Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart

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Think of this chocolate peanut butter tart as a decadent, grown-up version of a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Whenever I’m in need of a decadent, “wow” dessert, I make this quick-bake chocolate peanut butter tart modestly adapted from Food & Wine. With a chocolate wafer crust, rich peanut butter filling, and silky chocolate ganache topping, it tastes like a grown-up Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

To get the pretty fluted edges, you’ll need a tart pan with a removable bottom, which you can find at any kitchen store or online (my local hardware store even sells them). Although if you don’t have one, you can also use a springform pan. All I can tell you is that if you walk into a party with this dessert, you’ll be very popular. It’s as good as you’re imagining it to be. 

What you’ll need to make a chocolate peanut butter tart

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

How to make a chocolate peanut butter tart

Begin with the crust. Place the chocolate wafers in a food processor fitted with the steel blade.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

Process until the cookies are finely ground and set aside.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Add the chocolate pieces.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

Stir until melted. (If necessary, place the bowl back in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds.)

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

Add the cookie crumbs and stir until evenly combined.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

Press the cookie crumbs evenly over the bottom and up the rim of a 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then cool on a rack.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

Meanwhile, make the peanut butter filling: In a large bowl of an electric mixer, combine the the cream cheese with the peanut butter, sugar and vanilla extract.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

Beat on medium speed until well-blended, a few minutes.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

In another large bowl, using an electric mixer, whip the cream until stiff peaks form.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

Add one-third of the whipped cream to the peanut butter mixture.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

Beat on low speed to combine.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

Add the remaining cream.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

Using a large rubber spatula, fold until evenly combined.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

The filling should be nice and light.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

Spoon the filling into the crust.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

Smooth the surface and refrigerate, uncovered, for about 1 hour.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

Once the pie has cooled, make the chocolate topping. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate with the heavy cream.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

Microwave at high power in 20-second intervals until the chocolate is just melted and the cream is hot. Stir until well blended, then let cool until barely warm, stirring occasionally.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

Spread the chocolate topping over the chilled peanut butter filling.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

Sprinkle the chopped peanuts around the edges of the pie.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

Chill, uncovered, in the refrigerator for 3 more hours.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

To serve, carefully remove the rim from the pan by gently pressing upwards on the bottom while holding the rim in place. (If using a springform pan, run a thin knife around the crust to loosen it, then remove the springform ring.) Use a sharp knife to cut the pie into wedges. Wipe the knifer clean between each cut. Serve chilled.

how to make chocolate peanut butter pie

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart

Think of this chocolate peanut butter tart as a decadent, grown-up version of a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup.

Servings: 10

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped (best quality, such as Ghirardelli)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  • 8 oz Nabisco Chocolate Wafers (about 40 cookies from a 9-oz package), finely ground in a food processor to make 2 cups of crumbs

For the Peanut Butter Filling

  • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter (I use Skippy Natural)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream

For the Topping

  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped (best quality, such as Ghirardelli)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup salted roasted peanuts, chopped

Instructions

  1. Make the chocolate crust: Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Add the chocolate and stir until melted. (If necessary, place the bowl back in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds.) Add the cookie crumbs and stir until evenly combined. Press the cookie crumbs evenly over the bottom and up the rim of a 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom (see note below). Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then cool on a rack.
  2. Meanwhile, make the peanut butter filling: In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with the peanut butter, sugar and vanilla extract on medium speed until well-blended, a few minutes. In another large bowl, using an electric mixer, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Add one-third of the whipped cream to the peanut butter mixture and beat on low speed to combine. Add the remaining cream and, using a large rubber spatula, fold until evenly combined. Spoon the filling into the crust, smoothing the surface. Refrigerate, uncovered, for about 1 hour.
  3. Make the chocolate topping: In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate with the heavy cream and microwave at high power in 20-second intervals until the chocolate is just melted and the cream is hot. Stir until well blended, then let cool to barely warm, stirring occasionally. Spread the chocolate topping over the chilled peanut butter filling and sprinkle the chopped peanuts around the edges of the pie. Chill, uncovered, in the refrigerator for 3 more hours.
  4. To serve: Carefully remove the rim from the pan by gently pressing upwards on the bottom while holding the rim in place. (If using a springform pan, run a thin knife around the crust to loosen it, then remove the springform ring.) Use a sharp knife to cut the pie into wedges. Wipe the knife clean between each cut. Serve chilled.
  5. Make-Ahead Instructions: This pie can be made a day ahead, then covered and refrigerated until ready to serve.
  6. Note: You can find a tart pan with a removable bottom at any kitchen shop or online. However, if you can’t your hands on one, you can also use a 10-inch springform pan and bring the crust about 1 inch up the rim (or for a 9-inch springform pan, bring the crust about 1-½ inches up the rim). 

