Peanut Butter Cup Trifle
So who knew that my last trifle could illicit such joyous and hateful comments at the same time. Yikes. Guess it just shows that you can’t please everyone…
I know I’ve made my fair share of gluttonous dishes but this one might top them all.
A conversation on the phone between my hubby and I.
John: “Hey honey, I’m at Costco do you need anything?”Me: “Yeah. Pick me up a box of Reese’s peanut butter cups.”John: “A whole box.”Me: “Yup.”John: “You realize there are 36 Reese’s candy bars in a box.”Me: “Yup.”John: “That’s 72 individual cups total. Why do you need 72 cups?”Me: “I’m making a dessert.”John: “You need all of them?”Me: “No, but I’ll find a home for the others.” He he
If I had to choose one dessert that I hope is in heaven…it might be this….and then maybe it would be calorie free. I made this delicious Peanut Butter Cup Trifle for Bunko. Yes, another trifle. We play Bunko at a country club so by the time I had transported the trifle in my HOT car it wasn’t as cold as I would have liked to eat it. You really want to have it chilled and it almost tastes better the next day. You really want to fix this for a crowd because it is pretty rich and you can only eat a little…unless you are me.
Now off to your treadmill because this beauty’s going to cost you…
Peanut Butter Cup Trifle
This peanut butter cup trifle is so decadent you'll have to share.
- 1 9x13 pan of baked brownies, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 5.1 ounce package instant vanilla pudding
- 3 cups milk
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 8 ounce container thawed Cool Whip, divided (or use homemade whipped cream)
- 20 peanut butter cups, crumbled (do not buy bite sized; you could get away with less...but why?)
- 6-8 peanut butter cups to garnish.
- Combine pudding and milk. Beat for 2 minutes. Add peanut butter and vanilla, beat until smooth. Gently fold in 2 cups cool whip or homemade whipped cream.
- Layer in trifle dish ½ the brownies, ½ the crumbled peanut butter cups, ½ the pudding mixture. Repeat. Top with cool whip and peanut butter cups. Chill at least four hours until serving.
Source: The Sister's Café
I didn’t see anything about what size trifle bowl to use.
I just used a standard size trifle, 9x9x7 inches
I love baking, but I’m not big on cakes, and pies are a little too finicky, at least I haven’t gotten the hang of them, but this is perfect to throw together the night before a work party. I’ve made this for a few parties that needed huge desserts, and it disappeared every time. I bought some edible roses to decorate the top. Sorry, but no pics. It vanished too fast. I now bring this out whenever I want a show stopper. Thank you for giving me a new favorite thing to make!
Can you use cooked pudding mix? There was no vanilla instant. Should i let it set before adding the peanut butter and whipped cream?
I’ve never tried a cooked pudding so I can’t tell for sure.
I have made this several times and it’s always a big hit. The last time I made it I added chopped nutter butters and drissled melted peanut butter at each layer it was delicious!
Oh thank you!
Are you supposed to follow the instructions on the pudding box (adding the peanut butter and vanilla) to make it before folding in the cool whip? Mine turned out super soupy 🙁
Yes. Did you let it set up a bit before adding the PB and vanilla?
Thank you so much for the idea. I made it Saturday night for a peanut event and it was FABULOUS!
Yours looks great. It’s very indulgent but very worth it.
I’ve made a variation on this, and I substituted peanut butter Kandy Kakes (http://www.tastykake.com/products/kandykakes) for the brownies. O. M. G.
Just wondering about the whipped cream..recipe calls for. 8oz but in directions it says 2 cups I think. Unless I’m missing something shouldn’t we need 2 x 8 oz of whipped cream? I’m making this today so I hope I hear from u or else I’m winging it. Thanks
The recipe calls for 2 cups to be folded in and additional for the top. 8 ounces of cool whip is measured by weight not volume so it actually has 3 cups in an 8 ounce container according to Kraft’s site. So only use 2 cups when folding in. Clear as mud?
Is it a good idea to make the day before. l know the recipe says chili for 4 hours. What is your thoughts??
You can definitely make it the day before. No worries.
I just made this dessert this past weekend for a summer pool party I had. It was so delicious! The only thing I was dissapointed with is that everyone ate it all and there were no leftovers 🙁 It was out of this world and I will def be making it again!
We made this today at our Senior Retirement community. They LOVED it! Because we couldn’t wait while it chilled and set, we ate it right away. The pudding was a little “unset” because we couldn’t chill it – but they didn’t care. They loved it! They all took copies of the recipe back to their apartments. It was definitely a hit! Thank you!
Yay! It’s one of my favs.
Just finished this delightful desert for our Easter celebration! Thanks so much for sharing, found your blog from Pinterest… I”ll be sure to check back again for more great ideas!
hey i was planning on making this for easter, and well i accidently bought chocolate pudding. if i mix the pudding with whip cream will it still taste fine or will it be an overload of chocolate?
It’s definitely going to be SUPER chocolatey. It’s your call. How much do you like chocolate?
im not that big of a chocolate fan to be honest the only chocolate i really like is reese cups haha. i think im going to run to the store before making it to get vanilla pudding thanks for your imput i didnt want it to be too heavy and rich and thats why im afraid of all the chocolate
I’m confused about the pudding size, the box I picked up was 3.4 ounces, do I use just one box that size? thanks
There’s actually a larger size the 5.1 ounce box. Don’t stress it just use what you have it should be fine you will just have a little less of the pudding mixture. Make the pudding according to the package directions though which should be 2 cups of milk, not the 3 cups milk that the recipe states since that’s for the larger box.
@ TFORE… I have made this with chocolate cake, still good!! Delicious either way – the cake is more porous and absorbs some of the pudding mix is really the big difference.
oh my heavenly!
could you use a choc. cake instad of the brownies? would there be much of a difference?
Be still my heart. I think I’m in love.
Wonderful dessert. Thanks for sharing.
This would not last long in my house!
I just want to say I LOVE your blog! My friend told me about it, and now this is my go-to recipe blog. You are so talented 🙂
Completely gluttonous and I love it!
That looks BEAUTIFUL! And so sinful! YUM! 😀
your pb cups only come 2 to a pkg? 36 packs in canada would equal 108 indiv. cups! All the better. lol.