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I hope you enjoyed the Spumoni Parfait and found the recipe easy to make :).
Today, we will be making Brownie Peanut Butter Cheesecake Parfaits in SupaCute's "Jili" dessert cups.
There are very few things that chocolate doesn't work with, so I thought I'd add some "no bake" peanut butter cheesecake to some chocolate brownies.
With warmer summer weather upcoming, I'll do my best to keep the recipes we make to have little or no oven use.
Chocolate & Peanut Butter
When pairing chocolate and peanut butter together the first thing that comes to my mind is Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. They have just enough chocolate to peanut butter ratio to make it hard just to eat a single cup alone. Plus on May 12th, Reese's came out with a new flavor to their already tasty Peanut Butter Cups. They added Reese's Pieces to them, so this parfait recipe is inspired by this new addicting sweet.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Varieties
Since the release of the Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Cups, there have been other varieties that have been sold over time. My favorite one was what I called Elvis Cups, or as they were called by Reese's: Peanut Butter & Banana Crème. Now, I'm addicted to the newest edition cup.
Please see below for other varieties, some are still available to enjoy.
Big Cups: an oversized version of the traditional cup.
- Caramel: the traditional cup with an added layer of caramel filling.
- Chocolate Lovers: a thicker chocolate cup with a thinner layer of peanut butter.
- Crunchy Cookie Cup: a layered cup with crushed chocolate cookies and peanut butter filling.
- Crunchy: a traditional cup with crunchy peanut butter, instead smooth peanut butter.
- Dark Chocolate: peanut butter filling in a dark chocolate cup.
- Double chocolate: chocolate fudge filling instead of peanut butter.
- Double Crunch: a traditional cup with peanut filling similar to a Snickers bar.
- Fudge: a thicker, darker chocolate cup with peanut butter filling.
- Hazelnut Cream: hazelnut cream instead of the peanut butter filling.
- Honey Roasted: a traditional cup substituting honey roasted peanut butter.
- Inside Out: chocolate filling in a peanut butter cup.
- Marshmallow: the traditional cup with an added layer of marshmallow filling.
- Miniatures: the smaller version of the traditional and bigger than the "Minis".
- Minis: Unwrapped Mini Cups.
- Peanut Butter lovers: a layered cup with top peanut butter layer, thin chocolate layer, and peanut butter filling.
- White Chocolate: peanut butter filling in a white chocolate cup.
Also, Reese's makes holiday editions of their cups. I normally don't buy these because there's too much peanut butter to chocolate. Despite that I noticed that some of the shapes might not always look like the following:
- Hearts (Valentine's)
- Eggs (Easter)
- Pumpkins (Halloween)
- Trees (Christmas)
Reese's Fun Dates
May 18th I Love Reese's Day
May 24th Harry Burnett (H. B.) Reese's Birthday ( the inventor of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups)
The next isn't a date but a year: 1928, is when H. B. Reese first made his cup, and they were known as "penny cups" since that's how much they cost back in the day.
What you'll need for the chocolate layer
- 2 boxes brownie mix
- 2 egg
- 2/3 oil
- 2/3 water
Bake brownies according to box's directions.
Optional: add peanuts, Reese's Pieces, or peanut butter chips to brownies.
Make sure brownies are cool before topping them with the Peanut Butter Layer.
What you'll need for the Peanut Butter Layer
- 12 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cups creamy peanut butter
(any brand will do but since we are talking about Reese's that's what I used)
- 4 oz whipping cream
Optional: chopped miniatures (about 8)
Mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and peanut butter in a large bowl until smooth and well combined.
(if making whipped cream) Whip to medium peaks, then gently stir into peanut butter mixture. Softly mix in the chopped miniatures, if adding. I'm not since my next layer is where I'll add my texture.
For an added crunch add 4 or 5 of each Reese's Pieces and M&M's.
Repeat layers, however you like; if you desire to decorate them, top with whipped cream, mini peanut butter cups or Reese's Pieces or more peanut butter cheesecake.
Enjoy these desserts for up to a week when covered.
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