I can't begin to explain to you how good this trifle is. If you love chocolate and peanut butter then this definitely should be the next dessert you make. I had never made trifle before and as you can see I don't own a trifle dish so my layers weren't as precise as they should've been, but it turned out delicious anyway. My mouth is watering just writing this post and remembering how good it was when I served it back in December. It also could be that I'm 37 weeks pregnant and I know my days of allowing myself to indulge in dessert every night are numbered since my post pregnancy diet is just around the corner :(
1 Box Fudge Brownie Mix (9x13 Family Size)
2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
6 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
3 Cups Skim Milk
2 Tsp Vanilla
1 Large Box Instant Vanilla Pudding
2 Bags Mini Peanut Butter Cups
Adapted from: http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com
Start by baking your brownies following the directions on the box you have bought. Obviously you are welcome to make brownies from scratch if you have the time.
Next make the whipped cream, the original recipe calls for Cool Whip but I refuse to eat that. One of the keys to making real whipped cream is to have the bowl and whisk as cold as possible. So before you start place them both in the freezer for 10 minutes. Pour the cream into the bowl, add the sugar and whip on a medium speed for about 2-3 minutes or until you achieve stiff peaks. Transfer the whipped cream to a large bowl and place in the fridge until it is needed later in the recipe.
Wash your mixer's bowl and whisk. Mix together the pudding packet and milk on a medium speed until combined about 2 minutes. Spoon in the peanut butter and vanilla and mix again
Take half of the whipped cream, about 2 cups and gently fold it into the pudding mixture until it is just combined. Your brownies should be done baking by now, when they are cool, cut them into 1 in pieces. Roughly chop up all the peanut butter cups. I used mini ones because they were on sale but it was a pain in the butt to unwrap each one, I would suggest using larger ones.
Now it is time to construct the trifle, you are going to divide the brownies and peanut butter cups into threes and the pudding in half. Start with a layer of brownies on the bottom, followed by some of the chopped up peanut butter cups. Next you will put in half of the peanut butter pudding.
On top of the peanut butter pudding put a 2nd layer of brownies, followed by a 2nd layer of peanut butter cups and the rest of the pudding. Top the 2nd layer of pudding with the remaining brownies. Spoon the rest of the whipped cream on top smoothing it out evenly. Top the whipped cream with the remaining peanut butter cups.
Cover and place the trifle in the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours. Use a very large spoon to dig all the way into the bottom of the trifle when it is time to serve so you can have all of the layers together.