Just like chocolate chip cookie recipes I have tried a lot of brownie recipes. Though, the brownie recipes are good, I have come to know and believe that brownies from a box are simply the best. They just are. Plus, how fantastic that they are so easy to make and you can get them on sale for such a great price.
I love brownies, and I love dressing them up aka making them fancy. If you do a search of brownies on my blog you'll see I have many fancy brownie variations from Root Bear Float Brownies, Mint Brownies, Peanut Butter Brownies, and more. Plus they all use a brownie mix.
Today, I'm giving you yet another option for what to make using a brownie mix. These Brownie Trifles with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream is a fun and cold dessert that you can make ahead and personalize in these single serving Mason Jars with a myriad of toppings.
Gluten Free fans, I have made these using a GF brownie mix (which the cheapest mixes I found are at Costco), and they are delicious and just as easy to make.
Whatever brownie mix you use, you will love these brownie trifles. Guaranteed!
Personal Mason Jar Brownie Trifles w/ Peanut Butter Whipped Cream
Active Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time: 20 minutes + cooling time (1-2 hours)`
Servings: 5- 8oz jar trifles
1 brownie mix (and the ingredients listed on the box aka eggs, oil, and water)
2 c. heavy whipping cream
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. peanut butter
Optional Toppings; Chocolate syrup, peanuts, M&M candies, melted peanut butter (30 seconds on high in the microwave), sprinkles, etc.
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees, and grease and flour, or spray with a baking spray, a large 11x17 pan aka a cookie sheet with edges.
- Make your brownies according to the directions on the box.
- Pour your brownie batter into the prepared pan and evenly spread it out. It will be a thin layer; that is exactly what we are going for.
- Bake your brownies at 300 degrees for 15-20 minutes. My gluten free brownies took longer to bake.
- When your brownies pass the toothpick test remove them from the oven and allow them to cool completely. At this point you can cover your brownies until you are ready for the next steps.
- When the brownies are cooled completely use the top of an 8oz mason jar (or whatever size jar you are using for your trifles), and flip it over to make/cut out your brownie layer circles. I was able to get approximately 15 circles in my 11x17 pan using an 8oz jar
- Now you can make your peanut butter whipped cream. Using a stand mixer or medium bowl with an electric mixer beat your whipping cream, brown sugar, and peanut butter until almost stiff peaks form. I actually LOVE using crunchy peanut butter in the whipping cream, but you can use whatever you have on hand or desire.
- With your whipping cream done you can assemble your personal jar trifles.
- Layer a brownie circle on the bottom of the jar, top it with some peanut butter whipped cream, and continue alternating up to the top with 2 more of those trifle layers. You can then top the trifles with whatever you'd like.
- You can also layer your trifles with the toppings in each trifle as well. For example: brownie layer on the bottom, pb whipped cream second, and then a melted peanut butter and chocolate syrup layer. Repeat that two more times.
- Place the jar lid on top of your Mason jar trifles and place them in the fridge until you are ready to enjoy. If you are topping your trifles with peanuts be aware that the peanuts will get "soggy" on the trifle. That's the one topping I'd wait to put on until just before serving.
- Serve the brownie trifles in the jar, and enjoy. Leftover trifles (part or whole trifle) can stay covered in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Happy personal Mason Jar Brownie Trifle w/ Peanut Butter Whipped Cream and a variety of toppings eating!
What are your favorite things to make with a brownie mix?