Saturday, September 25, 2021

Peanut Butter Fluff + Video

Peanut butter fluff is a decadent blend of flavors and textures that will make your tastebuds sing. Make this cheesecake salad in 20 minutes!

Every bite of this dessert is absolutely dreamy and delicious! The peanut butter flavor isn’t too overpowering, and there are little bits of crunchy peanuts scattered throughout.

Plus, it’s loaded with chopped up sandwich cookies and peanut butter cups to satisfy any chocoholic. A drizzle of homemade ganache puts it right over the top.

I’ve got plenty more cheesecake salad recipes to choose from, whether you’re craving something extra sweet or a little bit fruity. There’s even an Oreo fluff version with just the cookies!

Reese's Peanut Butter Fluff Cheesecake Salad in a bowl

How To Make Peanut Butter Fluff

Prepare the cheesecake mixture in one bowl and whip up the heavy cream in another. Combine the two by folding them into each other until well incorporated.

Stir in the chopped up Oreos and peanut butter cups, saving a handful to sprinkle on as garnish. Then, transfer the dessert to a serving bowl and drizzle homemade ganache over the top.

Once it’s all put together, all that’s left to do is dig in!

cheesecake salad ingredients

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Stand mixer or electric hand mixer
  • Mixing Bowls - Use large ones for the different components of this dessert and one of the small ones for making the ganache.
  • Silicone Spatula - Makes it a breeze to mix this peanut butter salad thoroughly and gently.
  • Serving Bowl - Choose something clear and simple so the dessert can be the star of the show!

peanut butter salad base with pudding

Video: Peanut Butter Fluff Cheesecake Salad

To see us make this from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this post.

peanut butter fluff cheesecake base

Helpful Tips and Tricks
  • Create a silkier texture. Substitute regular milk for part or all of the heavy cream in the cream cheese mixture.
  • Add some variety. Feel free to stir in chocolate chips, peanut butter morsels, or even some Reese’s Pieces for extra crunch!
  • Want to save some time? Instead of whipping the cream by hand, substitute a container of Cool Whip instead. Be sure to thaw it in the refrigerator before using. You can also replace the ganache with chocolate syrup or hot fudge if you prefer.
  • Allow the ganache to cool. A few minutes should do it, just so it’s slightly warm to the touch. Otherwise, the heat will melt the creamy filling of the peanut butter salad.
cheesecake salad stirring in whipped cream

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Can I make peanut butter fluff ahead of time?

You can whip up the cream cheese mixture and fold in the whipped cream, then cover and store in the refrigerator up to a day ahead of time.

I recommend stirring in the candies and cookies just before serving since they will become soft and fall apart the longer the dessert sits.

cheesecake salad adding mixins

How long will leftovers last in the refrigerator?

Cover tightly with plastic or transfer to an airtight container and store for up to 2 days. However, this is definitely best eaten the same day that it is made.

Can I use regular pudding mix for this recipe?

No, it must be the instant variety so check the label carefully. If your store does not carry it in the cheesecake flavor, you can find it online here.

peanut butter fluff in a serving bowl


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cheesecake salad in a bowl with a spoon

Yield: 8 cups
Author: Donna Elick
Reese's Peanut Butter Fluff Cheesecake Salad

Peanut Butter Fluff Cheesecake Salad

Peanut butter fluff is a decadent blend of flavors and textures that will make your tastebuds sing. Make this cheesecake salad in 20 minutes!
Prep time: 20 MinTotal time: 20 Min


  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounce crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3.4 ounce package of instant cheesecake pudding mix (unprepared)
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream, divided (plus a bit more for the ganache drizzle)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 ounce package Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped (halved or quartered)
  • 15 ounce total peanut butter cups (we used 10 oz. standard size and 5 oz. mini)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat softened cream cheese, peanut butter, and vanilla extract until fluffy.
  2. Add the cheesecake pudding mixture and beat until fully combined (mixture will be chunky).
  3. With the mixer (or hand beater) running on low speed, slowly drizzle 1 ½ cups of the heavy whipping cream into the cream cheese mixture. Beat well between the addition of small amounts (add only 1 tablespoon at a time).
  4. Add powdered sugar to the cheesecake mixture and continue beating until fully combined.
  5. In a separate mixing bowl, beat remaining 1 ½ cups of heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
  6. Use a spatula to gently fold the whipped cream into the cheesecake mixture until fully incorporated.
  7. Chop Oreo cookies and peanut butter cups into large chunks.
  8. Stir cookies and peanut butter cups into the cheesecake mixture, reserving a few to garnish the top of the salad.
  9. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with reserved candy/cookies.
  10. For a chocolate ganache topping, heat ½ cup chocolate chips with 3 tablespoons of heavy cream food about 30 seconds in the microwave. Whisk together the cream and chocolate until fully combined and silky smooth. Cool for a few minutes.
  11. Drizzle the chocolate ganache over the top of the prepared salad and serve alongside for drizzling over individual portions.

Reese's Peanut Butter Fluff Cheesecake Salad closeup

Originally published September 2021

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