RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM
When I was growing up and enjoying Thanksgiving with my family, we always had a HUUUGGGGEEEE Thanksgiving spread. There were cheese platters, crackers, vegetable trays, banana bread and date bread all laid out before the meal. Then the meal was nothing short of fabulous. My mom is an amazing homestyle cook, she cooks with real ingredients and inspires creativity in the kitchen (I am sure that is where I found my creativity and passion for cooking, in her kitchen). She pulled out all the stops on Thanksgiving and even with a family of 7 to prepare for on a meager budget, my parents never turned away a guest.
Needless to say after Thanksgiving dinner, you were very well stuffed. There was actually an intermission before dessert. Time to catch a few shows or a movie then the dessert spread was unveiled with pies of every kind, fruit, cream, chocolate, nut, you name it. (The pies were my department as I grew up).
Starting a whole new chapter in my life, after I moved to Arizona 13 years ago I now have the pleasure of celebrating with my husbands family. Needless to say, it is amazing and a blessing to be together and enjoy an entirely different set of traditions. One of those traditions: as soon as your dinner plate is cleared dessert is served. No intermission, no time to put on comfy pants.
So, on that note I have prepared a light dessert to follow dinner. My picky eater clan ooohed and ahhhed through the entire dessert. Mr W even took one back into his man cave to enjoy and came back thanking me profusely. It is amazingly impressive, incredibly flavorful, made with light ingredients and so easy I almost skipped writing a blog post about it. It is truly fabulous and I know you will enjoy it!
With love from our kitchen table to yours! XO
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Peanut Butter Cookie & Chocolate Trifle
1 - 1.4 oz box Chocolate Instant Sugar Free Jello pudding
2 cups fat free milk, cold
6 ounces peanut butter cookies, (homemade or Nutter Butter's)
2 cups Fat Free Cool Whip Whipped Topping
1/2 cup Honey Roasted Peanut Butter or Skippy Natural (a thick grainy peanut butter)
sugar free chocolate syrup, for drizzling
Crumble cookies by hand or in a food processor, into fine crumbs. Set aside.
In a medium size bowl add whipped topping and peanut butter, fold peanut butter into whipped topping until combined. Set aside.
Prepare pudding according to directions, using the 2 cups fat free cold milk. Use a hand mixer for quicker results. Set aside.
In 4 individual trifle dishes or bowl of your choice, add 2 tablespoons of crumbled cookie to the bottom, shake to disperse evenly.
Add 1/2 cup of pudding to dishes. Smooth out for an even line.
Add 2 tablespoons of crumbled cookie.
Add heaping 1/2 cup of peanut butter whipped topping. Smooth out top for a nice presentation. Refrigerate until ready to serve.