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This super creamy, Easy Peanut Butter Pie, is, hands down, one of the easiest, and most enjoyable desserts I’ve ever made. Make this pie for your family and friends and watch it quickly disappear.

Peanut butter fans are bound to love this easily prepared dessert, and even those who are not fans of peanut butter may find themselves converted. This pie is everything a dessert should be. It is quick and easy to prepare, and each bite is pure joy. There is a lovely contrast of textures. The crust is crunchy and buttery, and the peanut butter filling is smooth, rich and creamy.

My peanut butter pie is unbelievably simple to make. The base is made in the same method as the base for a standard cheesecake. I have used Arnotts Granita Biscuits, whizzed to fine breadcrumbs in a food processor, and then blended with melted butter. I press the biscuit base into a pie plate and then bake for about 8 minutes. That’s all the cooking that you need to do.  

For the filling, whip a cup of cream. Then, in the bowl of a stand mixer, blendcream cheese, peanut butter, brown sugar and vanilla. Fold the whipped creaminto the peanut butter mixture, pour it into the biscuit base, smooth thefilling and place the pie in the freezer. Give it about one hour in the freezer to quickly chill, and then transfer it to the refrigerator. It’s as simple as that.

This is not a dessert to whip up at the last moment. A little forward thinking is necessary, but only an hour or so. The key to making a smooth, creamy pie is to have the ingredients at room temperature. The cream cheese does not integrate well if it is used cold from the refrigerator.


This Easy Peanut Butter Pie is so simple to make that you can serve it for almost any occasion, or no occasion at all.

 It is perfect for entertaining as it can be made in advance. Make it the day before you need it and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. Being easily transported, the pie is perfect if you’ve offered to take a dessert to a friend’s home. It’s a great, easily made dessert for the festive season. Or, use it as an excuse to have a party; a no-reason party.

I definitely recommend you use it for special occasions so there are plenty of people to share. If not, I include a disclaimer. I cannot accept responsibility if you make it when there’s nobody around. You may just end up eating it yourself, it is that addictive.

However, it is necessary that you serve it whilst it is still chilled. The filling will become soft again very quickly if left at room temperature. It still tastes delicious, but it becomes impossible to cut a neat slice.

Decadent and rich, you cannot go wrong with this peanut butter pie.

Enjoy this delicious dessert, and please let me know in the comments below if you try it! 

Xx Alex

P.S. Looking for another simple, yet delicious dessert? I highly recommend you try our Classic Key Lime Pie or Baked Cheesecake!

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Easy Peanut Butter Pie

This pie is one of the most impressive desserts I’ve made and I’m sure you will add it to your list of favourites. Desserts don’t come much easier, or more delicious, than this. Your family and friends will love it. All you require is the patience waiting for it to set. As a bonus, it’s easy to make a gluten-free version.

Course Dessert, Sweet
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy, delicious, dessert, easy, gluten free option, peanut butter pie, rich, simple, sweet
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 28 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 717 kcal
Author Alexandra

Ingredients

  • 250 g Granita biscuits * or other sweet, plain biscuit
  • 80 g butter melted
  • 1 cup whipping cream heavy cream *
  • 250 g cream cheese at room temperature *
  • 315 g peanut butter smooth/creamy
  • 145 g light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • Whipped cream/chocolate shavings to serve optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 Degrees C (350F).

  2. Place the biscuits in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

    Add the melted butter to the biscuit crumbs and process until well combined.

  3. Tip the biscuit and butter mixture into a 9” / 23 cm pie plate. Using the back of a dessert spoon, or the base of a flat-bottomed glass, press the mixture over the base and side of the pie plate.

    Place the pie crust into the pre-heated oven and bake until golden, about 8-10 minutes.

    Remove the crust from the oven and set aside to cool completely.

  4. In a medium-sized bowl, using hand-held electric beaters, beat the cream until it holds soft peaks.

  5. Fit a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Add the cream cheese, peanut butter, brown sugar and vanilla and beat at high speed until the mixture is smooth.

