In exchange for new brakes, I give my cousin this. It’s a beautiful thing. The only reason the hub’s truck made it as long as it did is thanks to my super mechanically-inclined, gets-a-great-car-part-discount, probably-hates-to-see-us-calling-because-he-knows-we-need-his-help cousin. But, as long as I’ve got this trifle along with me, he’s happy. Beyond happy. It’s now mandatory I bring this to all family events and for other no reason needed occasions.
Now, a warning. This dessert from How Sweet It Is will knock the socks off your friends and fam and you will be asked to make it again and again. It’s easy but there are steps required. Make brownies, make whipped cream (you can cheat & use cool whip but the real stuff is so much better!), make chocolate pudding, make the peanut butter deliciousness, chop Reese’s, then put it allllll together into its layers of chocolate-y, peanut butter-y bliss. Nothing difficult, just a little time consuming but totally – completely – without a doubt – WORTH IT.
My cousin is probably sad inside since the hubs now has a new-to-him van. Woot! We survived the car dealership! I really thought I would end up being the one doing the haggling but that husband of mine surprisingly turned into a negotiating ninja. Like, “nope that is not good enough.” And other phrases like, “You should probably have me talk to someone who has the authority to lower the price more than that because that price is not going to happen.” It was super uncomfortable yet made my bill-paying self oh, so happy. So, he’s super happy and is now the owner of a creepster van. I mean, there are no curtains up or moon-shaped windows but let’s be real, it’s a VAN. Work-wise, it’s been great and he’s in love with it which makes me a happy wifey.
Don’t worry cuz… My car is O-L-D and I’m sure we’ll need more help with it. Whenever that is, I’ll have this trifle in hand.
- 1 batch of your favorite brownies, boxed or from scratch, cooled and cut into cubes
- 1 large box (5-ounce) of instant chocolate pudding, prepared and chilled (this will call for 3 cups of milk)
- 1 bag of peanut butter cups, chopped (I used Reese's Peanut Butter Cups)
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 3-4 tablespoons granulated sugar, depending on your desired level of sweetness
- 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup of powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 8 ounces of whipped cream cheese, at room temperature
- In the bowl of an electric mixer (or using a hand mixer), beat heavy cream and sugar on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Transfer the whipped cream to an separate bowl and stick in the fridge until ready to use. I did not even clean the bowl of my electric mixer and just began mixing the peanut butter mixture.
- Add the peanut butter and cream cheese to the bowl and beat at medium speed, scraping down the sides a few times until mixture is creamy. Add in powdered sugar and mix until combined, then mix in 2 tablespoons of milk. Remove the whipped cream from the fridge and add 1 cup of it to the peanut butter, folding it in until the mixture turns lighter in color and is mostly combined.
- Grab your trifle dish and begin to layer your ingredients however you’d like. I did a layer of brownies, then peanut butter, then a handful of chopped peanut butter cups, chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and so on. I repeated it until I got to the top, then topped it with the remaining whipped cream and sprinkled more Reese's on top. You really can’t go wrong with layering, it's all delish!