peanut butter trifle

I recently made this for a casual dinner party.  It was a hit with the kids as well as the adults!  Thanks to Julia's Eats & Treats for the easy recipe.  I used my standard brownie mix (Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownies).  If you really wanted to make this quickly, you could buy already baked brownies.  This would work in a regular bowl, but it looks so pretty in a Trifle Bowl.  I used a 9" Trifle Bowl, link below.



  • 1 (19.5 oz) Pillsbury Milk Chocolate Brownie Mix
  • 2 (13 oz) packages Miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  • 4 c. 2% milk
  • 2 (5.1 oz) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 (8 oz) cartons Cool Whip, thawed


  1. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions using a 9x13 in pan. Make sure not to over bake the brownies.
  2. Cool on a wire rack; cut into 3/4-in. pieces.
  3. Cut Reese's peanut butter cups in half; set aside 1/3 cup for garnish.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes. Add peanut butter and vanilla; mix well.Fold in 1-1/2 cartons whipped topping.
  5. Place a third of the brownies in a trifle bowl. Top with a third of the remaining peanut butter cups. Spoon a third of the pudding mixture over the top. Repeat layers twice. Cover with remaining whipped topping; garnish with reserved peanut butter cups.
  6. Refrigerate until chilled.