Two of the tastiest flavors in the world are chocolate and peanut butter. Put them together in an easy, no-bake chocolate peanut butter pie, and you’ve hit the dessert jackpot! This pie oozes peanut butter goodness with every bite and is incredibly simple to toss together. Whether you’re looking for a simple weeknight dessert or planning on wowing your family at Thanksgiving, this pie will have everyone begging for seconds.
What is peanut butter pie made of?
There are two parts to making a peanut butter pie—the crust and the filling. If you want, you can buy a pre-baked pie crust at the store. But if you have the time, I highly recommend making the chocolate pie crust from this peanut butter pie recipe because it’ll take the whole dessert up a notch!
For the crust, you’ll need some typical baking ingredients—all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, sugar, unsalted butter, and cold water. For the filling, you’ll need the following:
- Chocolate shavings or mini chocolate chips
- Heavy whipping cream
- Creamy peanut butter
- Full-fat cream cheese
- Powdered or confectioner’s sugar
Tell me about this chocolate crust!
Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven—I’m looking at you, peanut butter buckeyes! This peanut butter pie uses an easy-to-make chocolate cookie crust that adds the perfect base for the mouth-watering peanut butter filling.
Homemade pie crusts are remarkably simple to make, and you can make them in advance. But for this chocolate crust, it is super important to follow the baking instructions to the letter—this will give you a perfectly-cooked, even crust. If you veer off from the recipe, you could end up with a shrunken, shriveled crust instead.
Can I use a different crust?
Yes! You can use any store-bought or homemade crust you’d like for this chocolate peanut butter pie—I just prefer the chocolate pie crust. If you want to experiment with a pre-made chocolate cookie crust or one made with graham cracker crumbs, feel free to try it out. This no-bake chocolate peanut butter pie is such an easy dessert because you can take the time to make the crust yourself or toss the filling in a store-bought crust, and it’ll still come out tasting amazing!
How do I make chocolate peanut butter pie?
There’s not a lot of hands-on preparation work involved in making a chocolate peanut butter pie—although it requires a bit of planning for chilling and baking the crust. To make this chocolate peanut butter pie recipe, follow these simple steps.
To make the crust:
- Combine the flour, cocoa powder, cold butter cubes, and sugar in a food processor.
- Pulse until it’s developed a crumb-like texture—be careful not to over-pulse! You want pea-sized crumbs, not super fine crumbs.
- Add two tablespoons of water and pulse a few more times. The dough should hold its shape when pressed into a ball. If it’s too dry, add a bit more water, one tablespoon at a time. Wrap the pie crust dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
- Roll the cold dough onto a floured surface until it is 1/2-inch thick. Move it to a greased pie pan and prick the bottom with a fork to prevent air bubbles. Freeze the dough for 20 to 30 minutes, and preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Line the frozen pie crust with parchment paper and fill it with dried beans or pie weights. Bake for 20 minutes, remove the parchment paper and dried beans, and then return it to the oven to bake for another five minutes. Remove the pie crust from the oven and allow it to cool completely.
When preparing your surface for rolling out the dough, try using cocoa powder or a mixture of cocoa powder and flour to prevent the pie from sticking while maintaining that delicious chocolaty flavor!
To make the filling:
- Add the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and cream cheese to a large mixing bowl and stir well.
- Use an electric mixer or the whisk attachment on your stand mixer in a separate bowl to whip the heavy cream for a few minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the cream has formed soft peaks.
- Gently the whipped cream and the peanut butter mixture.
- Pour the creamy peanut butter filling into the pie crust.
- Top with shaved chocolate or mini chocolate chips, and then transfer the pie to the fridge to allow it to chill for at least four hours.
How do you know when the pie filling is set?
When you add the filling to your pie crust, it’ll be soft and fluffy. At this point, it’s not possible to slice into it and serve it, which is why it needs to chill in the fridge. Your pie will be ready to serve after chilling for four hours. If you want to take it out sooner, touch the top with a finger softly. It should feel firm enough to slice.
You can get creative with the toppings on this pie. Try using variations on the chocolate chips such as mini Reese peanut butter cups, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, or peanut butter syrup to take the flavor of your peanut butter chocolate pie up a notch.
Can I make this pie in advance?
Yes! You can make both the crust and the whole pie in advance. If you plan on freezing the pie crust, follow the crust recipe up to step seven, then freeze it solid in a metal pie plate. Wrap the frozen pie crust in several layers of plastic wrap, and it’ll last in the freezer for several months.
If you decide to make the entire chocolate peanut butter pie in advance, you can keep it in the fridge for up to three days as long as it’s well-wrapped in plastic wrap. You can also freeze your pie by wrapping it well in plastic wrap and storing it in the freezer. It’s best to serve frozen chocolate peanut butter pie as close to frozen as possible; the texture will change if you allow it to thaw too much before serving.
How do I store chocolate peanut butter pie?
If you’re storing the whole pie, wrap it in several layers of plastic wrap and keep it refrigerated until you’re ready to serve so the filling doesn’t soften. Stored this way, it’ll last up to three days in the fridge.
If you’re storing slices or a partial pie, you can place them in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to three days.
Want more delicious pie recipes like this one?
There’s a whole world of scrumptious pies out there waiting to be whipped up for a sweet dessert. If you’re in the mood for pie, you’ve got to try some of these easy and delicious recipes!