Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Crumb Parfaits

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Crumb Parfaits

Today, 30 of my fellow food bloggers and I are celebrating the most amazing made-up holiday you've never heard of.  Yes, we have declared it Chocolate and Peanut Butter Day because such a thing needs to exist.  Our little movement is hosted by Carla of Chocolate Moosey and Miriam of Overtime Cook and sponsored by some amazing companies.  Follow #chocPBday on social media and our Pinterest board for lots of amazing recipe ideas.  And be sure to enter the raffle where 3 winners will receive prizes from OXO, King Arthur Flour or Peanut Butter & Co.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Crumb Parfaits
So, then came the question of what to make for the occasion.  I love all recipes that include chocolate and peanut butter but, deep down, I really just want to eat them as they are.  And so I knew that they needed to be distinct layers of chocolate mousse and peanut butter mousse with a layer of something in between.  Graham cracker crust or crumbled cookies would be fine but I wanted special.  Crumb cake crumbs without the cake would be special.  And chocolate crumbs would be extra special.  And this is, after all, an extra special day.  Enjoy!


Peanut Butter Mousse:
2 oz. Cream cheese
2 oz. Prepared whipped topping
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 Cup peanut butter
Pinch of sea salt
1 Teaspoon vanilla

Chocolate Mousse:
1/2 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 Cup milk
1 oz. Cream cheese
1/2 Teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon sugar
4 oz. Prepared whipped topping

Chocolate Crumbs:
1/3 Cup Sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 Stick unsalted butter, melted
3/4 Cup all purpose flour
Pinch of salt

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Crumb Parfaits
Make the chocolate crumbs by combining the sugar, cocoa powder, flour and salt in a bowl.  Stir in the melted butter and mix together.  Using your fingers, crumble the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Stir and return to the oven for 10 additional minutes.  Allow to cool slightly.  Note that the crumbs will be soft at first but will harden as they cool.

While the crumbs are baking, make the peanut butter mousse by whisking together the cream cheese, whipped topping, sugar, peanut butter, vanilla and salt.

Make the chocolate mousse by placing the chips in a bowl along with a tablespoon of the milk and microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir and return to the microwave for an additional few seconds if needed.  Stir in the remaining milk and set aside to cool slightly.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and whipped topping.  Fold in the chocolate mixture and combine until smooth.

To assemble the parfaits, place a heaping tablespoon of crumbs at the bottom of a dessert glass, add two tablespoons of the peanut butter mousse, another layer of crumbs and two tablespoons of the chocolate mousse.  Repeat the layers and finish with a topping of the chocolate crumbs.  Makes approximately 4 servings.

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  1. Gorgeous! I LOVE the chocolate crumbs - very creative!!

  2. love the cream cheese in the mousse! and hey, great minds think alike! :) love your Chocolate and Peanut Butter Crumb Parfaits. . so pretty and perfect!! delicious!! Here's to Chocolate Peanut Butter Day!!

  3. I love how you separated the luscious chocolate and peanut butter layers with the crunchy chocolate crumbs! Great texture and such a pretty presentation!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

  4. That looks sinful in the best way possible! I *must* try these!

  5. I will be the best mom ever when I make these for my kids :)

  6. What a stunning dessert, Anita! Pinning this one on my Recipes to Try board. It'll be absolutely perfect for summertime when it's too darn hot to turn on the oven!

  7. You are certainly the crumb queen and what a great way to use it in these parfaits. It adds just the right texture to the creamy layers. Yum, yum, yum!

  8. Wow Anita! These parfaits look incredible! Love the chocolate crumb idea too!

  9. Parfaits are my new favorite thing. This little concoction looks fabulous!

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  11. Oh, Mylanta! These parfaits look INCREDIBLE! And the crumb topping?! OVER THE TOP! LOVE!

  12. Your parfaits are incredible, Anita!!! I hope you saved me one!!!!

  13. of course you included crumbs-they're your forte!!! absolutely genius! sooooo decadent and the perfect use of the flavors, mmmmm!

  14. I'm trembling with lust and parfait envy <3

  15. Enjoying the chocolate crumb mixture that you made for this parfait

  16. Anita, this looks incredible! The mousse layers look perfectly rich 'n creamy and I'm totally in love with the brilliant chocolate crumbs. I want to make a big pan of that and just shovel it into my mouth. Gorgeous photos, lady.

  17. When I first saw these this morning, I was like, whoa look at those glasses of heaven! I think you nailed this holiday.

  18. No one makes a good crumb topping like you! Love this and the glasses are ALMOST big enough! :)

  19. I'm bringing my own spoon over, Anita!

  20. Yes please! I am addicted to Peanut butter!

  21. LOVE the cake crumbs idea! Makes me think of Momofuku Milk in NYC! Fantastic offering for Chocolate Peanut Butter Day!

  22. I love the addition of chocolate crumbs! You're right; graham cracker or cookie crumbs wouldn't do this lovely parfait justice. I'm seriously swooning staring at your photos!

  23. Your parfaits look so elegant. I love the addition of the chocolate crumb, a touch of crunchy texture to the silky mousse

  24. Dark chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. Yummmmm

  25. These look absolutely delicious! Beautiful photos, too :)

  26. is the prepared whipped topping whipped cream?

    1. You can use fresh sweet whipped cream or a prepared product such as Cool Whip.


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