This dessert really speaks for itself, which is good, because I had a very hard time naming it. You see, this recipe comes from a friend, who got it from a friend, who I guess didn’t share an offical name, because my friend calls it “Mel’s Peanut Butter Layered Dessert.” So, to me, it was nameless. I posted for suggestions on Twitter and Facebook, but nothing stood out. It’s now just Chocolate Oreo & Peanut Butter Dessert, which can mean so many things, but again, the ingredients listed below will draw you in.
I’ve made this quite a few times now. Still haven’t captured the perfect photo, but I could no longer wait to share it with you. The recipe makes a ton, which is perfect for serving at parties. I halved it the last two times, into a 9x9x2-inch pan, which was perfect for six+ servings.
Someone suggested naming this Seven Layer Heaven. I agree with the “heaven” part, but just couldn’t justify the seven layers. After you try this, I think you’ll also agree that “heaven” should be part of the name.
Chocolate Oreo & Peanut Butter Trifle
1 package Oreos
3/4 stick butter, melted
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
16 ounces whipped cream topping (Cool Whip or homemade)
1 large package instant chocolate pudding mix
2 cups milk
2 Butterfingers, crushed
Lightly spray a 9×13″ pan with nonstick spray. Crush Oreos in a food processor or blender. In a medium bowl, mix the crushed Oreos and melted butter until thoroughly incorporated. Press into the bottom of the pan.
For the second layer, mix the peanut butter, powdered sugar and cream cheese with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Stir in half of the whipped cream. Layer on top of Oreo crust.
For the third layer, whisk chocolate pudding mix into the 2 cups milk and let set to thicken for 2 minutes. Spread into pan over the peanut butter layer.
Top with remaining whipped cream and sprinkle with crushed Butterfingers.
Cover with plastic wrap or foil and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Source: Adapted from my friend at Rediscovering the Joy of Cooking, originally from her friend, “Mel”