Brownie S’mores Trifle Dessert

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Layers of brownies, graham crackers, marshmallow creme, and chocolate pudding combine to make this Brownie S’mores Trifle is an insanely delicious dessert! It’s all the taste of s’mores without the campfire! 
S'mores Trifle in a large trifle dish with graham crackers and marshmallows scattered in the foregroundIf you like s’mores, you are going to LOVE this dessert! We’ve made it for multiple gatherings with friends and we’ve never had leftovers. Everyone goes for seconds!! So beware, this s’mores trifle is dangerously delicious!

S’mores Flavors in a Dish!

Roasted marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers – the quintessential summer camping dessert! It’s always a favorite here and honestly we’ve been on kind of a s’mores kick lately! After making s’mores bark, I decided to concoct a trifle dessert with the s’mores flavors.

A trifle dessert usually consists of some sort of cake/sponge and fruit with creme, etc. There’s no fruit in this dish though – and brownies replace the sponge cake! The flavors are perfect though – combining all the classic s’mores ingredients and adding a few more to closer to a classic trifle! S'mores Trifle Dessert in a glass trifle dish with marshmallows and graham cracker pieces scattered.

How to Make Brownie S’mores Trifle

In addition to being super delicious, this trifle dessert is  really easy to make which is always a bonus! It’s a great dessert for all kinds of occasions and great to have s’mores flavors even when no campfire is available!

You’ll start by baking up a 9×13 pan of brownies according to the package/recipe directions. Once done, allow to cool and cut up into chunks. No need to be exact with any of it! 🙂 While that bakes & cools, you can prep most of the other ingredients. Mix up the instant chocolate pudding, chop up your graham crackers, and mix up the creme!  A collage of making s'mores trifleOnce your brownies are ready and everything is prepped, you’ll start layering everything in the trifle dish. Here’s my order: brownie pieces, pudding, graham cracker pieces, whipped marshmallow creme layer. Repeat. Layering brownie s'mores trifleYou’ll end with the 2nd half of the whipped marshmallow creme mixture. But to really make this dessert extra perfect, the top is key! And the magic is in “roasting the marshmallows. No campfire necessary though! 😉

You just need to broil them….for only a few seconds! Just put about a cup (I just grabbed two handfuls) of mini-marshmallows onto a baking sheet and put them in the oven under the broiler. You canNOT walk away…in fact, don’t even look away. I didn’t even close the oven door. I stood there watching for about 10-15 seconds. The moment they start looking a little golden, take them out. Otherwise you might have a charred, gooey mess!

Let those cool, then sprinkle them over the top of the whipped layer. For added garnish, add some crushed graham crackers and some chopped up Hershey bar! Doesn’t the top look fancy?! Roasted mini marshmallows and chocolate topping on s'mores trifleThen, just pop it in the fridge for a few hours to let all the flavors meld together a bit! Enjoy! It is sooooo yum!

Tips & Variations: 

Brownie layer: If you want to make this recipe truly no-bake, you pickup a batch of store-bought brownies. Or if you’re not a brownie fan, you could always do pieces of homemade or store-bought chocolate cake.

Graham crackers:  For easier and less messy breaking, you can put them in a baggie to crunch up. And for better flavor, I recommend broken pieces, not just crumbs! If you want a little extra graham cracker flavor, use an extra package!

Roasted marshmallows: This is the only part of the recipe that has the potential to be tricky. If you leave the marshmallows too long, they can end up a puffy charred mess. Also, some readers report them being too gooey to remove from the pan. I haven’t had that issue, but I almost always do mine in a toaster oven and let them cool almost completely before handling them

If you have a kitchen torch (like for making creme brulee), you could always use that. Another idea (that a reader brilliantly suggested) is to put some broken pieces of graham crackers on your pan first and put the mini-marshmallows on top. That way, they’ll be easy to remove from the pan!

Layers of brownie s'mores dessert in a glass trifle dish

More S’mores Dessert Ideas: 

This s’mores trifle is definitely a family favorite. But if you’re looking for other fun options, be sure to check out these posts:

So many delicious s’mores ideas!

Printable Brownie S’mores Trifle Recipe: 

S'mores Trifle in a large trifle dish with graham crackers and marshmallows scattered in the foreground
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Brownie S'mores Dessert Trifle

Prep Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Dessert, S'mores, Trifle
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 box brownie mix (or your favorite from scratch recipe)
  • 2 small boxes instant chocolate pudding (approx. 4 cups chocolate pudding)
  • 1 sleeve graham crackers broken 
  • 1 tub whipped topping
  • 1 small jar marshmallow creme
  • 1 Cup mini-marshmallows
  • 1 bar Hershey's chocolate

