What is your weakness? What is that one dessert that makes you do horrible things to your family to ensure that you have the last piece? For me, it is THIS dessert. As I have discussed in my Peanut Butter Blossom post, ever since I was a little girl, I have loved chocolate and peanut butter together. They go together as perfect as X’s and O’s. THIS dessert is the so easy to make, so amazing, so perfect that I don’t care how full I am from dinner, how good I have been on any days random diet, how much my husband is trying to convince me to let him have the last piece … I’m taking the big guy down and I AM having the last piece of this pie!
And now you can go and be a little psychopath like me.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
You will need:
20 sandwich cookies
1/4 cup butter
12 oz cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup peanut butter
12 oz whipped topping
8 oz semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1/2 cup cream
1 1/2 tsp instant coffee (optional)
Start by making your pie crust.
Take 20 of your favorite sandwich cookies and either pulverize them in a food processor until they are crumbs or put them into a plastic zip bag and crush them to death.
Personally, I use the chocolate on chocolate kind, not because they lend a different flavor but because they are not my husbands favorite so this way I don’t have to fight him for what’s left over in the package and the rest are mine… all mine.
Brilliant? Yes, I believe so. Moving on…
Melt your butter and mix it in with your cookie crumbs and press it into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch pie pan. Set aside.
Please let me stop here and share a little Helpful Hint from Heather moment. My recipe calls for room temp cream cheese and I am always forgetting to take things out of the refridgerator early to let them come to room temperature and this morning was no different. What I DID learn this morning is that if you place your unopened packages of cream cheese (out of the box but still in the foil) on top of your coffee maker as it brews and flip the bricks over every few minutes… hey, you have room temp cream cheese. You’re welcome 🙂
In a large bowl combine the cream cheese, sugar and peanut butter with a hand mixer until well combined. You can use whatever kind of peanut butter you have on hand, creamy, chunky.. it doesn’t matter. It’s all about your preference. Once your ingredients are well mixed, fold in 8 oz of your whipped topping.
This is the part that probably takes the longest because you are bringing together something that is very dense with something that is delicate and light. Take your time and fold it into the peanut butter mixture until it is all incorporated.
I feel I need to stop here and introduce someone (by the way, can we all tell I am writing this post before coffee??) This is my Haley. Her life revolves around two things. Barking at non-existant things and peanut butter. I don’t care how quiet we are, she can hear the top of a peanut butter spin off from across the house and she will come running. Needless to say, she’s surpervising the making of this pie. And she brought friends.
Back to work… Now that you have your filling, scoop it into your pie shell and set aside.
Put together a double boiler set up to melt your chocolate. I know they make fancy double boilers but in my house I take a small pot, put some water in it and put a stainless steel bowl on top of that. There’s my double boiler. Add your chocolate and cream and instant coffee to your double boiler and melt your chocolate over medium heat.
The instant coffee is optional but I think it lends a real rich background to the chocolate and since you are using such a small amount, it doesn’t even have that coffee taste.
Once your chocolate is melted, remove it from the boiler and set aside for about 5 minutes to cool down before adding it to your pie.
….5 minutes …..
Once your chocolate is cooled, spoon it over your pie filling.
Oh my… isn’t that the sexiest thing you have seen all day?
Place you pie in the refridgerator and somehow wait out the next couple of hours while you give it time to set up. When you are ready, remove it and top it with the remaining whipped topping.
Now pack your bags ‘cuz you are going to Heaven!!!!
This pie brings together the best of both worlds. The chocolate is rich and decadent while the filling is light and full of peanut butter flavor. If you like the two flavor combinations together, this will become your new favorite dessert somewhere between bite #1 and bite #2.