Oh hi. Let's talk about pie. Or maybe cake. A pie-cake hybrid? What makes a pie a pie? Or a cake a cake? These are some of life's tough questions.
We've always called this dessert a pie, and it has a crust, soooo....peanut butter pie it is! It's so so easy to whip up, and is so heavenly. I remember requesting it quite a number of times for my birthday, and it is definitely a special occasion dessert. Ha!
I also tried it with a pretzel crust for the first time, which I loved, but some people might prefer a more traditional chocolate (oreo) crust. I'm not judging you, that's totally cool. I will say that the pretzel crust seemed to get a bit soggy or something after a couple days, whereas the oreo crust doesn't. So there's that! I just lovvveeeee me some salty-sweet combos, so this was a winner in my books!
peanut butter pie
yields: two 9-inch pies, or one 9x13 pan
3/4 cup butter, melted
2 1/2 cups crushed pretzels (*if you can find low sodium pretzels, that will help it from being too salty if you're worried about that!)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
To crush your pretzels, use a food processor/magic bullet or some sort of blender. You want the pretzel pieces to be quite small so that the crust will stick together - think graham cracker crumb/oreo crumb texture!
In a medium bowl, mix together melted butter, crushed pretzels, and sugar. Divide and press into pie plates, or a 9x13 pan. *I used a springform pan for my pie.
Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes, and then set aside.
8oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups icing sugar
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
500 ml whipping cream - whipped
In a large bowl, mix together softened cream cheese, peanut butter, icing sugar, and milk, and beat until all the lumps are gone.
In a separate bowl, whip the whipping cream. Then, gently fold whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture.
Spread peanut butter filling over crust in your 2 pie plates or in your 9x13 pan. Cover with plastic wrap, and place in the freezer until firm (about 2 hours minimum).
Serve with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and/or crushed pretzels on top.
Happy peanut butter pie making!