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Creamy Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

July 4, 2022

This dreamy, creamy classic peanut butter pie recipe is made with a chocolate cookie crust and has a fluffy peanut butter mousse filling. Like a Reece’s Peanut Butter cup in pie form, one bite and you’ll be in heaven!

Peanut butter pie recipe

The texture really of this pie is dreamy. Itโ€™s creamy, fluffy, silky smooth, and pretty light given the heavy ingredients, with a definite peanut flavor. Itโ€™s not too sweet, either, with a hint of saltiness that makes it just perfect. This pie and my chewy peanut butter cookies are definitely competing for first place on my list of favorite peanut butter dessert recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

How to make peanut butter pie

Are you a peanut butter fanatic like me? Well, youโ€™ve arrived at just the right place! This peanut butter pie is not only simple to make, but it has a rich, creamy, mousse-like filling you wonโ€™t be able to resist.

Let’s start with the crust

Process Oreo cookies (including filling) in a food processor until they are finely ground, then mix them with the melted butter until completely combined and moistened. Then, press them firmly into a pie pan.

No-bake or baked crust?

I like to bake my crust for a few minutes in the oven to give it a nice crunch and prevent it from becoming soggy. But, if youโ€™re really not up to it, you can skip it and just chill the crust for at least 30 minutes or until it firms up a bit. Either method will work and produce an exceptionally yummy pie!

Heavenly peanut butter pie filling

  1. Combine cream cheese and peanut butter. In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or using a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and peanut butter together until light and fluffy.
  2. Add sifted powdered sugar. Continue to mix the ingredients until all the powdered sugar is combined. Lastly, add the vanilla extract.
  3. Fold in the whipped cream. Whip the cream to medium peaks and gently fold it into your peanut butter mixture. If you need some pointers, check out my blog post on how to make whipped cream.
  4. Chill. The pie needs to chill in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours, or preferably overnight. You want it to set so that it slices into neat wedges. The wait will be worth it.
  5. Garnish. You can top the pie with half of this recipe of chocolate ganache if you want it extra chocolatey. You can also top it with whipped cream, peanuts, peanut butter cups, or milk chocolate shavings.
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Customize to your liking

I tried this recipe a few times with various amounts of cream cheese, peanut butter, and whipped cream, and the truth is they were all amazing. This recipe has an incredibly balanced flavor of peanut butter and sugar with a light, fluffy texture. However, feel free to customize it as you see fit! One thing that I love about this recipe is that it’s incredibly versatile. Add more peanut butter for a stronger flavor, or fold in extra whipped cream if you want it extra light and fluffy. Feel free to experiment to see what ratios you like best!

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Tips for perfect peanut butter pie

  • Use room temperature cream cheese. When making the filling, be sure to pull the cream cheese from the refrigerator ahead of time so it has time to warm up a bit. This will make it much easier to combine with the rest of the ingredients, ensuring it’s incredibly smooth and free of lumps.
  • Don’t use natural peanut butter. I found that natural peanut butter does not work as well in this recipe because it is much thinner and lacks any additional sugar or salt, which really adds great flavor to this pie. My preference is to use creamy Skippy peanut butter, but any non-natural creamy peanut will do.
  • Bake the crust if you have the time. While your pie will still be delicious if you don’t bake it, I highly recommend doing so if you have the time because it helps produce a crunchier, more sturdy crust. Just be sure to let it cool completely before adding the filling.
  • Use cold whipped cream. Cold whipped cream whips much more easily in whipped cream than room temperature cream.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months. If you want to freeze this pie, just wrap it up in plastic wrap to keep it from getting freezer burn. To thaw, place it in the refrigerator over night.
How to make a peanut butter pie

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Dreamy, creamy classic peanut butter pie made of chocolate cookie crust and a fluffy peanut butter mousse filling. | prettysimplesweet.com
Peanut Butter Pie
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
YIELD: 9 -inch (23 cm) pie
Calories: 560 kcal
 
This dreamy, creamy classic peanut butter pie is made of chocolate cookie crust and a fluffy peanut butter mousse filling.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake for peanut butter lovers, creamy chocolate peanute butter cheesecake

