Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle

Despite my efforts to eat healthy, desserts are definitely my weakness. I came across this recipe on A Step in the Journey and was wanting to try something new, so thought I’d give this a whirl. I love trifles and figured anything that combines chocolate and peanut butter is almost guaranteed to be a hit.Chocolate Peanut Butter TrifleChocolate Peanut Butter Trifle:


  • Brownies (either from scratch or a box). I made the Best of Bridge Fantastic Fudge Brownie recipe. I love their recipes and own many of their books, but managed to find it on-line as well. I omitted the walnuts and didn’t ice the brownies. I guess you could include the walnuts, if you wish, but I didn’t. This recipe is designed for a 9″ X 13″ pan, so if you use your own recipe and it only makes a square pan – double it!
  • Cool Whip – large size
  • Large box of Jello Instant Chocolate Pudding 
  • 3 cups of milk (used to make Jello) + 2 Tablespoons
  • Bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • 1 cup of Peanut Butter
  • 8 oz. package of cream cheese ~ at room temperature
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • Optional: Ahoy!Extras Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter chewy cookies (I bought this mini bag and added a few broken cookies along with the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.


  1. Prepare the brownies and let stand to cool.
  2. Mix up the Jello according to the package instructions. Cover and place in the fridge until you are ready to assemble the trifle.
  3. Chop the peanut butter cups with a food chopper or knife.
  4. Whip softened cream cheese. Fold in peanut butter. Once combined, add powdered sugar and the 2 Tablespoons of milk. Continue to whip until fluffy.
  5. Break the cooled brownies into small bite-sized pieces.
  6. You can divide your layer ingredients into halves or thirds depending on weather you want to have 2 or 3 layers. (You don’t have to physically divide them, but make a mental note and be sure to keep enough ingredients for each layer.
  7. LAYER the trifle:
  • 1/2 (or 1/3) of broken brownie bites
  • 1/2 (or 1/3) of peanut butter mixture
  • 1/2 (or 1/3) of chocolate pudding
  • 1/2 (or 1/3) of Cool Whip
  • 1/2 (or 1/3) of chopped Peanut Butter cups
  • Repeat to create either two or three layers of each ingredient. End with broken peanut butter cups to garnish. You can add a few chocolate curls as well, if you wish.

Of course, I will be sharing this dessert. Something this decadent would be way too dangerous to keep at home. I’ll let you know how everyone likes it!

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