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How to Make Peanut Butter Pie
When you're looking for a delicious, decadent treat, there's no beating a good old-fashioned pie. Peanut butter pies offer a smoother, creamier flavor than fruit pies, making for a dessert that's the perfect ending to Thanksgiving dinner. Best of all, they're quite easy to make compared to most other pies. The recipe doesn't even require an oven unless you want to make your own pie crust.
Quick, Easy Peanut Butter Pie
1 cup creamy peanut butter
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cups sugar
3 cups refrigerated or frozen whipped topping (e.g. Cool Whip, etc.)
1 prepared pie crust (or else use recipe below)
For Chocolate Pie Crust
15-20 Oreo cookies
4 tablespoons butter
Round measuring cup or glass
For Graham Cracker Crust
24 graham cracker squares
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup salted peanuts, shelled and chopped
1 cup good-quality chocolate, broken into chunks
1/2 cup of confectioner's sugar
10-20 Peanut butter cup candies
Whipped cream (as needed)
Making a Pie Crust from Scratch
Crush the Oreo cookies into crumbs.An easy way to do this is to simply pulse them in a food processor. You can also add the Oreos (or your preferred chocolate sandwich cookies) to a sturdy plastic bag, then smash them with a rolling pin or the bottom of a pan. Don't remove the white filling from the cookies before you crush them — the recipe accounts for it.
- As noted above, you'll want to preheat the oven to 350 degrees F for this recipe.
- You want the crumbs to be quite fine for this recipe.No noticeable chunks of solid cookie should remain.
- If you're making a graham cracker crust, just pulse the graham crackers and sugar together to make fine crumbs. The rest of the recipe is the same.
Melt butter and add it to the crumbs.Butter helps the crumbs stick together while also giving the crust a richer taste and a more satisfying texture. Melt the butter in a separate bowl in the microwave, then pour it over the crumbs and stir with a fork to combine.
- If the crust isn't sticking to itself after mixing, feel free to melt more butter and add it in one tablespoon increments. You may need to do this if you used extra cookies.
Press crust into a pie pan.Spoon the crumb mixture into the center of a greased pie pan. Spread it around the bottom and sides of the pan. Use the edge of a measuring cup or glass to press the crust into the pan, spreading it evenly.
Bake until set.Set the crust (withoutany filling) in the oven for about 5-7 minutes. After, take the crust out and check for firm, "done" texture.
Let cool before adding filling.This is important — the crust should be room temperature before you add the filling. If it's not, it can affect the texture of the filling. If you need, you can let it cool in the fridge to speed the process up.
- When the crust is cool, you can add the filling and proceed as normal, following the instructions above.
Making Quick, Easy Pie Filling
Combine peanut butter with cream cheese and sugar.In a large bowl, beat these ingredients together until smooth and even. This should take just a few minutes with an electric mixer set to medium.
- Note: If you're making your own pie crust, you'll want to set the oven to 350 degrees F (177 C) now to give it time to preheat. If you bought a prepared crust, you won't need the oven.
Add whipped topping.Gradually mix in all three cups of the whipped topping. Fold it into the mixture with a spatula, then stir briefly to combine.
Pour into pie crust.Carefully spoon the filling mixture you've just made into your pie crust. When you've transferred all of the filling, use a spatula to get it flat and level with the upper edge of the crust.
- At this point, you can also add whatever toppings you wish over the filling. See the "Suggested Toppings" section below for a few good ideas.
Refrigerate until firm before serving.Place the filled pie in a safe spot in the refrigerator. Keep the pie in the fridge until it is well-set. Depending on the temperature of your fridge, this can take from 1-3 hours. When in doubt, you can always let the pie chill overnight to be sure.
- When the filling is firm, the pie is ready to eat! Serve the dessert on its own or with the toppings suggested below.
- If you bought a pie crust that came with a plastic cover, you can use this to protect the pie. If it didn't, you don't need to cover it, but a tented piece of foil will also work.
Adding Suggested Toppings
Sprinkle chopped peanuts on the pie for flavor and texture.If you like your peanut butter with a little crunch, adding bits of peanuts over the pie is a good choice. Salted peanuts are especially tasty — having a hint of salt in the recipe is the perfect way to complement its natural sweetness.
Add a thin layer of chocolate over the filling.Pouring melted chocolate over the pie and letting it set will give you a layer of solid chocolate over the soft filling. It's almost like making one giant peanut butter cup. See below for directions:
- Break good-quality chocolate into small chunks with a mallet or the back of a knife.
- Add the chocolate to a double boiler and gradually melt. Alternatively, microwave in 30 second increments, stirring often.
- When the chocolate is completely melted, let it cool slightly for a minute or two. Then, spoon it over the filled pie, carefully spreading it with a spatula as needed until even. Cool in the refrigerator as normal.
Sprinkle confectioner's sugar as a garnish.A light dusting of confectioner's sugar adds just a touch of sweetness. It's also great for presentation, especially when paired with the dark tones of the chocolate crust above.
Decorate with cut-up peanut butter cups.Reese's and other peanut butter cup candies are the perfect topping for peanut butter pie. There are several ways to incorporate them. For instance, you can try roughly chopping them and sprinkling them over the filling for a rustic topping. If you have more time, you can also arrange the pieces in intricate designs — perfect for desserts that you really want to make a strong impression.
Top with whipped cream.If you have leftover whipped topping from the pie filling, carefully spreading over the pie once it's set to give it another layer of flavor (plus added volume). Spray-can whipped cream also works well.
- Try drizzling a little chocolate fudge or caramel over the pie when you're done with the whipped cream — it shows up well against the whiteness of the topping.
- This recipe isquiterich. To avoid overeating or wasting pie once you get full, cut thinner slices than you normally would.
- It's a good idea to take a small taste of your pie filling before you add it to the crust to see if it needs more of anything. It's hard to change the recipe once the pie is already filled!
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