Dave’s Favorite Chocolate + Peanut Butter Desserts

posted by Andrea | 12/7/2018

Today is a special day for my most favorite person!

It’s Dave’s Birthday! 

I’ve already written so many words about Dave over the past few years… but in case you’re a new reader, let me just tell you how lucky I am.

This man is PATIENT with a capital ‘P’!

He is quick to listen, slow to speak or pass judgment, quick to praise, slow to criticize.

He is a fantastic teacher, a devoted friend, a loving father, a patient spouse, and in general, he’s just a fun guy to be around!

I’m positive Dave knows how much he is loved, valued, and appreciated by our family.

In honor of his birthday (which perfectly coincides with the holiday baking season) I’m sharing a bunch of Dave’s most favorite Chocolate + Peanut Butter Desserts.

This man LOVES anything and everything with any combination of chocolate + peanut butter.

I swear the Culver’s closest to us has caught on to Dave’s chocolate + peanut butter obsession and regularly features his most favorite Flavor Of The Day (Really Reese’s) at least twice a month. It’s rare for the same flavor to run twice each month, but Really Reese’s appears on a very regular basis.

To give you an idea of how rich Really Reese’s is… it’s chocolate custard mixed with chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups, peanut butter swirls, and chocolate… and when Dave orders a Concrete Mixer, he orders Really Reese’s with EXTRA Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and chocolate brownie bites.

SO MUCH CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER!

If I ever want to surprise him with a special treat, I hide a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in his lunch or make him a little mix of Peanut Butter M&M’s, peanuts, and Dark Chocolate M&M’s.

Over the spring and summer, Aldi had an amazing trail mix with all sorts of nuts, dried cherries, AND teeny tiny Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups — I think the kids each gave Dave a bag for Father’s Day and he was pleased as punch!

After we were married, it didn’t take me long to realize that the age-old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”, could not be more true for Dave — especially if his stomach was filled with chocolate and peanut butter!

As is evident by the LOOOOOONG list of Chocolate + Peanut Butter desserts below, I have made him very happy with all the chocolatey, peanut-buttery goodness that has come out of my oven!

If you’re on a diet, you might want to stop reading now… otherwise, try out a few of my recipes below and enjoy these mouth-watering goodies along with our family this holiday season! 

My recipes are divided up into categories below — just click on the dessert name to hop over to a detailed post with more pictures and the complete recipes.

Cookies and Candies

  1. 4-Layer Caramel Peanut Butter Fudge (so rich, they are only made ONCE a year)
  2. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (this is our whole families favorite cookie recipe)
  3. Monster Cookies (this is our whole family’s 2nd favorite cookie recipe — and it makes a TON)
  4. Simple Monster Cookies (a simplified, not-from-scratch, version of the recipe above)
  5. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup cookies (I use mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in place of chocolate chips)
  6. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Popsicles (so easy and a great snack for kids too!)
  7. 15-Minute No Bake Snack Balls (these are actually fairly nutritious!)
  8. Chocolate Pretzel Bites (you can use a mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup as the middle if you’d like!)
  9. Candy Corn, Peanut, M&M Mix (this stuff is addicting!)

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Brownies and Bars

  1. Chewy Blondie Bars (they taste like peanut butter, but it’s really butterscotch)
  2. Brownie Cookie Bars (made with chocolate brownie mix and peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough)
  3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars (basically like a giant candy bar!)
  4. Chocolate Caramel Brownies (I often throw in some peanut butter chips too!)
  5. Easy Layer Bars (layers of dark chocolate, white chocolate, peanuts, coconut, etc.
  6. Chocolate Easy Layer Bars (the same as the recipe above but with a chocolate crust!)
  7. Scotcharoos (the most coveted chocolate + peanut butter dessert around our house!)

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Cakes and Pies

  1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Brownie Cake (this thing is amazing!)
  2. Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake (there are so many variations of this cake – I add in chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and then drizzle chocolate and peanut butter on top with some crushed nuts.)
  3. Chocolate Cake in the slow cooker (I add some peanut butter drizzle over the whipped cream and it’s absolutely to die for!)
  4. Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert (yes it’s rich, yes it’s delicious!
  5. 10-Layer Ice Cream Cake (It uses store-bought ice cream sandwiches, layered with chocolate and peanut butter ice cream)
  6. Chocolate Chip Cheesecake (we drizzle chocolate and peanut butter over top — but you could also add peanut butter chips or chopped peanuts)
  7. Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Pie (oh my word, this is good!)

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Are you drooling yet?

I’m certain I will continue to share more chocolate + peanut butter recipes in the months and years to come — but for now, Dave has requested that anyone with additional chocolate + peanut butter recipes please share them in the comments.

I have all Christmas break to try out new recipes, and if it’s this easy to keep my husband happy, why wouldn’t I keep baking!?!

Happy Birthday Dave! We love you!

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28 comments

  1. Kim

    12/13/2018

    What about peanut butter m&m’s? I buy the little fun packs at the $ store, so I don’t eat whole/big bags–SO GOOD. Do you make s’mores with Reese’s PB cups? SO much better than w/ a Hershey bar!

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    Andrea Reply:

    YES! We always have a bag of peanut butter M&M’s open in our candy cupboard 🙂 They are his go-to snack when he just wants a little chocolate!!

