• Prep15 Min
  • Total1 Hr 40 Min
  • Servings20

Enjoy this black forest trifle that’s layered with brownie pieces, cherries and whipped topping mixture – a perfect dessert treat.


  • 1box (19.5 oz) chocolate fudge brownie mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and just eggs called for on brownie mix box
  • 3cups halved pitted dark sweet cherries (from two 12-oz bags)
  • 1/4cup kirsch or fruit juice
  • 1/2cup hot fudge topping
  • 2containers (8 oz each) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1oz bittersweet chocolate


  • 1Heat oven to 350°F. Make and bake brownie mix as directed on box for 9-inch square pan, using water, oil and just eggs. Cool completely in pan on cooling rack.
  • 2Meanwhile, in medium bowl, mix cherries and kirsch. Let stand at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 3In medium microwavable bowl, microwave hot fudge topping uncovered on High about 1 minute, stirring once, until softened. Fold in 1 container whipped topping until blended.
  • 4Cut brownies into 1 1/2-inch pieces. In 4-quart trifle bowl or glass serving bowl, layer half of the brownie pieces and 1 1/2 cups of the cherries with liquid. Spoon chocolate whipped topping mixture over cherries. Repeat with remaining brownie pieces, cherries with liquid and plain whipped topping. Cover; refrigerate until serving. Shave 1 oz bittersweet chocolate. Sprinkle over trifle. Store covered in refrigerator.

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