Pumpkin Mousse Brownie Trifle

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SO! Guess what. Today is kind of a fun post.

Remember when I hosted that cookie butter party a week or two ago? And I said I was going to make it a “You might be a dessert blogger if…” themed post. But then I didn’t? Because… I had totally forgotten about it! Until I wandered over to Dorothy’s blog and saw her cookie butter recipe, patiently waiting there for the link party to begin. Ack!

So rushed back over to my dashboard and threw together a post, lickity split. And totally forgot the best part of the whole post: the jokes!! Some of you contributed some great one-liners, and I definitely don’t want to skip out on sharing them with you.

So today is “You Might Be a Dessert/Food Blogger if…” day.

Pumpkin Pie Mousse Brownie Trifle

You might be a dessert/food blogger if…

“You buy confectioners sugar in 4 pound bags every month!” – Ellen

“You have over 2,000 cupcake liners, are still buying more, and never wonder why?” – Bake it With Booze

“You slice your birthday cake, photograph it, then put it back together for singing later that night.” – Dorothy

“Your keyboard is covered in sugary icing.” – Lynda

“Your cake stand collection is taking over your house.” – Bird on a Cake

“Your boyfriend is only allowed to eat the misshapen cookies so that you can photograph the pretty ones.” – Sally

“Your family asks if the food has been photographed yet and knows to only eat the ugly food.” – Hayley

“Your husband starts talking about cute ways to arrange cookies on a plate.” – Caitlin

“Your camera is permanently set on the perfect setting for taking pictures of food. If someone has the nerve to use it to take pictures of people (heaven forbid), you have a mild anxiety attack.”

“You’ve managed to work in various dinnerware pieces, silverware, cake stands, bowls, and place mats into your home decor.”

“You’ve ever pulled a chocolate chip out of the USB port of your laptop.” {true story…}

“It’s cause for alarm when you have less than 3 bags of chocolate chips in the house. No. Seriously.”

“A sugar coma is an occupational hazard.”

“You only buy home decor that can double as a photo prop.”

“You could easily spend 30 minutes each in the baking and candy aisles.”

“You don’t even notice the weird looks from the cashier when you buy 15 bags of hershey kisses in one trip. When she asks if you’re planning a party or something, you giver her the strange look and say ‘No. They’re on sale: buy 14 get 1 free.’ Duh.”

Thanks for the laughs, ladies! I can never get enough “you might be a _…” jokes. They’re my faves 🙂

Speaking of faves….can I interest you in a new fall favorite dessert?? I’m completely in love with this trifle. Pumpkin Mousse + Brownies + Caramel Sundae Sauce = yummmmmmmm.

I kept thinking I could just eat “one more bite,” but I seriously could not stop coming back for more! I’m not even ashamed to admit that I ate that entire jar.

By myself.

In about 30 minutes.

Totally worth it.

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Pumpkin Mousse Brownie Trifle


  • 1 - 3.4 oz package of Pumpkin Spice Instant Jello Pudding*
  • 1 - 8 oz tub Cool Whip (do not sub whipped cream if you're not eating immediately)
  • 1 1/4 c. skim milk
  • 1 9x9 pan of your favorite brownies, baked and cooled (store bought is just fine too)
  • caramel sundae sauce
  • pecans and chocolate chips for layering (Heath would be awesome too)


  1. Whisk together the milk and pudding mix, until it begins to thicken (2-3 minutes).
  2. Immediately whisk in half of the cool whip until thoroughly combined. Fold in the remaining cool whip with a rubber spatula. Set aside.
  3. Cut brownies into 1" pieces.
  4. Layer 1/2 of the total brownie pieces among the bottoms of 4 mason jars or sundae dishes.
  5. Spoon (or squeeze on, depending on the sauce you're using) about 1 tbsp. caramel sauce over the brownie layer. Sprinkle with desired amount of chocolate chips and pecans (less is more here).
  6. Pour/spoon/pipe about 1/2 of the the total pumpkin mousse over the brownie/caramel layers in each glass, distributing evenly among the glasses.
  7. Repeat layers. Garnish with chocolate chips and pecans. Best when served chilled for about an hour. Serves 4.

Pumpkin Mousse Brownie Trifle Tips

  • You can use any flavor pudding mix for this recipe, but I love the pumpkin spice flavor.
  • If you’re not eating the trifle right away, wait to add the whipped cream until shortly before serving. It will start to deflate and not look as pretty.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Mousse Brownie Trifle FAQs

What if I don’t have mason jars or sundae dishes?

You can use any dish that you have. Just make sure to adjust the serving size accordingly.

Can I use store bought brownies?

Yes! Store bought brownies are just fine for this recipe.

What if I don’t have caramel sauce?

You can use any type of sauce that you like. Chocolate, strawberry, or even raspberry would be great.

Can I use a different type of whipped cream?

Yes! You can use any type of whipped cream that you like. However, I recommend sticking with Cool Whip to ensure the best results.

What if I want to make a bigger trifle?

Just adjust the serving size accordingly. If you’re using a larger dish, you may need more brownies and pumpkin mousse.

Pumpkin Mousse Brownie Trifle is such an amazing dessert! It’s perfect for the fall season, and I know that I’ll be making it over and over again. Give it a try, you won’t regret it!

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5 thoughts on “Pumpkin Mousse Brownie Trifle”

  1. I can’t stop laughing . I’ve read yoru lines a while back and again tonight. I can totally relate to most of the “you’re a dessert blogger if you … ” Last week I bought almost 10 bags of Hershey’s kisses. Pumpkin spice, candy cane and mint. You can never have too many. Of course none is for the trick or treat-ers :))

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful triffle. Just linked to in in my 100 chocolate round-up and would love if you could bring it to this month chocolate party http://www.roxanashomebaking.com/chocolate-chip-pumpkin-cookies-recipe-chocolateparty/


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