Thursday, May 21, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter dessert

Do you like peanut butter and chocolate together?  
This creamy dessert is laden with both and is easily made ahead.
One note: In the pictures, you'll see I used peanut butter wafer bars to sprinkle 
between the layers and on top. 
I usually use peanut butter cups but thought the crunch of the wafer bars would be a nice change 
 However, I found that the wafers absorb the moisture of the puddings and don't stay crunchy.  
So my recommendation is to use the peanut butter cups instead.
For the Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  1. Mix all ingredients together and press into a 9" x 9"pan.  
  2. Refrigerate while you prepare the peanut butter layer.

For the Peanut Butter Layer:

  • 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar *
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter 
  • 2 cups whipping cream 
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar * (second amount)
  • 15 miniature or 6-7 regular Reeces’s Peanut butter cups, chopped
  1. In large bowl, beat together  the cream cheese, 3/4 cup of the icing sugar and the peanut butter.
  2. In another bowl, whip the cream with 1/4 cup icing sugar.
  3. Fold in ½ of the Whipped Cream into the cream cheese mixture. Continue folding until all the white streaks are gone.
  4. Spread on crust.   
  5. Sprinkle liberally with chopped Peanut butter cups.  Chill.
* You can add up to 1 cup icing sugar to the cream cheese and 1/2 cup to the whipping cream if you like it sweeter.

For the Chocolate Layer:
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1  3.9 ounce/ 99 g pkg. Chocolate instant pudding 
  • whipped cream remaining from the Peanut Butter Layer
  1.  Beat together milk and pudding mix on low for 2 minutes.  
  2. Fold in rest of whipped cream.   
  3. Spread carefully over peanut butter cups.  
  4. Top with remaining Oreo crumbs.  
  5. Refrigerate until serving.  (at least 2 hours)
Note: This recipe can be adapted to make a chocolate trifle if desired..
Simply layer chocolate cake pieces with peanut butter filling, chocolate filling and chopped peanut butter cups in a large glass bowl or individual dessert dishes. Top with whipped cream and more peanut butter cups.

It's every bit as decadent as it looks.  Enjoy!


  1. oh> my> goodness! love, love, love chocolate and peanut butter together, it really doesn't get much better than that :) looking forward to giving this recipe a try!

  2. Oh this looks delicious, I love the chocolate layer.

  3. Ohmypeanutbutterlovinggosh! This sounds absolutely divine!

  4. What is Icing sugar?

  5. This will be perfect for Father's Day! My question is, the crust calls for chocolate wafer crumbs, are these Oreo cookie crumbs or something else? Thanks!

  6. In the recipe above you mention graham crackers and Oreo Crumbs. Is this a misprint? And also in this recipe and others can one substitute cooked pudding for instant pudding. My family does not like instant puddings. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes you send out everyday. You have such a God Given Talent ,all of you girls are very much appreciated. Eileen Bartsch Coaldale A.B.

  7. Sounds incredible, Mom! Too bad we didn't make it while you were here visiting! I'll need to get out and buy the crumbs & pb cups to make it this week while it's so warm out- a perfect warm weather dessert! Eileen B- i wager if you cooled the pudding completely before folding in the whipped cream, cooked pudding would work easily as well.

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