Peanut Butter Cup Pie

This Peanut Butter Cup Pie is layer upon layer of absolute deliciousness!  Peanut Butter Lovers, this is for you!

This Peanut Butter Cup Pie is layer upon layer of absolute deliciousness! Peanut Butter Lovers, this is for you!

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So, I’m going to be turning 35 on Sunday.  (I should just own it, right?  I was hesitant to type the actual number, but I’m going to go with just owning it.)  And so I’ve been thinking a lot about the last year of my life, the 35th year.  And if you don’t mind, I’m going to get a little preachy up here on my high horse soap box. #thatstotallyathing

Here’s the most important thing that I learned this last year:  Marriage takes a ton of work.

This Peanut Butter Cup Pie is layer upon layer of absolute deliciousness! Peanut Butter Lovers, this is for you!

I know it sounds super obvious, but hear me out.  So in the last six months, we found a babysitter that we really loved (who just moved out of state and I’m totally in tears and in denial at the same time), and we hired her about two times a month.  Yes, it was an expensive endeavor, but one that was worth every penny. It is quite literally the best thing that we have ever done for our marriage.

There were many times that we had absolutely no plans going into the date night and we would do something as “lame” as going to a chain restaurant and talk to each other over appetizers and cocktails . . . . Now that I think about it, those were actually my very favorite dates because I had no expectations about the night being super magical or romantic going into them.  (I can totally imagine Nathan in my head saying, “Gee, thanks, Lisa.”)

This Peanut Butter Cup Pie is layer upon layer of absolute deliciousness! Peanut Butter Lovers, this is for you!

And maybe that gets to the heart of why these date nights have made such a difference for us.  For us, at it’s core, our marriage is about two best friends who are partners in life.  But when you have really little kids it’s easy to start hating your friend.  I mean, sure you still love them, but you kind of forget that you like them too. And these date nights reminded us how much we like each other.  Like we really like each other.

In the end there is no one that I would rather split a plate of calamari with.

So, since I am entering the age where I am old and wise, I say this to you friends: Even if you feel like your marriage is the absolute best it could be, take some time and go on some dates.  It is worth the investment of time and money.  I don’t think Nathan and I have been in a better place since before my mom passed away.  #worthit

Now let’s talk pie!

This Peanut Butter Cup Pie is layer upon layer of absolute deliciousness! Peanut Butter Lovers, this is for you!

This bad boy starts with a vanilla wafer crust that I picked up courtesy of Trish at Mom on Timeout.  (She’s the best, guys.) Then a layer of chocolate ganache, some actual peanut butter cups, the most amazing peanut butter filling, a little chocolate drizzle and finally some chocolate whipped cream frosting.  In other words, OMERGHAD!

And just like planning date nights, this pie takes a little time and some effort, but it is SO worth it!

This Peanut Butter Cup Pie is layer upon layer of absolute deliciousness! Peanut Butter Lovers, this is for you!

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Peanut Butter Cup Pie

Ingredients

  • Crust
  • 60 Nilla Waffers
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Ganache Layer
  • 4 oz milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Peanut Butter Cup Layer
  • 9 full sized peanut butter cups
  • Filling Layer
  • 2 TBSPs granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream, cold
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Chocolate Drizzle
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting
  • 2 TBSPs granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 TBSPs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor , blend together the vanilla wafers. Then blend in the 1/3 cup melted butter and 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Press into a deep dish pie pan and bake for 10 minutes.
  3. When you put the crust in the oven, put your metal mixing bowl (from a stand mixer) and metal whisk in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  4. In a microwave safe measuring cup, combine the 4 oz of milk chocolate chips and the 1/2 cup heavy cream. Microwave at half power for a minute. Stir, and then microwave in 30 second intervals until it is fully combined and smooth. Pour into the bottom of the pie crust and cool in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  5. While the you are waiting for the chocolate and pie crust to cool, combine the 2 TBSPs sugar and 1 cup heavy cream in the frozen metal bowl and beat on medium until soft peaks begin to form. Then beat in the 1 cup peanut butter. Once that is combined, beat in the room temperature cream cheese and 1/2 cup granulated sugar, until fully combined.
  6. Put 9 full sized peanut butter cups in the bottom of the pie crust on top of the cooled ganache. Top with the creamy peanut butter filling and spread it to the edges.
  7. Melt the 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips and drizzle over the finished pie. You may not use all of the chocolate. Allow to firm up in the refrigerator for at least four hours.
  8. Before serving, make the chocolate whipped cream frosting. Freeze your metal bowl and whisk for 15 minutes. Then add 2 TBSPs granulated and 1 cup cold heavy cream. Whisk until soft peaks begin to form. Then whisk in 2 TBSPs unsweetened cocoa powder and 1/2 cup powdered sugar until combined. Put it into a piping bag and pipe around the edges of the pie.
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This Peanut Butter Cup Pie is layer upon layer of absolute deliciousness! Peanut Butter Lovers, this is for you!

