Oreo Brownie Trifle is the ultimate dessert for chocolate-lovers! Layers of brownies, chocolate pudding, whipped topping, and crushed Oreo cookies star in the chocolate dessert recipe that’s easy enough for any day but elegant enough for a holiday dessert.

Oreo brownie trifle assembled in a trifle dish.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Oreo Brownie Trifle Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for Oreo Brownie Trifle.

Ingredient notes

  • Brownies: Of course you can make homemade Brownies from scratch to cube and layer into this dish, but I love to save time with the semi-homemade route. No one will notice you started with boxed brownie mix, promise!
  • Sweetened condensed milk: Combining this with the boxed chocolate pudding mix makes its consistency remarkably silky and rich.
  • Whipped topping: Cool Whip is a Midwestern staple, although any brand will do. Or, substitute an equal amount of whipped cream.
  • Oreo cookies: Since this chocolate dessert recipe is all about the chocolate, I recommend the classic Oreos. If desired, choose any alternative Oreo cookie flavor that fits the season or your preferences; Chocolate Hazelnut, Mint, or Dark Chocolate would also be delightful in this trifle recipe.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease the bottom of a 9-inch by 9-inch pan. In a large bowl, combine brownie mix, eggs, oil, and water. Pour into greased pan.
A pan of unbaked brownies.
  1. Bake until done, about 40 minutes. Cool and cut into 1-inch squares.
Baked brownies cut into small cubes.
  1. In a large bowl, combine the pudding mix, vanilla, water, and sweetened condensed milk. Mix until smooth, then fold in 8 ounces of whipped topping. Fold until no streaks remain. 
A chocolate pudding layer for building an Oreo brownie trifle.
  1. In a trifle bowl or glass serving dish, place half of the brownies, half of the pudding mixture and 4 ounces of remaining whipped topping. Repeat layers. Garnish with crumbled Oreo cookies. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving.
Oreo brownie trifle assembled in a trifle dish.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This chocolate dessert makes 12 generous servings.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Make ahead: The trifle can be assembled one day ahead.
  • Mix and match: Love the concept of a trifle but want to mix things up? Trade the brownies for Blondies or try butterscotch or vanilla pudding in place of the chocolate pudding.
  • Make them mini: Individual servings of Oreo brownie trifle are ideal for parties and showers, bake sales, or food gifts. The number of servings depends on the size of the vessel you choose. We used a 5-ounce square dessert cup (Culinary Hill may earn money if you buy through this link).
Miniature Oreo brownie trifles in small clear plastic cups.

Brownies

If you love chewy brownies, you’ll love this recipe! A combination of butter and oil gives these brownies that chewiness you expect from a boxed mix, but made from scratch.

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More ways with Oreos

Oreo brownie trifle assembled in a trifle dish.

Oreo Brownie Trifle

Oreo Brownie Trifle is the ultimate dessert for chocolate-lovers! Layers of brownies, chocolate pudding, whipped topping, and crushed Oreo cookies star in the chocolate dessert recipe that's easy enough for any day but elegant enough for a holiday dessert.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 12 servings
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 147

Ingredients 

For the brownie mix (see note 1):

  • 1 (20 ounce) package brownie mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon water

For the pudding mix:

  • 1 (3.5 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (see note 2)

For the trifle:

  • 1 (16 ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed, divided (see note 3)
  • 12 Oreos crumbled (see note 4)

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease the bottom of a 9-inch by 9-inch pan. In a large bowl, combine brownie mix, eggs, oil, and water. Pour into greased pan and bake until done, about 40 minutes. Cool. Cut into 1-inch squares.
  • In a large bowl, combine the pudding mix, vanilla, water, and sweetened condensed milk. Mix until smooth, then fold in 8 ounces of whipped topping. Fold until no streaks remain. 
  • In a trifle bowl or glass serving dish, place half of the brownies, half of the pudding mixture and 4 ounces of remaining whipped topping. Repeat layers. Garnish with crumbled Oreo cookies. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving.

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Notes

  1. Brownies: Of course you can make homemade Brownies from scratch to cube and layer into this dish, but I love to save time with the semi-homemade route. No one will notice you started with boxed brownie mix, promise!
  2. Sweetened condensed milk: Combining this with the boxed chocolate pudding mix makes its consistency remarkably silky and rich.
  3. Whipped topping: Cool Whip is a Midwestern staple, although any brand will do. Or, substitute an equal amount of whipped cream.
  4. Oreo cookies: Since this chocolate dessert recipe is all about the chocolate, I recommend the classic Oreos. If desired, choose any alternative Oreo cookie flavor that fits the season or your preferences; Chocolate Hazelnut, Mint, or Dark Chocolate would also be delightful in this trifle recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 68mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 40IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
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  1. I did everything it said but the pudding, condensed milk, and whipped cream mixture was heavy and thick and clumpy and I kept adding liquid and it wouldn’t thin out, what do I do?!

    1. Hi Mary, I’m so sorry your trifle mix was clumpy! Was your whipped cream frozen or very very cold? Or possibly the condensed milk and pudding wasn’t smooth and combined before the whipped cream was added. – Meggan

  2. Would this work with “real” whipped heavy cream or would it fall apart you think? It looks awesome but something about cool woo I don’t like

    1. Hi Shannon, it will work just fine with real whipped cream. It will probably taste better, actually. I completely understand your aversion to cool whip. In my experience, there has never been a situation that whipped cream couldn’t handle better than cool whip. I would just refrigerate after a while, I think, because cool whip has all the chemical stabilizers that keep it from dying at room temperature. But it’s not like whipped cream is going to melt immediately or anything, either. Thank you! -Meggan

    1. Hi Jane! Yes. The brownies may soften slightly (NOT get soggy). I actually prefer it that way because it feels like more of a cohesive dessert. If this concerns you in the slightest, though, you can make the components the day before and store them separately (make the brownies and keep on the counter, make the pudding layer and keep it in the fridge). And just assemble it in the morning or whenever you need it (at least 2 hours in advance). I hope this is helpful! Thanks Jane!

    2. I don’t feel like the brownies belonged to be honest. And even before I made it..I was iffy on it.

      My husband said Angel food cake would have worked better and I agree.

      A mistake on my part was getting “oreo” pudding mix(it was legit just vanilla with a few oreo chunks. I added more).
      My husband pushed for it because he is apparently a chocolate hater…lol..
      He did admit it needed chocolate pudding. It was just too sweet.

      I also followed the directions on the pudding box not realizing I was suppose to use sweetened condensed milk..and the box said milk(we will see if it sets..we ate a bit before it had fully chilled). I am glad I didn’t though. I feel it would have just made it way too sweet.

      I should have used a smaller bowl to make it in also. It was a smidge to big. I did buy extra whipped topping. And ended up using it all.

      I also added extra Oreos..to each layer.

      If I make it again I’ll definitely do chocolate pudding(probably use sweetened condensed milk too). I’ll use angel food cake instead.

      I love the brownie though but think it would be better in a trifle without Oreos. My husband did suggest something with caramel and removing the Oreos and that sounds delicious too.

      I haven’t made anything in a while so it was fun. I let my 14 month old help stir the brownie bater. He loved it.
      I think I’ll have fun fiddling with various trifle recipes for the next few months..and having a new helper will be fun.

  3. I had this at s church potluck.. it was not only beautiful, but delectable.  Making it for Thankdgiving to wow my grands❤️5 stars

    1. Hi Carolyn, I feel pretty confident that your grandkids are going to love it! Thank you so much for giving it a try. :D