Sunny Day Eats: Peanut Butter Pie
You know what's better than pie? I'll let you think about it for a minute...can't come up with anything can you? How about a no-bake pie that doesn't heat up your house at the peak of summer? Or involve smashing together berries or praying that your pie crust doesn't burn at the edges or become paranoid that there are worms in the cherries that you freshly picked and you're going to give your family intestinal parasites. All I'm saying is pie can get complicated. I'm not directing this to your pie gurus who pop out a beautiful Martha Stewart worthy pie every time you waltz into the kitchen (I'm lookin at you Natalie, Jason and Alyssa) I'm speaking for the rest of us normal folks who just want to please people with something delicious without having a mental breakdown from the process.
Well, for all you fellow normal folks, I've teamed up with the wonderful Emily of Emily Ann Photography who took all of the beautiful pictures you see here today, to bring you a recipe that is short, simple, sweet (but not too sweet) and will please your families discerning taste buds and won't leave you emotionally crippled. *Also please note this is literally a peanut butter pie recipe so if you or anyone you know and love has peanut allergies please refrain from using peanuts and try nutella or something instead. Darn it, why didn't I make a nutella pie?!
First, gather all your ingredients. I know that I have a hard time measuring out specific amounts (I'm more of an eyeball type of gal) but if you have a jar of peanut butter, a large tub of cool whip, a package of oreos, powdered sugar, a stick of butter, some vanilla and some cream cheese you're good to go just let them sit out at room temperature for a while so everything isn't frozen and/or solid. If you're like me and you basically only purchase sugar and dairy products from the grocery store you already have plenty of this just lying around.
Next smash the crap out of about 25 oreo cookies. Get mad as hell. Think about that ex that broke your heart, think about that $40 you lost that one time you were drunk in the city, think about Donald Trump as a viable presidential candidate.
Once you're good and angry at the world, melt the butter and mix it all up.
Then pour it into a pie plate and shape the pie crust with your hands.
Place it in the oven for about 5 minutes at 350 then remove and let cool. *disclaimer 2: I know I said this was a no-bake and it still technically is, you can be even more direct and just buy an oreo crust from the grocery store if that's your bag. I'm not here to judge.
Now throw the peanut butter, powdered sugar, cream cheese and half the cool whip into your mixer. Mix slowly unless you want a blizzard of powdered sugar in your kitchen. Slowly add a touch of vanilla. Pour this delicious mixture out onto your cooled pie crust.
Just a heads up, this stuff is delicious, you can just top anything with it: apples, graham crackers, a spoon. Whatever.
Next Take another glob of peanut butter and beat it on high with the remaining half of cool whip. Add a touch of vanilla and top your previous peanut buttery pie with it.
Now at this point you're really done. But when have I ever been known to just let things go? If you have some reeses peanut butter cups, chop em up and throw them on top...
Then take some dark chocolate chips and stick em in a bowl with a little bit of heavy cream or milk and microwave for 30 seconds and drizzle that on top of the pie.
Ta da! You just made pie! Now I like to refrigerate this guy for a couple hours to let it set.
Look at that beautiful hunk of chocolate/peanut buttery goodness! I would show you a slice picture, but I typically end up taking a spoon directly to the pie plate! Also, for people that follow directions and like structure, here's the recipe.
1 1/4 cups of peanut butter
1 8 oz container cream cheese
25 chocolate sandwich cookies
4 tbsp melted butter
1 16oz package frozen whipped topping
1 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
2 tsps vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350.
Crush oreo cookies in plastic bag with rolling pin, pour into a bowl with melted butter.
Pour into pie plate and shape with hands, place in oven for about 5 minutes
Place 1 cup of peanut butter, 8 oz (or half) of frozen whipped topping, cream cheese and 1 tsp of vanilla extract in mixer. Mix on high, lower speed, add confectioners sugar slowly, increase speed and beat on high until well blended and slightly fluffy. Pour this into cooled pie crust.
Add 1/4 cup peanut butter, remaining whipped topping and vanilla extract to mixer. Mix gradually increasing speed and beat on high for a couple minutes until this is fluffy and incorporated. Pour on top of 1st pie mix in the crust.
Adorn with your favorite chopped peanut butter candy, drizzle with chocolate sauce, top with whipped cream, chocolate chips etc. Whatever you have laying around. Or just eat it and enjoy!