Mini Banana Pudding Trifles with Shortbread Cookies


Try these tasty trifles layered with vanilla pudding, shortbread cookies and bananas for an elegant but SO easy Southern favorite!

Mini Banana Pudding Trifles with Shortbread Cookies – Tasty desserts layered with vanilla pudding, shortbread cookies and bananas. Elegant but SO easy! |

There are dozens of reasons I love Southern living – We have just about the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, the best knee slappin’ music you’ll ever stomp your boot to, and the hottest temperatures you’ll ever endure. Well, that part I don’t love so much. So let’s replace it with… the tastiest banana pudding you’ll ever taste! But it doesn’t matter where you live, because you can make it at home!

Mini Banana Pudding Trifles with Shortbread Cookies – Tasty desserts layered with vanilla pudding, shortbread cookies and bananas. Elegant but SO easy! |

Banana pudding is a Southern specialty of sweet, creamy vanilla custard layered with sliced bananas and, typically, Nilla Wafers. And, oh my stars, who doesn’t feel like a kid again when eating those wafers. But I wanted to jazz up these tasty little trifles with something different – Walker’s Shortbread Lemon Thins.

You can find them at many grocery stores, but in the event you can’t, any shortbread cookies or Nilla Wafers work just fine.

Mini Banana Pudding Trifles with Shortbread Cookies – Tasty desserts layered with vanilla pudding, shortbread cookies and bananas. Elegant but SO easy! |

If you’ve never tried homemade pudding before you’ll be super surprised at how easy and amazingly delicious it is. The taste of velvety cooked butter, vanilla, eggs and milk leaves no comparison to the boxed powder. This is the real stuff, and it’s real good!

Try these tasty trifles layered with pudding, shortbread and bananas for an elegant but SO easy Southern favorite!

Mini Banana Pudding Trifles with Shortbread Cookies

Servings 4


  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 medium-size ripe bananas
  • 1 4.2 oz. package Walker’s Shortbread Lemon Thins or shortbread of your choice
  • 2 cups whipped cream


  • In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together milk, eggs, sugar and flour. Cook, whisking constantly until thick, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat; add butter and vanilla. Whisk until butter is melted.
  • Fill a large bowl with ice. Nestle saucepan in ice and let sit, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly chilled.
  • Meanwhile, cut bananas into 1/4-inch slices. Break up cookies with your hands.
  • Spoon half of pudding mixture equally into 4 wine glasses or parfait glasses. Top with bananas and cookies. Spoon remaining pudding mixture over bananas and cookies. Top with whipped cream. Serve immediately, or cover and chill 2 to 24 hours. Garnish with extra bananas, cookies or mint sprigs, if desired.
  • Enjoy!

Join the Conversation

  1. Wow! Beautiful presentation! Looks so delicious!

  2. that sounds so good!

  3. What a pretty display :) I just got a large trifle dish and want to try making it with that!

  4. Hellloooo lovely! I will take 3 :-)

  5. I don’t make homemade pudding very often, but this one sounds wonderful!

  6. Beautiful trifles, Georgia! I love the individual servings.

  7. I was never super fond of banana pudding, to me it was always a bit so-so. That is until I saw this wonderful version. I’m am a total sucker for shortbread and with the homemade custard, WOW!

  8. I can’t wait to try homemade pudding for the first time!

  9. I love banana pudding! Using shortbread is a great idea. I made a version once with Nutella :)

  10. Georgia, these look delicious!

  11. Gorgeous an temptingly cooling…Wow! Simply gorgeous Georgia!

  12. Oh my gosh I am SO making this! We have lived in the South for 4 years now and I JUST had my first banana pudding last year. I became kind of addicted, but most places make it with boxed pudding, so I’ve been meaning to make it at home with the real deal. LOVE the idea of the lemon thins, or using plain shortbread instead of Nilla wafers. Shortbread makes me smile!

  13. OMGoodness’ It looks wonderful.I can almost taste it,and oh how easy it is to prepare.Thanks’so much for sharing.I,ll give you some feedback as soon as my hubby and our grandbabies,children taste it.

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