Go nuts for this decadent Peanut Butter-Chocolate No-Bake Dessert! It’s a great end of summer treat that’s easy to prepare and perfect to serve to your hungry kiddos when they get home from school!
And going nuts is exactly what I am doing today! You see, my son is off to his first day of High School! Can’t believe it…not only is it the end of summer vacation for him, but he is off on a brand new adventure! So, why am I going nuts?
Well, because I am a huge worrywart! Yep, it’s true! Ever since my kid first started preschool, my heart sinks each and every first day of school. I guess it’s a mom thing (ok, I know that some dads go through this too!).
It’s kinda scary for him this year — mostly because he has gone to small schools and now he is going to a large public school where he barely knows anyone — and a little for us too; our son is growing up (and way too fast I might add!). I’m sure he will do fine, it’s me and the hubs I’m worried about!
And now, because of the close proximity of the High School and our house, he can now walk to school. Crazy for me and his dad as since he began his education we have always had to drive him to and from school. May not seem a big deal, but it is to me. Last week when he went to his orientation, I watched him from the window as he disappeared down the street. I really did want to cry. But somehow I contained myself, even though my heart was racing and my head was pounding. I’m sure I’ll feel the same way when I kiss him good-bye today.
Now, because I am so emotional and really going nuts hoping that he will be ok with all of these big changes, I thought I would treat all of you to this amazing peanut butter and chocolate dessert! Somewhat of a change for me, since I normally do not make or post recipes with peanut butter.
So, if you love peanut butter as much as I do, then you’re gonna love this Peanut Butter-Chocolate Dessert!
You start with crushed Nutter Butter Cookies moistened with butter, then you layer chocolate pudding, chopped Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, whipped cream, and more chopped Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.
Now this is what I call, truly incredible. The salty peanut butter combined with the rich smooth chocolate is one of my favorite combinations. There is just something about this concoction that I just can’t get enough of, what about you?
And even better, it’s simple to prepare, there is no need to turn on your oven, and your kids (and husbands alike) will devour this for sure! It’s truly a great dessert for the after school blues!
Peanut Butter-Chocolate No Bake Dessert
By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life
1 (11.8 0z) package Nutter Butter Cookies
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 (3.9 oz.) package Instant Chocolate Pudding mix
1-1/4 cup milk
8 oz. heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 (8 oz) package Mini Unwrapped Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, chopped in half
In a large baggie, add the Nutter Butter Cookies and crush with a rolling pin until you get large crumbs. Pour the crumbs into a medium bowl and add the melted butter. Stir to combine. Then add the crumb mixture to a 11×7-inch baking dish (I used an oval dish here) and press into the bottom with your hands. Set in the refrigerator while you prepare the other layers.
In a large bowl of an electric stand mixer with the whisk attachment, add the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla extract. Beat on high-speed until firm peaks form. Set in the refrigerator until ready to use.
In a medium bowl, add the pudding and milk. Whisk until firm, about 2 minutes.
Chop the Reeses candy in half and set aside.
To layer, add the pudding to the crust layer and gently spread evenly using a spatula. Add 1/2 of the Reeses candy and then add the whipped cream and spread evenly with your spatula. Sprinkle the top with the remaining Reeses candy. Set in the refrigerator for 4 hours, until firm (or overnight). Cut into squares.
Keep your spoon ready by the fridge so any time you have a bit of anxiety about your kiddos and school, you can take a big bite of this Peanut Butter-Chocolate Dessert and feel like the supermom that you are in no time flat!