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. These trifles are so so pretty. :) I’m always up for booze + chocolate + salty goodness!

  2. 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..

  3. Oh how I do love quick and easy desserts! Plus, you know, booze. heehee. Love this trifle, Ashley! Perfect for St. Patty’s Day. :D

  4. I love how simple these trifles are! And they are so pretty Ashley! The perfect weekend treat. I hope you’ve been having a great weekend! And happy birthday to your cute Beagle :)

  5. 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!

  6. This is so dangerous and oh so delicious and oh so perfect. You bad girl you. I love you.

  7. 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!

  8. Sweet and salty always make me happy, especially when brownies and pretzels are the culprits. Yum!!

  9. I’m totally down with eating a few of these in yoga pants! Hahaha! They look amazing!

  10. These look all kinds of incredible!

  11. Girl I knew I shouldn’t have come to the blog before sleeping, Now all I can think about are these trifles! They look perfect!

  12. Eating these trifles while wearing yoga pants sounds like the best plan ever! Ohh I love the sweet/salty combo. And boozy desserts. And pretzels ohmygosh give me these!

  13. I love this sweet and salty combination – SO delicious! The pretzels are the perfect topping – great dessert for St. Patrick’s Day Ashley!

  14. what a fun trifle! yay for brownies :)

  15. Haha, I put the pretzels in a bag and let my kids jump on them :) And I just had a brownie/pretzel trifle at a restaurant this week and I have to say yours looks much better!

  16. 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!

  17. Yum, brownie trifles! They sound right up my street! :)

  18. 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 ;-)

  19. I love sweet and salty treats. This looks fantastic!

  20. I love the sweet and salty combo. These trifles look scrummy!

  21. Ashley, these look delicious and I love that they are boozy perfect for the weekend and St. Patrick’s Day! Pinned :)

  22. Heavy cream.. irish cream liqueur and brownies… it sounds delicious:)

  23. What a fun and beautiful treat this one is! :) ela

  24. 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 ;-)

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

  25. 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!

  26. 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!

  27. I totally get into herb chopping…like really serious, loud, over-chopping of the herbs going on in my kitchen. Now can we eat some brownie trifles?! :)

  28. You had me with boozy brownie! I mean who wouldn’t want to end a long week with one of these delicious trifles. Have a great weekend, Ashley!

  29. 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.

  30. Don’t you just love how St. Patricks Day is a great reason to have more foods with booze. Haha
    These looks delicious! Stout brownies sound delicious too. Pretzels on top are the perfect final touch :D

  31. Wow!! These look so delicious!! I love the combo of salty and sweet!! YUM!! Thanks for sharing!

  32. This looks soooo good!! Love it!

  33. Oh gosh, this is so decadent! I absolutely love the sweet and salty combo – add in some Irish cream liquor…perfection!

  34. You had me at boozy. But then you added perhaps my second word in the English language- brownie. And then something for my salt cravings! I’m in love!

  35. 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!

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

  37. These look awesome… I love a quick dessert. I love crushing cornflakes, and pounding chicken flat… great stress relief

  38. Sweet and salty is such a lovely combo – love the crunch factor the crushed pretzels lend this trifle!

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