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Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Puddings

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Puddings

Sometimes a recipe speaks to you, so loudly it is practically shouting. When you find a recipe like that you have no choice but to drop what you are doing and make the darned thing. And folks, this pudding made quite the ruckus.

Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Puddings

Out of practicality, we halved the recipe, and it made 4 good sized servings. The original, full scale recipe says it makes 6 servings, but I am hesitant to support that claim. There is such thing as too much of a good thing, after all, and I didn’t want to push it. Your call.

What is it like, you ask? Aside from utterly decadent and delicious? It’s like eating a dark chocolate peanut butter cup that has delicately been melted and mixed with unicorns and rainbows: magical in its simplicity. The pudding layers are surprisingly quick and easy to prepare (so much so, in fact, that pudding may become one of my go-to desserts, along with cupcakes and cookies). It is simple enough to be made with (or for) kids, but elegant enough to be served at any dinner party. It is sweet but not too sweet. Rich but not so rich that you can’t finish. Heart warming enough for winter weather, but still cool enough for warm weather. Do I go so far as to say it is the perfect dessert? Quite possibly…

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Puddings

Makes 6-8 servings. Recipe from Epicurious.


Peanut butter pudding:
1/2 cup sugar
5 teaspoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt (or more to taste, especially if you use a low-salt or unsalted peanut butter)
1 3/4 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup creamy (smooth) natural peanut butter (made with only peanuts and salt)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate pudding:
6 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chocolate, chopped (or milk chocolate, if preferred)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar


For Peanut butter pudding:
Whisk first 3 ingredients in large saucepan to blend. Gradually whisk in milk, then cream. Whisk over medium heat until mixture comes to boil. Then boil until thick, whisking constantly, about 30 seconds. Whisk in peanut butter; boil until thick again, whisking often, about 1 minute longer. Remove from heat; whisk in vanilla. Divide pudding among six 1-cup glasses or dishes (generous 1/3 cup each). Chill uncovered while preparing chocolate pudding.

For chocolate pudding:
Whisk first 4 ingredients in heavy large saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk, then cream. Whisk over medium heat until mixture comes to boil. Boil until thick, whisking constantly, about 30 seconds. Add chopped chocolate. Boil until chocolate melts and pudding is thick again, whisking often, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat; whisk in vanilla. Cool pudding 5 minutes. Spoon atop peanut butter pudding, dividing equally (about 1/3 cup each). Chill puddings uncovered until cold, at least 2 hours. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and keep chilled.

For topping:
Whisk cream and powdered sugar in medium bowl to soft peaks. Spoon topping onto puddings and serve.

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  1. 1
    Posted On November 10, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Lindsay – this looks AMAZING!! I think I know what’s on my desert to-do list this weekend!


  2. 2
    Posted On November 10, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Well you had us at peanut butter dark chocolate…but the unicorns and rainbows!? We’re a million percent more excited.


  3. 3
    Posted On November 10, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    These look absolutely amazing!



  4. 4
    Posted On November 10, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    sounds divine :)


  5. 5
    Posted On November 10, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I think I just drooled all over my keyboard!
    – lindsey (


  6. 6
    Posted On November 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Oh wow, this recipe is speaking to me!! I’m not a big whipped cream person, but the peanut butter and chocolate involved in this is definitely making me overlook it! YUM! :)


  7. 7
    Posted On November 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Chocolate pudding – such a memory – comfort food from childhood. When my Mom used to make brownies she would top ’em with a very rich chocolate-peanut butter frosting. I use to call ’em “Reese’s Peanut Butter Brownies.”

    This time of year Starbucks sometimes will sell a pumpkin cookie with chocolate on top. The combination of the spicy and the silken sweetness of the chocolate makes for a great combo. I saw a recipe for a Pumpkin Pudding in the latest issue of Cooking Light. I’d betcha it would marry well with the chocolate pudding here in a gorgeous parfait.


  8. 8
    Posted On November 11, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    These look so fabulous. Pudding has become one of my favorite things to make. I’m sure I’ll love this!


  9. 9
    Posted On November 12, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Oh no…now this recipe is shouting at ME! Guess I’m going to have to make it ;)


  10. 10
    Posted On November 12, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I am looking for some red wine vinegar mother. Do you have any? I thought that might be right down your alley to make vinegar.


  11. 11
    Posted On November 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    This looks amazing… Stuff She Likes is now following!


  12. 12
    Posted On November 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Anything served in a wine glass all fancy like this makes me look twice! And this flavor combination is fantastic…truly a treat :)


  13. 13
    Posted On November 15, 2010 at 6:59 am

    whoa this would speak to me too alright. it looks delicious!


  14. 14
    Posted On November 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Oh. my. god. This looks so lush. I bet they made a ruckus!


  15. 15
    Posted On November 16, 2010 at 6:29 am

    This looks delectable!
    I could imagine it topped with miniature peanut butter cups (you know, just in case it wasn’t decadent enough for ya!)


  16. 16
    Posted On November 16, 2010 at 9:36 am

    oh my goodness, this sounds amazing! maybe even a layer of chopped peanut butter cups would just make this an extra bit gluttonous!



  17. 17
    Posted On December 6, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I love that they’re in wine glasses! Such a pretty presentation.


  18. 18
    Posted On February 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I bookmarked this recipe back when it was originally posted with the thought that my husband would love it. Last week, I had lunch out of town and discovered a pie layering peanut butter pudding, chocolate pudding, and bananas. Thankfully, your post saved me when I was ready to recreate it. The puddings worked perfectly in the pie. Thank you so much for sharing.


  19. 19
    Posted On February 25, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Planning on making this next weekend for my big brother’s birthday. Just wondering though how it would taste if I used commercial PB instead of natural? Would i alter the amount of sugar then?

    Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing! And Just Fran’s idea of the bananas? I might have to include a third layer…


  20. 20
    Posted On April 9, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    I am basically pinning all your amazing desserts (like this one) onto our Pinterest dessert board. YUM!


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