Monday, July 21, 2008


I am of the opinion that if a person is going to the work of making a dessert, it may as well be chocolate.

I am also of the opinion that if a person is going to eat a chocolate dessert, it's pretty pointless to try to make it healthy.

That said, I'm sharing with you my incredibly easy recipe for chocolate brownie trifle. I concocted this recipe after discovering that I have a trifle bowl that has been trifleless for 13 years. I thought I should remedy the situation, so I made a trifle. It was pretty good, but it wasn't quite perfection. I was asked to bring a dessert to a potluck over the weekend, so I decided to tweak the trifle. Since I was satisfying the chocolate cravings of a crowd, I used a large glass bowl this time, so my trifle bowl is still trifleless.

Here's the list of ingredients for the extra-large version.

a double batch of your favorite brownies (my favorite recipe starts with Betty and ends with Crocker)

one package cream cheese

one large tub Cool Whip

one large and one small package of chocolate pudding mix

3 1/4 cups milk

6 tsp. instant coffee dissolved in 4 Tablespoons boiling water

one Hershey's chocolate bar

Bake the brownies according to the package directions recipe. Cool for a few minutes and invert on parchment-lined cooling racks. When completely cool, slide cooling racks out from under parchment and use a pizza cutter to cut brownies into one-inch squares.

While brownies are cooling, mix together softened cream cheese and coffee until well blended. Add pudding mix and gradually beat in milk.

Enlist the subordinates to place a layer of brownies in the bottom of a large bowl.

Monitor carefully to prohibit unauthorized taste testing.

Use about 1/3 of the brownie squares. Please don't count them, though; this shouldn't be that stressful.

Spread 1/3 of the pudding mixture over the brownies. Make sure there is proper supervision.

Crack down on any nibbling.

Spread 1/3 of the Cool Whip over the pudding mixture, and then begin the layers again.

Repeat all layers three times. That last layer may require some real feet hands on treatment.

For the finishing touch (and to disguise the brown Cool Whip that results from overzealous Cool Whip spreading during the final step), top the dessert with some chocolate curls.

If I were concerned with appearances, I would go to the work of making homemade chocolate curls. But I'm more concerned with getting to the eating step, so I take the easy route. If you want the prettier way, go here.

My way involves a Hershey's bar and a vegetable peeler.

Holding the chocolate bar on its side, peel off layers and place them in curly positions on top of the dessert.

It may not be the prettiest dessert you've ever eaten, but it will certainly satisfy your chocolate cravings.

It's not bad for breakfast, either.


jane said...

You just kill me, lol!

Your daughter has incredible eyes.

The dessert looks great! I'm thinking a thin thin layer of strawberry jam in there somewhere. Is that bad? ;)

Dawn said...

This looks delicious and I'll be trying it soon!

I have the same bowl that you do! I use mine often when I'm making big salads.


farmnwife said...

Your kids are so darn cute. The trifle looks good too.

oceans5 said...

My mouth is watering right now. I think I am going to have to try that one.

Anonymous said...

OMG that looks so delicious! I'm going to have to try to make it oneday. I know everyone in the house would love it.


Jenny said...

Mmmmmm, looks yummy!!! Can't wait for a good occassion to make something like that (doing Weight WAtchers here for my and my husband, can't have stuff like that). Tomorrow is the dog's birthday, would that count? (if I didn't give the dog any chocolate, of course. LOL!)

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

MMMM....that looks sooooo tasty! I would eat it for breakfast

Colleen said...

Made it last night. Loved it. Ate it again this afternoon while the kids were gone. ;o)

Anonymous said...

This looks FANTASTIC. I'll be making it in the next few days. And I'll probably put a layer or two of raspberry glaze in, and some fresh berries on top. Mmm. ;-)

Emily said...

Holy crap.
I'm going to the store to get the ingredients RIGHT now!
Can't wait! Thanks for sharing this.

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