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Peanut Butter Custard Blast

"Ooey, gooey, great!" is how friends and family describe this chocolate-peanut butter dessert. I appreciate the make-ahead convenience. —Marilee Evenson, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    15 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups 2% milk
  • 6 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 6 peanut butter cups, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Combine cookie crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake until set, about 8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For filling, in a large saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, flour and salt. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter until smooth. Pour over crust. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Spread over peanut butter mixture. Sprinkle with peanut butter cups and peanuts. Drizzle with chocolate syrup.
To Make ahead: After peanut butter custard is poured over the crust, refrigerate overnight. Before serving, top with the sweetened whipped cream, peanuts, peanut butter candy and chocolate drizzle.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • The rich homemade custard filling and real whipped cream are to die for, but if you're short on time, make three 3-ounce boxes of vanilla cook-and-serve pudding mix according to manufacturer's directions. Whisk in the peanut butter before spreading, and finish with whipped topping.
  • If you prefer your filling on the firmer side, feel free to add a tablespoon or two of cornstarch.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 each: 585 calories, 37g fat (16g saturated fat), 144mg cholesterol, 396mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.

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    • Edie
      Jun 18, 2020

      I love reading recipes and collecting cookbooks. Love to cook and bake. I have not made this. As an easier method with the eggs, I've been making homemade puddings for years and I beat the eggs into the cold milk first. I've never once had a set problem. Also, since this is a peanut butter flavored custard I've been known to sub with whole eggs, using approximately half the # called for in the recipe .when it's a flavored pudding/custard.

    • allissawatts
      Mar 23, 2020

      This worked great in individual mini dessert glasses.

    • hchambers
      Oct 1, 2019

      This was really good, I love peanut butter and will try any dessert with it in it. I did add a bit more peanut butter to the custard and it was delicious.

    • Marilee
      Jun 8, 2019

      I'm thrilled that so many are enjoying this recipe. The different ideas and methods of working with the recipe are really creative and fun to read! I just finished making this for my son's birthday (it's HIS birthday cake!), and for those that are having difficulty getting this to thicken - well, I did too the first time I made custard from scratch. I have an electric cook-top, set the heat at about "5", and it takes a solid 20 min. to get to the "egg" step. I may take it a little slower and am a little more conservative in pushing the cooking time as I've scorched it by trying to move it along too quickly. Stir and stir and stir, and be very patient. I think it's worth it every time!

    • Michelle
      Jun 10, 2018

      This recipe looks amazing! I've noticed in the reviews that some people seem to be having trouble with the sauce thickening. I've had this trouble in the past with other custard recipes that call for cornstarch so I usually substitute for AP flour and have no problems.

    • peglegbruehling
      Aug 22, 2017

      OMG to die for!!!

    • blondie6525
      Aug 13, 2017

      How do i save recioes?

    • Darla02
      Aug 13, 2017

      No comment left

    • wasoongu
      Jun 16, 2017

      The peanut butter custard portion took a full hour from start to finish (most of that was stirring time!) and I'm not sure the results were worth quite that much effort. I ended up added more cornstarch after 45 minutes of stirring and then it thickened quickly. The custard was really yummy, but I preferred it warm.

    • missteddybear
      Dec 18, 2016

      gingbaby, then you might want to eat grass and drink water for the rest of your life.