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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pudding Parfaits

I love parfaits. They are such pretty things to make, with all kinds of possibilities from what ingredients you are going to layer to what glasses you will serve them in. For these, I used our small stemless champagne flutes. I thought they made a perfect parfait, because they are just 4 ounce glasses and so the desserts were not huge, they were just right.

This parfait is made up of two creamy puddings - one chocolate, one peanut butter. It's topped off with whipped cream. You can make the puddings early in the day and refrigerate them and then assemble the parfaits later. Or you can even make the parfaits a day ahead.

When I made these, I doubled the recipe for the chocolate pudding because I was making twelve parfaits and I wanted the pudding to come up almost to the top of the glasses.


Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pudding Parfaits


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adapted from Bon Appetit magazine


 for the Peanut Butter Pudding

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-3/4 whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

for the Chocolate Pudding

  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped (or chips)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

for the Topping

  • 1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar


for the 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 a boil. Then boil until thick, whisking constantly, about 30 seconds. Whisk in peanut butter; boil unti thick again, whisking often, about 1 minute longer. Remove from heat; whisk in vanilla. Divide pudding among six 1-cup glasses or twelve 4 ounce glasses. Chill uncovered while preparing chocolate pudding.

for the 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. Chill puddings uncovered until cold, at least 2 hours. Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and keep chilled.

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

For another great dessert, how about Chocolate Pizzelle Ice Cream Sandwiches:


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Reader Comments (19)

This is something my husband would just LOVE. I might have to treat him. The glasses look great for this.

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela@spinachtiger

yum.... these are so beautiful and delicious!

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGaby

I love them ALL!

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaryann

I see 16 there, who were the lucky ones to have these? Why can't you live closer?

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterProud Italian Cook

lovely looking parfaits:)

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchocolatecup

oh man, those look so so good!

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

How have I lived without peanut butter pudding?

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan from Food Blogga

These looks great. Can't go wrong with that flavor combination!

April 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzy

Both of those puddings sound amazing. And I just love how you served them!

April 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRecipeGirl

wow. nice. and pretty. i never do parfaits. and i love puddings and creamy things. hmmmm...

April 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercook eat FRET

Peanut Butter, no thanks :/

April 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFabio

Love a parfait, and what could be better than chocolate and peanut butter...not much, maybe peanut butter and nutella!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Lou

I made this at Easter and everyone loved it. Thanks!!

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you So much, I've made it twice these weeks without the Peanut Butter layer. we love this Pudding very much. The second time was like a home-made gift to the girls. I'll post about this Parfaits very soon. :)

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChanit H.

You have a wonderful site and will be a frequent visitor. I came across this dessert on your site searching for panacotta and this one inspired me to try out parfait for the first time. My daughter is not supposed to have peanuts so I substituted it with nutella. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe.

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbergamot

These parfaits were so delicious! I've never made peanut butter pudding before.. I made these parfaits a couple of weeks ago for my family. I am having friends over for dinner tonight and I am making them again! I am using my mini trifle glasses...they are going to look so cute! I think I am going to chop up some Reeses's Peanut Butter Cups and sprinkle them on top of the whipped cream :)
Can't wait for the rave reviews!!
Thanks for sharing your recipe!
Have a great day!

March 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

These look great!!! Do you remember where you purchased the glasses? I have some very similar but have broken a couple of them; I have searched hi and low to find replacements with no luck, would you be willing to share where you bought yours? Thank you :-)

April 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJan

These look delicious. I want to make this and I also want to find these stemless champagne flutes! Can you tell me where to purchase them?

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

From The Italian Dish:

Jan & Melissa: I think I purchased them years ago from Crate & Barrel, but I don't remember for sure! It's been a while, so they probably don't have them anymore. **Sorry**

November 16, 2012 | Registered Commenter[Elaine]

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