Let’s indulge this month, shall we?
Between Galentine’s Day, Palentine’s Day and good old-fashioned Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of excuses to celebrate. Personally, I prefer a cozy dinner at home to a crowded and costly Valentine’s Day dinner out, and these mini trifles might just have something to do with it. Whether you’re a chocolate lover or prefer the tang of a fruity dessert, there’s something for everyone—though it might be hard to choose just one!
Made with layers of chocolate pudding, crushed graham crackers, hot fudge and toasted, gooey marshmallows with a little help from the broiler, the mini s’mores trifle is the next best thing to an actual s’mores when you don’t have a campfire. Maybe even better.
The mini berry crunch trifle incorporates layers of fluffy angel food cake, fresh berries, whipped cream, crunchy granola and generous drizzles of a simple, homemade berry sauce for tang.
The mini Oreo brownie trifle takes your basic brownie up about 10 notches with layers of whipped cream, thick hot fudge and crumbled Oreos between.
Canned whipped cream, store-bought brownies and angel food cake can be subbed for homemade should you want to put your culinary efforts toward a romantic dinner instead.
Though decadent, these mini trifles are perfectly portioned for two, but they are also plenty big enough to share if you have one or two hopefuls hovering around with spoons in hand.
NOTE: The berry and Oreo brownie trifles call for whipped cream. Canned will work, but you also can make it from scratch with only three ingredients in just a few minutes. For 1 cup of homemade whipped cream, combine ½ cup cold, heavy whipping cream, 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract in a chilled mixing bowl and beat/whisk just until stiff peaks form. Homemade whipped cream can be made up to one day in advance and stored in a covered bowl or Mason jar in the refrigerator.