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Peanut Butter Mousse Parfaits

Peanut butter mousse parfaits are decadent yet light, fancy yet approachable. Creamy peanut butter mousse is layered with chocolate cookie crumbs for textural interest. 

Two jars of peanut butter mousse parfaits.

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Years ago, I used to work as an assistant pastry chef at a fine dining restaurant in the suburbs of Philadelphia. We had a few "standard" dessert items, and then a few more that changed every few weeks. Peanut butter parfaits were one of our temporary desserts.

Two jars of peanut butter mousse parfaits.

I don't even exactly remember what went in the layer between the peanut butter mousse at that restaurant. I think it might have been topped with crumbled up peanut brittle, which I'm not a fan of eating. So, I made up my own version.

The peanut butter mousse is a blend of peanut butter, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla, lightened with whipped cream. I chose to layer my mousse with chocolate wafer cookie crumbs, but you could also use brownie bits, crumbled chocolate cake, chocolate custard, etc.

Two jars of peanut butter mousse parfaits.

Top with more sweetened whipped cream, and more crumbs (cookie, brownie, cake, whatever) or chopped Reese's peanut butter cup minis. Here's a tip: the easiest way to chop these is when they are partially frozen. Pop a few in the freezer for about an hour, then chop with a sharp chef's knife.

These parfaits look fancy, and since it makes two servings, it would be perfect for Valentine's Day dessert. The flavor is decadent, but the whipped cream makes the texture light. But at the same time, the flavors are familiar, so it doesn't "feel" fancy.

Overhead view of a peanut butter mousse parfait.

An overhead view of a peanut butter mousse parfait

Peanut Butter Mousse Parfaits

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Peanut butter mousse parfaits are decadent yet light, fancy yet approachable. Creamy peanut butter mousse is layered with chocolate cookie crumbs for textural interest. 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup confectioners sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream, chilled
  • 10 chocolate wafer cookies, crushed
  • 3 Reese's peanut butter cup minis, chopped
  • Sweetened whipped cream, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the peanut butter, cream cheese, confectioners sugar and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream to medium- to stiff-peaks. 
  3. Transfer a quarter of the whipped cream to the peanut butter mixture and beat in until combined. 
  4. Transfer half of the remaining whipped cream to the peanut butter mixture and gently fold in. Repeat with the remaining half. 
  5. Spoon some of the peanut butter mousse into each of four 4-ounce mason jars, then layer on some of the chocolate cookie crumbs. Repeat with another layer of mousse, another layer of crumbs, and a final layer of mousse. 
  6. Cover with a layer of plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve. Just before serving, garnish each mason jar with sweetened whipped cream, and some chopped Reese's peanut butter cup minis. 

Notes

If you can't find chocolate wafer cookies, you can substitute 5 full sheets of chocolate graham crackers.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 566Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 326mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 3gSugar: 25gProtein: 11g

I am not a certified nutritionist. This nutrition information is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only.

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Lauren

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

I'm surprised a peanut butter parfait was a temporary dessert! Sounds and looks fabulous. I like your rendition.

The Freshman Cook

Thursday 25th of January 2018

These look amazing!

Cookaholic Wife

Thursday 25th of January 2018

I need this in my life.

Wendy

Thursday 25th of January 2018

Love that you made this a recipe for two.

Cindy

Thursday 25th of January 2018

Pass me a big spoon!

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