Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle

Time for another Tasty Tuesday Tinalicious treat...also known as a recipe for you newbies. :) This recipe is similar to one I've seen all over the Web recently. But as I often do, either because I don't like something in a recipe, or because I don't have all the ingredients called for, or just because I like to make a recipe my own, I have changed some of the ingredients. It sure turned out great though, and everybody loved it on Thanksgiving. So I just had to share it with you.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle Recipe

  • 1 Box of Twinkies, the Chocolate Cream-filled ones (original recipe calls for Brownies--and that was just too rich for my blood)

  • 1 Large Box of Instant Chocolate Pudding (5 oz Box)

  • 1 Tub of Cool Whip (or make your own whipped cream)

  • 1 Bag Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (chop up about a cup or two of them--however many you like really)

  • 1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter

  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar

  • 2 TBSP Milk

  • 1 TSP Vanilla

  • 8 Ounces of Whipped Cream Cheese, at room temperature
Prepare your pudding per the package directions and refrigerate until ready to use.

Cut your Twinkies into 1/2 inch slices. If you're using Brownies just cut them into normal brownie squares.

Add the peanut butter and cream cheese to a bowl and beat at medium speed until the mixture is creamy. Add in powdered sugar and mix until combined, then mix in the milk and vanilla. Fold in 1 Cup of the Cool Whip until it turns the mixture into a lighter color and is combined.

Get your pudding and your Trifle dish (any large glass bowl will work--I have even used a punch bowl at times) and start to layer. This is what I recommend...

Put half of the pudding on the bottom of the dish. Add the Twinkies to cover all the pudding. Then add the remaining pudding on top of the Twinkies. Add the peanut butter mixture on top of the pudding. Add the remaining Cool Whip. Then sprinkle the top with the chopped peanut butter cups.

This is a great dessert, even if peanut butter isn't your favorite thing. The peanut butter flavor is very subtle. But if you're a total PB fan, you could add some extra to give it more PB kick! And you can really layer this however you want. But no matter how you do it, I bet you and your family will love it!