Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle

Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword peanut-butter-brownie-trifle
Prep Time 25 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Servings 16
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.