Peanut Butter Pie

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Love the classic peanut butter and chocolate combo? This peanut butter pie with a creamy filling, decadent chocolate layer, and crunchy Oreo crust is sure to hit the spot!

peanut butter pie

Calling all chocolate and peanut butter lovers! This peanut butter pie is an absolute dream. With a cool and creamy peanut butter filling, a rich chocolate layer, and a crunchy Oreo crust, it’s the perfect crowd-pleasing dessert for warm weather. Best of all, it’s super easy to make. The crust is just Oreo cookies and butter, the chocolate layer is simply melted chocolate and cream, and the filling is a luscious blend of whipped cream, sugar, cream cheese, and peanut butter. The pie needs at least 3 hours to set up in the fridge, so plan accordingly—or better yet, make it a day ahead and cross it off your list!

What You’ll Need To Make Peanut Butter Pie

peanut butter pie ingredients
  • Oreo Cookies: Provide a chocolatey base for the pie crust.
  • Butter: Binds the crushed cookies together, creating a firm, buttery crust.
  • Heavy Cream: Combines with the chocolate to form a rich chocolate layer. Additional heavy cream is whipped and folded into the filling, adding lightness and creaminess.
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate: Melts with the cream into a rich and decadent chocolatey layer, adding depth of flavor to the pie.
  • Cream Cheese: Adds richness and tanginess to the filling, and contributes to its creamy texture.
  • Creamy Peanut Butter: Infuses the filling with a rich peanutty flavor. For best results, use a smooth commercial peanut butter (I like Skippy).
  • Vanilla: Adds a hint of warmth and depth to the filling.
  • Confectioners’ Sugar: Sweetens and thickens the filling.
  • Jump to the printable recipe for precise measurements

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: Make the Crust

Preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, add the Oreos.

Oreos in food processor

Add the melted butter.

adding melted butter to oreos in food processor

Blend until the mixture is finely chopped and evenly moistened.

finely chopped oreos and butter combined in food processor

Firmly press the crumbs into a deep-dish 9-inch pie pan, starting by lining the sides to create a crust about ¼-inch thick, then press the remaining mixture onto the bottom to form the base.

pressing the crumbs to form the Oreo crust.

Bake the crust for 5 to 6 minutes, or until slightly crisp, then allow it to cool completely before filling.

Oreos in food processor

Step 2: Make the Chocolate Layer

In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the cream and chocolate (or chocolate chips). Heat on high power for 30 seconds and stir until melted (microwave for another 10 seconds or so if needed).

melted chocolate and cream in bowl.

Pour into the cooled crust and carefully spread evenly over the bottom using a spoon or offset spatula, taking care not to disturb the crust. Let cool until the chocolate has set — it doesn’t need to be completely firm, but you should be able to lightly touch it without sticking to your finger. For quicker setting, place it in the freezer for about 15 minutes.

spreading the chocolate layer in the Oreo crust

Step 3: Make the Peanut Butter Filling

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk or beaters, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.

whipped cream in mixing bowl.

Transfer the whipped cream to a separate bowl.

whipped cream in separate bowl.

Without cleaning the mixer bowl or whisk/beaters, add the cream cheese, peanut butter, salt, and vanilla.

cream cheese, peanut butter, salt, and vanilla.

Beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Beaten peanut butter and cream cheese mixture.

Gradually add in the confectioners’ sugar while mixing on low speed, then increase the speed to medium and continue beating until the mixture is smooth, about 2 minutes, scraping the bowl as necessary.

gradually adding the sugar to the peanut butter mixture.

Introduce one-third of the whipped cream into this mixture.

adding some of the whipped cream to lighten the peanut butter mixture.

Beat until just combined; this helps lighten the mixture for easier folding.

lightened mixture

Gently fold in the remaining whipped cream with a rubber spatula until the texture is consistent and resembles peanut butter mousse.

peanut butter pie filling

Pour the filling into the cooled crust, using the back of a spoon to create decorative swirls on the surface.

assembling peanut butter pie, spreading the filling into the Oreo crust.

Chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight. Serve cold.

slice of peanut butter pie

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different type of nut butter instead of peanut butter?

Sure thing! If you’re not able to eat peanut butter or don’t keep it on hand, you can swap it out for almond butter any other nut butter you prefer. For the best texture, just make sure it’s creamy.

Why does the recipe recommend against using natural or chunky peanut butter?

Commercial peanut butter like Skippy gives the pie that classic creamy texture and helps it set properly. Natural or chunky peanut butter will affect the consistency of the filling and result in a less smooth pie.

Can I make peanut butter pie ahead of time?

