This recipe takes the cake, or shall I say that it takes the pie for the most scrumptious peanut butter dessert of them all. I recently needed something that was quick to whip up to serve to my family for dessert. I also wanted a no-bake recipe. Since I had been wanting to make a Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie for years and years, I decided to gather up the ingredients to make one. And, I am so glad that I did. Not only was this delicious to my taste buds, but it was even easier to make than I had imagined it would be.
Making this Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie only required a few simple ingredients. It all came together beautifully with a chocolate cookie crust and a whipped peanut butter filling. The ingredients that I used for the filling were: creamy peanut butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and heavy whipping cream. For the chocolate cookie crust, I used crushed chocolate cookies and melted butter. Depending on how rich of a peanut butter taste you would like in the filling, I recommend that you add more or less peanut butter than the recipe calls for. Since I wanted to be able to taste all the ingredients, I opted for only ¾ cup peanut butter instead of a full cup. I found it to be the perfect amount for this dessert. Using ¾ cup peanut butter helped the chocolate flavor of the chocolate cookie crust to stand out even more.
Since this is a no-bake dessert, I decided to not bake my chocolate cookie crust. Sometimes when I make pies, I bake the crust ahead of time for about 15 minutes so it can get firm. No need to do it with this dessert, however. Simply blending together the chocolate cookies (you’ll want to use about 30) and melted butter together and then pressing the mixture down in the bottom of the pie pan worked perfectly. It cut down on prep time for one, and it helped me to get just the texture that I was looking for in the crust. The crust was firm, while giving off a nice crunch.
Now, if you’re short on time, you can also buy a store bought chocolate cookie crust. To use a store bought crust, simply buy one 9-inch chocolate pie shell from the store and then fill it with the whipped peanut butter mixture. I just love making my crust homemade because I can make it as thick as I like and it tastes a lot fresher with a pie like this. However, it really comes down to your preference when making this pie.
As far as looks go, I couldn’t get over how beautiful this pie came out to be. The contrast of the light and dark browns really stood out and made the pie look even more appetizing than it already was. To make this look even prettier, I added a few chocolate shavings on the top of the whipped peanut butter filling. Then, I chilled it in the refrigerator for 1 hour. This chill time gave the pie enough time to set. It tasted delicious! I really liked the cold peanut butter taste. I hope you decide to make this pie and enjoy it as much as my family and I did. With its creamy and whipped peanut butter filling and different notes of chocolate, this pie is for sure to have your heart.