Liz Maddux

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

A few weeks ago, I got a craving for the Peanut Butter Pie from a restaurant named Acre in Auburn, Alabama — this pie is literally one of the best desserts I’ve ever had. It has a sweet and creamy peanut butter filling, a chocolate cracker crust and tastes like absolute fluffy, whipped peanut butter chocolate heaven.

Although I don’t think I could ever recreate the magnificent pie that is Acre’s, I had to try, and I’ll be honest — this one was pretty good! I used a combination of two recipes, one from Martha Stewart and one from A Nerd Cooks. See below for the combined version I used and my notes added in. Happy baking!

Ingredients:

For the crust:

  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 36 chocolate wafer cookies ( I used the whole pack because the crust is one of the best parts, and I think there are 40 in a pack)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 pinch kosher salt

For the filling:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • melted chocolate
  • mini Reese’s cups, roughly chopped
  • peanut butter chips

Instructions:

To make the crust

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the chocolate wafers until finely ground. Combine with the sugar and butter until moistened.
  • Press the graham cracker crumb mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until fragrant. Cool the crust completely on a wire rack. (I put mine in the fridge so it would cool faster — does not take long to make the filling)

To make the filling

  • In a large bowl, use an electric hand mixer to beat the cream cheese, 3/4 cup powdered sugar, and peanut butter until it is light and fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl, use an electric hand mixer to whip the heavy cream until thick and light. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar and vanilla extract and continue to whip until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter/cream cheese mixture. Pour it into the prepared pie shell and freeze for 3 hours.

To make the topping

  • Drizzle the top with melted chocolate. Top with chopped mini Reese’s cups and peanut butter chips. Serve frozen or refrigerated.

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