This easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie has a creamy peanut butter filling with a chocolate cookie crumb crust, finished off with chopped peanut butter cups and drizzled with peanut butter and chocolate sauce.
This pie is a celebration of the classic peanut butter and chocolate combo. With it’s crunchy, chocolate oreo 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 (like this Creamsicle Pie), or, through the holidays, when oven space is hard to come by and you need to add on to your list of the classic Pumpkin Pie and Apple Pies. 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!
More of a visual person? Check out the video of me making it below, located right above the recipe!
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 peanut butter spread)
- 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 use in this recipe. You won't necessarily choose to use them all, but they are exactly what I used. 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!
You do not remove the cream filling--it stays in the pie.
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. Typically at home I use Newman O's, and they require about 3 tablespoons of butter. But when I test the pie with Oreo brand, I find they are much drier, and need more like 6 tablespoons of butter. So while making an oreo pie crust is pretty straightforward, the actual amount of added butter can vary. So start with 3, and then add more if needed. The consistency should be like wet sand, and when you squeeze the oreo mixture it should hold it's shape but not be soggy.
If 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.
About the No Bake Cheesecake Filling
This Peanut Butter Pie's no-bake filling is super easy to put together. It's simple to make because, unlike other no-bake pies, 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.
Here is an overview of how to make it (with the full recipe written below this article in the recipe card):
Step 1: Whip the cream until stiff peaks form, then set it aside.
Step 2: Whip the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla.
Step 3: Paddle in the peanut butter, then fold in the whipped cream mixture.
Step 4: Add the no-bake peanut butter filling to the prepared pie crust.
- "Stiff peaks" have formed when you pick up the whisk, and the whipped cream holds a peak without it moving at all
- Don't overwhip the peanut butter, it can "break" and your mixture looks curdled
- The peanut butter mixture will be too thick to gently fold it in, so don't worry about keeping it light at the beginning, just focus on getting the whip cream and peanut butter together, and then fold in the last half of the whipped cream to create a light and air texture
The whole pie needs to be chilled in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, but it is best to let it set overnight.
It can also be frozen (for up to 3 months). Sometimes no-bake or icebox pies need to sit in the refrigerator first, but this one does not, and it can go straight into the freezer. See instructions for serving from frozen below in the section labeled "How to Serve Peanut Butter Pie".
For this pie, you'll find two recipes for making a quick DIY chocolate sauce and peanut butter sauce. These are both optional, but delightful. 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.
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.
For super clean slices, place the pie in the freezer for 30 – 60 minutes before serving.
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.
This pie will keep well for a few days in the refrigerator. Store in an airtight container to prevent the no-bake filling from absorbing any odors in the fridge.
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