Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle

Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle recipe from a close friend.

My friend Kelly brings this chocolate trifle dessert any time our home-school co-operative has a special event. It's always a coveted dessert because it's so delicious!

The adults have learned to get a little of this first before the kids find it because, once they do, there's never any left over!So why not try this great recipe yourself and treat your family to a chocolate peanut butter trifle.

I've never been able to get a photo of Kelly's actual dessert, so the one you see here is similar in appearance - it's a layered dessert.

Kelly says she can't take credit for this recipe because she got the recipe from her mother-in-law, Marsha Hayes. Kelly calls her mother-in-law "Best Cook in the World", so you know this chocolate and peanut butter dessert is got to be lip-smacking good! (Trust me, I've had it and it's fabulous!)

Chocolate Trifle

Quick Prep:

Preheat oven to the temperature needed to bake the cake mix.

Follow the directions for preparing the pan as directed on the cake mix.

Your Ingredients

  • 1 chocolate cake mix (box)

  • 4 1/4 cups milk

  • 10 ounces peanut butter chips

  • 1/2 cup whipping cream

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 tub Cool Whip

  • 2 packages of instant chocolate pudding (5.4 ounces each)

  • 2 packages of 8-count Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, crushed or cut into small pieces (topping)

Steps in Making Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle

Mix up and bake the cake mix according to the directions on the box. Allow the cake to cool completely.

While the cake is cooling, mix the peanut butter chips, 1/4 cup of the milk, and the whipping cream in a medium size pan. Heat on low to medium heat until the chips have melted. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla; stir to blend. Let this mixture cool.

While that mixture cools, begin working on the pudding layer of the dessert.

Mix chocolate pudding (powdered mix) with remaining 4 cups of milk until it has a thick consistency.

Your cake should be cooled by now, so cut it into pieces and "smoosh" half of the cake into the bottom of the trifle bowl. Yes, you really do have to smoosh it down so there is room in trifle dish to fit all of the layers. Think of it this way - you can lick the crumbs off when you're done!

Next, layer half of the cooled peanut butter mixture on top of the cake. The next layer is half of the chocolate pudding and then 1/2 of the tub of Cool Whip.

Repeat the layers again: cake, peanut butter mixture, chocolate pudding, and Cool Whip.

Sprinkle the top with pieces of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. You can crush them or cut them into small pieces, depending on how you want your topping to look.

You may be wondering, "where can I find a trifle dish?" Kelly said she found hers at Wal-Mart for a mere $7.00 and she thought that Target had them priced inexpensively as well. (Not a sales pitch, just trying to be helpful.)

Don't be surprised when friends and family fall in love with this chocolate peanut butter trifle dessert! They'll be asking for the recipe and they'll probably expect you to bring it to all the cookouts, family reunions, and special celebrations too!

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