Peanut Butter Pie

I think of all the pies I’ve shared this week- this is the kid’s favorite! But really- what’s not to like?! Oreo crust, peanut butter filling, sweetened whipped cream, and a fancy drizzle! It’s a pie that can be enjoyed year round, every holiday, and a new birthday request for some! This pie is super simple to make! It’s a classic that will remain a favorite in this house!

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 First, I made a crust out of oreos and melted butter. There are several ways to make a chocolate crust. You can use store bought chocolate wafers and add sugar OR you can by-pass the whole making your own crust thing and buy a pre-made chocolate crust. I decided to use the oreos and butter because I knew it would make a sturdy crust that would do more than hint at a chocolate flavor with each bite… chocolate flavor is making itself known throughout the land with this crust!  Combine your crushed oreos and melted butter. Press onto the bottom of pie plate and up the sides. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. 

oreo crust

 For filling, combine cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar, butter and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until smooth and sugar is thoroughly mixed in. Other than baking the crust, this is a no-bake pie, so mixing well is vital to a creamy pie.

pie ingredients

 Beautiful, creamy, rich, sweet, and salty…… does anyone have a spoon?!

pie filling

 Next, add 1 cup sweetened whipped cream. You can also substitute Cool Whip if you’d like. Either way, make sure your cream has soft peaks so it doesn’t fall apart when you add it to your peanut butter mixture. Gently fold in your cream of choice.

whipped cream

Spoon the luscious peanut butter filling into the cooled crust. At this point, I like to chill the pie. Not only does it give the pie a nice texture, allowing it to bind, but it also give the flavors a chance to mingle and marry! pb pie

 Before serving, I like to add another layer of sweetened whipped cream! If you’ve never made your own whipped cream before- give it a try! It’s so easy and the flavor can’t compare with the store bought version.  Whip 1 cup heavy whipped cream with an electric mixer with a whisk attachment. After about a minute of mixing your cream, add about 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar. Sometimes, I like to add some vanilla extract for a vanilla cream or almond extract for a nice almond cream. Whip mixture until soft peaks form. 

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 I let my kids drizzle some melted chocolate and melted peanut butter on top of the cream! (I simply melted the chocolate and peanut butter separately, placed the melted goodness into a plastic sandwich bags- one for chocolate and one for peanut butter, snipped off the tip of the bags and let them go to town!)

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 I served this pie with a chocolate drizzle garnish that I had made the night before. See my Affogato post for a chocolate drizzle tutorial HERE! My daughter calls this pie- peanut butter mousse pie! Great description Glitter Girl! I hope YOU enjoy as much as we did! 

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Peanut Butter Pie
A pie made with a rich chocolate Oreo crust, fluffy peanut butter filling and sweetened whipped cream on top! A peanut butter lovers dream!
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For the Crust
  1. 15 oreos, crushed into crumbs
  2. 1/4 cup butter melted
For the Filling
  1. 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  2. 1 cup creamy peanut buter
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
Instructions
  1. 1. In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and melted butter. Press on the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch pie plate. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
  2. 2. For filling, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar, butter and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Fold in whipped cream. Gently spoon into crust. Garnish with melted chocolate and peanut butter!
Adapted from Taste of Home's Complete Guide to Baking
Adapted from Taste of Home's Complete Guide to Baking
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