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Peanut Butter Pudding Dessert Recipe

Peanut Butter Pudding Dessert Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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 13x9-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: 16 servings.

Recipe Note

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.
  • Nutritional Facts

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

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    Denise904 User ID: 7728139 271747
    Reviewed Aug. 14, 2017

    "Made this for the first Packer pre-season game party of the year. Wrote "Go Pack Go!" with the cashew and chocolate pieces on top. It was devoured!! Absolutely delish!"

    Sheryl User ID: 9001554 269394
    Reviewed Jul. 13, 2017

    "I've made this dessert without cashews and peanut butter for decades. I use well-chopped walnuts and everything else. I also melt the butter on 50% power and let it cool a bit. So much better and easier. I just now made it with the peanut butter. FANTASTIC. Cannot wait for the next family function. It will be devoured!! For right now, its all MINE!!???"

    2124arizona User ID: 845443 268335
    Reviewed Jun. 24, 2017

    "The problem with this recipe is once you get started you don't know when to stop. This one of the sweet indulging recipe you owe yourself once in a while."

    kanener User ID: 1405005 268105
    Reviewed Jun. 18, 2017

    "I take it you mix BOTH the pudding mixes together, which is what I did, but it took a long time for them to thicken. Much longer than if they had been made singly. Also....Why cashews when it is a peanut butter treat? Wouldn't peanuts meld the taste better and be a lot less expensive?"

    Anne Bernadette User ID: 5097561 267746
    Reviewed Jun. 8, 2017

    "I made this for my prayer group of 9 men and women and there wasn't a crumb left on any plate. The compliments were many and several asked for the recipe. I made this exactly as posted except that I do not have a food processor. I used a pastry cutter for the butter and flour and hand-chopped the cashews. I have been asked to provide dessert for a family gathering in the near future. This dessert is definitely the one I'll be making. Thank you, Barbara, for a marvelous recipe!"

    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."

    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!"

    changde User ID: 7168013 221548
    Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

    "I don't have a food processor. Can the crust be made with a blender, mixer, or ??? Any advice would be appreciated."

    hchambers User ID: 7140928 220894
    Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

    "Great dessert! Everyone loved it. I used chopped peanuts instead of cashews. I will be definitely making this one again."

    KOdetteLee User ID: 7213056 220603
    Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

    "Since this recipe was posted, I have made it three times! (in less than a 10 days!)

    Always rave reviews. I didn't have cashews the firs two times, so I used almonds. Great reviews from the family and church folks. I used chopped peanut butter cups to garnish since my son is not a fan of nuts."

    [email protected] User ID: 2815440 220205
    Reviewed Feb. 10, 2015

    "Made mine with pecans. Awesome taste, easy recipe. This is such a keeper. Thanks for sharing. Will be making this one again and again. The only problem is one cannot give this 10 stars.."

    13Bear User ID: 7807507 219603
    Reviewed Feb. 3, 2015

    "very good, big hit at football party..."

    LBurkey User ID: 3719865 218858
    Reviewed Jan. 26, 2015

    "This dessert was wonderful. The cashews are great, both in the crust and sprinkled on top. The dessert is pretty and everyone raved about it. This is a keeper."

    enjgray User ID: 6783843 218815
    Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015 Edited Jan. 26, 2015

    "This was a simple, delicious recipe, my family loved it."

    urdakl User ID: 8102257 218795
    Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

    "I have seen this recipe with many variations and it is always delicious! The base, cream cheese layer and whipped topping remain the same. Just change your pudding flavor to your taste, and garnish accordingly. Lemon is a favorite of our family. I typically use chopped pecans for a topping, but used blueberries and strawberries to create an American Flag for the 4th of July topping."

    writethisdown User ID: 7990528 218785
    Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015 Edited Jan. 26, 2015

    "OH....this recipe is delicious and easy to make. THANKS AND KEEP your recipes coming Barb- - - --99 and a half percent of us love them-that is........we, who love the great tastes of great foods."

