Saturday, June 2, 2012

Charmed Peanut Butter Cup Pie

Sometimes it's too hot to turn the oven on. You crave something sweet, rich, chocolately, and perhaps, you even want a little taste of peanut butter, but you don't want candy and you don't feel like baking a cake. No worries! Ella Mae LeFaye has got the pie for you. You can skip the oven altogether by purchasing an Oreo cookie crust from the baking aisle at your local grocery store, or you can make the homemade version listed below.

When I tried this pie with the help of my sous chef and taste tester, I was stunned by its incredible flavors. Believe me, you only need a small wedge of this super rich pie. And it's a good one to serve to the men in your life. My guy is not fond of pie, but he yummed this one up.

Which candy flavor translates well into other desserts? I'd love to hear your opinions for future recipes!

Charmed Peanut Butter Cup Pie
Store brought Oreo or chocolate cookie crust
(Or for homemade chocolate cookie crust:
1 ¾ cups chocolate cookie crumbs, ¼ cup sugar, ½ cup butter, melted)
1 1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips (about 8 ounces)
2/3 cup plus 1 ¾ cups chilled whipping cream, divided
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, divided
1 cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
If making homemade crust, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9-inch glass pie dish with cooking spray. Blend chocolate cookie crumbs, sugar, and butter in food processor and press mixture over bottom and sides of pie dish. Bake crust for 15 minutes. Let cool.
For store bought crust, skip this step and continue on.
Combine chocolate chips, 2/3 cup whipping cream, honey, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in microwave dish and microwave until chocolate melts (2 to 3 minutes
depending on strength of your microwave). Whisk until smooth and spread majority of chocolate mixture over bottom of crust, leaving a few tablespoons of the chocolate to drizzle on top of the finished pie later on. Freeze crust for 10 minutes.

Whisk peanut butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla in small bowl. In medium bowl, beat 1 cup whipping cream and 2 tablespoons sugar until very thick (don’t beat until peaks form, however). Fold into peanut butter in parts. Spoon peanut butter mousse over chocolate layer and chill for 1hour to 1 day. Garnish with drizzles of leftover chocolate mixture.


  1. Ellery,I pinned this at Pinterest as soon as I saw it. If it tastes half as good as it looks, it must be heavenly. Oh, yum! What a perfect party pie.

    ~ Krista

  2. Ellery, love your sweet helper! What a delight to have one in the kitchen. Sharing this on FB.:)

    ~Avery aka Daryl

  3. Yes this looks like HEAVEN! My sister in law served us something that I bet tastes similar--it was just peanut butter mixed in with softened vanilla ice cream, then poured into a pie crust and refrozen...