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Reviews & Comments

  • So I have several peanut butter lovers at work and I wanted to try something different….this recipe is amazing and surprisingly simple. Like Jenn stated, it is everything you expect, just sinful!!
    I was too lazy to hunt around for my tart pan, a 9in springform worked perfectly. Also, this isn’t a dessert to leave out, it does get soft quickly, so keep it cold in between servings, if there’s any left! It’s that good.
    As always, another success!! thank you Jenn!!!

  • Made this pie for my daughter’s birthday dinner. It got rave reviews from all. Had to cheat a little on the time and it did not compromise the deliciousness or consistency of the pie. This is a keeper and I will make this a go to recipe. What is not to like, chocolate and peanut butter together!

  • Excellent recipe….so easy and a huge hit with everyone….. Thank you!

  • My daughter made this at our house for her fiance’s birthday which falls over Thanksgiving- absolutely amazing- tasted like an elegant reece’s peanut butter cup was a huge hit for the whole extended family!
    I had my daughter make this as she is learning to cook -she was nervous when she saw the recipe- but I encouraged her and it came out picture perfect!!

  • Okay, this was just crazy insanely-head-bangingly good. But that crust filled my entire tart pan-with-a-removeable-bottom. I had to tie a parchment paper collar around the tart to contain the 3+ cups of filling. That’s a LOT of filling! Next time I’ll make it in a springform pan.

  • Hi,
    I hope you are doing well! I am making your chocolate peanut butter pie for Thanksgiving. Can I make it 2 days ahead? Also, I need to buy a tart pan. Where do you recommend I get one?
    Many thanks!
    Marnie

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  • can this pie be freezed?
    Thank you

    • Unfortunately, I don’t think this pie would freeze well. Sorry!

    • I have frozen this pie in individual slices and it works perfect! Honestly it tastes even better after a couple of days in the freezer. Amazing

  • Jenn,
    Don’t have a microwave in the house we just moved into. Can the ganache be made on top of the stove?

    • Absolutely, Just make it in a double boiler over gentle heat.

  • No one mentioned using crunchy (extra crunchy!) peanut butter. Will it work just as well?

    • I prefer smooth but if you like extra crunchy, it will work.

  • I made this pie for a Fall Pie Contest and won first prize! I felt a little guilty because it was one of the easiest pies that I have ever made. As one reader suggested I garnished with chopped Reese’s mini’s. I then added extra whole wrapped Reese’s mini cups around the plate which was a big draw for the kids. I credited your website for the recipe but now everyone thinks I’m the expert pie maker! So funny!!!! Thanks for another wonderful recipe!

  • I love this pie. I made it a couple of times with Nutella due to peanuts allergy. It was so good. As suggested by another reviewer, I used ready made crust pie , much easier and still taste good. Just got another bottle of Nutella!

  • This pie was UNBELIEVABLE! It was so rich and creamy. I brought it to a dinner party and everyone loved it.

    Instead of putting chopped peanuts around the pie, I chopped up mini Reeses peanut butter cups. They looked really pretty 🙂 I also couldn’t find chocolate wafers, so I used oreos with the filling taken out instead, and the crust turned out fine.

  • If you’re looking at this and thinking, “Oh, my God, does that look amazing,” well, let me assure you—I recently made it to bring to a dinner party, and it is every bit as incredible as it looks. It’s very rich, so a little sliver goes a long way. I wasn’t able to find chocolate wafer cookies in my area, so I used an equal amount of chocolate graham cracker crumbs. I had to increase the melted butter by 2 tablespoons to get the crust crumbs to stick together, but otherwise, no problems. Also, my tart pan is 11 inches (not 10-inch, as the recipe calls for), but it all worked out fine. Find an excuse to make this—you won’t be disappointed!

  • I had this dessert bookmarked for ages and finally made it yesterday for my chocoholic husband’s birthday. It was so good! Thanks for another great recipe.

  • I LOVE this recipe! The end result is gorgeous! I’ve modified it a bit from your original in two ways:

    I like to lighten the fat and raise the protein so I use 4 ounces of yogurt cheese* and 4 oz neufchâtel cream cheese in place of the 8 oz brick of regular cream cheese.

    I also like a more intense chocolate flavor so I add an additional half ounce of baking chocolate to the crust as well as to the ganache topping.

    YUM! I’m going to have to make it again very soon!

    * to make the yogurt cheese, put a coffee filter in a strainer over a bowl, place 8 oz of plain lowfat yogurt inside the filter, cover and put in the fridge overnight.

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  • My daughters favorite recipe. We garnish with mini peanut butter cups instead of the peanuts.

