Recipes, memories and random thoughts from my kitchen
Monday, February 15, 2016
Prize-winning peanut butter dessert!
As my regular readers know, we have a potluck lunch every Sunday at church. Our schedule goes like this: 9:45 -- Sunday School; 11:00 -- morning worship service; 12:15 or thereabouts -- potluck lunch; 1:30 -- afternoon service. With yesterday being Valentine's Day, we cooked up a men's dessert contest. The ladies -- or anyone, actually, who hadn't made a dessert for the contest -- got to be the judges. My friend, Chris, made up judging sheets for the judges to use and labeled each dessert with a number, rather than the baker's name, to make it fair. I believe the categories were Best Tasting, Most Original, Best Presentation, and Most Romantic.
I am happy to share the exciting news that my dear hubby, Mr. T, won the "Best Tasting" category in the contest with his frozen peanut butter dessert. Even more exciting, I am going to share the recipe with all of you!
MR. T'S PRIZE-WINNING PEANUT BUTTER DESSERT
12 ice cream sandwiches
4 ounces cream cheese, softened (Mr. T used the lower-fat Neufchatel)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup powdered sugar
16 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed (divided use)
Toppings and sprinkles of choice
In a medium bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese and the peanut butter with an electric beater. Add the milk gradually, then beat in the powdered sugar. Fold in 8 ounces of the whipped topping (approximately half of the container) and whip thoroughly.
Place the ice cream sandwiches in the bottom of a 13X9-inch pan,
cutting and trimming them to fit the pan. (Mr. T used a foil pan.) Spread the peanut butter mixture over the ice cream sandwiches in the pan. Freeze for 15-20 minutes, then spread the remaining whipped topping over the peanut butter layer.
Top with whatever you like for sprinkles and toppings. Mr. T drew a heart shape with chocolate syrup and sprinkled Valentine sprinkles in the center of the heart. He then added a different variety of Valentine sprinkles over the rest of the whipped topping.
But you could use caramel syrup, toffee bits, chocolate sprinkles, chopped peanut butter cups or anything else you like.
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.