Peanut Butter Mousse and Jelly Parfait


Let me break this down for you:  peanut butter melt-away cookies smeared with jam, and layered between peanut butter mousse.  Oh, and whipped cream and crushed peanuts, all packed up in a portable jar for the perfect picnic.  Not that you have to go on a picnic to enjoy these—we ate these on the couch.  Silently.  Except for the moaning.  Each bite of peanut butter mousse elicited a moan.


Lest you think we are lazy and eat on the couch all the time (we do), I’ll mention that we ate these after returning from our nightly walk.  Nightly, as in we’ve done it twice and if I call it ‘nightly’ the habit will surely stick.  Actually, I know the habit will stick because Mr. Dessert For Two carries around a glass of wine during our walks.  Can you imagine what our neighbors think when they see us?  Me, personally?  I won’t walk around carrying wine.  I’m a lady.  BUT, I will walk around the neighborhood carrying a jar of this peanut butter and jelly dessert.  And I’ll do it proudly.  Because these jars are cute.


I adapted my lemon melt-away cookies recipe to make these peanut butter meltaways.  When I rolled the cookie dough into a log, I used the bottom of the jars as my guide for the diameter.  I wanted the cookies to fit easily into the jars.  If your cookies don’t fit, or if you’re using store-bought, just break them to fit.

I used these 7.6 oz jars from Freund container.


It’s okay if you want to be like us.  If you want to walk around your neighborhood carrying jars of peanut butter mousse, go ahead.  We’re the cool kids.  Just trust me on this.  Don’t ask my neighbors…

Peanut Butter Mousse and Jelly Parfait
Makes 2 8-ounce jars.
For the peanut butter meltaways:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter*
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • pinch of salt
For the peanut butter mousse:
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
For the rest:
  • ⅓ cup of your favorite jam
  • a few tablespoons crushed peanuts
  1. First, make the cookies: In a medium bowl, stir together with a wooden spoon the butter and peanut butter. When the mixture is completely homogenous, add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Stir well. Finaly, sprinkle in the flour, cornstarch and salt. Stir until just combined. Scoop the dough onto a piece of wax paper or parchment paper. Gather it into a log that is the diameter of the glass jars you are using. Wrap it tightly, and store it in the fridge at least 1 hour, or overnight.
  2. When ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350. Slice the cookies into 6 even pieces, lay them on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool on the sheet 2 minutes before removing. Let cool completely.
  3. Next, make the peanut butter mousse. In a small bowl, beat together the peanut butter and cream cheese. In a different bowl, whip the cream. Add the powdered sugar once soft peaks form. Beat until combined.
  4. Stir half of the cream mixture into the peanut butter and cream cheese mixture. Reserve the remaining whipped cream for topping the desserts. Refrigerate the mousse until very cold, about 1 hour.
  5. Assembly: Have ready 2 8-oz. jars (or something similar). Spread a cookie with jam, and drop it into the bottom of each jar. Add a scoop of peanut butter mousse. Repeat twice. Top with the remaining whipped cream and crushed peanuts.
  6. The cookies are soft, so you shouldn't have to let the dessert set for too long. They didn't last longer than a day in my house!

Disclosure:  Freund container provided me with the jars for this recipe.


  1. says

    I’m moaning just looking at the pictures so I can only imagine what sounds I’ll make while actually eating this. Definitely not walking-around-the-neighborhood-appropriate, that’s for sure!

  2. says

    You two are so funny – I love the idea of you walking around your neighbourhood with a dessert and a glass of wine. Totally my idea of exercise.

    PS we eat on the couch all the time too.

  3. says

    I don’t even know what to say about this dessert, other than it’s food like this that guarantees that my husband will love me forever. He would be moaning just looking at the picture. I wish I were kidding. And those jars!! Seriously, I need those. Plus, the beagles would like to lick the bowl of peanut butter. Basically, this dessert is my family’s dream. P.S. What good southern lady walks while holding a glass of wine? That would be tacky–just like you NEVER walk while smoking a cigarette. One of the first lessons I learned in sorority (yes, I’m old and there was more smoking in those days). Yankees should take note of these lessons.

  4. says

    Ha ha! I love it! If I were your neighbor, I’d ask to join you in a walk and glass of wine. Too funny! I love these portable desserts…even if I’d just be going to my couch. It’s like a grown up PB&J.

  5. says

    These look SO GOOD. I’m not going to lie, I will probably make these with store bought cookies when the Texas heat gets so unbearable that I can’t stand to turn on the oven.
    Also, if we were neighbors I would probably join you guys with a glass of wine in one hand and a parfait in the other. I’m a party animal like that.

  6. says

    You had me at “Peanut Butter Melt-away Cookies smeared…”! Peanut Butter Mousse…like the filling from Peanut Butter Pie? With jam? In a jar? This is off…the…chain! Fabulous idea! I can see a peanut butter and chocolate version, perhaps with marshmallow fluff, in your future…soon. xo

  7. says

    I am laughing my ass off envisioning B walking around with his glass of wine and you probably pretending you don’t really know him…”Who is this strange man that keeps following me around the neighborhood?”

    Let’s be neighbors. I won’t judge. I’ll join with my own jar of dessert.

  8. Becca from Cookie Jar Treats says

    Oh goodness me! These look absolutely amazing and I WILL be saving this recipe to make in the near future. :)

  9. Stephanie says

    This are amazing!! Are the cookies delicious on their own (in powdered sugar or half dipped in chocolate)? I am thinking of doubling the recipe to have leftover cookies too….thank you for this recipe!!!!!!

    • says

      Oh yes, Stephanie! I ate quite a few cookies plain before I perfected the recipe. They have a drier texture, since I intended for them to soak up peanut butter mousse, so I definitely recommend dipping them in chocolate to help with that, if they’ll be eaten plain. Enjoy :)


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