Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Icebox Cake
This Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Icebox Cake is a peanut butter and chocolate lover’s dream. Plus, it’s no bake and so easy to make. It’s basically the perfect dessert. 🙂
So this past weekend was full of a relative amount of relaxation. Probably the most I’ve relaxed since last summer. I even went shopping! Boy it’s been a long time.
The only problem with shopping is…well…trying things on. Not my favorite part. There are some days when you feel great in everything and want to buy anything you put on. Then there are days where it feels like everything looks terrible and you don’t feel good in anything.
Unfortunately it was one of those weekends where I didn’t feel so great. I think I’m going to blame it on the clothes. The selection just doesn’t seem so hot – like ever. That’s actually why I did Stitch Fix for so long. I got so tired of the things you find/don’t find in stores. I stopped Stitch Fix over the winter and I’m thinking I might have to start it back up.
These are real problems people. 😉
That and when I can find the time to make this icebox cake again. It definitely needs to happen again.
You guys this cake really is to die for. The flavors are perfect – they are just enough. Plenty of peanut butter and chocolate flavor, but not over powering. And I’m all about things that not only taste good, but look good and I love the alternating layers. The chocolate in the middle is just pretty.
Plus, easy. I am so all about easy sometimes. This icebox cake would be great for a gathering or a potluck. The flavors aren’t the lightest, but the mousse it quite light. You really feel like you’re getting a solid dessert, but it’s not heavy.
The mousse layers are made by combining cream cheese and sugar with a little milk, then adding whipped cream which gives it that light-ness. Divide the batter up into parts and flavor one with peanut butter and one with chocolate. So easy, right?
It’s layered with Oreos, which may be one of the best cookies ever. Then topped with Reese’s? I mean really. If there was an achilles heel for peanut butter and chocolate lovers, this would be it. The hardest part is waiting for it to firm up in the fridge so you can dig in.
Reeses Peanut Butter Chocolate Icebox Cake
Yield: 14-16 slices
12 oz cream cheese, room temperature (I use Challenge Cream Cheese)
3/4 cup (155g) sugar
2 tbsp milk
2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, cold
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups (144g) powdered sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
Two 15.25 oz boxes peanut butter Oreos
Chocolate Whipped Cream
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, cold
2 tbsp powdered sugar
2 tbsp natural unsweetened cocoa powder
6-7 Mini Reeses, chopped
1. Prepare a 9-inch springform pan by lining the sides with parchment paper that sticks about an inch above the sides of the pan.
2. To make the mousse, beat the cream cheese and sugar for together in a large mixer bowl until smooth.
3. Add the milk and beat until smooth. Set cream cheese mixture aside and make whipped cream.
4. Whip heavy whipping cream on high with a mixer until it begins to thicken. Add vanilla extract and powdered sugar and continue to whip on high until stiff peaks form.
5. Carefully fold 1/3 of the whipped cream into the cream cheesecake mixture until combined. Add the remaining whipped cream and fold mixtures together until well combined.
6. Divide the mousse into two bowls. You’ll want twice the amount in one bowl as the other. You should have about 2 1/3 cups in one bowl and the rest in another.
7. Add the peanut butter to the bowl with the larger amount of mousse and combine.
8. Add the cocoa to the smaller amount and combine.
9. Pour the milk for the cookie layers into a small bowl. Place a single layer of cookies into the bottom of the pan, dipping each into the milk before adding.
10. Top the cookies with half of the peanut butter mousse and spread into an even layer.
11. Add another layer of cookies on top of the peanut butter mixture, dipping each into the milk before adding.
12. Top the cookies with the chocolate mousse and spread into an even layer.
13. Add another layer of cookies on top of the chocolate mixture, dipping each into the milk before adding.
14. Top the cookies with the remaining peanut butter mousse and spread into an even layer.
15. Refrigerate cake until firm, 4-5 hours. Once firm, remove icebox cake from pan.
16. To make whipped cream for topping, whip heavy whipping cream on high until it begins to thicken. Add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder and continue to whip on high until stiff peaks form.
17. Pipe the whipped cream around the top edge of the cake, then drizzle with chocolate sauce. Finish off cake with chopped mini Reeses, if desired.
18. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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