This no-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie is one of my all-time favorite desserts. A chocolate cookie crumb crust is topped with decadent peanut butter mousse. And that fancy chocolate decoration is unbelievably easy. You won’t be able to stop eating this one.
We eat dessert at my house pretty much every day. Sometimes it’s just a scoop of ice cream or a bit of factory-made snack cake. Often it’s the remnants of the weekend’s photo shoot or a new recipe I’m testing. It doesn’t really matter. The point is, I’m addicted to sugar, and I need to finish each day with something sweet.
I also stop and eat some chocolate every day around 3 pm. It’s a little ritual that helps me get through the emotional roller coaster that is working with teenagers. I’ve never really been much good at depriving myself when it comes to food. I’m extremely disciplined in other ways, but when it comes to denying myself the pleasure of good food, I’m out.
This Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie is pure indulgence. It’s somehow both light and rich. You know you probably shouldn’t be eating this much sugar, but it tastes so incredible, you really don’t care. Your resistance crumbles with the pleasure of each bite, so cut the pieces small to save yourself.
What I love about this pie is that it’s no-bake, so you don’t even need to turn on your oven. We crush up some chocolate cookies like Oreos and mix that with some butter. Press it into the bottom of a pie pan or a springform pan and pop that in the fridge. To make the peanut butter filling, we use an electric mixer to beat together some cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar and condensed milk. Then fold in some whipped cream to make it light and airy.
If you want, you can stop there, pop it in the fridge for a few hours, then try not to devour the whole thing. If you want to add a pretty chocolate swirl, simply drizzle some melted chocolate over the top and use a toothpick to get those pretty little swirls. It’s so simple. No one needs to know.
Life is short. Eat some Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. Trust me. It’s so awesome.
Chocolate Peanut Butter PieCourse: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
8 ounces chocolate cookies such as Oreos
2 ounces butter, melted
1 cup heavy or double cream
8 ounces cream cheese, room temp
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ounce chocolate, melted (optional)
- Put your cookies into the food processor and blitz them to bits. Or put them in a zip top bag and smash them to smithereens.
- Pour the melted butter into the processor and pulse until combined, or stir them together in a bowl.
- Press the crumb mixture into the bottom and a bit up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan or pie pan.
- Pop the crust in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
- Whip the heavy cream with your mixer on high until stiff peaks form. Transfer whipped cream to a bowl and stash it in the fridge. No need to clean your mixer bowl. If you’re using a stand mixer, just switch over from the whisk to the beater.
- Combine cream cheese and peanut butter in your mixer, and beat on medium speed for a couple of minutes to help lighten the mixture. Turn the speed down and mix in the powdered sugar, followed by the condensed milk and vanilla. Make sure everything is well combined.
- With a rubber spatula, add about a third of the whipped cream to the peanut butter mixture and fold/stir it in to lighten the base. Add the remaining whipped cream and gently fold it into the peanut butter mixture until incorporated. You want everything to be as light and smooth as possible.
- Pour the mousse into your chilled crust.
- If you want to add a chocolate design to the top, simply melt about an ounce of chocolate. You canscoop the melted chocolate into a small zip top bag or pastry bag and snip off a tiny corner of the bag. Or if you’re feeling lazy, you can just drizzle it in a thin stream over the top of the pie. Use a toothpick to swirl through the chocolate.
- Put the whole pie back in the fridge and allow to chill for several hours, preferably overnight.
If you’re looking for more no-bake pie ideas, try this Chocolate Lime Pie. It’s pretty awesome.
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