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Two Sisters Times Two, Serial #17 and Peanut Butter Cheesecake Parfaits

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Time out!

Time to cool off from this hot weather with an easy and yet surprisingly elegant no-bake dessert. These Peanut Butter Cheesecake Parfaits will impress the heck out of that friend visiting from out-of-town or that special guest you’ve invited over for a light dinner.

Or maybe not.

Three servings, you say? That sounds like breakfast, lunch, and dinner to me!

Sharing is O.K. but sometimes it’s over-rated. Besides, I’ve got to test the recipe out before taking a chance on offering it to company, right? If it’s good, maybe I’ll share some of the next batch I make.

Or maybe not.

peanut butter cheesecake parfaitPeanut Butter Cheesecake Parfait

4 sheets honey graham crackers, coarsely chopped

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature

2/3 cup creamy peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 8-ounce container Cool Whip, room temperature

1/4 cup chocolate syrup

pb cheesecake parfait

Combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter together; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and peanut butter for a few minutes, or until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and stir until combined. Add most of the Cool Whip to the peanut butter mixture, reserving some to top the parfaits. Fold the Cool Whip into the mixture until combined.

Divide half of the crumbs into the bottom of your serving glasses. Top with half of the peanut butter filling. Top the peanut butter filling with a tablespoon of chocolate syrup. Repeat layers, by adding the rest of the crumbs and then the rest of the peanut butter filling. Cover and refrigerate the parfaits for at least 2 hours, or over night.

When you are ready to serve, top the parfaits with the remaining Cool Whip and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator.

Makes 3 parfaits.

*You can use peanut butter cookies, Oreos, chocolate graham crackers, or any cookie crumbs of your choosing. I prefer honey graham crackers to provide a contrast to the rich peanut butter filling and chocolate syrup.

pb cheesecake parfait bite

{Slightly adapted from My Baking Addiction}

Click below to listen to or read Serial #17 of “Two Sisters Times Two”.

Two Sisters Times Two, Serial #17, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Two Sisters Times Two, Serial #17, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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