Ingredients
Chocolate Crust:
  • 20 whole Oreo cookies
  • 5 tablespoons (70g) unsalted butter, melted
Peanut Butter Mousse Filling:
  • 1 cup (224g) full-fat cream cheese , at room temperature
  • 1 cup (250g)) creamy peanut butter (not natural)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (120g) sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (240 ml) heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Make the crust: Pulse Oreo cookies, with their filling, in a food processor until finely ground. In a medium bowl, mix together crumbs and melted butter until combined and moistened. Press the mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie or tart pan. I recommend baking the crust to make it crunchy. If you choose to do so, bake in a 350F/180C preheated oven for about 8 minutes until fragrant and firm, then let it cool completely on a wire rack. If you prefer a no-bake dessert, just place it in the fridge for 30-60 minutes to firm up before adding the filling.
  2. For the peanut butter filling: In a large bowl using a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and peanut butter on medium-high speed until combined and smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat until combined and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk heavy cream until soft peaks form; they should hold their shape but have a soft texture. Using a spatula, gently fold half of the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture, then fold in the other half.
  4. Pour filling into the pan over the crust and smooth the top. You can glaze the pie with chocolate ganache (half of the recipe will do), and/or top with peanut butter cups, peanuts, or whipped cream.
  5. Cover pan loosely with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or until completely set, before serving. Serve cold.
  6. Peanut butter pie will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge.

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Jess @ whatjessicabakednext
    August 18, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    This pie looks seriously amazing, Shiran! Love how creamy and smooth that peanut butter filling is! Wishing I had a slice of this right now! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      Shiran
      August 20, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      Thank you so much Jess!

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    Laila
    August 19, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Oh my God, this looks so beautiful, I want to cry.

    • Reply
      Shiran
      August 20, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Laila!

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        Laila
        January 8, 2016 at 2:53 am

        (Thought I might let you know that I made this yesterday. It was delicious – as dreamy and creamy as you said. Officially my favourite pie… Or cheesecake? It kinda made me think of cheesecake, tbh. Whatever it is, technically, it’s to die for โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ )

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          Shiran
          January 8, 2016 at 7:16 am

          So happy to hear that, and thank you for letting me know! I’ve also made it recently and it was gone in minutes!

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    Sarah | Drool-Worthy
    August 23, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Well, you caught me. I LOVE peanut butter and this looks amazing! I think the fiance might need this for his birthday. Thanks for the great idea!

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      Shiran
      August 24, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Thank you, Sarah! And Happy birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Joan Hayes
    August 24, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Shiran, this pie looks so unbelievably silky, fluffy and divine! This self-proclaimed chocolate peanut butter fanatic will have to try this ASAP! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      Shiran
      August 24, 2015 at 10:57 am

      Thank you so much Joan! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Aimee / Wallflower Girl
    September 7, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Peanut butter pie with an oreo crust? Oh my goodness. I have to veganise this. Pinned!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      September 9, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Let me know when you do! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

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    Angela
    February 5, 2016 at 3:19 am

    Hi Shiran!!! You sure have a luscious recipe out there. When I tried making it the cream cheese and peanut butter mixture started to curdle. Do you know the reason for this? What should be done?

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      Shiran
      February 7, 2016 at 3:37 am

      Thank you, Angela! It’s really important that the cream cheese and peanut butter are at room temperature and soft in texture. Also, try to beat the cream cheese first until smooth before adding the peanut butter, and mix on medium speed.

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    Amanda
    March 1, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Tried making this today and I would not recommend baking the Oreo crust…it all slid into the middle of the pie dish and turned into one giant melted Oreo bubble. Going to buy another pack of Oreos and try the no-bake version of the pie. Sounds delicious so I am hoping it works the second time around!

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      Shiran
      March 2, 2016 at 4:25 am

      Hi Amanda! I’ve made this crust – with or without baking it – for many times and never had any issues. It’s actually just a simple, basic recipe. Did you press it tight into the dish? Anyway you don’t have to bake it. Baking would make it very crunchy and some actually prefer it softer. I hope you’ll like it the second time you make it! The filling itself is amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know!

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    Jill Ramos
    December 23, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Made this for our Christmas lunch at work last week. HUGE hit and had a lot of people ask for the recipe! SO good! Thank you!

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