    KELSUE27 User ID: 4849248 218752
    Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015 Edited Jan. 26, 2015

    "As a former owner of my own gourmet cookie shop, all of my recipes were from scratch, but all of my recipes were ones that were handed down from my family and were made with love, like so many other of you passionate home-bakers. Many of my favorite recipes, just like this one, have come from TOH over the years. I value simple and quick recipes for desserts of all kinds, scratch or not. I appreciate people, like Barbara, who take the time to share their favorite desserts with the rest of us. This recipe is divine Barbara and I have the original magazine that you were published in!"

    patpoles User ID: 8102120 218737
    Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015

    "I made this for 8 teenagers after a collage class Awesome!!!! This recipe was easy and tasted great they wanted more thanks for the recipe it's a keeper :-)"

    karenvk User ID: 5079734 218712
    Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015 Edited Jan. 26, 2015

    "This looks super good. I copied off to buy the ingredients and added to my Recipe Box. I am always interested in 5 stars and especially award winning! I am impressed with reviewers like Ms Patty, who needed to change the recipe and reports that it was still great! Thank you Ms Patty for being positive. I really like to hear why a person did or didn't like the recipe and especially any changes they made. By the way thanks for the recipe Barbara!!!"

    BethyS User ID: 84723 218689
    Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015 Edited Jan. 26, 2015

    "I haven't tried the recipe but wonder why people have to be critical of another person comments."

    [email protected] User ID: 2665298 218684
    Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015 Edited Jan. 26, 2015

    "Awesome dessert"

    MsPattyinLoveland User ID: 5671128 218681
    Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015

    "As I would love to have made it as directed, I substituted sugar free puddings, fat free cream cheese, lite whipped topping, skim milk and natural peanut butter for what was called for above. I'm sure it's much richer the original way but this was just as delicious. I chopped a dark chocolate candy bar for the top as well. This is a keeper."

    lazycook123 User ID: 6848273 218680
    Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015

    "I love being a "lazy" cook! If the first word in the recipe does not say "easy", I keep looking"

    postdoctoral User ID: 4882263 218668
    Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015

    "I was a baker for years and now I use any easy recipe I can, not all the time but most of the time makes life so easy so anyone working these are great this is a very good recipe"

    anngreeley User ID: 8227027 218667
    Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015 Edited Jan. 26, 2015

    "This is wonderful and so yummy!"

    [email protected] User ID: 2815440 218665
    Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015 Edited Feb. 10, 2015

    "Made mine with pecans. Awesome taste, easy recipe. This is such a keeper. Thanks for sharing. Will be making this one again and again. The only problem is one cannot give this 10 stars.."

    blulady48 User ID: 3650060 208481
    Reviewed Aug. 12, 2014

    "my family ate this like crazy and there is only three of us! next time I will double the cream cheese layer (I like cream cheese). This time I mixed the puddings with the milk to soft-set but I folded in the cool whip--and used dry roasted peanuts in the crust. This quick, easy, and great. Definitely will make again (daughter already asked for me to make this week for her). keeper for sure"

    weaver5 User ID: 2901478 162828
    Reviewed Jun. 13, 2012

    "Absolutely delicious!! I use pecans instead of cashews and closer to 1/2c of peanut butter.Everyone LOVES it!"

    kshea User ID: 2698812 161868
    Reviewed Jun. 2, 2012

    "I have made this for years and it is always loved. Sometimes I put walnuts in place of the cashews."

    Goodnerm User ID: 5467671 146552
    Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

    "Absolutely delicious! Everyone requests this recipe, and it goes fast!"

    DKM2 User ID: 5049165 161866
    Reviewed May. 7, 2010

    "EVERYONE loves this! Fantastic recipe, and the cashews give it a nice twist."

    krystaljoy User ID: 4390151 94089
    Reviewed Jan. 28, 2010

    "loved it, as did everyone else."

    eagleswingz User ID: 976383 100543
    Reviewed May. 9, 2009

    "Whenever I take this to a church supper I always take home an empty dish!! It is delicious!"

    jbondesen User ID: 1476580 116570
    Reviewed Mar. 25, 2009

    "Everyone loves, loves, loves this recipe. It is divine!!!"

    shelleyshain User ID: 3118380 208480
    Reviewed Dec. 19, 2008

    "I made this for my niece's rehearsal dinner. Accolades all around from the entire wedding party."

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