This eye-catching trifle allows you to fully embrace the convenience factor of a prepared dessert from the freezer aisle without being obvious about it. Frozen Marie Callender pies make an amazing shortcut to creating fruity layers (accented with pieces of flakey, buttery crust) in this easy dessert that’s completed with a couple of other convenience items, like pudding mix and frozen whipped topping. It’s perfect for any occasion when you’re short on time, but still need something decadently impressive. Feel free to swap apple and cherry for your own favorite pie flavors.

Recipe by MyRecipes


Credit: Gina DeSimone; Prop Styling: Kashara Johnson; Food Styling: Deb Wise

Recipe Summary

20 mins
2 hrs 40 mins
Serves 20 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bake apple and cherry pies according to package directions. Cool completely on wire racks, 1 hour, and 30 minutes.

  • Combine pudding mix and milk in a bowl, and prepare according to package directions.

  • Assemble the Trifle: Coarsely chop apple pie, and arrange pieces in the bottom of a 3-quart trifle dish. Top with 1/2 of the pudding (2 cups). Top pudding with 1 container of whipped topping. Coarsely chop cherry pie, and arrange on top of whipped topping. Top with remaining pudding and remaining container of whipped topping. Sprinkle top with walnuts. Chill 1 hour before serving.