Thursday, August 18, 2011

Peanut Butter Pie Parfaits

I made this special Peanut Butter Pie Parfait dessert in memory of a fellow food blogger's husband, Mikey, who recently passed away unexpectedly (read more, here). I've never met either of them, but the love and support that was showed to them throughout the blog world over the past week was just amazing. I couldn't wait to make my own special peanut butter pie dessert to share with my family, in their families honor.

This is a very decadent dessert that is very easy to put together. I hope you enjoy it!

Peanut Butter Pie Parfaits
(adapted from Inside BruCrew Life and The Pioneer Woman)

Here's the ingredients you'll need:

Oreos (regular or chocolate creme)
Unsalted butter
Creamy peanut butter
Cream cheese
Confectioners' sugar 
Cool-Whip, thawed
Chocolate Chips
Heavy whipping cream
Mini Reese's peanut butter cups, cut in half (or regular sized peanut butter cups, chopped)

Let's make it!

Oreo Crust Layer:
10-12 Oreos, finely crushed (I used my food processor)
1 T unsalted butter, melted

-Mix Oreo crumbs and melted butter together. Set aside.

Peanut Butter Pie Layer:
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup plus 2 T confectioners' sugar
4 oz Cool-Whip, thawed (half of the container)

-Using an electric mixer, cream together the peanut butter and cream cheese. Then mix in the confectioners' sugar. Gently fold in the Cool-Whip with a rubber spatula. Set aside.

Chocolate Ganache Layer:
1 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

-Heat the heavy cream over medium-high heat in a small saucepan until boiling. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Let cool for a few minutes on the stove top.

Homemade Whipped Cream:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 T sugar

-Using an electric mixer, whip the cream and sugar until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes.

Once all of your "layers" are ready, it's time for assembly! If you make 3 layers of each like I did. then you should get 4 big servings (the bigger, the better, right?). If you only do two layers of each, then you should be able to get about 8 servings.

Here's how I put mine together, starting from the bottom:

About 2 tablespoons of Oreos, pressed into the bottom of each parfait cup.

Then add these layers in this order:
1 generous tablespoon of peanut butter pie filling
1 generous tablespoon of chocolate ganache
4- half pieces of Reese's mini peanut butter cups (or about half a tablespoon of chopped regular size)

-Repeat the above three layers, two more times (or once more if making smaller desserts)

Finish with homemade whipped cream on top and a few more Reese's mini peanut butter cups for garnish.
Enjoy!! :)

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