Easy Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

If you're a fan of peanut butter desserts — and you like a little bit of chocolate to go along with it — then this pie is for you. Recipe developer Jessica Morone assures us it's "really delicious," with a "filling [that] is silky and light and filled with peanut butter flavor" and a crunchy, chocolatey crumb crust. There's also an extra ingredient: chocolate peanut butter cups. According to Morone, these not only bring a little more of that match-made-in-heaven flavor, but also "add a bit of texture to an otherwise very smooth, fluffy filling."

One of the best things about this pie, she says, is its simplicity and the ability to make it in advance. You can throw the whole thing together in about 15 minutes (and that includes baking the crust). There is one time-consuming (though entirely effort-free) part of the process: The pie will need to chill for a few hours before it is ready to eat.

Gather the peanut butter pie ingredients

To make the crust, you'll need chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreos or similar) and butter, while the filling is made from cream cheese, powdered sugar, peanut butter, whipping cream, and peanut butter cups. While Morone uses the mini peanut butter cups, you could use full-size versions (even the really big ones) since you'll just be chopping them up, anyway. You'll also melt some chocolate chips to use as a drizzle, which will make the pie look extra fancy.

When it comes to the peanut butter, Morone doesn't recommend using a chunky variety, as it won't have the right texture. She also says not to use the all-natural kind "because the oils in that will make the filling too loose."

Make the crumb crust

Preheat the oven to 350 F, then grease up a pie pan (the standard 9-inch size). Now crush up the sandwich cookies in a food processor or blender, then stir in the melted butter. Press the crumb mixture on the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan, then bake the crust for 7 to 10 minutes until it sets up. Let it cool completely before you proceed.

Make the pie filling

Mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and peanut butter. In a separate bowl, whip the cream until it's forming stiff peaks, then fold it into the peanut butter mixture. Stir in the chopped peanut butter cups, then spoon this filling into the pie crust. You might want to take a spoon or spatula to smooth out the top for an extra clean presentation.

Decorate the pie

Melt the chocolate chips; Morone does this in the microwave in 15-second bursts, but you can also melt them on the stove with a double boiler. Whichever method you choose, once they are sufficiently melted, drizzle them over the top of the pie. After you've done so, stick the pie in the fridge and let it chill out for at least 4 hours. You need that lengthy cooling time so that the pie will hold its shape when you cut yourself a slice.

Morone advises to eat this pie when it's cold. While you can top it with whipped cream or ice cream, it's also quite delicious all on its own.

Easy Peanut Butter Pie Recipe
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Chocolate and peanut butter is a match made in heaven, and this pie is a full-on celebration of that union. Learn how to make this delicious, cool treat.
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peanut butter chocolate pie slice
Total time: 4 hours, 25 minutes
  • 20 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup chopped peanut butter cups
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease a 9-inch pie pan.
  3. Crumble the cookies in a food processor or blender until finely ground.
  4. Mix the melted butter into the crumbs.
  5. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan.
  6. Bake the pie crust for 7 to 10 minutes until set. Let cool completely.
  7. Combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and peanut butter in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
  8. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
  9. Fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture, then stir in the chopped peanut butter cups.
  10. Pour the pie filling into the crust.
  11. Heat the chocolate chips in the microwave in 15-second increments until fully melted.
  12. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the top of the pie.
  13. Refrigerate the pie for at least 4 hours to completely set before serving.
Calories per Serving 537
Total Fat 39.3 g
Saturated Fat 16.7 g
Trans Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 60.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 41.3 g
Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
Total Sugars 30.6 g
Sodium 228.3 mg
Protein 9.5 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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