Layers of homemade brownies and a no bake peppermint cheesecake make this Peppermint Brownie Trifle an impressive dessert to bring to holiday parties.
A few years ago we visited my family over Thanksgiving. We were able to stay at my sister's house while we were there, and it was fun to catch up with her over those few days. And of course seeing our little niece and nephew was a treat because they are getting so big, so fast.
While we were there, we made a batch of Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies and talked dessert. Surprise, surprise. I still like to make and talk dessert even when I'm not home.
While we were talking she asked me about making a no bake cheesecake. Apparently, she had been craving one and tried to put one together using the ingredients in her fridge instead of what the recipe called for.
She thought she could use milk in place of whipping cream. Silly girl! I had quite a laugh at her expense. It's ok. She was totally laughing too!
Just so you know, milk cannot be used in place of whipping cream for a no bake cheesecake! My sister found that out when she went back hours later to see if her cheesecake had set up.
However, I gave her props for improvising and freezing the runny mixture. She said it was kind of like an icy frozen cheesecake and got her past her craving.
I usually have tubs of Cool Whip in my refrigerator for cheesecake instead of whipping cream. Yes, I know. The white stuff that some people find so controversial is always in our house.
I came home from visiting my sister and whipped up a creamy no bake peppermint cheesecake because apparently my love for peppermint has no end.
Then I made these Homemade Chocolate Chip Brownies, minus the chocolate chips and layered the two together in a bowl. A store bought brownie mix works just as well too, if you were wondering.
This Peppermint Brownie Trifle looks so impressive all layered together in a clear trifle bowl.
- dark cocoa powder
- vanilla extract
- baking powder
- cream cheese
- peppermint extract
- Andes Peppermint Crunch Chips (I'm seriously obsessed with them and always have a few bags in the pantry)
- Cool Whip
- Andes Peppermint Crunch Candy Bars
How to make a Peppermint Brownie Trifle
- Mix together the melted butter and cocoa powder.
- Beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
- Stir in the flour, salt, baking powder, and butter mixture.
- Pour the mixture into a greased 9x13 pan and bake for 30 minutes. Let the brownie cool completely before cutting it into 1-inch squares.
- Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and extracts until creamy.
- Place the peppermint crunch chips and some shortening in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds. Stir until melted and creamy. You may need to heat again for 15-20 seconds.
- Mix the melted peppermint into the cream cheese mixture.
- Fold in Cool Whip and more peppermint crunch chips.
- Layer the brownie cubes and no bake peppermint cheesecake in a large clear bowl.
- Top with more Cool Whip, peppermint crunch chips, and candy bars.
More peppermint desserts for the holidays
- Peppermint Oreo Cheesecake
- Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies
- Peppermint Oreo Bark
- Peppermint Mocha Fudge Tart
- Peppermint Rice Krispies Pinwheels
*The post and recipe for this Peppermint Brownie Trifle was originally published on December 14, 2015. The post has been updated and republished on November 29, 2018.
What a beautiful dessert.Making it for Christmas this year!
Katerina @ diethood .com
Such a gorgeous dessert!! Perfect for the holidays!!!
I made this for our holiday party and everyone LOVED it!!!
This is the prettiest trifle ever! And so perfect for Christmas dessert!
for Step 7, do you fold in the Cool Whip and the 1/2 cup of Andes Chips into the cream cheese mixture? (step before) or is this the top layer of the Trifle?
Yes, you are folding the Cool Whip and chips into the cream cheese mixture. Then in step 9 you will find the topping for the trifle. I hope you enjoy it!!!
I can't find the Andes peppermint chips. I did find ghirardelli peppermint chunks. I'm wondering what the consistency of the Andes chips are. Are they soft like chocolate chips or crunchy?
They have the consistency of chocolate chips. The Ghirardelli is a good substitute for them. I hope you enjoy it!
could I make this today and then Assemble tomorrow evening? I don’t have time to make it tomorrow, but do tonight and it’s for a party tomorrow.
Yes, you could totally make all the different parts and then assemble it when you are ready. It would also be fine to put together the night before and just add the top decorations at the last minute. I hope you enjoy it!
This looks amazing, but I don't ever use cool whip. Can I substitute real whipped cream for this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute a homemade whipped cream for the Cool Whip. I do recommend making sure it is a stabilized whip, so I usually use 1 cup of heavy whipping cream with 1/4 powdered sugar and beat it until stiff. That should make about 1 1/2-2 cups of whipped cream, so you would need to make more for this dessert obviously. The recipe calls for a 16 ounce container of Cool Whip, which is about 5 cups.
Can you replace butter for shortening in this recipe?
The shortening is just to help the chocolate melt a little better. You could try melting it with a little butter instead if you like. I hope you enjoy the trifle!
I have a dinner this evening and plan on making this. How far ahead can you make it? I don't want it to run together.
It will be fine to make it now for a dinner tonight! The trifle should keep for a day or two in the fridge too!
How do you think it would taste with peppermint kisses?
I think the kisses would work just fine if you chop them up into pieces like the peppermint crunch bits. I hope you enjoy it! Keep me posted on how the kisses work for you!
I have found green & chocolate Andes, but I cannot find the red/white. Any suggestions? I am excited to make this for our Christmas Eve dinner!
I have had trouble finding the red and white peppermint crunch chips this year too. Target did have boxes of the peppermint mints that you could chop up into the chips. If not, the green Andes mints are a great replacement...it just would be layers of chocolate with the mints and chips on top.
Wow, this looks amazing.
Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures
What a festive dessert! Peppermint and chocolate are so yummy together!
Trifles have been on my mind lately and this one looks to die for!
Those baking bits are the most convenient mint happiness ever invented in the baking industry. I love them! And Cool Whip, too. This is so wonderful! And if you're talking dessert when you're not working, it means you're in the right line of work!
Aimee @ ShugarySweets
Oh my word, this is the best trifle ever!!! I love those baking bits (and Cool Whip too, haha)!!!
This is such a beautiful trifle Jocelyn! Loving this peppermint kick of yours, it's so perfect for this time of year! 🙂
I had the pleasure of eating some of this delicious trifle at one of my bible studies, and it tasted so very smooth, and has the perfect balance of chocloate, creamy, and light peppermint crunch that just plain satisfies the cravings of a true dessert lover!!! It hasn't really sunk in yet, that soon I am not going to have the pleasure of trying these hot off the press, and will need to bake all of them myself!!!
Medha @ Whisk & Shout
This trifle looks unreal! Love the peppermint and all the layers 🙂