Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Best Peanut Butter Pie of All Time


I'm not sure if it's pride, or what it is, but do you ever get stuck in the rut of always thinking the way you grew up was the 'right' way, and those family traditions are the only way we all should live? Well, my hubby and I got in the funniest discussion over Thanksgiving. My family grew up with all of the 'traditional' pies for Thanksgiving. You know, the classics: pumpkin pie, apple pie, berry pies, even mincemeat pie. And we all loved them! There were no chocolate pies or peanut butter pies to be found at our Thanksgiving table. Well, Todd thinks the only pies that should be served on Thanksgiving should be chocolate--with of course some peanut butter involved too. Now don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of the blessed cocoa bean. However, I think on one day a year, we could skip the chocolate and eat the traditional pumpkin flavors, right?

Well, since Todd had spent hundreds of hours decorating our house, putting up Christmas lights all over our house (seriously, our house glows...it's hilarious!). His only wish was that on Thanksgiving I would make a pie with his two favorite ingredients. I had to swallow my pride and forgo making my famous apple pie and decided to browse the web for THE BEST chocolate peanut butter pie there ever could be. Come to find out, all of the most popular recipes all had similar components: a cookie or butter pie crust, a thick, chocolate layer, a peanut butter cheesecake filling and lots of hot fudge and peanut butter toppings. I have to admit by the end of my internet search my mouth was watering. So...my son and I experimented in the kitchen for awhile and ended up with what we think is the best combination of ALL recipes to get THE BEST Peanut Butter Pie you will ever have.




Can you imagine my disgust when on Thanksgiving Day, guess which pie was first to be gone? Yes, you guessed it. My family devoured the peanut butter pie and the poor, lonesome pumpkin pie just sat there, not a slice taken out of it (besides my own that is). Talk about needing to eat a slice of humble pie! I guess it looks like this pie will be a new family tradition--Todd couldn't be happier ;) I was also informed that all five children, along with my husband, have now requested this pie for their birthday dessert next year. Looks like this recipe is a keeper for sure! Hope you have time this holiday season to make this delicious {and humble} pie like I did ;)

Best Ever Peanut Butter Pie

1 Oreo Pie Crust or Homemade Pie Crust (I liked the traditional pie crust to give it more of a buttery-salty flavor)

Bottom Chocolate Layer:

3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup whipping cream

Peanut Butter Filling:

1 1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
8 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

Toppings:

Whipped cream
Hot Fudge
Peanut Butter, melted
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, chopped (optional)

Prepare the crust. If you are buying a store bought Oreo crust, just set it aside until ready for it. If you are making a traditional pie crust, follow that recipe, bake and then let the crust cool completely before you add the pie fillings.

For the chocolate layer, in a microwave safe bowl, add the whipping cream and chocolate chips together and stir. Microwave the chocolate in 30 second increments, remove and stir, until the chocolate is creamy and smooth. Once the chocolate and cream are combined, pour the mixture into the bottom of the crust. Put the pie in the fridge to set while you make the peanut butter filling. For the peanut butter filling, cream together the peanut butter, sugar, cream cheese and vanilla in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer. Continue to whip until completely smooth and fluffy. In a separate bowl, with an electric mixer, whip together the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Sweeten with a little powdered sugar (about 3 Tbs.). Once the whipping cream is whipped, add all but one cup of it to the peanut butter mixture and fold the cream into the filling until it is mostly combined and fluffy. Take the pie from the fridge and top the chocolate layer with the peanut butter layer. Top the peanut butter layer with the remaining whipped cream. Put the pie back in the fridge for one to several hours to chill. You can make this pie the day before and have it stay over night. However, if you do this, don't add the final cup of whipped cream to the top until ready to serve. When ready to serve, top the pie with hot fudge sauce, melted peanut butter and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups if you wish. Serve pie cold.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I had high hopes for this recipe but the filling ingredients (they were correct) never became fluffy but liquified. It was quite a mess. I went ahead with the recipe adding the whipped cream but it never set up. Costly effort.

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