Tasty Tuesday: Jimmy Carter Cake (a peanut butter & chocolate dessert)

This is one of my favorite childhood desserts.  If I remember correctly this recipe came from my 6th grade teacher.  She made it for a class function and I loved it so much I asked her for the recipe.  Then of course my sweet mom gave into my begging and made it and it became a family hit that was often made for dinner guests.

Not only is this Jimmy Carter Cake super rich and delicious, it’s also easy and quick to put together which is always nice!  And while I rarely use boxed pudding (because we prefer the taste and healthiness of homemade) this is one recipe that I make an exception for!  Although I’m sure with a bit of tweaking you could easily sub homemade pudding if you wanted.

Oh and as for the name?  I have no idea why it’s called Jimmy Carter Cake other than I think that it was widely believed that President Carter liked peanuts.  But I’ve heard that was actually a myth (the part about him liking peanuts).  At any rate, that’s what this recipe is called and if you at all like peanut butter and chocolate then I’m pretty sure you’ll absolutely love this!

Jimmy Carter Cake
Recipe type: Dessert

  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 stick butter, softened (8 tbsp.)
  • ⅔ c. crushed peanuts
  • ½ c. creamy peanut butter
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 1 c. heavy whipping cream, whipped with 1 tbsp. sugar**, divided (should make about 2 cups)
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 small box instant chocolate pudding
  • 3 cups milk, divided
  • ** or use 2 c. Cool Whip instead

  1. Crumble flour, butter and crushed peanuts together and press in bottom of 9×13 baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 min.
  2. Cream peanut butter, powdered sugar, cream cheese and 3 tbsp. milk together. Fold in 1 c. prepared whipped cream. Spread over cooled crust.
  3. Mix vanilla pudding, chocolate pudding and 3 cups milk together until combined and pudding is thickened. Spread over cream cheese mixture.
  4. Top with remaining whipped cream and garnish with additional crushed peanuts. Chill.


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