Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dangerously Tasty Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle

There are some desserts that are not only pretty to look at, but they bring out expressions like "OH MY WORD!"  They are great for a crowd, but dangerous for an individual or even a small family.  Each bite feels like my my jeans are getting tighter and I'll be paying with intense workouts in the coming week. I immensely enjoyed a couple bites and called it good.

This recipe is from How Sweet It Is.  I just recently found this blog on Pinterest. Perusing the fantastic ideas on Pinterest sometimes makes me feel like an underachiever with a poorly designed blog and no fashion sense, so I don't go there all too often.  Occasionally, I'll wind down in bed looking at beautiful decor, food, and clothing combos, but one can get quickly overwhelmed by great ideas.

Last night we hosted the dessert portion of a church middle school progressive dinner.  It was the perfect opportunity to try out this dessert.  Needless to say, with a houseful of teenagers and their leaders, it went quick!

The Trifle.  A whole lot of goodness thrown together in a pretty bowl.  Delicious!

Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle
The Layers:
1 batch of boxed brownies made in a 9X13 pan, cooled and cut into small cubes

Chocolate Pudding
1 large box (5-ounce) instant chocolate pudding, prepared and chilled

Peanut Butter Cups
1 bag peanut butter cups, chopped (I opted to not top the trifle with them also.  Too many calories already)

Whipped Cream
2 cups heavy cream plus 3-4 granulated sugar, beat into whipped cream with stiff high peaks.
Make whipped cream and chill in refrigerator until ready to use.

Peanut Butter Filling
1 cup creamy peanut butter
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature.
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Beat peanut butter and cream cheese until creamy.  Add powdered sugar.  Mix.  Add 2 tablespoons of milk. Fold in 1 cup of the whipped cream from above.  Set aside.

Layer ingredients in the trifle dish.  Layer brownies, peanut butter filling, peanut butter cups, chocolate filling, then whipped cream.  I did each in thirds, finishing the top with whipped cream and then grated dark chocolate.

Dessert is probably the most important stage of the meal, since it will be the last thing your guests remember before they pass out all over the table.

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