Boozy Brownie Pretzel Trifles

Boozy Brownie Pretzel Trifles |

I’m back with more sweet and salty goodness.  Because it’s Friday and what better way to end the week than with another boozy dessert for St. Patty’s Day?  You can go right ahead and add these to your weekend plans … you certainly won’t regret it.

Plus these boozy brownie pretzel trifles are super easy … you can have them ready in no time flat.  Getting to eat dessert quicker = a huge bonus.

Boozy Brownie Pretzel Trifles |

Now, I used some of the chocolate stout brownies to make these little guys, but feel free to use whatever brownie you would like.  Crush up some salty pretzels, whip up some fresh whipped cream and then layer layer layer.  And that’s it!  Then grab a big spoon and go to town.

Can I also just say how much fun it is to crush pretzels?  I personally like to add them to a baggie and then bang them up with a rolling pin or measuring cup.  I’m not exactly sure why I find this so amusing, but I had a grand old time doing it for this recipe.  And let’s be clear that it’s not to get out any pent up anger … I kinda hop around while doing it.  Thank goodness nine times out of ten no one is around when I do this.  If my husband is home, he kinda smirks / laughs and then walks away.  But seriously, it’s fun stuff.  I keep trying to convince him he needs to try it.  No such luck.  Lameeee.

Boozy Brownie Pretzel Trifles |

So tell me about your weird kitchen habits … make me feel better about my strangeness.  And then we can eat some brownie trifles together in yoga pants because that’s how I roll.  Sounds like a plan, yes?

Boozy Brownie Pretzel Trifles
Yield: whipped cream for about 3 mini trifles, but varies
For the whipped cream:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon irish cream liqueur
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
For assembling:
  1. To make the whipped cream - add the heavy cream, sugar, irish cream and vanilla extract to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Start with the mixer on low and then increase the speed to medium high. Whip until stiff peaks form. Do not over beat, or the mixture will look curdled.
  2. To assemble - place a few brownie chunks in the bottom of a small jar. Layer on some of the whipped cream, then some of the crushed pretzels. Repeat this process until the jar is full, ending with the pretzels.
* I used about 1 cup of chopped up brownies to make 3 small trifles. And while it may be obvious, I only used the brownies from the linked recipe (not the frosting!).

The amounts / servings here will just depend on the jars you are using. If you need more of something, just increase the amounts!

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  1. says

    Yess! I recently made a brownie trifle and have totally fallen in love with then. tha best.

    Strange kitchen behavior? When I make bread and it comes out all warm from the oven I’ll usually wrap a towel around it and hold it while I watch tv. 1. because it’s warm 2. because it smells delicious. I’ve been told that it’s weird, and I like to up the weird factor by referring to it as my bread baby..

  2. says

    You have to have fun in the kitchen!:) For some reason making noise IS fun. I like dropping a batter filled cake pan on the counter a few times to release bubbles. There is something satisfying about that loud “thud”. :) Trifle is always a good choice for fast, delicious, and elegant. Your boozy brownies are perfect for celebrating any time!

  3. says

    Adding pretzels sounds like such a good idea! I bet chocolate stout brownies and pretzels are a magical combination. :) Crushing things with rolling pins is so fun, haha. I used to love it when I was younger and my mom needed stuff to be crushed. These parfaits look amazing!

  4. says

    These boozy trifles are the perfect start to the weekend – I love the sweet and salty combo! They look so so good! Heck yes to crushing pretzels, cookies, nuts – you name it – so fun and satisfying especially with a little dance at the end:) Have a great weekend Ashley!

  5. says

    Great idea for a quick layered sweet n salty dessert! Love the sound of your pretzel-crushing dance! I like mashing potatoes the best … I couldn’t tell you why, but maybe I need to invent a potato-mashing dance to go with it. My husband already thinks I’m mad so I wouldn’t be worried about that 😉

  6. Jo @ the contented baker says

    What a super quick, delicious dessert Ashley!! Oh, such great flavours. As for weird baking habits nothing to note other than I dress in my gym kit when dropping the kids at school, under the guise that I’m super energetic and headed for the gym, when in fact I’m going home to bake something highly calorific….does that count??! Have a great weekend 😉

    • Ashley says

      Totally counts!! And I definitely wear workout type clothes when I’m cooking … or have plans to cook / bake that day!

  7. says

    Crushing pretzels, cookies, anything, is absolutely SO satisfying! Haha I used to put the bag on the ground and step on them. This looks amazing Ashley and what a great easy dessert to throw together in a pinch. Have a great weekend!

  8. says

    Okay, these are blowing my mind right now. They look SO freakin’ good! My hormones are begging me to bake those brownies and then dance smash some pretzels ASAP.

    Sometimes I do leg lifts and squats while I’m cooking or doing dishes. You gotta get it where you can!

  9. says

    Salty + Sweet = Amazing Dessert. These trifles look totally great. And I’m not sure if I have any strange kitchen habits, but my wife is obsessed with stirring. Like, if she’s home while I’m cooking, she always volunteers to be the “stirrer”. It’s a job she takes great pride in, haha.

  10. says

    I’m blanking out on weird kitchen habits of mine but I’m sure there are plenty. Crushing pretzels is pretty tame…I wouldn’t worry about it. : ) I love a trifle/parfait…the layering is so fun (though I never get it quite as neat as I envisioned) and pretty to look at. Digging in is definitely the best part. Your pics are really pretty. Have a great weekend!

  11. says

    Anything sweet and salty, and I’m in (especially if there’s booze involved). haha This looks delicious! Have a great weekend, my friend! :)

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