Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie: the delicious dessert peanut butter fans will love

Total time: 40 min + chilling time
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 8 people
By Cookist
Creamy peanut butter
1 cup
cream cheese softened to room temperature
heavy whipping cream
1 ½ cups
Pie crust
Chopped peanuts
2 tbsp
flaked sea salt
1/4 tsp

Decadently creamy and thick, with a buttery, flaky crust, old-fashioned peanut butter pie is a classic dessert that will put a smile on the face of all the peanut butter lovers in your home. Made with peanut butter, cream cheese, heavy cream, and sugar, this pie's silky smooth filling is surprisingly light tasting and is perfect as a sweet but not too sweet dessert. This no-hassle recipe takes little prep, especially if you have a hand mixer to beat the ingredients together. You can use your oven or make a no-bake version for extra ease and even add more oomph to your old-fashioned peanut butter pie with additions like chocolate, jelly, peanuts, and more!


Peanut Butter Pie Ingredients

There are a few essential ingredients to make the best old-fashioned peanut butter pie you've ever tasted. Naturally, you'll need peanut butter. Either creamy or natural will do – don't use crunchy peanut butter. The recipe also calls for heavy cream, cream cheese, and powdered sugar, as well as any toppings you might want to decorate your pie with. A pie crust is also necessary – you can make it yourself or pick up a store-bought one for more convenience.

How to Make Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie

To make your peanut butter pie, you'll need to start off by par-baking your pie crust. Bake it for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it turns a beautiful golden brown, then let it cool completely before pouring in the filling.

For that rich, creamy peanut butter filling, your first need to peak the heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks. Do this by hand or use a mixer. Scoop the peanut butter into a bowl and beat it with cream cheese and sugar. Once it's smooth, gently fold in the whipped cream. Pour the filling into your pie crust and pop it in the fridge to set for at least 3 hours, or overnight.


Tips for Making the Best Peanut Butter Pie

– Skip the fuss of using the oven by making a no-bake version of peanut butter pie. Use a graham cracker crust or pick up a store-bought baked pie crust.

– If you don't want to use cream cheese, you can substitute it for plain yogurt, ricotta, or even silken tofu.

– While homemade whipped cream tastes best, you can use Cool Whip in your pie if you have that on hand.

– If you're using natural peanut butter, you can add up to 6 tablespoons of heavy cream to thin it out. Mix well between additions to determine how much extra cream you'll need.


Peanut Butter Pie Variations to Try

There are so many great additions you can pop into your old-fashioned peanut butter pie. Mix in some Nutella or toss in chocolate chips. Swirl in some jelly or jam to make a peanut butter and jelly pie. Swapping out the pie crust for a graham cracker or Oreo crust is another phenomenal version you're sure to love.


How to Store Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie

Cover leftover peanut butter pie and keep it in the fridge. Enjoy within 3 days. Frozen old-fashioned peanut butter pie lasts up to 3 months when covered and frozen.



Preheat your oven to 375F. Pre-bake your pie crust for 15 to 20 minutes. Take it out of the oven.


Prick the bottom of the pie crust using a fork.


Bake again for up to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Take the pie crust out of the oven and let it cool.


Meanwhile, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.


In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter with cream cheese, and powdered sugar, beating until smooth.


Fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture.


Transfer the filling to the pie crust. Smooth the top over with a spatula.


Garnish with peanuts and sea salt and chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours.

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