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No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

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An incredibly easy No Bake Peanut Butter Pie with drizzled chocolate, peanut butter, and more chocolate! This amazing Peanut Butter Pie recipe is decadent and over-the-top delicious, perfect for summer made either from scratch or with the help of a store-bought crust.

Slice of No Bake Peanut Butter Pie on a dark grey plate.

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Minutes in the making, this No Bake Peanut Butter Pie recipe is a made from scratch dessert everyone will love.

This recipe can be made wholly from scratch, or made with some store-bought ingredients. While I’ve written the recipe to include a from-scratch graham cracker crust, a store-bought crust will make this pie a no-bake dessert.

Slice of Peanut Butter Pie with Orange Background

Peanut Butter Pie Story

I love when a recipe has a story.

And this one has, if not a story, definitely an inspiration… a memory that seems like yesterday with every bite of this pie. 

For me, childhood summers always included at least one trip to Sunriver, Oregon. An incredible place to spend long summer days, and a place we’ve frequented for most of my life.

Peanut Butter Pie comes into the picture here.

Once upon a time, when the Sunriver Mall was but a quaint village with a handful of stores (it’s much larger today), there was a “Chuck Wagon” restaurant situated next to the best donut shop in the world.

It was a special dinner place we only occasionally frequented. Amazing food and decadent desserts.

The dessert of choice… Peanut Butter Pie, drizzled with chocolate sauce.

As I think back to those days of sun-burnt skin, sore legs from bicycling Sunriver’s more than 30 miles of paths, and hours spent on the tennis court, I often remember the taste of that peanut butter pie.

It was… summer. 

And now — although the restaurant is no longer there, the memory is kept alive every time I make my own version of Peanut Butter Pie.

Top view of garnished Peanut Butter Pie

What do I need to make a Peanut Butter Pie?

Cream cheese (use full fat for the creamiest texture), confectioners’ sugar, creamy peanut butter (you don’t want any lumps in the filling!), heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, chocolate graham crackers (but you can use regular graham crackers in a pinch, as I do for my Key Lime Pie), and butter.

Can you make this pie with store-bought ingredients?

Absolutely… while it’s amazingly decadent with a homemade crust and freshly whipped cream… there is a quicker way!

The Crust

Instead of making your own crust, buy a 9-inch graham cracker or Oreo crust at the market.

Whipping Cream

As far as flavor is concerned, there is no comparison between whipped topping and freshly whipped cream. However… whipped topping is an easy substitute for the cream. Simply swap a 9-ounce container of frozen whipped topping, thawed, for the cream. 

Do I have to top the Peanut Butter Pie with more than just melted chocolate?

The topping on this Peanut Butter Pie is the result of an accident.

My intention was to only drizzle the top with melted chocolate and warmed peanut butter. Perhaps a few peanut butter chips.

In drizzling the melted chocolate, I skimped and used a thin sandwich baggie. The first half of the chocolate drizzle was perfect, with a small snip in the corner of the bag. 

The chocolate was still a bit warm… the plastic was thin… and I squeezed a bit too hard as I had my eye on the clock.

The bag burst, flooding the top of my perfect pie with melted chocolate.

I paused, held my breath in dismay… and knew I didn’t have time to make another one. What to do… so I improvised!

As the pie was chilled, I quickly scraped off as much of the chocolate sauce as I could. Transferred the melted chocolate to a proper bag, and drizzled more on top, criss-crossing with the warmed peanut butter drizzle.

And then, inspired by all of that decadence, I added not only peanut butter chips, but my favorite candy as well. 

Yep — peanut butter pie topped with peanut butter chips and peanut butter cups is as delicious as you can imagine! 

But if you’d like a simpler pie, just drizzle it with melted chocolate… and pay more attention than I did!

Slice of Peanut Butter Pie with drizzled chocolate

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Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

An incredibly easy No Bake Peanut Butter Pie with drizzled chocolate, peanut butter, and more chocolate! This amazing Peanut Butter Pie recipe is decadent and over-the-top delicious, perfect for summer made either from scratch or with the help of a store-bought crust.
4.8 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Stephanie Wilson

Ingredients

Chocolate Crust

  • 15 whole chocolate graham crackers crushed
  • 8 tablespoons butter melted

Peanut Butter Pie Filling

  • 8 ounce package cream cheese room temperature
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Garnishing

  • chocolate for melting
  • creamy peanut butter warmed in the microwave for drizzling
  • peanut butter chips optional
  • halved peanut butter cups optional

Instructions

Chocolate Crust

  • If you're using a store-bought crust, skip this step. Otherwise, crush chocolate graham crackers finely in either a food processor or by crushing with a rolling pin. Toss the fine crumbs in melted butter until evenly coated. Press into a 9-inch pie plate and bake at 325℉ until set, about 12 minutes. Set aside and let cool completely before adding the filling.

Filling

  • Beat together room temperature cream cheese and confections' sugar. Mix in the peanut butter until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, with an electric mixer, whip the cream until frothy. Add 3 tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar and the vanilla extract. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Carefully fold the whipping cream into the peanut butter mixture.
  • With a spatula, transfer the whipped filling into the cooled pie crust. Freeze the pie for 3 to 4 hours or until firm. You can also refrigerate it overnight until firm.

Garnishing

  • Drizzle melted chocolate and warmed peanut butter over the top of the chilled pie. For a decadent treat, top with halved peanut butter cups and peanut butter chips.

Notes

Feel free to scale down the topping of this pie by simply drizzling it with melted chocolate before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 309mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 779IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg

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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate peanut butter pie, no-bake peanut butter pie, peanut butter pie, peanut butter pie recipe

6 Comments

  1. I’ve made this peanut butter pie at my house since my step-daughter ( now 31) was 15 yrs. old. To make this a really decadent dessert. I make the pie crust out of either peanut butter sandwhich cookies or Oreos. After the crust is finished I take the chocolate drizzle or peanut butter drizzle. Depending on what flavor the crust I made was. I spooned enough of the drizzle to cover the entire pie crust before I filled it. Put it in the freezer to let it harden. Sometimes if I really wanted to Wow I would add both chocolate and peanut butter in the crust an let it harden. Then I added the filling . Froze it sprinkled with chocolate sprinkles and Reeses pieces. To offset so much peanut butter . I would make a chocolate whipped cream and piped with a star tip on my pastry bag. All over the top of peanut butter filling adding Reeces pieces in the middle of each star shaped puff . I had piped on the pie after which I drizzled on more of the peanut butter and chocolate drizzle. Some times to cut down on the richness of the pie I used Vanilla whipped cream to pipe onto the pie instead of chocolate cream. I served it very cold so everything kept it’s shape. You could only eat small sliver like pieces as the pie is so rich.

    1. Oh my word! That is decadent and wonderful sounding!! Thank you so much for sharing these tips and ideas. I would LOVE to see a photo of that. Yum!

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