Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Dessert

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Dessert is a cool and creamy layered dessert that will appeal to all ages. Chocolate cake mix is used to make the bottom layer. With only 1 egg and some butter mixed into the cake mix, it cooks up dense and fudgy.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Dessert

Next comes a creamy peanut butter/cream cheese layer with chopped mini Reese’s peanut butter cups.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Dessert - 4 delicious layers!

On top of the peanut butter layer is a super easy chocolate pudding layer, followed by a thick cloud-like layer of whipped topping and more peanut butter cups.

It’s a great make ahead dessert for a potluck.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Dessert - 4 delicious layers!

And speaking of  luck- wish me luck. My son and I are on the way to Atlanta to do some college visits. It hasn’t really hit me that in less than a year he will be leaving the nest. Tomorrow I have a feeling it’s going to hit me hard.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Dessert

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Dessert

Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Dessert

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 678kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Dessert is a cool and creamy layered dessert that will appeal to all ages. 
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  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 15 miniature peanut butter cups, chopped
  • 1 (3.9-ounce) package instant chocolate fudge pudding mix
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 (16-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Miniature peanut butter cups for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 13X9X2-inch baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, egg, and butter. Press into bottom of prepared pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes and let cool completely.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and heavy cream.
  • Stir in chopped peanut butter cups. Spread on top of cake layer.
  • In a bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk for 2 minutes. Pour on top of cream cheese layer.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Spread whipped topping on top and garnish with chopped peanut butter cups.


Calories: 678kcal


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31 thoughts on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Dessert

  1. The first time I made this the bottom layer was too hard. I’ve made it again using a graham cracker crust and it was great. Then I decided to make it a 3rd time using an Oreo crust (just crushed oreos and butter, No Egg Needed) and it was perfect. You can even buy the Oreo crumbs now to make it so much easier.

  2. Ok, I’m not very good at following directions.. so I accidentally baked the cake like a regular cake. When i realized my mistake, I crumbled it up and pressed it in the bottom of the baking dish. Then I️ read the comments and realized I️ dodged a bullet in the hard crust! Came out perf!! Happy accidents.. I’ll take it! 😊

  3. I just made this and it is really good. The bottom layer turned out a little too hard so next time I will leave it in the oven for a shorter amount of time. Thanks!

  4. HI ,

    I just made this cake and it turned out amazing!
    I need it to lat for dinner on Sunday and it is now Monday, should I keep it just in the fridge or can I freeze it?

    Thank you !

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  5. Just made this for a co-worker’s birthday and got rave reviews!! Pretty sure we will be making up holidays/celebrations as an excuse to make it again 🙂

  6. I am scared that if I made this for a potluck it would not make it … nothing better the peanut an chocolate… I have a sweet tooth especially for peanut butter as chocolate. Thank you for this recipe.

  7. I made this dessert. It was delicious. The only problem I had the bottom layer was so hard and it was difficult to cut. I followed directions l egg, l//2 softened butter and cake mix. Mix it and patted into 9×13 pan and baked for 15 minutes. What did I do wrong?

    1. I am going to make this for a party next weekend…since you said the cake got hard and difficult to cut, I think I am going to use a fudgy-brownie mix instead…I’ll let you know!

    2. I’ve see. This recipe with Oreo cookies and egg (put in the food processor) and pressed as the crust.

  8. Oh my goodness, your desserts always leave me drooling – these bars look amazing! Chocolate and peanut butter is such a great combo and I love all the layers in here! Aaw have fun and good luck on the college visits, Christin 🙂

  9. Wow this is a dessert to get everyone’s attention!!! I have one son who often chose pudding over cake for his birthday. He would love love this. Chocolate and peanut butter is classic combo that Reese’s has sure capitalized on.

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