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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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"

Reviewed May. 6, 2016

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

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."

Reviewed May. 19, 2015

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

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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