Peanut Butter and Jelly Tiramisu

Back in the midwest there is a restaurant chain called Culver's, a fast food/diner-type place that is known for its freshly made hamburgers and creamy custard. They are also known, to me and my husband, as the restaurant with the funniest letterboard notices. They use the boards to announce the sandwich/burger and custard flavor of the week, but never bother to put any more explanation than what the flavors are. Sometimes you drive by and they are advertising a "Mushroom and Swiss Peppermint Patty" or the next week it might be a "Grilled Reuben Strawberry Cheesecake" Mmmm. Sure makes me hungry.

In case you are thinking the same thing about this Peanut Butter and Jelly Tiramisu, let me ease your mind a bit. It is not a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on top of a creamy Italian dessert with coffee-soaked cookies. Instead, think fluffy peanut butter cream layers sandwiched between raspberries and ladyfingers brushed with raspberry jam. It's about as elegant as peanut butter and jelly gets. If you like the sweet/salty combination of peanut butter and jelly, you will like this dessert. It doesn't take long to make, but you do have to plan ahead if you want to serve it because it needs about 8 hours in the fridge for the ladyfingers to soak up the raspberry jam and become soft. With the heavy cream, cream cheese and peanut butter this is definitely a rich dessert, so despite the small pan it makes, plan on serving 8-10 people with it. 

You can go ahead and quiz them on their favorite childhood sandwiches before you decide to invite them over. 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Tiramisu

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
14 Italian-style crisp ladyfingers
4 cups raspberries
shaved chocolate, for topping

1. Beat the peanut butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and 1/2 cup heavy cream until smooth and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Add the remaining 1/2 cup cream and beat until creamy, about 2 more minutes. (Do not overbeat)

2. Whisk the jam and 1/3 cup water in a small bowl until smooth. Spoon about 3 T of the jam mixture into a 9x5 loaf pan. Cover with half the ladyfingers, arranging them lengthwise. Brush with half the remaining jam mixture. (Don't worry if it looks like a lot of liquid; the ladyfingers will absorb it as the tiramisu sits.)

3. Spread half the peanut butter cream over the ladyfingers. Top with 2 cups of raspberries and the rest of the ladyfingers. Brush the ladyfingers with the remaining jam mixture and apread the remaining peanut butter cream on top. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 8 hours.

4. Uncover the tiramisu and top with the remaining 2 cups raspberries and shaved chocolate. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

Serves: 8-10

Recipe Source: adapted slightly from the Food Network Magazine

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love this fun spin on a traditional dessert!

What a wonderful idea, this sounds so yummy

This looks amazing!!! What a clever flavor of tiramisu...i would never have thought of it. I want to try this so badly!!

That sound so whacky, but I love it :)

Nicole - this is GORGEOUS! It's like PB&J is all grown up!

Grown up PB&J, what's not to love?  Oh and Culver's?  Yeah they have the best hamburgers and pumpkin ice cream!

Holy Macaroni! This looks incredibly good. Will definitely be trying it in the near future.

You are one of those blogs that makes me not want to eat healthy and eat dessert all day long. Hehe, love it!

Such a gorgeous update on a tiramisu!! I love that it doesn't include coffee, as I am not a fan of coffee.  Yum!

:) I do TRY to balance it out a little with some healthier posts. But then I make things like this.

Don't they? I like their cheese curds, but I never order them for myself. I just steal a few from my sister or husband or whoever I'm with. :)

Wowza!  You are on fire with PB and J!!

I like this peanut butter and jelly kick you're on.  It's like you can see into my brain and are catering to all of my innermost desires!

PB&J never looked more elegant. Love how you dressed it up. Wish I could take a bite of this rich dessert. 

OMG, Culver's butter burgers are the best!  While I am typically not a fan of peanut butter and jelly together, this looks amazing - growing up my brother used to make a grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich - it was so gross but he loved them!

OMG...Nicole...I want some right now!  How decadent!!  you had me at fluffy peanut butter layer!

That is one fantastic looking dessert.  Your pictures are always top notch!

I love this!  And I have a ton of ladyfingers, thanks to the ginormous bag of them my husband bought at Costco :)

I LOVE TIRAMISU... I LOVE PB & J.... WOW... this is so creative, i'd have to make it someday!

This sounds DIVINE! Love the ingredient list,I am sure to love this.  Fairly easy recipe too! My favorite PBJ is with raspberry jam.

What a gorgeous dessert Nicole!  I loved your peanut butter and jelly week, I think I flagged every recipe you shared :)

The photos just look beautiful! I'm so pinning this onto Pinterest ^^ Looks easy too, gotta try this for Christmas sometime.


yum! i'm not a huge fan of tiramisu but i DO love pb and j!

Is there really a strawberry cheesecake reuben??? If so I'm there! Peanut Butter and Jelly are my favourite foods- this looks absolutely AMAZING!

Hmm, I wonder if I could substitute strawberry...have one person that can't have raspberries.  This looks soooo yummy!  :)

I've thought that would be a good substitute. Let me know if it you it and how it goes for you. 

I don't know if I'll be able to wait the 8 hours for it to chill.  Good grief, this is like my perfect dessert!

I had to hide mine from myself because I kept eating bitefuls of it out of the fridge. :)

This should be renamed as a devils food. It's evil enough to hear things like "eat it!!! eat it!!!" sorry going through a rough time not to eat the screen of my laptop. Wonderful recipe BTW nicole! I'll be checking out for more.

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