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Spiderweb Brownie Trifle

“I created this for my husband because he likes Butterfingers. Everyone loves it." —Gloria Wilbanks, Baldwin, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    21 servings (3/4 cup each)


  • 1 package caramel swirl brownie mix (8-inch square pan size)
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 1 package (5.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant French vanilla pudding mix
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 3 Butterfinger candy bars (2.1 ounces each), finely chopped, divided
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup


  • Prepare and bake brownie mix according to package directions. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into 1-in. cubes.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar; beat until smooth. Fold in 2 cups whipped topping. Place half of the brownie cubes in a 4-qt. trifle bowl or glass serving dish; layer with half of the cream cheese mixture.
  • In another bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Set aside half of the pudding mixture. Stir pecans and 1 cup chopped candy bars into remaining pudding mixture; spread over cream cheese layer. Layer with remaining brownies and cream cheese mixture.
  • Fold 2 cups whipped topping into the reserved pudding mixture; spread over cream cheese layer. Spread remaining whipped topping over top.
  • Place chocolate syrup in a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in a corner of bag. Pipe eight thin concentric circles 1/2 in. apart on the whipped topping. Beginning with the center circle, gently pull a knife through circles toward the outer edge. Wipe knife clean. Repeat to complete spiderweb pattern. Sprinkle remaining crushed candy bars in center of web. Refrigerate until chilled.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 464 calories, 26g fat (11g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 365mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • david
    Dec 13, 2012

    No comment left

  • mkb1020
    Oct 11, 2012

    We made this an exercise in physical therapy while I was recouperating in a nursing home. Everyone enjoyed taking part in the preparation and when finished, it disappeared in a flash! Yummy good!

  • mom_jam
    Apr 25, 2011

    I made this for Easter with a few variations. The kids loved it!

  • amazing-a
    Feb 13, 2011

    This trifle is so light and airy and lucious that I save it for special occasions and never have left overs!

  • mamakerri
    Oct 29, 2010

    Very good, very rich. My husband took it to work for potluck and many wanted the recipe.

  • cikonen
    Oct 16, 2010

    I made this for a team potluck the other day and it turned out to be a big hit. I didnt have enough room left on the top for the rest of the whipped topping, but either way it was still great :)