    Gently fold the cream into the peanut butter mixture. See the notes below for detailed instructions.*

  6. Fill the pie case with the mixture, and smooth over with a palette knife or spatula.

  7. Place the pie in the freezer for 1 hour to quickly chill. Do not attempt to cover the pie with cling wrap before chilling. I give this advice based on experience. The soft filling will stick to the cling wrap. The filling is far too delicious to waste in this way.

    After 1 hour, remove the pie from the freezer, cover with cling wrap and place in the refrigerator.*

  8. Prior to serving, top the pie with whipped cream and shaved chocolate if desired. Or, serve cream on the side.

Recipe Notes

* As alternatives, you could use Graham Crackers or gluten free biscuits.

*In Australia, whipping cream/heavy cream has 35% milk fat.

*The Australian cup size is 250ml.

* The most important requirement of this recipe is to have the ingredients at room temperature, otherwise the cream cheese will not blend smoothly.

*When folding one ingredient into another, we want to avoid knocking out too much air. I like to use a large rubber spatula but a large metal spoon is also ideal. The lighter mixture, in this case cream, is added to the heavier mixture. I start by adding 1/3 of the cream to slacken the peanut butter mixture. Run the spatula, or spoon, around the side of the bowl and then along the base. Fold the mixture over onto itself. Give the bowl a quarter turn and repeat the technique until the cream is folded in. Fold in the remaining 2/3 of the cream, repeating the method for folding, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

* I recommend that you keep the pie in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. At room temperature the filling will become very soft and it will be impossible to cut neat and clean slices.

*Do not leave the pie uncovered in the freezer for any length of time as it will suffer freezer burn.

 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Peanut Butter Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 717 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Fat 52g80%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 517mg22%
Potassium 387mg11%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 1105IU22%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 92mg9%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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300 Comments on “Easy Peanut Butter Pie”

  1. I’m a huge pb fan so any thing that gets me faster closer to PB the better! 😀

  2. 5 stars
    That sounds delicious. I’m a big fan of peanut butter pie, and I’m an especially big fan of peanut butter pie that’s easy to make! Winner, winner!

  3. 5 stars
    I love Peanut Butter but im not a fan of pies so I don’t know how I would like this lol. It looks great, though!

  4. 5 stars
    We can see why this dessert is addictive! It looks so creamy and delicious! We love the different textures too!

  5. These looks yummy and very creamy. Loved how you make a great twist on this recipe, and who doesn’t love peanut. It’s my all time favorite snack.

  6. 5 stars
    Yum this recipe looks so delicious. We love pie and we love peanut butter. We definitely need to try to make it ourselves.

  7. There’s no doubt, my family would love that. Not only that we are a fan of peanut butter. We also love pies!

  8. my daughter makes peanut butter pie every year, this is always so super tasty and everyone loves it. This recipe is a bit different may have to have a heads up make this and her make hers thanks for sharing

  9. Thank you for your review, it all looks absolutely fantastic

    Peanut Butter is my love after workout!

  10. 5 stars
    My kids would absolutely love this, they are massive peanut butter fans! We will definitely need to make this and try it for ourselves.

  11. 5 stars
    Sounds like such a dreamy pie, the texture of the custard is so perfectly silky and I love the addition of the shaved chocolate to finish the pie 🙂

  12. 5 stars
    Yum!! Yes, PB is so good and versatile and you can have sweet or savoury dishes with it. I love this Easy Peanut Butter Pie. I think it would go like hot cakes at a BBQ!! Well done.

  13. Ooh I love anything with peanut butter in it! This sounds and looks absolutely delicious 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  14. Omg this peanut butter pie looks to be insanely delicious! I need to try and make this soon. xo, Suzanne

  15. This looks sooooo delicious!!! My husband loves peanut butter. I can’t wait to make this for him.

  16. Looks like I have a perfect Christmas gift for my family and friends. Will be printing and tomorrow I will give it a try. =)

  17. This is the second time I’ve seen something about peanut buttter pie in the last week, so I guess that means I need to try it! Great recipe!

  18. I’m always on the lookout for easy recipes and you never disappoint! Thanks, Alexanda, I pinned it for future reference.

  19. I used to make a peanut butter pie similar to this one, however this looks and sounds even better!! I’m saving this so I can go back to it and make it soon!!