Instructions

  • Start by baking a 9×13 pan of brownies according to the package directions. Once done, allow to cool and cut up into chunks. No need to be exact with any of it!  While that bakes & cools, you can mix up the pudding and chop up your graham crackers.
  • In a trifle dish add a layer of brownie pieces (for me, this was a little less than half the pan). Then, top the brownie pieces with about half of the pudding. On top of the chocolate pudding, add a layer of broken graham crackers. I just broke them up in a baggie. I wanted small pieces, but not just crumbs. Make sure the chocolate pudding is covered well with the graham cracker.
  • On top of the chocolate pudding, add a layer of broken graham crackers. I just broke them up in a baggie. I wanted small pieces, but not just crumbs. Make sure the chocolate pudding is covered well with the graham cracker.
  • Take half of the whipped topping from the tub and mix it in a bowl with half of the marshmallow creme. It will probably lumpy and that’s totally ok. Spread that mixture over the graham cracker layer. 
  • Repeat all the layers again. You’ll end with the marshmallow whipped topping mixture.
  • Broil marshmallows, just until golden (this will only take seconds).
  • Let those cool, then sprinkle them over the top of the whipped layer. For added garnish, add some crushed graham crackers and some chopped up Hershey bar!
  • Pop it in the fridge for a few hours to let all the flavors meld together a bit! Serve cold & enjoy!
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*Recipe originally appeared here on June 10, 2013. Updated April 2021. 

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43 Responses

  1. Your trifle looks and sounds delicious!!! The s’mores flavors sound perfect in this! What a great idea for a summer dessert! YUM!!!

  2. Thanks for the recipe! I made it today for a little summer gathering and it looks fantastic! Can’t wait to taste it later 😀

  3. This sounds amazing! I am on the social committee at work & was thinking of making this for our next staff meeting. Does anyone know how many it serves? We have 17 staff but I’m thinking I may need to make two?

    1. It is amazing, promise! 🙂 As far as servings, I think it really depends on how much people take. I made it for a dinner with friends. We had 8 servings to start, then some went back for seconds! 😉 And, there was a little leftover the next day. So, 17 might be doable with one.

  4. This looks awesome! Quick question, I am guessing the 2 pudding boxes are made using the pudding directions right?

  5. I made this at work for a potluck, it was a Big hit. Not only was it beautiful, but it taste amazing. It was very easy to make. The easiest part, roasting the mini marshmallow turned out to be the hardest. Lol. We had none left when the potluck was over. Make this you will be loved by all!!

    1. Thank you SO much for taking the time to leave a comment and let everyone know! I’m so glad it was such a big hit at your office potluck! Fun!!! 🙂

    1. Oh no, Erin! I have no idea! That’s never happened to me! :/ Old marshmallows? Broiled too long? Honestly, I’m not sure! Bummer!!

    1. Hi Rebecca!
      Just the regular size! Of course, I don’t have one in the house right now to check out exactly what size that is. Sorry!

  6. This recipe was great, made it with chocolate cake instead of brownies and it was delicious. Toasting the marshmallows was not so easy though. The first batch, which I did with the broiler on low, stuck to the pan. I tried another batch with the broiler on high and it was worse. The amount of time it took for them to get even a little brown was just too long and they puffed up too much and melted to the pan. For the final batch I broke up some graham crackers into pieces that were slightly bigger than a marshmallow and then put one marshmallow on each piece and it worked perfectly!

  7. I love this recipe. However, both times I’ve made it, the toasted marshmallows are a horrible sticky mess. How in the WORLD do you get them out of a pan and on top of the trifle still looking nice? Please help! I love this recipe, but the toasting marshmallows is my nemesis…

    1. Hi Anne,
      I’m not sure at all. I put them on the pan just like you see in the post. I literally take them out of the oven the second they started browning (and it really only took like 10 seconds for that to happen). With the exception of 1 or 2, they just rolled right off the pan. It could be the oven temperature, the brand of marshmallows…who knows.
      But, yes, the idea posted in the comments of doing it on some graham crackers is a good one! Hope it works!

    2. HI Anne-
      After reading your post, I sprayed a little Pam on the cookie sheet, then wiped it off. I made sure the oven was at 500degrees. Then, I made sure the marshmellows were not touching each other on the sheet. I put the sheet on the top rack and I think it may have been fewer than 10 seconds and they were lightly browned. I took them out and let them set a bit to cool off. That seemed to work. Hope this helps!

  8. Made this for a pool party bad everyone loved it! The whole thing was gone in about 20 minutes.Definitely will be a recipe I make again

  9. This recipe is GREAT! I made it for a Thanksgiving dessert one year (to give people a break from all the pumpkin), and everyone loved it so much that I was asked to bring it every year 🙂

  10. I assume I can use real whipped cream to fold in to the marshmallow fluff. Would that affect texture at all? My husband can’t do cool whip.

    This looks amazing and I think I’m going to try it for thanksgiving this year.

    1. I would think you can, the whipped cream just falls a bit more over time than the cool whip. So, if you make it that way, maybe just don’t make it too far in advance!

  11. This looks awesome. Gonna try it this weekend. Wondering if you make the brownies cake like or regular?

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