NILLA Holiday Cranberry-Orange Trifle

16  Ratings
  • 30 min prep
  • 5 hr 30 min total
  • Makes 16 servings, about 2/3 cup each.

NILLA Holiday Cranberry-Orange Trifle Recipe


  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  •  Zest and juice of 1 orange, divided
  • 4 cups fresh cranberries, divided
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 pkg. (4-serving size each) white chocolate instant pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 63 NILLA Wafers, divided


  • Combine  sugar and cornstarch in medium saucepan. Add orange juice; stir until cornstarch is dissolved. Add 3-1/2 cups cranberries and cinnamon sticks; stir.
  • Bring  to boil on medium heat, stirring frequently. Simmer on medium-low heat 3 to 5 min. or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in orange zest.
  • Refrigerate  2 hours or until completely cooled. Remove and discard cinnamon sticks.
  • Beat  pudding mixes and milk in large bowl with whisk 2 min. Let stand 5 min.; stir in 2 cups whipped topping.
  • Place  16 wafers on bottom of 10- to 12-cup straight-sided clear glass trifle dish.
  • Layer  half EACH of the pudding and cranberry mixtures in prepared dish. Arrange 30 of the remaining wafers over cranberry mixture and around side of dish. Cover with layers of the remaining pudding and cranberry mixtures. Top with 16 of the remaining wafers and remaining whipped topping.
  • Refrigerate  3 hours or until chilled.
  • Garnish  with remaining wafer and cranberries just before serving.

Recipe Tips

Special ExtraGarnish trifle with small fresh rosemary sprigs and a few orange zest twists before serving.

ShortcutCombine 16-oz. can whole berry cranberry sauce with 1 Tbsp. orange zest and 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon. Use instead of the homemade cranberry relish.

Special ExtraFor a special garnish, moisten the 1/2 cup cranberries with water, then roll in additional sugar. Let stand until sugar coating is dried before adding cranberries to top of trifle.


Nutrition Information

Makes 16 servings, about 2/3 cup each.

Nutrition per serving:

    • Calories 280 
    • Total fat 7 g
    • Saturated fat 4 g
    • Cholesterol 5 mg
    • Sodium 260 mg
    • Carbohydrate 54 g
    • Dietary fiber 1 g
    • Total sugars 43 g
    •     Includes added sugars 37 g
    • Protein 2 g
    • Vitamin A 2 %DV
    • Vitamin C 4 %DV
    • Vitamin D 2 %DV
    • Calcium 6 %DV
    • Iron 2 %DV
    • Potassium 2 %DV
    • n/a indicates that data is not available

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