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Chocolate and Peanut Butter

We recently had some server problems which resulted in my last post being deleted. Fortunately it was still in my draft folder so I am reposting it here for any who might actually want to try this recipe sometime. 🙂


At Christmas I made a dessert which I had never made before. It is a recipe that has been around for years and I had eaten it but had just never made it myself. It was called a Chocolate Eclair Dessert and was made with graham crackers, instant vanilla pudding, and a chocolate sauce. You refrigerate it overnight and the flavors meld and the crackers soften a bit making a tasty dessert that the whole family, including the little children seemed to enjoy.

Around Easter time I saw a recipe for a chocolate peanut butter version so I just had to try it since the regular version was so popular with the fam. I did sort of combine the two recipes so I will post the recipe as I made it. I did have to go to a couple of stores to find the chocolate graham crackers. I have found them at Ingles, Bilo, and at Publix here locally. They are around $4 a box if you pay full price but I have discovered that some of the stores do have them as one of their BOGO (Buy one get one free) items.

Peanut Butter Eclair Dessert

1 box chocolate Graham Crackers
2 small boxes vanilla instant pudding
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 1/2 cups milk
8 oz. whipped topping

Chocolate Glaze
1/3 cup chocolate chips
3 Tbsps. butter
2 Tbsps. corn syrup
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsps. milk

Line the bottom of a 9" x 13" pan with a layer of graham crackers. Combine the 3 1/2 cups milk, peanut butter, and instant pudding mix and beat for about 2 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Layer half of this mixture onto the crackers. Add another layer of crackers and then top with the rest of the peanut butter pudding mixture. Add a final layer of crackers. Prepare the glaze by melting the chocolate chips and butter. Stir in corn syrup, powdered sugar, and milk. Spread on top of crackers. Cover and refrigerate overnight.


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Peanut Butter Pie

picture of Peanut Butter Pie

My mom used to make this pie years ago and it has become one of our favorites. She first made it with a graham cracker crust but eventually mastered traditional pie crusts and from then on she never looked back. I told about her pie crust saga in this post.

Peanut Butter Pie

1 baked 9" pie shell
1/3 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tbsps. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups milk
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten (save egg whites)
1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1 Tbsp. vanilla

Mix together the peanut butter and powdered sugar until crumbly. Save out about 2 Tbsps. of this mixture and put the rest of it into the cooled pie shell. Set aside.
In a saucepan stir together the sugar and cornstarch. Blend the milk and the egg yolks together and gradually stir into the sugar mixture. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir for one minute. Remove from heat and add vanilla and butter and stir until butter melts. Pour the hot mixture onto the peanut butter crumbs in the pie shell. Set aside while you prepare the meringue.
3 egg whites
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
6 Tbsps. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy. Beat in sugar 1 Tbsp. at a time until the meringue is stiff and glossy. Blend in vanilla. Spread over hot filling making sure to seal the meringue to the inner edges of the pie crust. Take a spoon and use the back of it to form peaks in the meringue. Sprinkle the remaining peanut butter crumbs on top of the meringue and bake at 375 degrees for about 10 mins. or until nicely browned. Let cool at room temperature and then refrigerate at least two hours before cutting.

Enjoy your delicious pie!


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An old favorite

You may remember several years ago there was a commercial about making Rice Krispie Treats. In the commercial the woman making the treats was out in the kitchen reading a novel after making the treats while her family was in the dining room asking if they were ready yet. After she yells "These things take time," she finally puts down the novel, throws some flour on her face, and enters the dining room with a platter of the treats, much to the delight of the family.

Rice KrispieTreats are quick and easy to make in the microwave and they are very tasty. Here's a recipe for my favorite version:

picture of Krispie Ingredients

Marshmallow Treats

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup peanut butter
4 cups of mini marshmallows
5 cups chocolate krispies (I got these at Aldi -- most stores have their own brand)

In a large bowl or measuring cup (I use a 6 cup measure) melt the butter and peanut butter on high for 35-45 seconds. Add the marshmallows and microwave for 1 minute at 70% power. Stir in the krispies and coat throughly. Press into a buttered 9" x 13" pan. Cool and cut into squares. Enjoy your quick and easy treat!

Rice Krispie Treats

While Drew has been with us this week he has been helping with a variety of chores around the house. Here he is washing the bench from our front porch:

picture of Drew Bench

Here he is rolling out some dough for Gorditas with his mom. He said he was "doughing." We've been having fun. 🙂

picture of Drew Doughing


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