Peanut butter paired with chocolate is a classic flavor combination that is simply delicious every single time. We can’t get enough of it here in The Stay at Home Chef household, so we just had to share it with all of you! It combines creamy peanut butter, luxurious whipping cream, and a crunchy and crumbly homemade Oreo crust. If you’re on the hunt for a unique and yummy dessert idea for your next party, you’ve found it. Peanut butter lovers will rejoice! We definitely encourage you to cover the entire thing with crushed-up peanut butter cups before you serve it. Because, why wouldn’t you want to add in some extra PB goodness?! It’s indulgent, no-bake (aside from the crust), and a real crowd-pleaser. Seriously, people go crazy over this stuff! It’s also super easy to put together. If you end up with any leftovers, we salute you! This easy peanut butter pie only lasts for about a day in our house.
Is This Recipe No Bake?
Yes and no. You’ll have to bake your Oreo crust, but you don’t have to bake again once you’ve added the filling. This is a pie best served cold — in fact, you won’t be able to serve it unless it has cooled completely and set for at least 6 hours. That said, once you bake your crust, feel free to shut that oven off because you won’t need it!
Crust Variations For Perfect Peanut Butter Pie:
We swear by our Oreo crust, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other variations that you can try at home! Here are some of our favorite ideas:
- Graham crackers
- Chocolate wafer cookies
- Standard all-butter pie crust
Do I Need to Use Cool Whip or Cream Cheese?
Some peanut butter pie recipes call for additional ingredients like Cool Whip and cream cheese for the filling. Our homemade version is made with heavy whipping cream instead. The results are a thick and creamy pie filling without any Cool Whip or added cream cheese!
What Kind of Peanut Butter Should I Use?
While we love spreading all-natural PB on our morning toast, you’re going to want to go for a classic creamy or chunky PB like Jif or Skippy for this easy peanut butter pie recipe. The all-natural varieties don’t have enough added oil in them to get the consistency you’re after for the filling.
We suggest that you drizzle the top of your peanut butter cream pie with chocolate syrup and chopped peanut butter cups. You can also add:
- Chocolate chips
- Melted peanut butter
- Peanut butter candies (like Reese’s Pieces or Peanut Butter M&Ms)
- Peanut butter chips
- Whipped cream
Troubleshooting: How Do I Thicken Peanut Butter Pie Filling?
No one wants a loose and liquidy peanut butter pie. The heavy whipping cream in our recipe works wonders at thickening the filling. If you do find that yours is on the looser side, add a bit more heavy cream, one teaspoon at a time, until you get the consistency that you want.
How Long Does This Dessert Take to Set?
Patience is a virtue and you’ll need it for our easy peanut butter pie recipe. After you’ve baked your crust and added your filling, it’s important to let the pie set completely before serving. Place it in your fridge for at least 6 hours. If you can let it set overnight, even better!