Peanut Butter Pudding Dessert Recipe
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Peanut Butter Pudding Dessert Recipe

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Here's a fun, layered dessert that will appeal to all ages. If you want it even nuttier, you can use chunky peanut butter, and if you're not a fan of cashews, substitute your favorite nut. —Barbara Schindler, Napoleon, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped cashews, divided
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 2-2/3 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 milk chocolate candy bar (1.55 ounces), coarsely chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 408 calories, 25g fat (13g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 416mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. 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.
  2. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 25-28 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping. Spoon over crust.
  4. 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. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Speed up softening time by removing cream cheese from the cardboard packaging.
  • This recipe is extremely adaptable. Swap in your favorite pudding mix flavors, use almond butter in place of peanut, or play around with dark or white chocolate bars.
  • Fresh whipped cream also works great.
  • Freeze for 20 to 30 minutes to keep this dessert nice and cold en route to summer parties. You may find yourself as smitten as we are with the semi-frozen texture, which is perfect for hot days.
  • Originally published as Peanut Butter Pudding Dessert in Taste of Home December/January 2007, p28

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    kenyadthomas User ID: 4049321 265535
    Reviewed May. 5, 2017

    "changde: I believe a blender may work, as long as it has a 'pulse' function. Also, you might be able to use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour (like when you're making biscuits from scratch). As for the cashews, your best bet is probably to just measure them into a Ziploc bag and pulverize them with a heavy skillet or rolling pin and then incorporating them with the flour mixture. I hope this helps!"

    sstetzel User ID: 158954 265506
    Reviewed May. 4, 2017

    "Ikdrn whipping one cup of heavy cream should be enough."

    lkdrn User ID: 7702191 265480
    Reviewed May. 3, 2017

    "how much real whipped cream should be used instead of cool whip?"

    shar6024 User ID: 1138668 253892
    Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

    "This was delicious. My kids loved it and so easy. Took this to a pot luck and brought home an empty dish. This is a keeper"

    lvarner User ID: 35803 253670
    Reviewed Sep. 4, 2016

    "This is easy and yummy! I love this recipe. The cashews are great, but I've also substituted chopped peanuts for them with great results too."

    Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 249730
    Reviewed Jun. 23, 2016

    "many of the ingredients are very similar to the chocolate peanut butter dessert which I made again yesterday for our son at his house. it's no bake though"

    rena 55 User ID: 1935799 247923
    Reviewed May. 6, 2016

    "Oh my goodness, this dessert is so delicious! Creamy, chocolate and nutty...what's not to like?"

    bmarana User ID: 2129710 228719
    Reviewed Jun. 29, 2015

    "Wonderful, everyone raved about it! So different then most other pudding desserts. Suggest, don't overcook crust. Definitely will make again. Oh, I added two crushed candy bars and it was not too much."

    Sinbad2362 User ID: 7468535 226613
    Reviewed May. 19, 2015

    "A wonderful dessert. Got rave reviews from coworkers. Delicious and very easy to make. Definitely a keeper."

    darkkitten2003 User ID: 8089267 221913
    Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

    "Pretty good, husband and grandkids loved it, I personally think it would be better with a thinner layer of whipped cream on top, will make it again."

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