Thursday, October 28, 2010

No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie


When I was a little girl, I used to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day for lunch.

This was not because my mother wasn’t creative. She’s a wonderful cook and gets great culinary inspiration.

But I was one of those really, really picky kids. No school lunches for me! And nothing weird in my lunchbox…just PB&J.

If you think about it, the amount of peanut butter I consumed over the course of my education is really staggering. Smile The funny thing is that as soon as I graduated from high school, I decided to never have a peanut butter sandwich again (thus beginning my baked potato kick for college.)

Sooo…no PB&Js for me anymore. But I still love peanut butter in recipes.

Especially when it’s a no-bake recipe! Because I’m still in that crazy, October time-crunch where I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Plus—we’ve had some really wacky weather here lately and, as I type, it’s 80 degrees and humid. Not exactly weather to make me want to turn my oven on!

So here it is—the No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie. And MMM! It’s good.

IMG_20101027_1625221 8-oz package of cream cheese (you could also use Neufchatel cheese.)
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 T vanilla
1 cup peanut butter
1 8 oz. container of whipped topping (thawed)
24 crushed Nutter Butter cookies
5 T butter or margarine

Beat together cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar.
Mix in the peanut butter and beat until smooth
Fold in whipped topping

Mix together crushed Nutter Butters and butter and press the mixture into the sides and bottom of a 9- inch pie plate. Put peanut butter mixture into the pie shell. Cover and freeze the pie until it’s firm.

You can put crushed cookies on top for decoration, if you like….mine isn’t as pretty as some. I’m wondering if that’s because I had children standing there waiting for me to be done preparing it!


Hope you’ll enjoy it! I was out of Nutter Butters (must have something to do with those Halloween ghosts from last Thursday. Smile ) It’s good with a graham cracker crust too…but Nutter Butters are better! And you don’t have to eat a huge slice like the one in the picture—that was on its way into my teenage son’s mouth!

Delicious and Suspicious (July 6 2010) Riley Adams
Pretty is as Pretty Dies –Elizabeth Spann Craig


  1. Pies are always a winner at our house and one that you don't have to bake is even better. This sounds yummy. Can't wait to try it. Thanks.

    Thoughts in Progress

  2. This sounds like a child's dream come true! I bet your son didn't waste any time snarfing that slice of pie. What a great idea for a Halloween party!

    ~ Krista

  3. Elizabeth you have done it again my boys are going to want this I better hide this post from them ha. As Mason said this does sound yummy. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I love PB&J sandwiches. They're still a comfort food for me. My mom used to give me ham and pickle sandwiches for school (also still a huge favorite) but PB&J meant it was summer time. Always with orange Kool-Aid. Anyway, your pie is making my mouth water. I think even with my crazy schedule I could swing making one of these this week. The family will love it.

  5. Looks delicious. Can't wait to try it.

  6. There's those nutter butter cookies again! Love 'em! this sounds delish - thanks, Elizabeth! I'm still a fan of PB&J, but I've now fallen in love with Cashew Butter.

  7. Grinning at your PB&J lunch box tale. Love it. And this pie is a *beauty* -- because it was made with love, especially for your kids. There is no better dish than that.

    Eat with joy!
    And Have a Happy Halloween :)
    ~ Cleo
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  8. Mason--Always nice not to have to turn the oven on!

    Krista--He loved it, but it's rich, so he ate it slower than he'd thought!

    Babs--It's REALLY good...and rich. My son ate the whole piece, but it took him a while!

    Julie--You know, I've been craving pickles since Jenn's post yesterday. I may have to try your ham and pickle sandwich!

    Erin--Thanks so much! Hope you'll enjoy it. :)

    Kaye--Cashew butter sounds wonderful! I'll have to give that a try. Yes, more Nutter Butters--apparently I'm on a kick!

    Cleo--Thanks! I should be consoled by the fact that it *tastes* really good and that the kids did scarf it right down. :) For some reason, I haven't been able to make my food *pretty* lately, though!

  9. THank you thank you thank you Elizabeth...we had a pie like this several years ago...Mr. Nanc loved it and I got the recipe. Of course who knows where that piece of paper ever ended up?? I have tried to recreate it several times and tried many different recipes but this is the one!!!!!! Another beauty of it...I'm not a peanut butter fan so for once I'll just eat an apple!! On the other hand if I made it with Nutella....hmmmmmmmm :-)

  10. here's another version:
    1 chocolate Redi-crust
    6 oz. cream cheese, softened
    1 cup smooth peanut butter
    1/3 cup milk
    1/2 c. sugar
    4 oz. Cool Whip
    beat cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar, and milk together. Fold in Cool Whip and pour into crust. Freeze 3 hours. Remove 10 minutes before serving and slice. Plop a spoonful of Cool Whip and squeeze some chocolate syrup over each piece. Good stuff!

  11. You can't go wrong with a yummy peanut butter pie! (Er, unless you're a mystery writer and your character has a peanut allergy?) Simple and tasty! You can't beat that! Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth!

  12. We had a Halloween party and I made the pie and the nutter butter ghosts. Both were a big hit. Thanks for sharing the recipes.