Monday, October 27, 2008

Fall Into Flavor - Brownie Trifle

It's getting to be the time of year when parties and get-togethers start cluttering filling up the calendar, many of which might require you to take a dessert to share. Here's one to add to your collection. It's simple to make, it's one you make ahead of time, and the result is an absolutely beautiful creation to carry into a party. Martha & Paula won't have a thing on you!

This recipe is from my much used The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook. (Unfortunately, they didn't put it in The All-New Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook, which is aggravating!)

Yield: 16 Servings

1 (19.8 ounce) package fudge brownie mix (Gasp! I actually buy a mix!)
1/2 c. Kahlua or other coffee-flavored liqueur (optional) (I either skip or use a little espresso)
3 (3.9 ounce) packages chocolate instant pudding mix
1 (12 ounce) container Cool Whip
6 (1.4 ounce) Heath bars, crushed* (or whatever is the nearest size they sell nowadays!)

1. Prepare and bake brownie mix according to package directions in a 13 x 9 inch pan. Prick top of warm brownies at 1-inch intervals with a wooden pick and brush with Kahlua. Cool brownies completely and crumble into small pieces.
2. Prepare 3 packages pudding mix according to package directions, using a total of 4 cups milk instead of 6 cups, and omitting chilling procedure.
3. Place 1/3 of crumbled brownies in a 3-quart trifle bowl; top with 1/3 each of pudding, whipped topping, and crushed candy bars.
4. Repeat layers twice using remaining ingredients, ending with crushed candy bars.
5. Cover and chill trifle at least 8 hours.

*NOTE: It works better and makes a much prettier dessert to actually get candy bars and crush them than to use the Heath baking bits. Crushing them makes larger pieces and they have more chocolate covering them, a prime consideration!

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lmerie said...

Yum! I think my 12 year old would have fun putting this togeher too!
Good Day!

Merrie said...

That sounds absolutely wonderful! I'll have to make it to take to one of my many covered dish experiences. At least I know there will be something there that I will LOVE!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Love the tip, too. This is posively decadent. {Smile}

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

Mmmm....we're having the Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes tonight. I'll have to try this one soon.


annie's eyes said...

Okay, this one sounds like a PMS special. I adore Heath bars and brownies. This sounds easy enough that I will actually make it also. Mmm. Thanks. Annette

Robin Lambright said...

Love a simple and decadent trifle! This sounds to fab!

A Stone Gatherer said...

Oh that sounds rich and naughty! I love it!!!