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I have loved reading through all of your Thanksgiving debates.  (If you haven’t entered to win the $500 visa card yet, make sure and check it out HERE.)  I was actually surprised to read how many of you debate over whether or not to cook a turkey.  It sounds like for many of you, you make it mostly out of tradition – not because you like turkey.  Me – I couldn’t imagine the day after Thanksgiving without turkey sandwiches!!  Another common debate seems to be over pies.  And of course it was over pumpkin or apple, or both.  Well folks, I’d hate for you to see Thanksgiving with my family!!  I think the pies are the star of the show!!  In fact, my dad loves pie so much that when we got together for his birthday last weekend, my mom asked for a few pies.  Well, I think we ended up with 8 or 9 pies.  For 15 adults and about 14 kids.  Yeah, that’s a lot of pie!!  I guess that’s how much we love pie!
 
My pie that I brought was this beauty – a Peanut Butter Pie with Cookie Crust.  I actually didn’t plan ahead very well, and I found myself looking through cookbooks the night before.  I knew I had a church thing that would take up most of the morning, then a photo session that evening before the party.  I knew I only had a few hours, so I was trying to find a recipe I could make quickly.  When I came across this recipe, I was sold!  I could make it in the morning before my church activity, then I wouldn’t have to worry about it!
 
It actually came together very easily.  I couldn’t find chocolate wafter cookies (darn Wal-Mart!) but I did find chocolate animal crackers that worked well in a pinch.  There is a layer of chocolate that goes on top of the crust, and this is the only part that gave me trouble.  The second I added the corn syrup, it completely seized up into a hard lump of chocolate.  So I tried again, and just spread the chocolate straight – without the corn syrup.  I thought I was being smart, but when I went to cut the pie that night – lets just say that that chocolate hardened up so much that this pie was almost impossible to cut into.  So I don’t know the answer – I’d probably end up just leaving out that chocolate layer next time.
 
If you are a peanut butter lover, this is the pie for you.  It’s super rich, so a small slice goes a long way, but it sure is delicious!!  You’ll notice that the hot fudge sauce is missing in the photo above – my sister actually had some hot fudge left over, so we just used hers, and I took the picture at home later, so I just used some good old chocolate syrup.  It worked!!  I’m sure the hot fudge is delicious, though, so I included it in the recipe below!
 
Peanut Butter Pie with Cookie Crust
from Baked
 
Makes 1 9″ Pie
 
For the chocolate cookie crust:
30 chocolate wafer cookies (about 6 ounces)
1 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the peanut butter filing with chocolate bottom:
½ cup (3 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
½ teaspoon light corn syrup
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
¾ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1½ cups heavy cream
For the easy hot fudge sauce:
6 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
6 ounces dark chocolate (64% cacao),
finely chopped
1 cup heavy cream
¼ cup light corn syrup
Chocolate cookie crust:
In a food processor, grind the cookies to a very fine powder. You should have about 1½ cups. Put the crumbs in a bowl and stir in the sugar. 
Pour the butter over the crumb mixture and mix until well combined. The mixture will feel wet. Turn the crumb mixture out into a 9-inch pie plate and press it into the bottom and up the sides. You can use the back of a large spoon to even out the crust. 
Put the crust in the refrigerator while you make the filling.
Peanut butter filling with chocolate bottom
Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave oven or in a double boiler. Add the corn syrup and stir to combine. Use a spatula to spread the chocolate in a thin layer on the bottom of the chilled pie crust. 
Put the crust back in the refrigerator while you make the peanut butter filling. Put the cream cheese, peanut butter, vanilla, and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until well combined and completely smooth. Set aside. 
In a clean bowl, use the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment to whip the cream until soft peaks form. Remove the bowl from the mixer and, with a rubber spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture until the mixture is uniform in color. 
Pour the mixture into the prepared crust and freeze for at least 4 hours. Once the pie is frozen, you can cover it with aluminum foil and freeze for up to 3 days.
Easy hot fudge sauce
Place both chocolates in a medium heatproof bowl and set aside. 
In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer over medium heat. Add the corn syrup and stir to combine. Remove from the heat and pour over the chocolates. Let the mixture sit for 2 minutes. Starting in the center of the bowl and working your way out to the edges, whisk the chocolate mixture in a circle until completely smooth. The hot fudge sauce, cooled to room temperature and covered tightly, will keep for 3 days in the refrigerator. Rewarm the sauce in a microwave oven on medium heat for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat until the sauce is warm; or reheat it in a small saucepan over low heat.
Place a frozen piece of pie on a large serving plate and spoon 3 heaping tablespoons of the warm sauce directly over the top of the pie. Eat and enjoy immediately.
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24 Responses to Peanut Butter Pie with Cookie Crust

