Icy Peanut Butter Pudding Sandwiches

It's too hot to do much cooking or baking so I was looking for an quick and easy, cold summer treat to make and have on hand just in case company pops in.  These Icy Peanut Butter Pudding Sandwiches just hit the spot and take less than 15 minutes to put together.  Make them the night before or early in the morning and they'll be ready for dinner or supper.   Kids and adults will be happy you have them ready.

This is a recipe I used to make for the boys when they were young but they probably don't even remember eating them.   These are so easy to mix up the kids will be able to help. They'll love making their own "ice cream" sandwiches.  As an added bonus, they don't drip like regular ice cream bars.  The pudding keeps them from dripping when melted.  I can't guarantee they won't be squish proof, but they are dripless.

Icy Peanut Butter Pudding Sandwiches
½ cup smooth peanut butter
1½ cups cold milk
1 -4 serving package instant pudding, vanilla, butterscotch or chocolate
24 graham crackers (see picture for size) or you could use 48 round chocolate wafers
½ cup chocolate chips, melted

Measure the peanut butter into a medium size bow.  Add milk a little at a time to peanut butter.  Mix until smooth.  Add instant pudding.  Beat with whisk or hand beater until well blended.  Let stand until thick--about 5 minutes.  Lay half the crackers out.  Use a butter knife to spread filling on 12 graham crackers.  Cover each with the remaining graham crackers.  Place the filled crackers on a cookie sheet or tray. Drizzle with the melted chocolate chips. Freeze about 3 hours until firm.  Store in freezer in covered container.  Makes 12 full size sandwiches or 24 half size sandwiches.  

Peanut butter seizes up when the milk is first mixed in.   Just keep mixing in the milk a little at a time until everything is well blended.  Mix in the dry pudding mix. I used vanilla pudding but butterscotch or chocolate would be awesome as well.  Mix about 2 minutes for a smooth texture. 

A full graham cracker contains two halves or in this case 4 quarters.  I used some halves and some whole.  The half size crackers are the perfect size for children or any one who wants a smaller serving.  

Finish the sandwiches with a drizzle of melted chocolate.  Freeze for at least 3 hours.

 Store the frozen sandwiches in an airtight container in the freezer.

 Large or small these Icy Peanut Butter Sandwiches will be a hit with everyone.  
And they won't drip and melt like regular ice cream bars.

Anyway you stack them, these sandwiches are a cool treat on a hot summer day!


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