  20. This sounds delicious! I have never heard of Peanut Butter Pie until today! I can’t wait to try, PB is my fave!!!

  21. 5 stars
    I showed my husband one of these photos, and his jaw drops & he says “oh my god, pleeeeeease babe” ??

  22. 5 stars
    Oh wow it looks so creamy! And delicious. I think my kids are going to love this one, can’t wait to make it 🙂

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  24. Your peanut butter pie is really speaking to my soul. Aside from peanut butter being an all-around perfect food, it’s especially delicious in desserts! I can’t wait to try my hand at this.

  25. My grandma super loves Peanut Butter so I think she will like this Peanut butter Pie. I will definitely share this recipe ro her.

  26. I tried penut butter pie in Spain 2 days ago. I was looking for recipe to do it myself. Thanks for sharing!

  27. 5 stars
    Oh man, this looks delicious! I just got a box of gluten-free pie crust mix this weekend, so I might have to try this recipe ASAP.

  28. 5 stars
    This seems simple to try to learn to make. I love the idea behind the peanut butter and whipped cream.

  29. 5 stars
    Yum this looks really delicious! it’s been a while since I’ve had something that was rich and peanut buttery!

  30. 5 stars
    First of all, peanut is one of my favorite snack and my comfort food I may say. This recipe has a great twist when it comes to ordinary, loved how you create this recipe into a really amazing one.

  31. Oh yum! This pie looks delish!!! I’ve gone sugar free but I would definitely want to break the vow with this one!

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  33. 5 stars
    This is definitely going on my list of makes! And I will never understand how someone could not love peanut butter. It is awesome in everything and so versatile! A no bake pie is great for summer, thanks for the recipe.

  34. 5 stars
    As a busy mom, I’m always on the lookout for quick recipes. Plus, we looove peanut butter! So 2 of the most important boxes are ticked with this recipe. I will definitely give it a try as it looks amazing and I’m sure it also tastes heavenly.

  35. 5 stars
    Your pie makes me salivate! It looks super delicious and would enjoy the pie with some apple juice. The topping cream makes it drool-worthy!

  36. I so love Much the fact that the peanut butter pie is easy to make And I will really love to make one for my self, I hope I get to make it as nice and delicious as it should be.

    1. I am so pleased that you will make the Peanut Butter Pie. It is very simple to make and I am sure that you will be happy with the result. 🙂

  37. 5 stars
    The texture of that peanut butter layer looks insane, Alex!! I’m seriously drooling over this pie and I love how easy it is to make!

  38. I love your recipes, they are so easy to follow.

    This looks amazing! We are big peanut butter fans in this house so I need to make this x

  39. It looks so tasty ! My husband loves peanut butter and I want to surprise him this weekend,for his birthday, with your amazing peanut butter pie. I am not very good at baking so please wish me luck !

    1. I certainly wish you well Elena. I am sure you will make this beautifully and that your husband will appreciate the birthday surprise. Enjoy! 🙂

  40. Ooh, your photos make me drool! As someone who loves both pie and peanut butter, this will definitely make me insane! Thank you for sharing this recipe! ?

  41. 5 stars
    I bookmarked your recipe and will make this on the weekend. I wish I could make it sooner, but I have to a ton of work this week so I will be pressed for time. The weekend would be good. I can’t wait to try this recipe out!

  42. This looks very yummy. I am saving this for the next party I attend. I never know what to bring and then end up bringing something store bought. Thanks for sharing!

  43. Is there much of a difference between the vanilla bean paste and the extract? I have all the ingredients but the paste…but I have plenty of vanilla extract!

  44. I love peanut butter and I love pie…. so this sounds AMAZING! I am going to make it this weekend and try it!!

  45. I’m surprised how easy this recipe seems. It’s not complicated, is right. I’ve never had peanut butter pie… it promises to be delicious.

  46. I live for peanut butter and I love love love pies, so this to me is a little slice of heaven. I will def make this later on. Thanks so much for the recipe

  47. Now this recipe is perfect for Fathers Day Celebration. Glad that it’s so easy and delicious.

  48. 5 stars
    Wow, this seems to be absolutely gorgeous! Peanut butter is not very popular here in Russia but your recipe is so easy and the pie looks so delicious… So I will definitely give it a try ♥

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