August 04, 2011

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

frozen peanut butter pie
Before I tell you about this incredible pie, let me “introduce” my boyfriend Ryan. A lot of food bloggers have cute nicknames for their significant others. I’m not sure if this is to protect their identity, to help readers identify them easily, or just for fun. Either way, I thought I’d give Ryan a chance to choose a nickname for himself in case he had any qualms about me using his real name on this blog. He decided that he wanted to be called Tiger Claw. I decided to stick with Ryan.

The only thing you need to know about Ryan is that he is o.b.s.e.s.s.e.d. with peanut butter. He eats it on toast every single morning, but goes absolutely crazy for chocolate peanut butter desserts. I’m bringing this up for two reasons. First is to warn you that you might see a lot of peanut butter recipes on this blog. Gotta keep my #1 fan happy! Second is because it brings me to this recipe.

When I mentioned in passing that I’d seen a good looking peanut butter pie on another blog, Ryan was already sold. I knew there was no chance I would get out of making it once the idea was planted in his head. Fortunately, it sounded pretty easy and I didn’t have to buy many ingredients for it. Unfortunately, the recipe called for whipping cream, and I did not have access to an electric mixer at Ryan’s nor did I trust my puny arms to do it the old fashioned way.

So I had to make a couple changes to the recipe by using Cool Whip instead. I know a lot of people are against using this type of product (if you’ve ever looked at the list of ingredients in Cool Whip you’ll know why). I chose to push my knowledge of the ingredients out of my mind temporarily, and convinced myself that this had a lot less fat in it than whipping cream, so combined with my choice to use reduced fat cream cheese, I was doing myself a favour. Plus, it saved me time, and the results were still amazing!

If you are a peanut butter lover, or love a peanut butter lover, you have to make this pie. It’s creamy, rich, and because it stays in the freezer, it makes a perfect treat to cool you down in the summer heat. I added some nuts to the topping to give it a bit of crunch, but you could leave these off if you want and just drizzle chocolate on top instead. The oreo crust is a little hard to cut through with your fork after being in the freezer, but this is where you can use those muscles you saved earlier by not whipping the cream!

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

Adapted from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures, originally from Martha Stewart’s Pies & Tarts

Makes 1 9-inch pie


1 3/4 cups oreo crumbs (about 22 cookies)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
pinch of salt

6 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups smooth peanut butter (not natural or chunky)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups (1 container) frozen whipped topping, thawed in the refrigerator

2 tablespoons peanuts, chopped
2 tablespoons pecans, chopped
2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped
2 ounces semisweet chocolate


For the crust:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Crush the oreo cookies into fine crumbs using a food processor or blender. Add the melted butter and stir with a fork until all the crumbs are moistened (the mixture will be quite wet). Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Refrigerate about 15 minutes so the crust is firm, then bake until set, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the filling:

Use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese, icing sugar, and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the peanut butter and vanilla. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold in the cool whip in two batches.

Transfer the filling to the cooled crust and spread in an even layer. Freeze uncovered for at least 4 hours, or up to 1 day covered in plastic wrap.

*Note – You’ll likely have some leftover filling, but if you have any peanut butter lovers in the house, I’m sure it won’t be hard to get rid of!

For the topping:

Sprinkle the chopped nuts over the surface of the pie.

Put the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 30 second bursts at 50% power, stirring between bursts, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Transfer to a ziplock bag and snip a tiny bit off the corner. Hold the bag over the pie and drizzle the melted chocolate in a zig zag pattern.

Remove the pie from the freezer about 10-15 minutes before you are ready to serve. If you have trouble cutting it, running your knife under warm water will help.

I'm currently at the airport waiting to board my flight up North for a week's vacation! I've scheduled for a delicious dinner recipe to be posted while I'm away, but unfortunately I couldn't find the time to get any other posts ready before I left. I promise I'll make up for it with lots of recipes when I get back!


  1. Oh gosh that looks fantastic! You planning to share? lol

  2. Thanks! The best part is that it looks impressive but is so easy to make (and tastes as good as it looks too!)

  3. Hey Natalie! This is 1 great recipe! I'm doing this and sharing it!! Thanks for the recipe!! =)

  4. @Alistair
    Thanks Alistair, I hope you like it!


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