Usually I make something lighter or fruity for Easter, but my Grandmom has been going through a very tough time after the loss of my Grandpop earlier this month. So if I can make something that will give her some enjoyment even for 5 minutes, I am going to try my best to do so, and this means chocolate.
I had other things to cook/bake the day before so I needed something easy. I have to admit that this recipe needs to be played with a bit. Everyone seemed to enjoy it and the trifle dish was empty, but I think that the combination has the potential to be awesome, and I think I am just not quite there yet. I am posting the recipe because I am totally open to suggestions, and I think it will be interesting to see how it develops.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Trifle
Probably the easiest trifle I've made so far.
- Chocolate chip cookies - I cheated and used store bought cookie dough. I will probably make them from scratch next time because I think this will cut down on the richness.
- Brownie mix - Follow the "cakelike" instructions on the back of the box.
- White chocolate pudding mix
- Homemade whipped cream
Bake the cookies until they are done but still a little soft. You do not want them to be too hard or crunchy. I didn't pay any attention to the shape or size when I loaded them up on the cookie sheets. I knew I was breaking them up anyway so it didn't matter what they looked like. I set aside a little bit of the dough to make small round cookies to decorate the top.
Bake brownies- set aside to cool.
Make the pudding so it has time to set in the fridge.
- Layer the bottom of the trifle dish with half of the brownies.
- Top with half of the pudding.
- Break up the cookies and cover the pudding then top with half of the whipped cream.
- Repeat the layers finishing with a layer of whipped cream.
You can do whatever you want on the top. You can see in the picture what I did. Have fun with it! My boyfriend topped the trifle with the final layer of whipped cream, I pushed in the cookies in a star/flower pattern, he spiraled the chocolate syrup on top, and then we finished it with the cookie crumbs. He wanted to add oreos too, but I told him that was a whole other trifle.
Last night while I was trying to sleep I had trifle combinations flying in and out of my head, and I came up with one that I am really excited to try. You know those TastyKake candy cakes with the peanut butter and chocolate? I'm not going to actually use them, but I am going to base the trifle off of that flavor combination. I might have to go ahead and make this for no reason because I am excited to see how it will turn out.