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Peanut Butter Pie - with Chocolate: Yummy Frozen Dessert!

Updated on August 17, 2013
The main ingredient in most peanut butter pie recipes.
The main ingredient in most peanut butter pie recipes. | Source

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Are you craving peanut butter pie? If you are, you've come to the right place! Welcome to my online cooking school for southern food. More specifically, this is about southern desserts! Delicious, rib-sticking southern food is even better when it's finished with a tasty dessert. A sweet treat following an enjoyable meal adds an exclamation point to the entrée, metaphorically speaking. Southern food is rich and satisfying, and so are most southern desserts. Today’s culinary art is a scrumptious dessert, frozen chocolate-peanut butter pie. Yes, we southerners really like frozen desserts - especially in the hot, humid summer months. And who can resist the wonderful flavor combination of peanut butter and chocolate? This peanut butter pie is sort of like biting into a cold, fluffy Reese Cup. It's totally addictive. It’s smooth and creamy, with just a touch of crunch and a hint of salty goodness from the peanut butter. Top it all off with a generous drizzle of chocolate or fudge, and this peanut butter pie is a real winner!

Learn to make this easy, decadent peanut butter pie in my online cooking classes!
Learn to make this easy, decadent peanut butter pie in my online cooking classes! | Source

Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut butter pie is big in the South. We grow lots of peanuts here, you know, so we’ve come up with numerous ways to enjoy the goobers. We roast them, boil them, fry them, make them into peanut brittle, and dip them in chocolate. Sometimes we even add peanuts to meat dishes and salads. Most of the peanuts, however, are ground into peanut butter, which is usually the main ingredient in peanut butter pie recipes.

There are lots of peanut butter pie recipes. Many southern cooks like to add peanut butter to their cheesecake mixture and call it peanut butter cheesecake. Okay, it’s called “cake,” but as you know, it’s really more like a pie. You can make a super quick and easy version of this type of peanut butter pie by combining a block of softened cream cheese, Cool Whip, peanut butter, sugar, and a little vanilla. Just stir the ingredients until smooth and spoon the mixture into a graham cracker pie crust. Chill until firm, and you have a tasty peanut butter pie recipe to share with your family!

Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

This is a quick, easy peanut butter pie that’s wonderful on those hot summer days! It’s very decadent – with that amazing flavor combination of peanut butter and chocolate. I usually use vanilla ice cream in the recipe, but you can also use vanilla frozen yogurt or low fat or even fat-free ice cream. Sugar-free ice cream works, too! If you want more chocolate flavor, use chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla.

You can make changes to the crust, too. You might want to use a regular pie crust instead of the graham cracker crust. In that case, you'll need to blind-bake the crust first and cool it before filling it. A chocolate wafer crust is also great for peanut butter pie, as it adds another element of chocolate.

And speaking of chocolate, I like lots of it with peanut butter pie recipes. I prefer to use fudge ice cream topping, but you might prefer using melted chocolate. Also, the Magic Shell chocolate or fudge topping that hardens when it gets cold is an easy option.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: Makes six to eight servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • 8 ounces smooth peanut butter
  • 9-inch graham cracker pie crust
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • hot fudge topping OR melted chocolate
  • caramel topping (optional)
  • 1 plain Hershey bar - no nuts
  • miniature Reese Cups (optional)

Instructions

  1. Soften vanilla ice cream until it’s easy to stir. Blend peanut butter into ice cream until smooth and well mixed.
  2. Spoon half the mixture into the pie crust. Smooth with a spoon or spatula.
  3. Sprinkle the chopped peanuts on the ice cream layer.
  4. Add the rest of the ice cream mixture and smooth.
  5. Drizzle fudge topping or melted chocolate on top of pie. If you like caramel, drizzle some of it, too. (I have to add the caramel when my daughter is eating with us!)
  6. Scrape curls from the candy bar onto top of pie.
  7. Cut miniature Reese cups in half and use for garnish, if you like.
  8. Place peanut butter pie in freezer until firm. I don’t like my frozen pies to be super hard when I serve and eat them. I like to leave the frozen desserts at room temperature for a few minutes so that they’ll get a little softer. The problem with this strategy is that the pie doesn’t slice as neatly when it’s partially thawed, so your servings won’t be quite as attractive. You might want to slice the pie into individual servings while it’s still hard frozen and leave the slices at room temperature for a few minutes to soften. Of course, you might also wish to top the servings of peanut butter pie with whipped cream.

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    • quilt827 profile image

      quilt827 6 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      OMG! This sounds delicious and looks great! Presentation is yummmmmy!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Emily, I wish I had a slice of chocolate-peanut butter pie right now! lol

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      emilybee 6 years ago

      Yummy yummy yummy!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Nancy!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Let me know how you like it, Jen!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      buckie, I like sweets at times, but I don't usually crave them like Johnny does!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Diet?? What's that, Pam?

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      nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

      Great recipe. I love peanut butter pie.

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      JenDobson27 7 years ago

      I will definitely have to try that recipe. I absolutely love chocolate peanut butter pie!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      yum, yum, yum - I'm not a huge dessert person - I love to make them but I hardly eat them at all - looks scrumptuous though and now I'm tempted to make it!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Habee, This recipe and picture is enough to make anyone go off their diet. I will bookmark this recipe. great hub.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, no, Veronica - that's terrible!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Drbj - so THAT's tha trick! My problem is that I eat v--e--r--y-- slow!!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      It is that, Eth!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, HH - you made me giggle!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I have that very same problem, De Greek!

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      This looks so good - if only my little one wasn't allergic to tree nuts and milk, this would make a perfect dessert.

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Even I could make that - it's so simple. And here's the trick for eating as much of you want of that scrumptious dessert, habee, without gaining weight. Simply eat it very quickly and the calories slide right down without sticking. Ho, ho. :)

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Oh how delicious but fattening

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Right I ordered my fork-lift-truck to shift me after all that food.

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      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

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      Now stop that! You have to quit making me drool as it is no good for mydiet and I have no will to resist! :D