I'm not going to lie, the recipe sounded a lot better than it tasted. Don't get me wrong, this was yummy, but I high much higher expectations for this trifle. If you're going to make this, please make sure you buy the correct size vanilla pudding, that was part of my snafoo. Also, I recommend making it day off and only if you think almost all is going to be eaten--the brownies get soggy.
Recipe from Pampered Chef
21 oz pkg brownie mix
1 pkg. (5.9 oz) Vanilla Instant Pudding - the large box!
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup whipping cream, whipped and divided
10 oz pkg peanut butter chips
3 cups milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
24 regular (2 inch dia) peanut butter cups, divided
*Line a 13 by 9 inch pan with aluminum foil, extend foil by 2 inches over side. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Add peanut butter chips. Bake in foil lined pan for length of time required by package. Cool completely. Lift foil out of pan. Invert on cutting board. Remove foil. Cut into 3/4 inch pieces, using sharp knife.
*Coarsely chop 20 peanut butter cups; saving 4 for garnish.
*Combine pudding mix and milk in large bowl. Beat at low speed for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add peanut butter and vanilla; beat until smooth. Gently fold in half of whipped cream.
*Place half of brownies in bottom of trifle bowl; top with 1/2 of chopped candy and half of pudding. Repeat layers. Top with remaining whipped cream, spooned or piped on. Slice leftover candy in four long pieces. Arrange them vertically on top of cream.