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A Surefire Summer Dessert

May 23, 2013

Although sometimes I think that fall is my favorite season, this year spring is truly giving it a run for its money. After the long, cold winter here in the Midwest, to be able to wear flip-flops, t-shirts and finally put away the snow boots almost feels like a dream.

Not to mention that seeing our calendar fill up with social outings such as cookouts, picnics and potlucks always manages to put a smile on my face. What's better than relaxing with friends and family while sipping a glass of punch or munching or s'mores?

For me, I always enjoy contributing a dish that is not only tasty, but is also...impressive. Admit it, a few oohs and aahs are just the thing to boost your ego! This is why I know that I can always turn to a surefire summer dessert, my Chocolate Brownie Trifle.

This recipe made its way to me from my mother-in-law, who received it from my brother-in-law's mom (got all that?) and it includes all of the aspects that I love when it comes to whipping up amazing potluck desserts: simple to make, easily customizable, absolutely delicious and gives the appearance that I am an expert in the kitchen.

Chocolate Brownie Trifle
Ingredients
1 19 oz. package brownie mix
1 3 oz. package of JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding (or two 1.4 oz. packages)
1 tub COOL WHIP Fat Free Whipped Topping
1 BAKER'S German's Sweet Chocolate Bar (chopped into small pieces)
1 BAKER'S White Chocolate Bar (chopped into small pieces)

Directions
Bake brownies per instructions in a 9x13" pan and cool. While brownies are baking, mix JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding according to directions and leave to set. After cooling, cut brownies into small squares and layer half of the pan in the bottom of a footed trifle bowl.

Spread half of the pudding over the brownies.

Sprinkle a layer of BAKER'S German's Sweet Chocolate and White Chocolate pieces on top of the pudding.

Spread half of the container of COOL WHIP evenly over the chocolate pieces.

Repeat layers a second time and garnish final layer of COOL WHIP with chocolate curls or dusting of BAKER'S German Chocolate. Enjoy right away or refrigerate for later!

This recipe is so easy to put together and can completely be changed to suit your (or your guests') tastes. Like nuts? Add them in! Want more of a crunch? Instead of using BAKER'S Chocolate, replace that layer with your favorite candy bar chopped into pieces! Want something to break up the chocolate? Add in a layer of sliced strawberries or bananas! The options are truly endless and the result is always delectable!

Are you feeling the spring spirit? Whether you are inspired to create (or adapt) your own new recipes or want to have fun browsing the large number available at KraftRecipes.com, it is easy to find a whole plethora of snack, meal or dessert ideas that are creative, delicious, fun and perfect for spring and summer.

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