The Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle
Here’s a super easy dessert that looks way fancier than it is, but tastes as good as it looks! The only real trick is in the assembly. Sure, you could just throw all the ingredients in haphazard layers (and it would still be delicious), but if you take an extra 10 minutes or so at the end to assemble the layers carefully, you get a beautiful dessert that will definitely wow a crowd!
Now of course this looks better in a trifle dish, but I didn’t have one so I used a glass salad bowl. And you could really use any bowl you have in your kitchen as long as it’s big. The fact is, you could put this in your old spaghetti-sauce-stained tupperware and it would be licked clean! But if you have a glass dish, use it, so that for just a few minutes before culinary demolition, you’ll have something pretty to look at and say, “Wow. I made THAT.”
Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle Recipe
(Warning – this makes a HUGE trifle!)
Brownies made from your favorite box recipe, cut into squares (see note in directions below)
Chocolate pudding, prepared according to directions on box (just the small 4oz size)
3 (yes, 3! I couldn’t help myself…) small tubs of Cool Whip
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 pkg (8 oz) softened cream cheese
1/4 c. powdered sugar
About 40 mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, coarsely chopped
1. Make the brownies. Here is our hint: Make the brownies in a jelly roll pan. You might be worried that you don’t have enough batter, but one brownie recipe should be just right for a 10 x 15 jelly roll pan. Then you can cut them into small bite size squares, which makes them easier to layer and easier to eat in the trifle.
2. Make the chocolate pudding and let it set in the fridge.
3. Make the peanut butter cream. In a stand mixer or with electric beaters, beat the cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Beat in the powdered sugar. Fold in one tub of cool whip until combined.
4. Assemble the trifle. I did the layers carefully so I could try to get that cool stripey look in the bowl. So the layers went like this: Brownie Bites, Peanut Butter Cream, Chocolate Pudding, Cool Whip, Chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. And I just layered them until I got to the top. And my only other hint for assembly, if you’re going for said “stripey look” is to layer the edges first, and then spread the fillings inward, rather than starting at the center and spreading out (so kind of the opposite of frosting a cake.)
5. Stand back and admire the masterpiece before it disappears!