Saturday, June 9, 2012

Buster Bar Dessert

Okay. Warning – this post contains nuts; peanuts.  It will be contaminated and is certainly processed in a space that contains nuts.  For the record, I did not make this dessert – but I have in the past, and it’s amazing. 

When I was younger, before nut processing became what it is today, I could eat peanuts.  In fact, peanuts are a legume – they are part of the bean & pea botanical family – so, some people with a tree nut allergy can actually eat peanuts.  However, the cross-contamination during the processing of the peanuts often make them off-limits for those of us with tree nut allergies. 

That aside, I did eat this dessert as a child and LOVED it.  The chocolate sauce and the cookies along with the ice cream are the best parts – so, you can definitely make this recipe without the peanuts with excellent success!

Buster Bar Dessert – From The Puncochar Family


  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 2/3 C chocolate chips (dark chocolate recommended)
  • 5 T butter, 6 T butter (divided)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 lb. Oreo cookies
  • 1-2 C Spanish peanuts
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened


Begin by mixing together the 2 C powdered sugar, 1 can evaporated milk, 2/3 C chocolate chips, 5 T butter and 1 tsp. vanilla in a large saucepan.  While stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a boil and then boil for 8-10 minutes.  Cool thoroughly. 

Next up, crush the Oreo cookies and then add the melted butter to the cookies.  Press the cookie mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.  Spread 1 C Spanish peanuts over the cookie crust.  Then, chill. 

When the bottom layer is set, spread the softened ice cream over the peanuts.  Then, sprinkle the remaining 1 C peanuts over the ice cream.  Cover with cooked chocolate sauce and freeze overnight. 

Remove from the freezer 10 minutes before serving, then slice and serve.  Freeze leftovers. 


End of nut-filled recipe. 


  1. That is so interesting about the nut processing - I never knew! And this dessert looks AMAZING!!

  2. One of my all time favorite desserts that my mom made while growing up. I can't remember the last time I had this. Will have to make this sometime this summer!

  3. holy cow, i am legit drooling all over my keyboard right now! those look SO incredibly decadent and fantastic! thanks for sharing!

  4. oh my gosh i am legit drooling all over my keyboard right now!! those look SO incredibly fantastic! thanks for sharing!

  5. I don't like a lot of sweets, and rarely bake, but I am thinking I will half this recipe and make it for Fathers Day...looks delicious! And the family will love it, I know!

  6. These look sooooooooooooo good!!

  7. are you even kidding me? I can't even tell you how much I want a piece of this right now!

  8. Oohh, thanks for sharing! I work at a fire station and I might have to surprise the guys with this dessert this summer.

  9. I grew up on this as well! Haven't had it in years! It was often served when all of us cousins were together since 2 9x13 pans serve a ton of people. Sometimes, they would have a pan without nuts for us kids who didn't like them.


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