When you put together chocolate and peanut butter, you know only good things can come of it! This No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie has a creamy peanut butter filling, with an Oreo cookie crumb crust. Finished off with chopped peanut butter cups and drizzled with peanut butter and chocolate sauce. It's basically, the best pie ever.
Chocolate and Peanutbutter Pie
This pie is a celebration of the classic peanut butter and chocolate combo. With it’s crunchy, chocolate crust and creamy no-bake peanut butter, this recipe is a true ode to peanut butter cups. It is most definitely going to be a crowd favorite.
It’s perfect for any time of year; whether in the summer for a no-bake, easy pie, or, through the holidays, when oven space is hard to come by. Additionally, this pie is easily made ahead of time and stashed away in the freezer for whenever you are ready to serve it.
So, let's get to making it, shall we? The text below offers tons of tips and helpful notes, or you can scroll to the bottom to grab the recipe and get started!
Here is an overview of the ingredients needed for this recipe. The full recipe is listed below in greater detail.
- oreo cookie crust
- peanut butter (skip the natural kind for this recipe, and go straight for the traditional)
- cream cheese
- heavy cream
- granulated sugar
- brown sugar
- semi-sweet chocolate
- vanilla extract
- peanut butter cups, for topping
Here is a list of some of the primary tools I used in this recipe. You won't necessarily choose to use them all, but they are exactly what I used here. Any links may contain affiliate links.
- food processor (to make the pie dough)
- electric mixer
- pie plate
- rubber spatula
- kitchen essentials: baking scale, bowls, measuring cups and measuring spoons
Making the Chocolate Crumb Crust
I wrote a whole post all about tips and tricks to making a chocolate crumb crust. Essentially, what you need to know is that you mix together crushed oreo cookies with butter and pat it into the pan. Doesn't get much easier than that!
Here is how you make an Oreo Crumb Crust:
- Grind up the Oreos until they are fine crumbs. Do this with a food processor, or you can smash the cookies in a plastic bag with a towel over it (to prevent the cookies from breaking through the plastic) with a rolling pin. Just make sure if you are doing it by hand, that you are smashing them finely and evenly.
- Melt the butter on the stove in a medium pot. Shut off the heat.
- Add sugar and oreo crumbs to the melted butter right in that pot (no need to dirty a bowl for this) and mix it well.
Troubleshooting the Oreo Crumb Crust
Not all chocolate sandwich cookies are made the same: I've tested out a few different crusts, using different brands of chocolate sandwich cookies, also known as Oreos. I'm calling for a ratio of 1-¾ cups crumbs to 3 tablespoons of butter. You do not remove the cream filling--it stays in the pie--therefore, you don't need to add in any extra sugar or a lot of butter.
However, if for any reason your crumb crust is extremely dry, you can add 1 tablespoon of melted butter, one tablespoon at a time, to the crumbs until they are evenly moistened. Alternatively, if your mixture is too wet and it is hard to work with, add more cookie crumbs until it is easy to pat into the pan.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie Filling
This Peanut Butter Pie uses a no-bake filling that is super easy to put together. It's simple to make because it skips the use of egg whites or gelatin, and instead uses stiffly whipped cream to act as the stabilizer. This is my preferred method for making these types of no-bake pies because it has just the right texture and flavor.
How to Make It
To begin, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Stiff peaks are when you pick up the whisk and the whipped cream holds a stiff peak without moving at all. Once you’ve whipped the cream, remove it from the bowl and set it aside. In the now-empty bowl, the other half of the filling needs to be whipped together. Whip the softened cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Next, add in the peanut butter and mix together until it is just combined.
After doing so, you'll find the mixture will be quite stiff. This commonly happens when you are introducing something with peanut butter because of the high-fat content. Be careful not to overmix it at this point.
Next, you are going to need some arm muscle to add in half of the whipped cream to the peanut butter. The peanut butter mixture will be too thick to gently fold it in. At this point, you just want to mix it together to help lighten up the filling.
Then, add the remaining whipped cream to the bowl and fold it in. This isn't a delicate pie filling, so don't be afraid to mix it completely.
Finally, place the peanut butter filling in the prepared pie crust and smooth over the top. The whole thing needs to be chilled, either in the refrigerator, or the freezer to set up. It needs at least 4 hours of chilling time, but the overnight method is best.
How to Garnish a Peanut Butter Pie
For this pie, you'll find two recipes for making a quick DIY chocolate sauce and peanut butter sauce. The chocolate sauce is my take on a homemade "Hershey's" syrup sauce. It's similar to a ganache, but one that has added sugar and a bit more cream so it stays softer.
The peanut butter sauce is REALLY good, too. They're both easy to make, promise.
Once the pie is chilled, top it with cut up pieces of peanut butter cups, and then pipe over the peanut butter and chocolate sauces. It really makes this pie feel complete.
If you didn't want to make the two sauces, you could simply top this with whipped cream.
How to Serve Peanut Butter Pie
This pie should be served very chilled. It can be made up to 2 days ahead of time if stored in the refrigerator, or up to 1 month if frozen. Do not top it with the garnishes until ready to serve.
If serving from the refrigerator, I recommend placing the pie in the freezer for 30 – 60 minutes before serving, though it’s not essential. It just makes slicing it very neat and clean.
To serve it from completely frozen, let the pie sit at room temperature until it’s easy to cut into it, about 15-30 minutes, depending on how warm your kitchen is.
More No-Bake Pies:
- Nutella Pie with Potato Chip Crust
- No-Bake Cannoli Pie
- No-Bake Oreo Pie
- No-Bake Orange Creamsicle Pie
- No-Bake Pumpkin Pie
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