Brownies, Chocolate Mousse, Peanut Butter, Whipped Cream, Reese’s. Any one of these items would be a decadent dessert all by it’s lonesome. Oh, but these guys were just made to be buddies. Oh my gracious. This is one of the most luxurious recipes I have ever tried or tasted for that matter. I made this for a post Valentine’s Day dessert for David’s side of the family this year. There were so many squeals coming from everyone. David’s dad said to me, “You know, Emily, you’re speaking mom’s love language here with all this chocolate and peanut butter.” We devoured our bowls of this luscious treat, but I STILL had lots of leftovers! I think the stuff multiplied! I ate it (eagerly) every day for at least a week. I just couldn’t waste a drop of it. (I must say, it is not nearly as pretty in the dish once you’ve already dug in. It starts sliding together, but that’s alright…still tastes just as wonderful!) This is great for a big crowd. With the richness of it, I think this earns a spot for a very special occasion dessert.
Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Trifle
1 batch of brownies, cooled and cubed
1 large box (5 oz) of instant chocolate pudding, prepared and chilled
1 bag of peanut butter cups, chopped (Reese’s all the way if you ask me!)
4 cups heavy cream
8 TBSP granulated sugar
1 cup of creamy peanut butter
1 cup of powdered sugar
2 TBSP milk
8 oz of whipped cream cheese, room temperature
Beat Heavy cream and sugar with a mixer on med-high speed until it turns into whipped cream. Transfer ¾ of it to a bowl to stick in the fridge till you need it. (No need to clean mixing bowl yet). Mix the remaining ¼ of whipped cream in with pudding to form a mouse-like consistency. Add peanut butter & cream cheese to mixing bowl until well blended, then mix in powdered sugar and 2 TBSP milk. Remove whipped cream from fridge and whip 2/3 of it into peanut butter mixture. Reach for trifle dish and layer your yummy tiers of brownies, pudding mouse, peanut butter mixture, Reese’s, and whipped cream. I try to get about 2 of every layer in there, starting with brownies at the base. Top with remaining whipped cream and sprinkle with chopped Reese’s.
Yields: 10-14 servings