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Dark chocolate-candy cane trifle with peppermint whipped cream by Mama Steph

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If you'd like to make very pretty dessert to dress up your holiday dinner, try this simply-constructed trifle. They're beautiful, and nearly everyone loves them!

Dark chocolate-candy cane trifle with peppermint whipped cream

by Mama Steph

1 recipe of your favorite brownies, baked in a 9"x13" pan (from scratch or from a box mix)
2 cups Chocolate ice cream sauce
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, divided
2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
crushed peppermint candy canes


Break up cooled brownies into bite-sized chunks. Set aside. (Here's a recipe for homemade brownies
Whip the cold heavy cream with chilled beaters, slowly adding the powdered sugar after the cream begins to thicken a little. 
Add 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract as you are beating the cream and sugar together, and continue beating until soft peaks form. Set whipped cream aside. 
Add 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract to chocolate sauce, and stir to combine. 
Put several candy canes into a ziploc bag and cover it with a clean dish towel. Use a rolling pin to crush the candy into bits.

In a trifle bowl or other large serving bowl, preferably clear, start the layering process by creating a layer of brownie bits on the bottom of the bowl. Drizzle the brownie bits with several dollops of chocolate sauce. Dollop into the bowl a layer of whipped cream. 
Sprinkle with some of the crushed candy.

Repeat layers twice more, then finish with a layer of whipped cream topped with crushed candy canes for decoration.

Serve and enjoy!

Note: This is not a dessert to make far in advance. It is best served within a couple hours of layering the elements together.
Also, you may prefer to make individual trifles in small bowls or Mason jars, which would be equally pretty on the table. 

Other trifles you might enjoy:

Red velvet cake trifle

Berry-chocolate trifle

Apple pie trifle

Banana pudding trifle

What is your favorite holiday dessert? Fill us in at MamaSteph@kltv.com.

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