Peanut Butter Chocolate Layered Dessert

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: no two things go together better than peanut butter and chocolate. This recipe is so easy and took less than half-hour to put together. It was light and fluffy, and the flavors worked wonderfully with each other. My coworkers loved it; I even got a “This is the best thing I have ever had.” Woo! I started with a recipe from Taste of Home, but by the time I was finished, I had changed it quite a bit.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Layered Dessert (adapted from Taste of Home)

  • 25 Oreos, divided 20 + 5
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 12 oz cream cheese (1 1/2 package), softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, divided
  • 2 8 oz containers frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 20 miniature peanut butter cups, chopped
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate fudge pudding mix
  1. Crush 20 cookies and toss with butter. Press into an ungreased 13×9; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter, vanilla and 2 cup confectioners’ sugar until smooth.
  3. Fold in mini chocolate chips. Spread over crust.
  4. Sprinkle with peanut butter cups.
  5. In another large bowl, beat the milk, pudding mix and remaining confectioners’ sugar on low speed for 2 minutes. Let stand for a couple minutes until soft-set.
  6. Fold in 1 container of whipped topping.
  7. Spread over peanut butter cups.
  8. Spread remaining container of whipped topping over the top.
  9. Crush remaining cookies; sprinkle over the top.
  10. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours.

Reese’s Pieces Cake

There is no better pair than peanut butter and chocolate.  None.  The cake had a really rich flavor, despite being from a box mix (although this is a trick I use often and I love it).  The consistency of the buttercream was normal, I used a little less powdered sugar so it would be a little more like a frosting.  There wasn’t too strong of a peanut butter taste, so I would consider adding more if I make it again.

Dark Chocolate Cake:

1 box dark chocolate cake mix

2/3 cup melted butter

1 1/4 cup milk

4 eggs

(I don’t have the box in front of me anymore, but I added one egg, substituted milk for water, and doubled the amount of oil and used melted butter).

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and grease the pan.
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave.
  3. Add melted butter, eggs, and milk to the mix and mix with a beater (1 min low, 1 min medium).
  4. Add mix to greased pan and bake for  about 20 minutes.
  5. Let cool.

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Buttercream:

8 oz cream cheese

1/4 cup softened butter

1/3 cup peanut butter

3 1/2 – 4 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 pack Reese’s pieces, chopped

  1. Cream butter, cream cheese, and peanut butter until smooth.
  2. Add vanilla.
  3. Slowly add powdered sugar until desired consistency/taste is reached.
  4. Sprinkle Reese’s piece on top.