Peanut Butter Lovers, this one is for you!

I recently was asked to bring a dessert to a gathering and my sister-in-law had given me a recommendation.  I would say that peanut butter is definitely a weakness for me so when I learned it was a peanut butter chocolate dessert, I couldn’t pass it up.  Sure enough, my sister-in-law was right when she said my husband and I would love it.  If you are needing a quick, easy, yet delicious dessert for the holidays, consider making this one.  I promise you, the dessert won’t disappoint.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Dessert

Gather the following ingredients:

  • 20 chocolate cream-filled cookies
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 oz) reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 (8 oz) cartons of frozen lite whipped cream, thawed
  • 15 miniature peanut butter cups, chopped
  • 1 cup reduced fat milk
  • 1 package (3.9 oz) instant chocolate pudding

Here are the steps:

  • Crush 16 cookies and toss with butter.
  • Leave the other 4 cookies to the side. They will be used for the topping.
  • Press the cookie/butter mixture into an ungreased 9 inch pan.
  • Place in the freezer, while the filling of the dessert is made.
  • In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter, and 1 cup of the confectioners’ sugar until smooth.
  • Fold in 1 carton (8 oz) of the whipped cream.
  • Take the ‘crust’ out of the freezer.
  • Spread with the cheese/pb/sugar and whipped cream filling.
  • Sprinkle with peanut butter cups.
  • Place dessert back in freezer.
  • For the next layer, in a large bowl, whisk the milk, pudding mix and the rest of the confectioners’ sugar on for 2 minutes or until soft-set.
  • Stir in the remainder of the cool whip.
  • Remove the dessert from the freezer.
  • Spread this layer on top of the peanut butter cups.
  • Crush the remaining 4 cookies and sprinkle on top of the dessert.
  • Cover and chill for 3 hours.
  • Remove 15-20 minutes prior to serving.

Voila!

Tips: 

  1. To crush the cookies, place cookies in a gallon size plastic bag and close. Place bag on cutting board and using a meat mallet, crush cookies.  Keeps your hands clean and keeps the cookies from flying everywhere.
  2. Make sure the cream cheese and butter have softened before starting to assemble the dessert.  This makes the ingredients easier to mix.
  3. If you buy the cool whip frozen, thaw it before putting together the dessert.
  4. Invest in a 9 inch dish!
  5. Serve small portions of the dessert as it is pretty rich.

Credit:  This recipe was adapted from Taste of Home.

 

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