I love to make trifles because they're so easy to do and so pretty to look at when company is coming to dinner. Put peanut butter and chocolate together in a trifle and you have a winning combination. There are several versions of this one floating around but I found this works best for me. I make this the night before so there's no last minute rush and the cookies soften. This delicious dessert can accompany any meal.
Peanut Butter Trifle
28-32 Peanut Butter Cookies (I use Nutter Butter.)
12 oz. whipped topping, I use Cool Whip
12 oz. bag of Peanut Butter Cup miniatures, chopped up I like to use the small ones so there's more chocolate. Keep about two tablespoons separate to top the final layer.
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, melted in microwave (30 seconds on 1100 watts)
1 box instant or cooked vanilla pudding, prepared ahead of time
1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles
Line the bottom of an 8 inch round or square dish with peanut butter cookies. I break them into pieces to fit the dish. Drizzle half of the melted peanut butter on top of them. For the next layer, spoon in half of the pudding. On top of that, add half of the Cool Whip. Spread half of the chopped peanut butter cups on top of the Cool Whip.
For the second layer, layer cookies, melted peanut butter and pudding. This time drop the rest of the peanut butter cups across the surface. Then top all of it with the rest of the whipped topping. Spread a few remaining chopped peanut butter cups on top and then sprinkle the entire surface with the chocolate sprinkles.
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