Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Oreo Cheesecake Trifle


My granddaughter, Gabby, celebrated her fifth birthday last week. I invited her and the family over for dessert and presents. Both of my grandkids (as well as my son and daughter-in-law, who celebrates her birthday at the end of this week) are great appreciators of desserts. As a consequence, I try to be dazzling. So when I spotted this Oreo Cheesecake Trifle on the Life, Love and Sugar blog, I knew I had to make it.  I was lulled into a false sense of security with the idea that this was no-bake. It was far more labor intensive than I had anticipated. Still, it was unique among trifles that I have made, and a real crowd-pleaser. It is also extremely rich, so don’t do what my son did, and ladle heaping spoonfuls into the ample bowls that I had foolishly provided. Serve smaller portions in demitasse or teacups. I have adapted the original recipe a bit. The original called for making brownies from scratch. Life is too short to spend time making a brownie from scratch that is ultimately going to be buried under layers of filling. Use your favorite box mix, and save yourself some grief.
Oreo Cheesecake Trifle
From Life, Love and Sugar, edited for ease and clarity

1 box brownie mix (I used
Ghirardelli)

Oreo Cheesecake Layer
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream, cold
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups Oreo crumbs (about 16 Oreo cookies)

Whipped Cream Layer

1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream, cold
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Extras
1/2 cup
Hershey‘s Special Dark chocolate syrup
10 Oreo cookies, rough chopped (you should have 5 to 6 left in the package, use those as a garnish on top)

Prepare brownies according to package directions. Set aside to cool, and then cut into small squares.

Place cream cheese and sugar into the work bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on high speed until smooth and creamy. Beat in milk and vanilla extract until well combined. Set aside. In another bowl beat the heavy whipping cream with the powdered sugar to stiff peaks. Slowly fold whipped cream mixture into cream cheese mixture until combined. Fold in Oreo cookie crumbs.

Beat remaining heavy whipping cream with powdered sugar and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form; set aside.

To assemble trifle, divide brownies in half. Crumble half of them on the bottom of the
trifle dish. Top these with half of the cheesecake filling, smoothing it to cover with a spatula. Sprinkle 3/4 of the chopped Oreos on top of the cheesecake filling. Drizzle chocolate sauce overall. Layer 2/3 of the whipped cream on top of the crumbled Oreos spreading to even out. Add another layer of brownies, then remaining cheesecake filling. Top trifle with remaining whipped cream, either swirling or piping it on top in a decorative fashion. Continue decorating top with remaining chopped Oreos and chocolate syrup. Place whole Oreos upright on top in little mounds of whipped cream. Refrigerate until ready to serve. This keeps in the refrigerator up to three days.

Another delicious, crowd-pleasing chocolate dessert that is also make ahead are these Chocolate Éclair Squares (also available in a chocolate and peanut butter combination here).



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6 comments:

Linda said...

You are so lucky to have family that appreciates dessert! That looks delicious and right up our alley. We would be the ones heaping our bowls with the richness. ;)
I agree, life is too short to worry about making brownies from scratch for a trifle. Ghirardelli makes an excellent mix.

Judee Algazi said...

Doesn't get more decadent than this dessert! Looks amazing

Alycia Nichols said...

You are assuming here that the Oreos will survive the time it takes to make this dessert!!!!! Not in OUR house!!!!

bj said...

wow, Pattie...this looks stunning and I kknow it must taste like a million dollars....ummmm

Miz Helen said...

Oh my, this looks delicious! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us real soon!
Miz Helen

The Lazy Gastronome said...

My husband is an oreo fanatic! He'd love this - Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner link up!