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Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Dessert

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

Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Dessert is a cool and creamy layered dessert that will appeal to all ages. 
PREP: 1 hr 20 mins
COOK: 15 mins
TOTAL: 1 hr 35 mins


  • 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
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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31 thoughts on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Dessert”

  1. 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 🙂

  2. Julie Gordon

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. This looks so creamy and peanut buttery! It doesn’t get much better than peanut butter and chocolate!

  5. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel

    Ooooh you had me at “creamy peanut butter/cream cheese layer”! Haha! This sounds amazing! I love chocolate and pb together!

  6. Jennifer | Bake or Break

    This looks amazing, Christin! I can never refuse chocolate and peanut butter!

  7. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    Oh my goodness this looks absolutely fantastic! You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter!

  8. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    These bars look totally incredible, Christin. I am totally swooning over all those luscious layers. Pinned!

  9. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    This dessert looks SOOOOO delicious! I just want to dig into your pretty layers and eat it all up! Pinned!

    ps- The next time you are in Atlanta, you had better let me know….or I will be upset. And that is that.

  10. Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong

    Chocolate, peanut buttet and cream cheese together is just HEAVEN.. and topped with those peanut butter cups. .. *swoon*
    love it Christin.. 🙂

  11. 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 🙂

  12. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    This reminds me of one huge peanut butter cup, but ten times more delicious! So much yum 🙂

  13. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    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.

  14. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Is it bad that I want this for breakfast?! These layer bars look fantastic, Christin! I love how easy this is to make, too. Pinned!

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