Friday, November 19, 2010

Peanut And Chocolate Dessert

If you like creamy desserts, you will like this peanut pudding recipe. Just imaging a creamy peanut butter cup and you are in the right neighborhood. This is a terrific recipe to make for your family; the kids will especially find it delicious. You may even get them to eat their vegetables if they know this is coming. How about that for an incentive?

You can make this dessert the night before or earlier in the day. It is very simple to whip together. Make it for potlucks, family gatherings, birthdays, parties or any time you want a simple dessert that will win the hearts of your guests. Combining the flavors of peanut butter and chocolate is not new, but with this dessert, everyone will act like you are the genius who thought of doing so. You may find yourself making this dessert just because you have a craving for all that creamy goodness. You really do not need a special occasion to indulge in some peanuts and chocolate.

One word of caution when you make this recipe. Peanuts can and do cause allergic reactions in some people. If you plan to serve this at a potluck or party, label it clearly, so they know the dessert contains peanuts. This allows people who suffer from these allergies to avoid foods that may cause trouble. For the rest of your guests, this dessert is a great choice. The recipe feeds enough people that you will not need to worry about making extra batches unless you are bringing some to a very large gathering.

Recipe for Peanut Pudding Dessert

This dessert combines the delicious flavors of peanut butter and chocolate.

What You Need

1/2 cup cold butter1 cup all purpose flour2/3 cup salted or dry roasted peanuts, chopped8 ounces cream cheese, softened1 cup powdered sugar1/3 cup peanut butter8 ounces Cool Whip, thawed and divided2-3/4 cups cold milk1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding1 package (3.9 ounces instant vanilla puddingChocolate curls or additional peanuts for garnish (optional)

How to Make It

Cut the butter into the flour until the mixture feels crumbly. Stir in the peanuts. Press this mixture into an ungreased 13x9 inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees F for 16 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack.

In a mixing bowl, beat the powdered sugar and cream cheese together. Add the peanut butter and mix until smooth. Fold in 1-1/2 cups of Cool Whip. Spread this mixture over the crust carefully.

In another bowl, whisk the milk and the two pudding mixes together for two minutes. Let the mixture stand for two minutes, or until soft set.

Carefully spread the pudding mixture over the top of the peanut butter mixture. Top with the remaining whipped topping.

Garnish with chopped peanuts or chocolate curls if you wish.

Chill the dessert for a minimum of 2 hours before serving.

Serves 16.

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