Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

posted by Andrea | 04/14/2015
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chocolate peanut butter pie

I’ve been big on desserts lately — especially no-bake pies!

A couple weeks ago, I shared this Triple Layer No-Bake Pie — and after I made that pie, I got the idea for a Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie.

I made this pie totally on a whim one day, not 100% sure if it would turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious it was. It also earned me “Mom Of The Year” because I let Nora help (and eat some of the chopped chocolate) and “Wife Of The Year” because three of Dave’s favorite foods are chocolate, peanut butter, and pie 🙂

Not bad for a simple no-bake pie! 

It’s definitely a rich pie so you don’t need a huge slice — however the peanut butter and chocolate flavors meld so well together, it’s worth every calorie!

I love how thick and rich the peanut butter layer is, how creamy the chocolate layer is, the fluffy whipped cream, and the crunchy topping. Everything just works together.

Oh yeah, and I love that it only took me about 10 minutes to make!

This will definitely be one of my go-to recipes for when company comes over or when we need a last-minute dessert.

Recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Serves 6-8

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pre-made graham cracker crust (any type or flavor will do)
  • 5 T. butter
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 package (3.4 oz) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 c. cold milk
  • 2 c. Cool Whip
  • chopped chocolate candies for garnish (optional)
  • chopped nuts for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS: 

  • In a small bowl, microwave butter and peanut butter until melted
  • Add in powdered sugar and spread into prepared pie crust
  • In the same bowl, mix chocolate pudding mix with cold milk
  • Immediately pour on top of peanut butter layer
  • Spread Cool Whip on top of chocolate layer
  • Sprinkle candies and nuts on top of Cool Whip
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until ‘set’
  • You can also freeze this pie (it’s amazing) but you’ll want to take it out of the freezer at least 30 minutes before you’re going to serve it otherwise it will be too frozen to cut.

This pie was the perfect size for our small family — but I was thinking this recipe would be AMAZING if you doubled it (or tripled it) and made it in a larger 9″ x 13″ pan.

It would be fabulous for any holiday party, large family gathering, potluck, etc. It’s so simple to make, it can easily be made a day or more in advance, it looks “fancy”, and it tastes amazing.

Win, win, win, win!

I will most definitely be making this pie again once I stock up on graham cracker crusts 🙂

What are your favorite no-bake dessert recipes?

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16 comments

  1. Anne

    05/01/2015

    I’m a new reader – found you from Money Saving Mom. I made this yesterday because it looked delicious and I found a gluten free ‘graham’ pie crust (my husband has a gluten allergy and we think our toddler might, too). I also used almond milk because I can’t drink diary milk anymore and it worked well, too. We moved a month ago from out-of-state and I forgot to buy powdered sugar but the peanut butter layer was still awesome! I had to proactively freeze half of it so we wouldn’t eat it all! I’m excited to try more of your recipes and tweak them for our dietary restrictions.

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    Andrea Reply:

    glad you could make this pie work for you!

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  2. Trista

    04/19/2015

    My 14 yr old daughter tried twice yesterday to make this following the recipe and the pudding layer was runny both times- are we missing an essential step? Mucho teen drama here

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    Andrea Reply:

    I’m guessing she probably followed the directions on the pudding box instead of the directions in my recipe. The pugging box says to ad TWO cups of milk (which would make the pudding quite thin and runny). My recipe only calls for ONE cup of milk.

    Either that, or she might have used Cook and Serve pudding instead of instant pudding.

    If it’s neither one of those, then I’m honestly not sure. I’ve made this recipe (and similar pudding pie recipes) many MANY times with very firm pudding.
    Sorry!

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    Trista Reply:

    We are thinking we purchased cook and serve by accident! Hanks for the tip! We will try again

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  3. Kristen @ Joyfully Thriving

    04/15/2015

    Great combination! And I agree. That peanut butter layer sounds amazing!

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  4. Danielle H.

    04/14/2015

    So I made the triple chocolate pie for Easter and it was a hit! Will for sure try this one, especially since peanut butter and chocolate is my absolute favorite.

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  5. Laura D.

    04/14/2015

    Andrea, if this pie is even only half as delicious as your cheesecake fudge brownies, which I have made to rave reviews THREE times in the last two weeks, count me in!

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  6. Karen

    04/14/2015

    Oh my word I might just try to eat the computer screen!!! Yummy! Thanks for creating and sharing

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  7. Erica Martin

    04/14/2015

    OMG this looks to delicious, I can feel the pounds piling on right now…:-)

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    Andrea Reply:

    you could always use fat-free pudding and cool whip. Then, it’s just the peanut butter… and butter… and chocolate… and powdered sugar… and nuts… so hardly any fat or calories 🙂

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  8. Emily

    04/14/2015

    I made your pudding pie recipe the other night and my family loved it! I’m with Dave, chocolate and peanut butter are the best. We’ll definitely have to try this one too. I love all your simple recipes!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay — glad the other pie was a hit. If they liked that one — they will LOVE this one!

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  9. Jen

    04/14/2015

    This will definitely by a hit in my house! But I think I’ll use a chocolate pie crust and sprinkle Reeses Cups on top! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yes, I’ve done that too. We didn’t have any Resses on hand so I used chocolate + nuts for a decent combo 🙂

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  10. Kimberley

    04/14/2015

    Looks yummy! My favorite no bake dessert right now is Banana Pudding. It’s super easy and uses those yummy Nilla cookies.

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