  1. rmbeers1969 says:

    Hi Deborah,
    I've had the same problem with corn syrup additions – everything turns out like a giant tootsie roll. I've found that adding some milk to the chocolate-corn syrup mixture provides enough of a liquid to give you a spreadable mixture. I hope this helps!

  2. Vittoria says:

    I was hesitant to click on this post because I knew I would be dying to make it, and now I am! LOL I'll have to make it and bring it to work or I'll eat it all!

  3. keepitsweet says:

    i love peanut butter pie in any form:-) you could probably do a ganache instead for the chocolate layer to keep it from getting hard

  4. Taylor says:

    I am all for anything with chocolate and peanut butter! This pie looks like a slice of heaven :)

  5. Barbara A says:

    when a pie crust calls for chocolate wafers I just use Oreos in the food processor. This works great. The Oreo filling just mixes in to a crumb pie crust.

  6. Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) says:

    This peanut butter pie looks incredible, Deborah! It's still morning here in CA, but I could definitely go for a slice!

  7. Joanne says:

    I'm one of those non-turkey lovers, I hate to say. But I think that may be due to my mother's turkey cooking inability. I'm SUCH a sides girl though. And I do love my pies. Especially this one. So much PB goodness.

  8. Holly says:

    Yum! Love the sound of this pie!! Peanut butter and chocolate you can never go wrong!!:)

  9. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    OMG, that is a pie for me! I'd love to have a slice now…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  10. Quirky Jessi says:

    This is the kind of pie that if I made it, no one in the house would know because I'd hide it all for myself, lol.

  11. teresa says:

    oh wow, this looks incredible!!

  12. Karly says:

    This looks amazing! I'm a bit of a peanut butter chocolate addict. :)

  13. jenna says:

    Peanut butter pie on Thanksgiving? Yes please!! YUM.

  14. crustabakes says:

    i cant tell you enough how appealing this pie sounds and looks!

  15. Kim Kelly says:

    For 20 years I have been searching for the perfect Peanut Butter Pie!! Will give this one a try to see if it meets my memories of the one I loved at Sam's in Tiburon, CA as I was going to college.
    Beautiful pic!

  16. Kristy says:

    This could be my heaven…can't wait to try it!!

  17. Pam Ponder says:

    yummm can't wait to try it out!!!

  18. Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    Yum Yum Yum -Peanut butter pie is amazing – I use trader Joe's Joe Joe cookies as the crust!!

  19. Ashley says:

    Holy Moly, this looks so sinful. I love creamy pnut butter pies, haven't had one in years. I

  20. Fashion Meets Food says:

    wow this looks so good. I definitely need to try this out! Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower!

    xo

  21. Jehan says:

    I love a peanut butter pie and yours looks tasty.

  22. brannyboilsover.com says:

    Oh wow. This is my ideal dessert!

  23. grace says:

    this is way more involved than my go-to cream-cheese-cool-whip peanut butter pie, and it looks AMAZING. good stuff, deborah!

  24. eatme_delicious says:

    This looks amazing!! And is further proof that I need to make everything in the Baked cookbook ASAP!

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