Peanut Butter Pie

by Renee on September 4, 2012

Peanut Butter Pie

Dear Peanut Butter, I love you. XOXO, Renee. I will eat PB straight from the jar and a 100 other ways too. I am not the only one in my house who loves peanut butter. My husband is right there with me. The hounds come running when I open the jar. I even buy PB flavored doggie treats. When it was time to make something for my husband for his birthday – peanut butter pie was it.

This is one smooth and creamy pie. It has a crust made with Oreo cookies. I had to make two crusts for this pie. The first one was a complete failure. Silly me went by the instructions to the letter. I knew something was wrong when I stirred in the melted butter and the mixture was wet, as in way too wet. It said to bake it until firm so I went with it. When I took the puddle of crust out of the oven I poured it out and started over. I cut the amount of butter in half and the second one was just right.

Peanut Butter Pie Slice

I made a few other adjustments. The original recipe filling was too thick. I added some half-n-half which made it lighter in texture and more creamy. I also did not cover it with ganache. My husband does not want that much chocolate in his peanut butter pie. I decided to decorate it with mini peanut butter cups. Plus it gave me a reason to buy those mini PB cups I have been eyeing in the store for a long time.

Peanut Butter Pie

How much do you like peanut butter? Are you good with a spoon and the jar, not a fan of it, or somewhere in between? I’m good with it in so many ways. This pie is one at the top of the list. I have also made some mighty good cookies too. Next time I might make something savory like a Thai peanut sauce. Stay tuned…

Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie

    For the crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs, finely crushed
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • For the filling:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons half-n-half
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • For the topping:
  • Mini peanut butter cups (candy)
For the crust:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, mix together the cookie crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove crust from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.

For the filling:

In a large bowl, add the cream cheese and peanut butter. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and peanut butter until combined and smooth. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the half-n-half and vanilla and beat until combined and the mixture is smooth.

In a separate medium bowl, beat the whipping cream until you have soft peaks. Use a rubber spatula to fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture until just combined.

Pour the filling into the prepared crust, spread it out evenly, and smooth the top. Cover loosely and refrigerate for about 4 hours or until firm. Decorate the top with the mini peanut butter cups. Serve and enjoy! Refrigerate leftovers.

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Baker Street September 4, 2012 at 6:33 am

Oreo and PB pie! I’m all ears! What a gorgeous pie, Renee! Absolutely beautiful!

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Jen @ Juanita's Cocina September 4, 2012 at 6:56 am

I bet your hubby was in hog heaven! Gorgeous photos!!!

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Terry B Gardner (@tbgdesign) September 4, 2012 at 8:41 am

I think I need a glass of ice cold milk just to look at that photo. yum.

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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction September 4, 2012 at 10:21 am

My husband is the same way with chocolate! This would disappear in no time at my house!

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Anita at Hungry Couple September 4, 2012 at 10:48 am

Love would be an understatement to describe how we both feel about peanut butter. In fact, we can’t keep it in the house because we’d stand in the kitchen at midnight with spoons! :) The pie looks amazing.

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Kat @ iHeart7.com September 4, 2012 at 11:17 am

OH MY GOSH this looks fabulous. I SO cannot eat this but I will live vicariously through your photos ;)

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Momma's Meals September 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Oh my yumminess Renee!! I want this right now, I wish I had the ingredients to make it this instant!!

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Joy September 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm

It was so GOOD !!

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) September 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I love peanut butter, SO much. It is like…my best friend. This pie looks perfect, it sounds like all of your revisions perfected it :D

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Susan September 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Where’s my slice? We had PB (although with the chocolate ganache!) served at our wedding. I’m a fan! Your version reminds me, it is definitely time to make this again!

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amy @ fearless homemaker September 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I love peanut butter + this looks absolutely fantastic to me. Hope your husband had a wonderful birthday!

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michelle September 4, 2012 at 8:42 pm

oh peanut butter!! this looks just like the kind of pie Alex would like to get his teeth in. Thanks

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Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies September 4, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Um, my mini PB cups would never make it onto the top of this pie. Looks amazingly delicious!

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Family Foodie September 5, 2012 at 7:35 am

My kids would love this pie! I just received a cute pie pan… now I know what I will be making!

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Katherine G September 5, 2012 at 9:51 am

I am a peanut butter fan although not a huge one. I would definitely give this pie a try though. It looks good.

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Joan@Chocolateandmore September 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I think I’ve died and gone to peanut butter heaven! I love, peanut butter especially on Ritz crackers. In fact I probably have it for lunch 2-3 times a week. Add sugar to the peanut butter and some chocolate…yes please. I’ve always wanted to make a peanut butter pie and now you’ve shown me the way! Pinned and shared.

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M.J. Vitelli September 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Looks wonderful! :)

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Beth Michelle September 6, 2012 at 11:47 am

Yum! I also love peanut butter. My mid morning snack everyday since getting pregnant has been either toast with peanut butter or an apple with peanut butter. I too could just eat it straight from the jar with a spoon! This pie looks delicious! It would not last very long in this home.

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Eileen Gross | Wine Everyday September 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm

This is out of control! I must make this pie!!
I love how you rationalized yourself into buying the mini Reese cups!

Cheers!

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Lola Velasco September 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

¡Deliciosa! Me ha gustado mucho este rico pastel.
Saludos!

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