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Monday, July 23, 2012

Brownie Trifle {SECRET RECIPE CLUB}


It's almost time for my 3-week Family Vacation & Road trip to drive my twin daughters from California (where we live) to Missouri (where they will be going to college for the next 4 years). WOW! That seems like a long time when you say it out loud. I know there are crazy emotions running wild and although a tear or two will be shed, I am SO excited for them and SO thrilled that they get this amazing opportunity. I can't wait to see what God has planned for their young adult lives. And plus I already warned them that I will be visiting once a month.

I can't believe Secret Recipe Club; Group C is already here again, it seems like just yesterday when I wrote last month's post. This is my 15th post for the Secret Recipe Club and I love searching through my secret blog for a recipe. You should see the 10 plus recipes I picked out from this blogger, and YES they were ALL chocolate or sweet related. And YES, I am sure I will be making all 10 of them at some time or another. 
Secret Recipe Club

When I am sent my blog assignment, I always jump right over and check it out. Of course, I start pinning everything that I would LOVE to make. My secret blog this month is Hugs and Cookies XOXO. You should see all the AMAZING sweet things she makes, here are just a few on my to-do list Homemade Peanut Butter Twix, Reese's Peanut Butter Cupcakes, and for my daughter GLUTEN-FREE Marshmallow Toffee White Chocolate Cookies, WOW! WOW! I will be making two of these this week I know, for sure! But, let's get onto the recipe I did make for today (please ignore the Christmas bell shaped Reese's I bought for half-price and still had in my cupboard). 

Although I LOVE LOVE Rolo's (which the original recipe called for), my kids LOVE LOVE Peanut Butter (and I am thrifty and like to use stuff I have on-hand) and I love taking pre-made mixes and turning them into a homemade dessert the original recipe called for Homemade Caramel, Homemade Whipping Cream and Homemade Brownies, and in my next life I would LOVE to make it all from scratch, but this time I totally cheated, I hope you all don't mind. It still tasted FANTASTIC Out-of-This World Delicious!

Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle
I adapted this recipe to add in our favorite Peanut Butter EVERYTHING!
original recipe found at Hugs and Cookies XOXO

1 fudge brownie mix; bake as directed
2 packages (13 oz) peanut butter cups
2 packages (5.1 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix; make as directed on pkg with milk
1 cup peanut butter
4 tsp vanilla extract
3 cartons (8 oz) Cool Whip topping, thawed

Prepare brownie batter according to package directions; (stir in peanut butter chips or chocolate chips if desired or buy the brownie mix with chocolate chunks). Bake in a greased baking pan according to directions on package. (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack; cut into small pieces.

Cut peanut butter cups in half; set aside 1/3 cup for garnish. In a large bowl, make pudding according to package. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Add peanut butter and vanilla; mix well. Fold in 1-1/2 cartons Cool Whip topping. (Instead of using plain Cool Whip we wanted to make it more Peanut Butter'y)

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 Cool Whip pudding mixture over the top. Repeat layers twice. Cover with remaining whipped topping; garnish with reserved peanut butter cups. Refrigerate until chilled.





Here is a list of my past Secret Recipe Club recipes:

17 comments:

  1. Lucky you getting Danielle's blog!!! Rolo and PB fans will find all sorts of delectable treats...and you picked one of so many winners! I need to try this~~

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  2. Wow...this looks amazing Tina! I love PB and chocolate together, so this dessert looks so tempting to me. Great SRC pick!

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  3. That pretty much looks like the most delicous thing ever, sa I am a huge fan of both brownies and peanut butter, and in a trifle, even better!

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  4. Super YUM! That looks decadent! A little bit of heaven right on earth!

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  5. I just made a brownie trifle this weekend too, without the PB. We had a kids with a peanut allergy otherwise I totally would have made it similar to yours. Next time for sure, this looks great!

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  6. so glad u liked it and were able to use some shortcuts!!!! yippee!

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  7. This look amazing Tina, really delicious!

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  8. Holy moly, another one for the 'death by chocolate' list. Plus the peanut butter. Some things in life just take you to that happy edge of existence.

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  9. I got XOXO for SRC once and made the fabulous oreo brownies but I too had a hard time deciding. Looks like a great choice to me!

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  10. Yum amazing! My husband tries to add PB to everything, too! :) Great SRC pick!

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  11. Oh yum, I'd love to make this with both Rolos AND pb cups! Sounds like a winner. Congrats to your daughters!

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  12. Your trifle is beautiful and looks so delicious! What a great recipe!

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  13. Looks great!! And with how busy you always are, no one will judge you for taking a short cut here and there. Its what all of us busy cooks have to do sometimes. :) A lot of the time it tastes just as good too. Awesome pick (as always) for SRC!

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