Sweet Saturday: Peanut Butter Cup Pie

It has been long-established in my family and among my friends that I don’t like chocolate. Heck, I’ve never really liked chocolate since I was a baby. It seems that my youngest, Grace, takes after me. That said, over the years I have found a few chocolates I do like. I’ve also realized it isn’t so much the chocolate I like. Nope, it is the filling. If the chocolate candy has more of something else than chocolate, I tend to like it. For that reason, my favorite chocolate candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I adore peanut butter, so it is the perfect candy for me. 

Peanut Butter Cup PieThis Christmas, when it was time to draw dishes for my in-law’s holiday dinner, I drew dessert. I decided I would make my Grandma Scott’s apple pie. Then I worried that it wouldn’t be enough dessert for 10 people. I was also concerned because my sister-in-law, K, has declared that she doesn’t like fruit as dessert. So, after mulling things over, I chose to make a second pie; one I found on Pinterest, Peanut Butter Pie with a Sugar Cookie Crust from The Village Cook. 

This pie was easy to make and turned out amazing…according to my in-laws and husband. I made only one slight change to the recipe. Instead of using semi-sweet chocolate, I used milk chocolate with my husband in mind. (He loves all kinds of chocolate but prefers milk chocolate to semi-sweet.)

After preheating the oven to 350°, I greased a 9″ pie plate using cooking spray. Then, I spread refrigerated (not homemade) sugar cookie dough on the bottom of the pie plate. I baked the cookie dough in the pie plate for 35 minutes, until it was golden brown.

Peanut Butter Cup Pie--CrustOnce the crust was cool, I mixed together 1 cup creamy peanut butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla with an electric mixer. I added the remaining 2 cups powdered sugar, mixing on low. The peanut mixture should come out a bit stiff and crumbly.

Peanut Butter Cup Pie--fillingAs I worked on the peanut butter mixture, K volunteered to help me with the chocolate. She helped by melting 1 cup milk chocolate chips in the microwave. She did this by adding a little bit of butter (2-4 tablespoons) and heating it for 30 second intervals, checking the chocolate and stirring before doing it again.

Peanut Butter Cup PieUsing a spatula, I spread the peanut butter mixture on top of the cookie crust. Once that was evenly spread, I did the same with the melted peanut butter. I placed the pie in the refrigerator to cool overnight. (Just make sure you allow the pie to chill for at least 3 hours.)

The result was an amazing pie that tasted like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. The Peanut Butter Cup Pie was a huge hit with my in-laws, and K even volunteered to do a testimonial! I’m pretty sure they were telling the truth because I saw several people have seconds on the pie. 

**I would have tasted the pie so I could add my opinion (despite not being a fan of chocolate), but due to morning sickness issues I’m still dealing with I just couldn’t eat it (much less anything else). Maybe next time. 😉

Peanut Butter Cup Pie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  2. 1 C creamy peanut butter
  3. 3 C powdered sugar
  4. 1/4 C water
  5. 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  6. 1 tsp vanilla
  7. 1 C milk chocolate chips
  8. 2-4 Tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Press cookie dough on the bottom of a 9" greased pie plate.
  3. Bake cookie crust for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool.
  4. With an electric mixture, blend together 1 cup powdered sugar, peanut butter, water, melted butter, and vanilla.
  5. Add and mix in remaining 2 cups powdered sugar.
  6. Spread the mixture on the crust evenly.
  7. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave, in 30 second intervals, using 2-4 tablespoons butter to thin and help melt it.
  8. Pour chocolate over peanut butter mixture and spread evenly on top to the edges.
  9. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes prior to serving.
Adapted from The Village Cook
Adapted from The Village Cook
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About Denise

Hi! I'm Denise, a 40+ year old SAHM trying to navigate the world of motherhood. I blog about parenting, food, and have been featured a few times on BlogHer. I enjoys solving mysteries (Okay..reading mysteries or watching them on TV), cooking, and drinking way too much caffeine than I should. Basically, anything I needs to do to survive the toddler years.

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