Yes, the pie can be made up to 1 day ahead and refrigerated.

peanut butter pie with slices cut

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Love the classic peanut butter and chocolate combo? This peanut butter pie with a creamy filling, decadent chocolate layer, and crunchy Oreo crust is sure to hit the spot!

Servings: One 9-inch deep dish pie
Prep Time: 35 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes, plus at least 3 hours to chill

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 24 Oreo cookies
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Chocolate Layer

  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or 2 oz chopped semi-sweet chocolate)

For the Peanut Butter Filling

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (see note)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1½ cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

For the Crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, blend the Oreos and butter until the mixture is finely chopped and evenly moistened. Firmly press the crumbs into a deep-dish 9-inch pie pan, starting by lining the sides to create a crust about ¼-inch thick, then press the remaining mixture onto the bottom to form the base. Use the bottom of a measuring cup or glass not only to flatten and even out the surface of the base but also to press against the sides, ensuring they are compact and uniform. To refine the top edge of your crust, position the side of your thumb or the edge of a measuring cup inside the crust's side wall, and with the index finger of your other hand, gently press down on the top edge. Gradually rotate the pie pan, maintaining this motion, to ensure a consistently neat and smooth edge around the entire perimeter. Bake the crust for 5 to 6 minutes, or until slightly crisp, then allow it to cool completely before filling.

For the Chocolate Layer

  1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the cream and chocolate chips. Heat on high power for 30 seconds and stir until melted (microwave for another 10 seconds or so if needed). Pour into the cooled crust and carefully spread evenly over the bottom using a spoon or offset spatula, taking care not to disturb the crust. Let cool until the chocolate has set — it doesn’t need to be completely firm, but you should be able to lightly touch it without sticking to your finger. For quicker setting, place it in the freezer for about 15 minutes.

For the Peanut Butter Filling

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk or beaters, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Transfer the whipped cream to a separate bowl. Without cleaning the mixer bowl or whisk/beaters, add the cream cheese, peanut butter, salt, and vanilla. Beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Gradually add in the confectioners’ sugar while mixing on low speed, then increase the speed to medium and continue beating until the mixture is smooth, about 2 minutes, scraping the bowl as necessary. Introduce one-third of the whipped cream into this mixture and beat until just combined; this helps lighten the mixture for easier folding. Gently fold in the remaining whipped cream with a rubber spatula until the texture is consistent and resembles peanut butter mousse.
  2. Pour the filling into the cooled crust, using the back of a spoon to create decorative swirls on the surface. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight. Serve cold.
  3. Note: For best results, use a smooth and creamy commercial peanut butter, like Skippy. (I do not recommend all-natural, organic, or chunky peanut butter.)
  4. Make-Ahead Instructions: The pie can be made up to 1 day ahead of time.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (10 servings)
  • Calories: 700
  • Fat: 53 g
  • Saturated fat: 26 g
  • Carbohydrates: 51 g
  • Sugar: 38 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Sodium: 320 mg
  • Cholesterol: 99 mg

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Comments

  • Made the pie tonight to serve tomorrow. The filling I sampled tastes good but looks a little grainy. Is that normal?

    • — Melissa on June 12, 2024
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    • Yep, that’s normal – enjoy!

      • — Jenn on June 13, 2024
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      • We ate the pie today. So delicious! Everyone loved it!

        • — Melissa on June 13, 2024
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  • Could chocolate wafer cookies be uses instead of Oreos

    • — sid hubbard on June 11, 2024
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    • Sid, I’d recommend sticking with Oreos b/c the crust relies on the sweetness from the cookies’ filling.

      • — Jenn on June 12, 2024
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  • Can oreo cookie crumbs be used instead. If yes, what quantity do I use? Thank you.

    • — Danielle on June 10, 2024
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    • I’d recommend sticking with Oreos because the filling in them adds sweetness to the crust.

      • — Jenn on June 12, 2024
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  • I made this today. Perfect as written and absolutely delicious! Thank you, Jenn. You almost always share recipes that inspire me to make asap.

    • — Jessica on June 10, 2024
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  • I’ve been looking for a version that doesn’t include that gross, oil-based, whipped topping. Once I saw this on your site, I knew I’d found a keeper. Loved it, the chocolate layer puts it over the top. Thanks so much!

    • — Gary C on June 10, 2024
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  • Please bring back the Newest category under “More”. I don’t always have time to look at all your posts. With the Newest button, I could easily catch up w your excellent recipes. Thank you!

    • — Anita on June 9, 2024
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    • Hi Anita, I just realized that I inadvertently removed it from the recipes page – I plan to put it back! In the meantime, you can also find it on the homepage if you scroll down a ways.

      • — Jenn on June 11, 2024
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