Chocolate Peanut Delight Recipe
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Chocolate Peanut Delight Recipe

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Peanut lovers will appreciate this yummy dessert I dreamed up. A brownie-like crust is packed with nuts, topped with a fluffy peanut butter layer and covered with whipped topping and more nuts. It was so well received that I made it for a local restaurant where I used to work. -Karen Kutruff, New Berlin, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-15 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chopped peanuts, divided
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 656 calories, 39 g fat (19 g saturated fat), 60 mg cholesterol, 494 mg sodium, 67 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 12 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, butter, milk and egg until well blended. Stir in 3/4 cup of peanuts. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter, confectioners' sugar, condensed milk and vanilla until smooth. Fold in 3 cups whipped topping. Spread over the crust; top with the remaining whipped topping and peanuts.
  4. In a microwave melt chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth. Stir in vanilla until smooth; drizzle over the dessert. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Peanut Delight in Quick Cooking December 2000, p31

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Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

"I just made this for a dinner party and this was wonderful. I did read the reviews and used the brownies instead of the cake mix. Everyone loved it and took some home later, This was very rich and delicious. I'll definitely save this recipe."

Reviewed Apr. 12, 2012

"Made this for Easter this year and it was a big hit. I was told this is the new family favorite"

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2012

"By reading the other reviews, I substituted the cake mix with Dark Chocolate brownie mix and followed the brownie instructions. I also omittedt the peanuts. It was a creamy dessert. I fixed it for a phase 10 party and it was gone in minutes."

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2010

"Makes a nice holiday dessert or potluck item."

Reviewed Sep. 11, 2010

"Baking powder added to the cake mix would make it softer. Add the amount of baking powder that would be called for in a from scratch cake recipe."

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