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Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle

This Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle is a chocolate peanut butter lovers dream dessert. Layers of peanut butter mousse, fudgy brownies, salted peanuts, chocolate ganache, peanut butter cups and whipped cream are nothing short of heavenly. It’s a fun dessert to make and looks spectacular on the dessert table.

Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle

Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Don’t you love the TV commercials where chocolate and peanut butter collide in some random fashion? It always seems funny to me and always leads to the question of who thought of this divine combination. Whoever you are, we thank you collectively. Reese’s Cups are often on  the top of most popular candy in America lists so, it’s no surprise a desert like this would appeal to many people.

Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle

Satisfy Your Peanut Butter Chocolate Sweets Craving

This Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle is for all of the chocolate and peanut butter fans with it’s layers of brownies, peanut butter mousse, peanut butter cups, peanuts and of course, chocolate ganache. It feeds a crowd but, works equally well when halved if you need a smaller portion. The full batch will require a 4 quart or larger salad or trifle bowl. It’s a terrific make ahead dessert, and there’s never a spoonful left over.

Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle

Other Trifle Recipes to Add to the Menu

I have several popular trifle recipes in the recipe index. Some you may like to try:


Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle in a glass bowl

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Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle

Prep Time25 minutes
Chill Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut-butter-brownie-trifle
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 649kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 1 18 oz box chocolate brownie mix plus ingredients to prepare [i.e. Ghiradelli]
  • 2 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 cup heavy cream divided
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 8 oz frozen whipped topping thawed and divided
  • 1 16 oz bag miniature peanut butter cups unwrapped and chopped
  • 1 cup sea salt or salted cocktail peanuts chopped
  • 1 12 oz package dark chocolate chips


  • Prepare the brownies per the package directions. Bake and cool then cut into bite size pieces. Set aside.
  • Melt together 12 oz of dark chocolate chips with 1 cup heavy cream. Melt in a double boiler or in the microwave in 20 second increments, stopping to stir each time. Repeat until completely smooth. Set aside to cool.
  • To prepare the peanut butter mousse: In a large mixing bowl, whip together both softened cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar, 1 1/2 cups heavy cream and vanilla. Whip for 2-3 minutes until fully combined and smooth. The mixture will be thick.
  • Add 8 ounces of thawed whipped topping Continue to whip for 3 minutes until fluffy and light. The filling will be divided into thirds to layer the trifle.
  • To layer: Start with 1/3 of the peanut butter mousse in the bottom of the bowl.
  • Arrange 1/2 of the cubed brownie pieces, sprinkle with 1/3 of the peanuts and 1/3 of the chopped peanut butter cups. Drizzle with 1/3 chocolate ganache
  • Repeat, peanut butter mousse, remaining brownie cubes, 1/3 peanuts, 1/3 chopped peanut butter cups. Spread the final layer of mousse.
  • Frost with remaining 8 oz whipped topping over the top. Arrange the remaining peanut butter cups, chopped peanuts over the whipped cream. Drizzle with ganache.
  • Chill for 4 hours before serving. Store leftovers chilled.


To garnish the trifle, I recommend having extra peanut butter cups on hand. If preferred, all of the peanut butter cups can be layered in the trifle and the top garnished with chocolate curls.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 649kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 351mg | Potassium: 257mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 547IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! I served this last night to company and they were so impressed. It looks beautiful when presented, and it’s so so delicious. All your trifles are. I’m on the hunt now for a larger bowl similar to yours in the photo.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is fantastic!!! I’ve made on three different occasions and it was the hit of the party. People were even taking pictures of it. Thanks so much!


  3. If stored properly it can be kept safely for several days with no problem. I would think 1 day in advance would be best for serving to guests.

    1. Hi Melissa! I’m just wondering if this could be made on Tues for a Friday event? Could it be frozen? Or just refrigerated? I will be putting them in individual dessert cups with lids. Thanks!

      1. It would be fine if kept tightly covered two-three days in advance I wouldn’t freeze it only to turnaround and thaw.

  4. Thanks so much for this recipe! I made it last night and it looks delish!!! It’s for company today, which is the only reason I didnt dive in yet!
    How far in advance can you make this and how long does it keep for? I’m not anticipating leftovers or complaining if there is lol just it made far more than I bargained for!

    Thank you again! I will be checking your blogregularly now 🙂

  5. To replace the frozen whipped topping, a convenience product here, you would need 4 cups of sweetened fresh cream. 2 cups for the peanut butter mousse and 2 cups for the topping. [a bit more would be fine] Thanks so much for your visit!

  6. What is frozen whipped topping? I live in Melbourne Australia and don’t know what it is or what I could use instead, any help or ideas would be great. I buy my Reeses in bulk and would love to make this 🙂

  7. Thank you so much for this recipe! Making it now for Easter tomorrow! All my chocolate lovers are going to LOVE it! Have a wonderful Easter!! Take care! Kathy @The Daily Nest

  8. June, if you prefer to make your own brownies, check out the recipes at the end of the page. Fresh whipped cream in place of whipped topping would be around 4-5 cups total, divided between the mousse and topping.

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