This has to be, by far, one of my kids’ favorite desserts. If it’s offered at a restaurant, they get pretty excited about ordering it. With its layers of creamy peanut butter, chocolate and a crispy crust, they sure do love it so I knew I needed to learn to make it.
Years ago, I made a family cookbook for my aunts and cousins due to the fact that our family has so many great cooks and recipes. Living far away, I was always calling everyone long distance, (back before cell phones) and that began to get costly.
Last night while flipping through the cookbook, I came across my cousin Diane’s Peanut Butter Pie recipe. Remembering that this weekend is Memorial Day weekend, I set out to make one, thinking this would be the perfect cookout dessert!
I changed the graham cracker crust to a chocolate cookie crust and you may want to try that as well. Here’s how it goes!
Start out by tossing 24 whole oreos into a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, put them into a gallon freezer bag, smoosh out the air, zip it shut and pound them with a rolling pin, soup can or mallet into crumbs.
Pulse them in the food processor until they become coarse crumbs, and then drizzle in 1/4 cup of melted unsalted butter.
Process until well blended, and then press into one deep-dish pie pan (or two small pie tins or pans). The crust should be about 1/8 inch thick all the way around and up the sides of the pan. Put this in the refrigerator for one hour to set. That way the filling will be easy to spread on it without causing crumbs.
Now, to make the pie filling, we first need to start by whipping some real heavy cream into whipped cream.
One cup of liquid whipping cream will whip into approximately 2 cups of whipped cream. We’ll need about four for this recipe, one for the filling and more to spread over top, so add in two cups of the liquid heavy cream to your bowl and whip it until nice stiff peaks form. Remove the whipping cream to another bowl.
Now take twelve ounces of cream cheese (one and one-half packages) and let them come to room temperature.
Blend in one cup of peanut butter along with three cups of cream cheese and one-half cup of milk.
When it’s nice and creamy, fold in your whipped cream. Use only two cups of the whipping cream you made and gently blend it together until it’s mixed well.
Remove your pie crust from the refrigerator and evenly spread the hot fudge right over the crust.
Pour the peanut butter mixture into your chocolate pie crust right over the hot fudge.
Take your extra whipping cream and spread it over top of the peanut butter mixture.
Sprinkle on some of your peanuts and then grate your chocolate bar over top as well.
You’ll need to let this chill for an hour or two to really set up and be nice and firm.
Then cut a slice and serve it up.
My kids are happy.
I think you’ll be as well!
- 24 chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos)
- ¼ c. butter
- 1 jar hot fudge
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 t. vanilla
- ¼ c. powdered sugar
- 12. oz. cream cheese
- 1 c. peanut butter
- ½ c. milk
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- ½ cup skin on peanuts, for garnish
- Chocolate chunks
- Chocolate syrup for drizzling over top
- In food processor (or crush with a rolling pin in a gallon freezer bag), pulse 24 chocolate sandwich cookies (creme and all) until coarse crumbs form.
- Add in melted butter and pulse about 10 times more or until mixed well.
- Press into deep dish pie dish or two small pie dishes up the sides and bottom. Put in refrigerator to chill for one hour.
- With mixer, beat 2 cups of heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
- Add in 1 t. vanilla and ¼ cup powdered sugar.
- Just mix until blended and remove to another bowl.
- Again, with your mixer, cream together the cream cheese, peanut butter, milk and powdered sugar until smooth,
- Gently fold or mix in two of the cups of whipped cream until blended.
- Remove pie crust from refrigerator,
- Spread the hot fudge evenly on the bottom of the crust and then pour the peanut butter mixture right over the top.
- Top with the remaining whipped cream and sprinkle with peanuts and shave or grate some chocolate bar right over top.
- To serve, place a piece on a chocolate syrup drizzled plate and lightly drizzle with a little more chocolate.
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