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.
Originally published as Peanut Butter Pudding Dessert in Taste of Home December/January 2007, p28

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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."

LakeErieCook User ID: 1158283 221801
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"i always make this with crushed walnuts and pistachio pudding for Easter"

paytonalex User ID: 4697734 221646
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"I think I will just delete the nutrional info and give it a try. I am so sure it will be 10 stars. How could it not!"

Lorieca Semeniuk User ID: 5864084 221550
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"I make a very similar one, try freezing the dessert till its made half frozen. Just like a drumstick!"

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