Melissa's Cuisine: Peanut Butter Eclair Dessert

Friday, February 22, 2013

Peanut Butter Eclair Dessert

I'm sure I've mentioned it before but our family tries to make birthdays a special occasion.  Growing up, we celebrated the whole day.  First, we had our choice of breakfast--served in bed.  Then we got to pick our lunch (usually pizza) for our birthday party with friends.  For supper, we got to pick out any meal we wanted.  It certainly helped that my brother's birthday was over Summer vacation and mine was over Christmas break, so we never had to worry about school!

In Mike's family, they got to pick a restaurant to go to for dinner, or a special meal to be prepared.  They also got to pick out a dessert (remember, Mike doesn't like cake) that Mike's mom would make.  We've carried these traditions over into our family by combining the two.  Mike and I get to choose a restaurant or a meal for our birthday dinner.  We also get to celebrate with our families--a homemade meal from my parents, and dinner at a restaurant followed by homemade dessert with Mike's family.

This past year, I really didn't know what to choose for my birthday dessert.  We were celebrating a few weeks after my birthday because of every one's busy schedules and I was at the point in my pregnancy where something might sound good one day but absolutely awful the next day.  That makes it pretty difficult to choose a dessert.  I waited until the last minute and then I saw this Peanut Butter Eclair Dessert on Pinterest.  I sent the recipe to Mike's mom and she made if for all of us to enjoy.  It's a rich dessert, full of peanut butter flavor.  This recipe gets better as it sits, so you'll want to be sure to make it at least the day before you plan to serve it. 
Peanut Butter Eclair Dessert

Serves 12-18

1 box  graham crackers
2 (3-1/4 ounce) boxes vanilla instant pudding
1 cup peanut butter
3-1/2 cups milk
1 (8-ounce) container Cool Whip, thawed
1 can chocolate frosting

1.  Line the bottom of a 9x13" pan with whole graham crackers.

2.  In bowl of your stand mixer, mix pudding, milk and peanut butter. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.

3.  Fold in whipped topping.

4.  Pour half the pudding mixture over the graham crackers.

5.  Place another layer of whole graham crackers on top of pudding layer.

6.  Pour over remaining half of pudding mixture and cover with another layer of graham crackers.

7.  Microwave the container of frosting, uncovered for 1 minute. Pour over the top of the graham crackers.

8.  Refrigerate for at least 12 hours before serving.  This dessert gets better the longer it sits.

Source: Plain Chicken


  1. I'm going to have to make this cake! I've had eclair cake before and love it, but the addition of the peanut butter probably takes it over the top!! Yuuuummy! What a delicious birthday cake. :)

  2. That looks so decadent! I love it. Peanut butter and chocolate are one of my favorite combinations!

  3. This looks wonderful. Peanut butter has to make it the best. Thank you for sharing.

    We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.

  4. Gosh, this looks amazingly good! Thanks for posting, saw you over at Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice. I am Christina from come over to visit me!! ~Christina

  5. This looks so yummy! I love anything with peanut butter! Pinned!

  6. This looks divine! And so easy too! :)

    Thank you for linking up with Marvelous Mondays this week.

  7. What a lovely Eclair and delicious dessert. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your new Red Plate and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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