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  2. Roxanne Bennett

    12/09/2018

    My husband has the same love for anything Chocolate Peanut Butter. This year shortly after Thanksgiving I made him the following “Peanut Butter Cookie Lasagna” dessert. It definitely made his Top 5 list! I hope Fave enjoys it too:).
    Here is the link:
    https://www.delish.com/cooking/a44322/dessert-lasagna-hugs-cookies/

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    Andrea Reply:

    yum! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Kristi

    12/08/2018

    Dave sounds like my kinda guy. Peanut Butter is my favorite food and when you add chocolate…hello!!
    A couple of my favorites that I didn’t see on your list are:
    Reese’s Cookie Bites – cut Pillsbury cookie dough into 1/2” slices then put a 1/4 slice into each spot of a mini muffin tin. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden and soft. Remove from over and push one mini Reese’s cup into each center and let cool. Delish!!

    Peanut Butter No Bakes – no chocolate in these but still one of my favorites! Heat 1c. Sugar and 1c. White corn syrup over med heat until heated through and combined. Remove from heat. Add 2c. Peanut Butter & stir until combined. Fold in 4c. Corn Flakes. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper to cool. Addictive!!

    And in a pinch, spread some peanut butter on top of a Moon Pie or Little Debbie Star Crunch. Two of my favorite peanut butter/chocolate quick treats!

    Happy Birthday to Dave!

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    Kristi Reply:

    That’s pillsbury peanut butter cookie dough on the Reese’s Cookie Bites. Sorry

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    Andrea Reply:

    yummmmmmm! sounds amazing!

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  4. Jenny

    12/07/2018

    Your husband sounds wonderful. Born on Pearl Harbor Day, “a date which will live in infamy”.
    There are SO MANY ads today- the most ever, on every section and every photo. It sure makes reading the post difficult and I do like your posts!

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    Andrea Reply:

    sorry about the ads — I might have to check the settings again. Thanks for letting me know!

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  5. Hannah Beth Reid

    12/07/2018

    Thank you for sharing these recipes! It seems like my husband has many character qualities in common with Dave AND the love of chocolate and peanut butter desserts! Looking forward to trying at least one of these this season!

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    Andrea Reply:

    well then it sounds like you have a great husband! 🙂

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  6. Shirley

    12/07/2018

    Happy Birthday Dave!!! December birthdays are so fun. We have 2 in my immediate family and 7+ in my extended. It makes for a special month for us. I’m a Christmas Eve baby. Enjoy your special day.

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  7. Annette Silveira

    12/07/2018

    Happy Birthday Dave!

    My husband’s favorite combination is peanut butter and chocolate too. I am bookmarking this whole post under desserts so I can refer to it often.

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  8. Christy

    12/07/2018

    Frozen peanut butter pie
    1 graham cracker crust
    1can eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
    1 cup creamy Peanut butter
    1 container cool whip. The full fat and sugar kind.
    Mix ingredients with mixer. Pour into crust drizzle with chocolate syrup. Freeze. Serve frozen. I like this because I can make ahead!

    Another easy treat. . Melt peanut butter in microwave and pour over vanilla ice cream drizzle with chocolate syrup

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    Andrea Reply:

    YUM!!

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  9. Julie

    12/07/2018

    First, I enjoy reading your blog – thanks for sharing with all of us! Second, don’t forget the timeless Peanut Blossoms cookie — simple, easy and fun for kids to make! I’m sure there are several versions of the recipe, but here is a link to Pillsbury: https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/peanut-blossoms/b5de97ec-9e31-4303-8cb7-9484b5e4e86b.

    Happy Birthday! and Holiday blessings to your family !

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Julie!
    And yes, I just made those cookies with the boys this morning!

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  10. Michelle

    12/07/2018

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    Yum! Although I would add some Rice Krispies to the peanut butter mix.

    Happy birthday Dave! I made my husband his 15th pineapple upside down cake for his birthday just yesterday.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Michelle!
    And yes, I love adding Rice Krispies to anything with peanut butter and chocolate!

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  11. Sarah

    12/07/2018

    Happy Birthday! This is a link to my favorite pb & chocolate recipe. It makes a ton and they freeze so well! https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/frosted-peanut-butter-fingers/

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay — thanks! I don’t think I’ve ever made those before!

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  12. JJ

    12/07/2018

    Happy Birthday, Dave! Peanut butter balls!!!

    Peanut Butter Balls Recipe – Genius Kitchen
    https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/peanut-butter-balls-21812

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks for the recipe!

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  13. JoAnn C.

    12/07/2018

    Happy Birthday,Dave!!!

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  14. Roxanne

    12/07/2018

    My husband is also a chocolate-and-peanut butter fan 🙂 We were making Oreo truffles one year and decided to get creative with the fillings. Here was his favorite: 1 package cream cheese; 1/4 cup peanut butter; 1 sleeve graham crackers, crushed; 1 TBSP sugar… mix those all together, make dough balls, then coat with melted milk or semi-sweet chocolate. It’s the closest we’ve come to copying a Reeses! Happy Birthday to Dave!

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    Andrea Reply:

    oh we LOVE those truffles — and your husband’s recipe sounds amazing!

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  15. Chris

    12/07/2018

    Happy birthday to Dave! And thank you for all the recipes! The saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”, made me think of a cute Pennsylvania Dutch saying from when I grew up – “Kissin’ wears out, cookin don’t” LOL.

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — yup, exactly!

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