Shortbread and Eggnog Pudding Trifles

Whether you are hosting a big holiday dinner or traveling to visit loved ones, sweet treats are on the menu. How perfect are these showy sweet trifles that I discovered on Sprinkle Bakes Blog?  Heather Baird truly is the Queen of all that is yummy. So be sure to stop by her blog any time you are in need of some sweet inspiration!

Who wouldn’t feel all warm & fuzzy when presented with one of these beauties? You could just feel the love put into each layer.


You will soon be adding this recipe to your list of favorite comfort foods. 😉


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Best Shortbread and Eggnog Pudding Trifles

(Makes about 4-5 – 8 oz. trifles)

2 – 5.3 oz. boxes of Walker’s Shortbread Petticoat Tails

2 cups of commercially prepared eggnog

Pinch of salt

1/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 cup milk -cold

2 egg yolks

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tablespoons butter

Grated fresh nutmeg for sprinkling

Reserve 4 shortbread petticoat tails for garnish.  In a large bowl, crush the remaining shortbread cookies with your hands until crumbs form.  Place 2-3 tablespoons of crumbs in the bottom of 4 -5  8oz. glasses (I used small canning jars).


Pour 2 cups eggnog, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium-high heat.   In a small bowl, make a slurry with the cornstarch and cold milk, whisking vigorously until no lumps remain.  Add the two egg yolks to the slurry and whisk again until combined.

When the eggnog mixture has come to a boil, remove from heat and slowly pour in the slurry while whisking constantly.  Return to heat and cook again until the mixture thickens but is still pourable (this will only take 1 or 2 more minutes).   Remove from heat and add vanilla extract and butter.  Stir until combined then pour a layer of pudding over crumbs in each glass. Continue to layer cookie crumbs over pudding until glasses are filled.

Whipped topping: 

1/2 cup heavy cream

3 tbsp extra-fine sugar

In a small bowl, whip heavy cream on medium high speed with an electric mixer.  Gradually pour in extra fine sugar, 1 tbsp at a time.  Increase speed to high and whip until thick and fluffy.  Dollop whipped cream on top of trifles and sprinkle over freshly grated nutmeg.  Embellish with reserved shortbread petticoat tails.

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