  • When I made this, I used the mini graham cracker crusts – for individual pies – and they were a hit! And it was easy to divy up for people and you didn’t have to worry about slicing it.

  • This is the BEST peanut butter pie I have ever eaten and I love making it!! I decorate the top with mini reeses pb bups too! This pie is always a hit at parties! Thank you for sharing with us!

  • Fabulous and delicious! I made this for a dinner party recently, but used almond butter instead due to a guest with severe peanut allergies. It was devoured with high praise from everyone. Thank you for all the wonderful (and pretty much fool-proof) recipes!!

  • Chocolate and peanut butter ALWAYS go together! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Unbelievable recipe. Comes out perfect every time. I’m not allowed at any function unless I bring one of these

  • Will definitely try this one! Love peanut butter! Would love to win the cutting board! I soooo need a new one!

  • I think this just might go into the OMG category!!! Years and years ago when I was in college I had a PB pie that I’ve dreamed of ever since, this one looks like it might be a similar version.
    I also wanted to make sure that you are aware that your post, photos and recipe have been posted on a site called Cake Recipes with Pictures, they also have a pin it button for your photo but a link to their site.
    They stole some of my content earlier this month and it took me weeks to get them to remove it… I just wanted to make sure you were aware.
    I’m super happy I found this recipe though!

  • I made this pie at Thanksgiving. Now I’m not allowed anywhere without bringing one.. It is unbelievably good.

  • Simple and delicious…just the kind of recipe I like!

  • This was perfect – loved by the adults and kids!

  • My sister thinks her recipe for chocolate peanut butter pie is the bomb. I’m looking forward to making her eat her words with this recipe.

  • YUM I want to make this!

  • Chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of that glorious combination. What a beautiful pie.

  • I’ve made a few Chocolate Peanut Butter Pies trying to perfect the chocolate. I want something firm but not hard, do you suggest that the ganache is the best choice? I tend to do a layer of peanut butter, layer of chocolate, then homemade whipped cream.

  • Thank you so much for sharing the ingredients i will definitely doing this it looks so delicious. 🙂

    vee

  • My husband’s birthday is coming up. I think I’m going to give this a try. Instead of the peanuts, I may buy some Reese cups and sprinkle them around the pie. You can never have enough chocolate around our home.

  • I finally made a post about this yummy tart! Thanks for the great recipe.

  • My family and friends loved this! I couldn’t find the tart pan and I am all about short-cuts….so, I purchased a premade Oreo cookie graham cracker crust from my local grocery. The recipe yielded enough filling to have two pies! I took one with me to a dinner party and left the other behind for my kids to enjoy.

    This is definately a new family favorite! Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Memoria, Thanks so much for your comment. When making the crust, be sure not to make it too thick in any one spot. It can be tempting to build it up around the rim, but it is not necessary and will result in a hard crust. I’ve made some notes in the recipe…thanks for your feedback!

  • I finished making this tart/pie today. I don’t know why the crust came out so hard; I followed the directions precisely. Aside from the hard crust, everything was really good. I created mini-tarts and served them with freshly-whipped cream. Thanks for the recipe, and happy holidays.

  • Helen, I couldn’t agree more! I love them filled with Hagaan Dazs coffee ice cream (check out this old post…https://www.onceuponachef.com/2009/08/homemade-ice-cream-sandwiches.html)

    I also grew up making that Icebox Cake on the side of the box. It is so simple to make and everyone loves it!

  • The Nabisco chocolate wafers also make great ice cream sandwiches! Just fill with flavor of choice and re-freeze for a bit.

    I haven’t seen them in our local store for a long time, but they have reappeared in time for the holidays. The Icebox Cake recipe on the back is still as good as it was 30 years ago! It was a big hit at a recent pot luck.

  • Will definitely try to make this for my friends this winter break – thanks for the awesome pictures & easy to follow directions!

  • Thanks so much for your comment on my blog–it lead me to your fabulous site! I will be checking back often. I’m glad we found each other in the blogosphere! Happy Holidays!

  • anything with chocolate and peanutbutter has my name written all over it!

  • Made this yesterday and brought it to a dinner party with rave reviews! Easy to make and looks pretty….

  • Wowow! Your pie looks stunning! thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Your photos are perfect. The crust looks and sounds amazing. I love the addition of chocolate in the crust.

  • My family would love this dessert – I’m bookmarking it to make in the next couple of weeks. It’s gorgeous!

  • My family would love this! It looks so easy to make. Your photos are top notch! Congrats also on your Saveur best of the web pick!

  • Love your pictures, that pie sounds awesome!

  • That looks like heaven! So appropriate to the season.

  • beautiful photos, pie looks delish!

  • ooo… two great tastes that taste great together! YUM! And, congrats on Saveur!

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