Brace Yourself! We’re Making Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Trifle

Once you reveal this gorgeous PB and fudge brownie trifle to your friends and family they just may worship the ground you walk on.

Absolutely nothing goes with peanut butter like chocolate. The two were made to be combined, I’m sure of it. There have been days where I sneak into the kitchen, dip a spoon in the peanut butter and then roll it around in some chocolate chips and just sit back and enjoy little licks and bites. But that doesn’t satisfy me every time. Sometimes I need a full-on dessert, that’s why I am so glad I’ve added this peanut butter brownie trifle to my recipe box.

Talk about a luxurious dessert! First off, it looks lovely in my trifle dish. I’d say too pretty to eat but looking at those hunks of brownie and peanut butter cups resting in clouds of pudding and Cool Whip just makes me want to dive right in and forget the presentation.

Of course, if you’re bringing this to a shindig you can expect lots of “oohs” and “ahhs.”

Reese’s aren’t a favorite candy for nothing. This trifle has won my favor and heart and is adored by my entire family. So much so that my daughter asked me to make this for her Brownie meeting. Oh, and not just because it has brownies in it! Yummo! I don’t know if my family can contain themselves to not eat this trifle though. I mean, if i make it for my daughter’s meeting I’m going to have to hide it so the others don’t devour it!

Hmmm, where should i stash it? I know! In my belly! LOL!


  • 1 Betty Crocker fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
  • 1 package (10 ounces) Reese’s peanut butter chips
  • 2 packages (13 ounces each) Reese’s miniature peanut butter cups
  • 4 cups cold 2% milk
  • 2 packages (5.1 ounces each) Jello instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup JIF creamy peanut butter
  • 4 teaspoons McCormick vanilla extract
  • 3 cartons (8 ounces each) Cool Whip frozen whipped topping, thawed


Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare Betty Crocker brownie batter according to package directions; stir in peanut butter chips. Bake in a greased 13×9-in. baking pan 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack; cut into 3/4-in. pieces.

Cut peanut butter cups in half; set aside 1/3 cup for garnish. In a large bowl, whisk TruMoo milk and Jello pudding mixes for 2 minutes (mixture will be thick). Add peanut butter and vanilla; mix well. Fold in 1-1/2 cartons Cool Whip.

Place a third of the brownies in a 5-qt. glass 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 the rest of the whipped topping; garnish with reserved peanut butter cups.