Friday, January 20, 2012

Peanut Butter Pudding Dessert

I love desserts and Chris (my boyfriend) loves peanut butter. So I am always looking and making a lot of peanut butter desserts. My most recent find is called Peanut Butter Pudding Dessert. Here is the recipe:

What you need:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 & 1/2 cups chopped cashews, divided (I used graham crackers instead)
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (or your favorite type)
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (12 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 2 & 2/3 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.9 oz) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 package (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 milk chocolate candy bar (1.55 oz), coarsely chopped (I used peanut butter chips instead)
Place flour and butter in a food processor; cover and process until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add 1 cup cashews; pulse a few times until combined.
    Press into a greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-28 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.

    In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping. Spoon over crust.

    In another bowl, whisk milk and both pudding mixes for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Spread over cream cheese layer. Top with remaining whipped topping. Sprinkle with chopped candy bar and remaining cashews (or whatever you want to top it with). Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. 

    I didn't have a food processor so I used a blender for the bottom crust layer

    Used graham crackers instead of cashews

    Pressed graham cracker mix into pan

    Made the peanut butter mix and folded in whipping topping

    Put the peanut butter layer on top of the graham cracker layer

    The chocolate pudding layer

    Added whipped topping layer and topped with peanut butter chips. Looks yummo!

    Using the blender instead of the food processor worked okay. It didn't turn out as well as I hoped, but I didn't want to buy a food processor. Overall this dessert did come out great, however since we like peanut butter I will probably double that layer the next time I make this. 

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