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Chocolate Chip Trifle
Swirled Black Forest Cake

(Family Features) - Got a grad in your life? Graduation calls for celebrating sweet success with delicious fanfare. As they toss their caps to the sky, bring out these stunning, easy-to-make-ahead desserts that will steal the show. And you don't need a PhD to collect accolades for your culinary skills.

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Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the NestlĂ© Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com.

Chocolate Chip Trifle

  • 1 package (18 ounces) Nestlé Toll House Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) vanilla or chocolate instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • 2 containers (12 ounces each) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 1/2 quarts sliced fresh strawberries or raspberries

    1. PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
    2. CUT cookie dough in half lengthwise and then in half again lengthwise, for a total of 4 pieces. Cut cookie dough into 2 1/2-inch logs, ending with 16. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
    3. BAKE for 11 to 13 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 1 minute; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
    4. BEAT milk and pudding mix in large bowl until blended. Fold whipped topping into mixture. Crumble 6 cookies. Sprinkle 3/4 of crumbled cookies on bottom of a deep 10-inch glass serving dish. Top with 1/3 of pudding mixture. Place strawberries over pudding. Stand remaining 10 cookies, face side out, along the inside of dish. Place remaining pudding mixture over strawberries. Top with remaining crushed cookies. Cover; refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and additional fruit, if desired.
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Calories: 450g     Total Fat: 22g
Cholesterol: 20mg     Protein: 4g
Carbohydrates: 61g     Sodium: 460mg

Makes 12 servings

Swirled Black Forest Cake

  • 1 package (18.25 ounces) chocolate cake mix (such as German chocolate, devil's food or chocolate fudge)
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups (10-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Swirled Real Semi-Sweet & White Chocolate Morsels, divided
  • 1 container (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling, divided

    1. PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Line two 9-inch-round cake pans with foil extending over sides. Grease and flour foil.
    2. PREPARE cake mix with water, oil and eggs according to package directions. Stir in 2/3 cup morsels. Pour evenly into prepared cake pans.
    3. BAKE cakes for 24 to 28 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Carefully sprinkle remaining 1 cup morsels over tops of cakes while still hot out of the oven. Cool cakes completely in pans on wire racks.
    4. To Assemble - REMOVE cakes carefully from pans by lifting foil. Peel off foil and place one layer morsels-side-up on cake platter. Top with 1 cup whipped topping and 1 cup cherry pie filling. Top with second layer. Serve each slice topped with remaining 2 cups whipped topping and 1 1/3 cups pie filling. Refrigerate leftover cake.

Calories: 510g     Total Fat: 27g
Cholesterol: 65mg     Protein: 6g
Carbohydrates: 63g     Sodium: 340mg

Makes 12 servings

SOURCE: Nestlé USA, Inc.

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