Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream Dessert

A rich chocolatey frozen peanut butter cake covered in peanuts, caramel sauce and chocolate sauce

Our family’s summer tradition, this rich and decadent Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake is the perfect summer no bake dessert for large family gatherings. 

Desserts That Stand the Test of Time

It’s interesting how a dish passed on from one generation to the next can make you feel closer to the people that made them. This Peanut Butter Ice Cream Dessert was my introduction to the Kyle side of my husband’s family and in a way, it made me feel like part of the family. It was the first recipe that Grandma Kyle shared with me and I immediately felt relaxed and welcomed into the family.

Our first summer vacation as a family was to the Kyle’s cabin at Falcon Lake, Manitoba. Our son was a year old and I had yet to meet a large portion of Hubby’s side of the family…needless to say I was a bundle of nerves and I really didn’t know what to expect, nor what was expected of me. We packed up all our baby gear and flew (for the first time!) from Saskatoon to Winnipeg where my father in law picked us up. The drive to Falcon Lake was short and within an hour and a half I was standing on the back lawn of the cabin. I don’t remember too much of the next couple of hours (it was 21 years ago) but I do remember the dessert we had that night. It was so rich and creamy…the perfect dessert to feed a large family at the summer cottage.A rich chocolatey frozen peanut butter cake covered in peanuts, caramel sauce and chocolate sauce

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It was a Kyle family tradition to play a series of darts after dinner, first losing team takes first shift of dishes, second losing team takes second shift, and so on. I volunteered  to help clean up and put away the food with Grandma while the rest of the family played darts, mainly because I had never played darts but mostly because I wanted the recipe for the dessert. Grandma was pretty surprised because she had been making it for so long, she didn’t really think anything of it. To her it was just a dessert that fed a lot of people and that she didn’t have to turn the oven on for during those hot summers at the cabin. To me this Peanut Butter Ice Cream Dessert was something special. I’ve made it for many birthdays and family dinners since then but no matter what the occasion is, it always remind me of Grandma Kyle and summers at the Falcon Lake cabin.

Updating a Classic Recipe

The original recipe was quite simple to put together and called for cool whip. To be honest, I’m not really a fan of cool whip so the first change I made to the recipe was to swap real whipped cream for the cool whip. I really wanted to make the dessert extra peanutty so I swapped out the crushed pecans used in the base for crushed peanuts. I’ve made the dessert that way for twenty years…until now. When I was sent two jars of Reese’s chocolate peanut butter spread, I knew immediately what recipe I would update. I used it to replace the peanut butter in the base and main portion of the dessert and it was delicious!

A jar of Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter spread sits in front of a bowl of whipped cream.

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Yield: 10 servings

Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream Dessert

A rich chocolatey frozen peanut butter cake covered in peanuts, caramel sauce and chocolate sauce

Our family's summer tradition, this rich and decadent Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake is the perfect summer no bake dessert for large family gatherings.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 42 minutes


  • 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped peanuts
  • 2 tbsp Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 package cream cheese; softened but not warm
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream; whipped to stiff peaks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • toppings such as extra bases crumbs, roughly chopped peanuts, melted chocolate, caramel syrup



  1. Pre heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine all base ingredients in a bowl and press into either a 9 x 13 pan or parchment lined 10 inch spring form pan.
  3. Bake for about 12 minutes. Let cool.


  1. If using a spring form pan, line the sides with parchment.
  2. Mix cream cheese, icing sugar, Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread, and vanilla extract until well combined and smooth.
  3. Fold into whipped cream.
  4. Spread mixture evenly over the crumb base.
  5. Decorate with toppings. Freeze overnight.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 454Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 238mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 26gProtein: 6g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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  1. Denise@urbnspice

    What an adorable story and a sweet recipe, Bernice. I could totally relate to what you might have been feeling at that first meeting of your family. That is what good food memories are all about and you captured it so splendidly. I love the updates you made to the recipe – I am pinning to try soon. Thanks for sharing!


    1. Bernice Hill

      Of course this happened 26 years ago but I remember it very clearly…meeting in-laws for the first time is very daunting! Doesn’t food speak a universal language and draw everyone together?

    1. dishnthekitchen

      Thank you Miss Dinie! It’s a family favourite πŸ™‚

  2. Lisabeth @ The Ultimate Chocolate Blog

    Amazing pictures – so clear! That dessert is not only beautiful but looks so tasty too! I love anything with cream cheese. Funny, when I first opened my jar of the Reese spread, “I thought: I wonder how this will go with cream cheese?” Great minds think alike πŸ™‚


    1. dishnthekitchen

      Thank you Lisabeth..what did you end up making with your Reese?

    2. Lisabeth @ The Ultimate Chocolate Blog

      Something a little similar to yours. A Reese brownie with a no-bake Reese cream cheese topping. I haven’t posted yet thought! Planning to make it one for time before I do. The last one was eaten so quickly there was little time to get good photos! So many ideas though, it is hard to pick just one. I’m hoping there is a little left over to make some chocolate bark with the Reese spread too – for my consumption only! πŸ™‚

  3. Adriana

    That looks incredible, I’d love to serve this to guests.:)


    1. dishnthekitchen

      Thank you. It is a really good recipe for a large crowd.

  4. safifer

    That looks almost too good to eat–but I’d never be able to resist the peanut and chocolate combination.


    1. dishnthekitchen

      It keeps well in the freezer but it is hard to resist for sure!

    2. safifer

      Thanks for the freezer tip. That’s useful when you’re cooking for one.

  5. chef mimi

    Fabulous! It’s really pretty, and I love the peanut and chocolate combo!!! Will be making this for my husband on his birthday!


    1. dishnthekitchen

      Super! He likes peanut butter hey? Let me know how it goes pretty please πŸ™‚

  6. Homemade & Yummy

    OH YESSSSSS!!!!! and all these wonderful REESE creations are starting to appear!! YAHOO!!


    1. dishnthekitchen

      Yes, there are some creative cooks out there!!

  7. nepaliaustralian

    I want one now, looks so yummy πŸ™‚


    1. dishnthekitchen

      Well, it was a popular dessert when we lived in Australia too…I introduced it to a few friends πŸ™‚

  8. jasonsandeman

    Can I have a slice? Three? A bit more? I like that you changed the Cool Whip to whipped cream. It’s not as easy, but it seems like it is a lot better than a food byproduct like Cool Whip.Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on the stuff, but it just seems like your cake is … better this way!


    1. dishnthekitchen

      Yeah I’m not big on the food by products either…I hope you get a chance to make one but don’t forget to share!

    2. jasonsandeman

      Oh, will do!

  9. Alanna @ One Tough Cookie

    Oh my gosh, my eyes are almost popping out — this looks SO good!


    1. dishnthekitchen

      Thank you so much Alanna πŸ™‚

  10. Natalie Browne

    This looks and sounds delicious.


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