Buster Bar Dessert

Look out, Dairy Queen!

You’ll either love me because it’s so good, or hate me… because it’s so good. When I need to take a summer dessert to a get together, this one always receives cheers. The 9×13 pan size goes a long way, too, because it’s a rich one!

Straight out of my childhood church cookbook, here’s our favorite Buster Bar Dessert.

Buster Bar Dessert

  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. evaporated milk (12 oz. can)
  • 2/3 c. chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 lb. oreo cookies (crushed)
  • 1/2 c. melted butter
  • 1 1/2 c. Spanish peanuts
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream (softened)
  1. Mix powdered sugar, milk, chocolate chips, butter, and vanilla together in a sauce pan.  Bring to a boil for 8 minutes, stirring constantly (I use my whisk).  Cool completely.
  2. Crush oreos and add melted butter.  Spread in a 9×13 cake pan.  Refrigerate.
  3. When oreo crust is set, spread softened ice cream on top.

  4. Freeze until ice cream is firm.
  5. Top with chocolate mixture and peanuts.
  6. Freeze overnight.


  • Original recipe says to layer the peanuts between the oreo crust and the ice cream.  I don’t like to “hide” the peanuts, just in case anyone’s allergic.
  • Seriously… this is rich.  I actually use a little more than 1/2 gallon of ice cream to stretch it and try to reduce the richness just a little.
  • We sometimes serve this in lieu of traditional cake and ice cream for birthday parties.
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    1. This looks wonderful! Chocolate, ice cream, AND peanuts? YUM!!!

    2. Oh, that sounds SO good. I will have to find a way to fit a 13×9 pan into my freezer!

    3. This looks amazing. My nana’s birthday is tomorrow so I think we’re going to make this today!

      Thank you so much for sharing!!

    4. Wow – this would be a big hit at our house! Like the idea of using it as a birthday treat.

    5. That looks awesome! You always have such great recipes! Thanks for sharing!

    6. my mom used to make this!! love it.

    7. I have this same recipe and it is good!!!

    8. Oh my word! I will definitely be making this – in fact, I think I have all the ingredients now!

    9. This looks so yummy. My kids like cookies and cream ice cream and I’m betting it would work just fine in this recipe.

    10. My hubbie loves the Peanut Buster Parfait at Dairy Queen, so I have got to make this for him. It looks just divine!!

    11. I am so salivating over this! Looks like we will be having this tonight for supper! YUMMMO!!!

    12. That is out of bounds!! Awesome:-)

    13. Oh wow! This is definitely going to be one I try! Thanks so much for sharing. It looks great!

    14. Looks great! And good idea with the peanuts in case of allergies.

    15. This is definitely getting printed out and going into my recipe binder! Yummy!

    16. That looks so good! I think I’ll make this for our 4th of July get-together. Yum!

    17. Oh man!!! That looks so good. Spanish peanuts are my hubby’s fav.

    18. OH MY Gosh!! I am totally making this for a family get-together this weekend. They will LOVE it and we need a lot to feed everyone with a sweet tooth! Yummy. Thanks so much. Love your blog … keep the great recipes coming because I thoroughly enjoy them!

    19. This looks so great! I definitely copied this recipe.

    20. Wow! this looks amazing! Great summer dessert!

    21. That looks great. I may have to cut it in half because I’m not really sure the whole thing would get eaten. We have a slightly terrible habit of only eating about half a of a dessert.Bad because of wasted food and money; a good thing because of less calories eaten.

    22. Oh, I must try this recipe! Chocolate and peanuts are a winning combination. That looks wonderful.

    23. This was a favorite at the summer camp I grew up going to. So excited to finally have this recipe so I can make it for my family!

    24. Be still my beating heart! YUM-O! This looks divine, Amy! Thanks for sharing! 😀

    25. Can you just make me some and bring it over??? 🙂

      Thanks for the bridal shower tips!!! I NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET AT THIS POINT!

    26. oooooooooo I must try this. 😀 *prints*

    27. The recipe calls for “powdered” sugar. Do you mean regular granulated sugar or confectioners sugar in the Buster Bars?

    28. oh no! that looks delicious! yum.

    29. That looks like a wonderful recipe. Yummy!

    30. Forget the hips, this is too divine to pass up! Jane T.

    31. 🙂 I HATE (ok not really) blogs about food.

      It makes me think i could or SHOULD do it… but i cant LOL

      Thanks for sharing.

      TTFN~~Claudia ♥

    32. Boy does that ever look good! Pretty foolish to click on a link titled Buster Bars when I just started a diet!

    33. Oh. My. Gosh. This looks delicious! And easy enough that even I could do it. Yummy!

    34. OMG am I glad I found this blog! 🙂 You have no idea how much I’m loving this desert – I will definitely be making it. Thanks for sharing!

    35. I saw this recipe the other day when you first posted it and saved it to my favorites! One day soon I’m going to make it – YES, I am! But, right now it probably wouldn’t be a good idea for my diet! Thanks for sharing such an awesome treat!

    36. Rebecca Miller says:

      I made this for a huge party at my house yesterday it was a hit!!! everyone wants the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.

    37. This looks amazing! I found it at Stolen Moments. I can’t wait to try it for a great summer dessert.

    38. Lori A. says:

      WOW! So glad to find this through Stolen Moments. Peanut Buster Parfait from DQ has always been my fave…then in May they had Buster Bar Blizzard – YUM!

    39. After eating this delicious dessert, my 20 yr. old son made his eyes VERY big & told me “that dessert was awesome”!!!

    40. Are the peanuts salted?

    41. i like unsalted!

    42. This recipe did not work out for me. I used less than a cup of the powdered sugar and it was still way too sweet. Also the thing was impossible to serve because the crust was so hard it was impossible to cut. If I let the thing sit out more, the ice cream would have gotten too soft. Will definitely not be making this again. Wasted a lot of money on the ice cream.

      • Bummer! I’ve never had a problem with the crust like that, so I don’t know what to tell you. As far as the sweetness goes… is there any chance you used sweetened condensed milk instead of evaporated milk? I’ve often thought while grabbing the cans at the store that they would be pretty easy to accidentally switch. Sorry you had a bad experience. It’s still one of our favorite desserts and one that people request all the time!

    43. Do you *need* to let the dessert freeze overnight or is that just how to *store* it until ready to serve? I get the part about needing to freeze the ice cream until hard… Just curious if you’ve ever pulled off preparing the dessert the same day you wanted to serve it! 😉

      • When I made it last week I did the oreo crust and ice cream part one day, froze that, then added the fudge and peanuts on the same day. I’d say if you could freeze it all at least a few hours you should be good to go.

    44. made this dessert twice, oreo crust stuck to the pan. What did I do wrong.

      • Hmmm, just guessing here, but did you use a butter substitute instead of real butter? I wonder if that would make it stick?


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