Decadent Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

Calling all peanut butter lovers: This recipe is for you. A cross between the fluffiest cheesecake and the best Reese's peanut butter cup you've ever had, peanut butter pie is about to be your new favorite dessert. The best thing about this dessert is how simple it is to make; with this recipe, you'll understand the phrase "easy as pie". A short ingredient list and a few easy techniques create a chilled, decadent, and nutty pie in just 30 active minutes.

Recipe developer and production baker Michelle McGlinn shares her techniques for whipping up a good old fashioned peanut butter pie. This recipe starts with a simple but sweet graham cracker crust filled with a fluffy cream cheese filling and finishes with a topping of homemade whipped cream and chocolate. Don't be intimidated by the homemade whip: It only takes about 5 minutes of constant whisking for a perfect airy cream. Bakery-quality dessert at home? Yes please.

Gather your peanut butter pie ingredients

For the graham cracker crust, you'll only need three ingredients: Graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and brown sugar. If you don't have graham cracker crumbs, you can make your own by blending around 16 whole graham crackers in a food processor until fine. Add a little brown sugar to sweeten before mixing with unsalted butter.

For the filling, you'll just need cream cheese, peanut butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, and heavy cream. Peanut butter pie is so fluffy and light because of one super-easy technique while mixing; folding in homemade whipped cream. If you don't have the time to whisk the whipped cream from scratch (it only takes a few minutes with an electric whisk!) just substitute Cool Whip instead.

Bake the crust

Before mixing the filling, bake and cool the graham cracker crust. This only takes around 10 minutes in a 325 F oven, just long enough to gently toast the crackers and set the crust. The cracker crumbs are mixed with butter until moist and sweetened with brown sugar, then pressed gently into a pie pan. For a chocolate crust, try chocolate graham cracker or crushed Oreos, and for a super-sweet crust, try shortbread crumbs instead.

Mix the peanut butter filling

If you forgot to take your cream cheese out of the refrigerator ahead of time (it happens to the best of us), microwave the block in 10-second increments until very soft. Mix into the peanut butter, sugar, and vanilla with an electric or stand mixer with the paddle attachment until combined and soft. The mixture will be fluffy and light, but still a little stiff.

Whip the cream

With a whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream until thickened, then add the powdered sugar and whisk again until solidified into stiff peaks. If whisking by hand, use a balloon whisk to whip more air into the cream for a faster, lighter whipped cream. In this recipe, we whisk all the whipped cream at once and save half for topping, but if preparing the pie a day or more before serving, make the second half fresh the day of to ensure a fluffy, thick whipped topping.

Chill the pie

You can fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture by hand or with the mixer until the filling is very soft and light. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust and chill in the refrigerator until set, at least 3 hours. The filling will not move at all once set, but will soften if left out of the cold for more than 30 minutes. The pie keeps in the refrigerator for up to a week, and the whipped cream topping stays fresh for about a day — after that, it starts to deflate, but is just as delicious as day one.

Sprinkle with chocolate shavings and serve

The whipped cream can be dolloped generously on top of the pie or delicately piped into a design as desired. Either way, finish the pie with at least one bar's worth of chocolate shavings, made by running a vegetable peeler along the edge of a chilled chocolate bar. You can also double up on the nutty flavor by topping with crushed peanuts, or get really chocolatey with melted chocolate or ganache. Save the assembled pie for up to a week covered in the refrigerator, and serve with freshly brewed coffee or a strong Manhattan cocktail for a really delicious dessert.

Decadent Peanut Butter Pie Recipe
4.9 from 25 ratings
This decadent peanut butter pie is incredibly rich and perfectly sweet, perfect for an after-dinner treat!
Prep Time
15
minutes
Cook Time
10
minutes
Servings
8
Slices
piece of half eaten pie
Total time: 25 minutes
Ingredients
  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar, sifted, divided
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 bar of chocolate, shaved, for topping
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  2. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and melted butter until mixture is moist. Press into a 9-inch pie plate.
  3. Bake the crust in the oven until toasted, about 10-12 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, beat softened cream cheese, ¾ cup powdered sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla extract together in a large bowl until soft and light. If using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment.
  5. In a separate bowl, make the whipped cream. Using the whisk attachment of your mixer or a balloon whisk, whisk heavy cream until thick. Add remaining ¼ cup of powdered sugar and whisk until stiff peaks form.
  6. Add 2 cups of whipped cream to the peanut butter mixture and beat until combined and creamy. Reserve the remaining 2 cups of whipped cream in a covered bowl in the refrigerator.
  7. Smooth the peanut butter filling into the baked graham cracker crust with a spatula. Chill in the refrigerator until set, about 3-4 hours.
  8. Once the pie is set, spoon reserved whipped cream on top and spread to cover. Sprinkle shaved chocolate over top. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 739
Total Fat 66.5 g
Saturated Fat 31.8 g
Trans Fat 0.7 g
Cholesterol 143.2 mg
Total Carbohydrates 29.5 g
Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
Total Sugars 14.6 g
Sodium 275.7 mg
Protein 11.7 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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