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Comments

  1. says

    You are preaching to the choir, buddy. Kenny and I schedule dates 1-2 times a month so we can finish sentences and talk to each other without referring to one another as “Mommy” or “Daddy.” Staying connected beyond the kids is vitally important. Otherwise, the kids are leaving someday, and then what?
    THIS PIE. You have done me in here. I’m turning 37 (helllllp!) in a few months. Send me this, because it’s all I want! And happy birthday to you!

    • says

      Yes! That! Exactly! I don’t want to look at my husband in 16 years and think, I don’t even know who you are. And thank you for the birthday wishes!

  2. says

    My husband would die if I made this pie. Like he might literally and figuratively have a heart attack! I love how you did the GIF of how to make it, too! That is so cool!

  3. says

    Gosh Lisa, those were some wise words about marriage (ones I should probably work on!)…and WHOA, this pie looks amazing. Happy 35th!!

  4. Tracy says

    Hi, I’m making this pie this weekend, using it as a bribe, for our son to get his hair cut before graduation. Also as a treat while we go out on a date night. Been married 24 years, and our son is 18, but we still do date nights.

  5. Becky says

    Love how the recipe calls for 9 PB cups so I have to buy 5 two packs… I get to eat one! Bonus!!!!! Definitely trying this.

  6. Carol Woodard says

    I have been married 34 years! We have had date night since the beginning! We had 10 years infertility, life threatening disease, Special needs child, fighting the system for school and programs, prodigal son, unemployment, … Date nights keep it real, keep it alive!
    Making this pie for 2nd sons 22 birthday in a week! Thanks!

  7. Tom says

    Quick question, Do you use Nila wafers (round cookie like shape) or vanilla wafers (long rectangular bars) for the crust?

    Thanks
    Tom

  8. Sarah says

    Just wondering. When I combine the milk chocolate with the cream to poor into the pie crust it looks very liquidy. Is this normal?
    Thanks

    • says

      Sarah, are you talking about the ganache layer? Yes, it will be very liquidy. That is why you are popping it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes after, to firm it up a little before you add the next layer. By the time the whole pie is set, it will be much thicker, though as you can see from the photos, it will still have a liquid quality.

  9. Phil says

    Just made this, letting it set now. I don’t see where the vanilla extract is added. I’m assuming I need to add it to the whipped cream frosting before serving with the cocoa and powdered sugar.

  10. says

    Hi Lisa, I’ve just discovered your site and love your stories, your humor and your recipes. I predict that you will have your own cooking show one day. Thank you for sharing your recipes, talent and wisdom. I have a friend that absolutely loves peanut butter cups; can’t wait to make this for her.

  11. Diane Bandy says

    Lisa, my daughter made the peanut butter cup pie and it was outstanding! Our question is – can you
    freeze this pie? It is so rich, you can’t eat a lot at one time.

  12. Cindy Black says

    I have been married for 43 years and date night has become a regular thing for us.. My husband is an over the road truck driver so he’s not home much, that’s why date night is important to us, it lets us reconnect without input from any other source. My granddaughter thinks I should make this for her, but I told her she has to help. Thanks for a great recipe.

  13. Carol D. says

    I want to enter this in a Best Pie contest. do you think it will win? Maybe it will depend on if the judge is a peanut butter fan!!

  14. Kelsey Denell says

    This is absolutely delicious, thank you SO much for the recipe! How can you really go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate.. and I might say my decorating skills are better the second time around. 🙂

  15. Catherine says

    What size pie plate did you use? I don’t see that (but I’m reading this while playing with my 2 year old so I might have missed it)

  16. Ariana says

    Hey can you make this ahead and freeze it? Family wants it for our day-late thanksgiving on Friday but I am away from Monday-Thursday so I’d like to make it soon 😊

  17. Alison says

    Made this for Christmas dessert this year. Used dark chocolate everything in place of milk chocolate, and I highly recommend it if you prefer dark chocolate as I do, so good. I also froze the pie (so it was more like ice cream cake texture) but it was a bit hard. I think letting it than to be softer might have been better…either way, still really good. As previously stated, it is quite rich so I froze about 1/3 of the pie to be discovered in the freezer sometime in the future. That will be an exciting day! Haha

  18. Jodi says

    Can you freeze this pie? We made it and it’s great but it’s more than we can eat in one week. I would like to freeze it for later.

  19. doris culverhouse says

    this looks delicious and then I started to add up the cost…phew it will add up. do you have an idea how much you spent on this?

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