March 02, 2013


Peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, Ritz cracker crumbs, and chocolate come together to make this mini trifle. It's my version of peanut butter and fluff cracker sandwich all grown up.

peanut butter and fluff mini trifle
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Funny how some childhood flavors never leave you. You like them as much as an adult as when you were a child. One of mine is peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff on crackers, Ritz crackers to be exact. I love the balance between the saltiness of the crackers and peanut butter against the sweetness of the Fluff. Every now and then I would get a craving for this childhood favorite.

The only problem with the tasty little morsel is it lacks the ‘wow’ factornot exactly appropriate for dinner guests. I decided that it's finally time to take the little humble cracker sandwich uptown. To accomplish this, I transformed it into a mini dessert trifle. The nostalgic guilty pleasure is now fit for company of all ages.

peanut butter and fluff mini trifle, 3 in a row

peanut butter and fluff mini trifle on spoon

For me, the cracker sandwich is perfect the way it is and chose not to incorporate other ingredients into the trifle version. But, for those guests whose day is not complete without chocolate, I made room for know just for the guests (Wink!).

peanut butter and fluff mini trifle, vertically lined

peanut butter and fluff mini trifle collage

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1 1/2 cups peanut butter 
1 1/2 cups Marshmallow Fluff  
1/8 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
40 Ritz crackers, coarsely crumbled
8 Ritz crackers, whole
about 3/4 cup homemade or store bought chocolate sauce 


The proportions above are for four 8-oz. dessert glasses. They are estimates as this recipe is can easily be eye-balled. Spread each ingredient evenly as it is layered, being careful not to disturb the layers underneath.  

Line a small cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper. Place 8 crackers on top. In a small microwaveable bowl, microwave chocolate chips for 30 seconds on high. Stir. If lumpy, microwave for 15 seconds, blend smooth.Use a fork or knife blade to drizzle chocolate onto crackers. Refrigerate crackers for about 5 minutes to firm up chocolate. Turn crackers over and drizzle chocolate on the other side. If chocolate becomes too stiff to drizzle, microwave for about 10 seconds. Refrigerate crackers.

Place about 1 rounded tbsp. chocolate sauce on bottom of each dessert glass. Coarsely crumble 40 crackers. Using only half, divide evenly among the four glasses. 

Microwave peanut butter for about 15-20 seconds to obtain spreadable consistency. Using only half, divide equally among the four glasses, spreading evenly over cracker crumbs.
Microwave Fluff for 10-15 seconds to obtain spreadable consistency. Be careful not to overheat as Fluff will break down. Using only half, divide equally over the peanut butter in each glass.  Spread even.

Repeat layering with the remaining ingredients in the following order: crackers, peanut butter, Fluff. If  peanut butter and Fluff begin to harden, microwave for a few seconds before adding to glasses. Top with the remaining chocolate sauce. Stand two chocolate-drizzled crackers in each glass.

Note: Can be eaten room temp or refrigerated. If refrigerated, I recommend microwaving the trifle for about 10 seconds before serving to loosen it upthe content will be quite firm when chilled.

peanut butter and fluff mini trifle collage

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