and a good splash of water (about 1/4 cup). Using an electric mixer, beat everything together until smooth and thickened, about 2 minutes. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture until blended and no streaks of pudding remain.
To assemble, layer the cookies and pudding mixture in a serving dish (or several individual dishes) in whatever fashion you like. Cover the puddings with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 and up to 8 hours (you want the ginger snaps to soften up from sitting in the pudding mixture).
Top with some ground cinnamon or more whipped cream if you like, and serve cold.