Peanut Butter Pudding Dessert Recipe
- 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.
Test Kitchen Tips
1 piece: 408 calories, 25g fat (13g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 416mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.
Reviews for Peanut Butter Pudding Dessert
"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!"
"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!!???"
"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."
"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?"
"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!"
"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!"
"Ikdrn whipping one cup of heavy cream should be enough."
"how much real whipped cream should be used instead of cool whip?"
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"i always make this with crushed walnuts and pistachio pudding for Easter"
"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!"
"I make a very similar one, try freezing the dessert till its made half frozen. Just like a drumstick!"
"I don't have a food processor. Can the crust be made with a blender, mixer, or ??? Any advice would be appreciated."
"Great dessert! Everyone loved it. I used chopped peanuts instead of cashews. I will be definitely making this one again."
"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."
"very good, big hit at football party..."
"This was a simple, delicious recipe, my family loved it."
"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."
"OH....this recipe is wonderful...so 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."
"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!"
"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 :-)"
"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!!!"
"I haven't tried the recipe but wonder why people have to be critical of another person comments."
"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."
"I love being a "lazy" cook! If the first word in the recipe does not say "easy", I keep looking"
"This is wonderful and so yummy!"
"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"
"Absolutely delicious!! I use pecans instead of cashews and closer to 1/2c of peanut butter.Everyone LOVES it!"
"I have made this for years and it is always loved. Sometimes I put walnuts in place of the cashews."
"Absolutely delicious! Everyone requests this recipe, and it goes fast!"
"EVERYONE loves this! Fantastic recipe, and the cashews give it a nice twist."
"loved it, as did everyone else."
"Whenever I take this to a church supper I always take home an empty dish!! It is delicious!"
"Everyone loves, loves, loves this recipe. It is divine!!!"
"I made this for my niece's rehearsal dinner. Accolades all around from the entire wedding party."