Frozen Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie

I simply cannot resist any dessert that has even the slightest thing to do with peanut butter. If Oreos and cream cheese are involved, all the better. Which is why as soon as I laid eyes on this dessert I knew I had to have it. It wasn’t a question of if, it was a matter of when. And when couldn’t come soon enough. An Oreo crust is filled with a creamy, light-as-air peanut butter filling, then popped in the freezer and drizzled with more peanut butter and chocolate. This is the ultimate summertime dessert for any peanut butter fanatic (present company included).

This dessert is actually very, very similar to the Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte that is a huge fan favorite in the Brown Eyed Baker corner of the world. Both have an Oreo crust and a cream cheese/peanut butter/whipped cream mousse-like filling. The torte tosses in some chocolate chips and chopped peanuts and is topped with a ganache, while this pie is a bit of a simpler recipe.

Don’t even ask me to choose between the two, because I couldn’t possibly. But maybe I can help a little… If you’re having a nice sit-down dinner with company and you want to serve a delicious, rich dessert, definitely go for the torte. Or, if it’s your boyfriend’s birthday and you know you’re going to be snowed in for at least 3 days during a blizzard, DEFINITELY make the torte. (Also, if you eat breakfast you are totally allowed to have torte for dessert… immediately following breakfast. It’s a legit rule. Snowmagaddon bylaws.)

If you’re having a more casual summer affair (say a picnic) with not as many people and/or you want to make something that is a little quicker and has less steps, I would go with this pie. You truly cannot go wrong with either one, and I encourage you to try both!

(Also, I totally ran out of chocolate for the drizzle, oops!)

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Two years ago: Chocolate Ice Cream
Three years ago: Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread
Four years ago: Egg Muffins

Frozen Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 5 hours


For the Crust:
1¾ cups chocolate cookie crumbs (about 20 Oreos)
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Pinch of salt

For the Filling:
6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
¾ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1¼ cups creamy peanut butter (not chunky or natural)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups heavy cream

For the Topping Drizzle:
1 ounce semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 tablespoons peanut butter


1. To make the crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the cookie crumbs, brown sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Add the butter and toss with a fork until all of the crumbs are moistened. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Refrigerate for 15 minutes, then bake until set, about 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

2. To make the filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the peanut butter and vanilla. Wipe out the mixing bowl, switch to the whisk attachment and whip the heavy cream on medium-high until soft peaks form. Stir 1/3 of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture to lighten it up. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold in the remaining whipped cream. Transfer the filling to the cooled crust and spread in an even layer. Freeze uncovered for at least 4 hours or up to 1 day covered with plastic wrap.

3. To garnish the pie: Put the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 30 second increments at 50% power, stirring after each. Continue until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag and snip a tiny bit off the corner. Hold the bag over the pie and drizzle the melted chocolate in a zig-zag pattern. Melt the peanut butter in the microwave using the same method used for the chocolate. Add the melted peanut butter to a resealable plastic bag, snip off a corner and drizzle over the pie. Let stand for about 10 minutes to set. Return to the freeze if not serving immediately.

4. Remove the pie from the freezer about 10-15 minutes before you are ready to serve. If you have trouble cutting it, running your knife under warm water will help. Cover leftovers tightly with plastic wrap and foil, and store in the freezer.

(Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart's Pies and Tarts, originally seen on Tracey's Culinary Adventures)


69 Responses to “Frozen Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie”

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  1. Kathy - Panini Happy on July 20, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Oh wow, this is really speaking to me. I’ve just got to taste that light-as-air peanut butter filling!


  2. Katrina on July 20, 2011 at 1:43 am

    This is my dream pie! Yum!


  3. Katie on July 20, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Woow that looks wickidly divine. Mmmm I want a slice now and its only breakfast time. Yum


  4. Sasha (The Procrastobaker) on July 20, 2011 at 4:16 am

    This looks horrendously addictive! Obviously that is a compliment though :) your recipes are always so wonderful, i have to say normally i could take or leave peanut butter but this definitely makes me want to jump up and make it right now, i think there would be few people that wouldnt adore this pie and it really is perfect for summer! Lovely recipe :)


  5. The Café Sucré Farine on July 20, 2011 at 6:26 am

    This looks like a perfect summertime treat! I am imagining it with a drizzle of hot fudge and a swirl of whipped cream, YUM! Thanks, Chris


  6. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on July 20, 2011 at 6:42 am

    I was JUST looking for a recipe like this to make, you seriously read my mind! Looks perfect!


  7. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on July 20, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Peanut butter & chocolate= my FAVORITE combination :) I might just have to top this with Reeses to be obnoxious


  8. Alli on July 20, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Torte pie torte pie. Which to make? Yum!


  9. Heather (Heather's Dish) on July 20, 2011 at 8:03 am

    i kind of shed a tear reading about this. i need it!


  10. sherri lynn on July 20, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I love peanut butter pie!! I haven’t made one in almost a year – I think I’m due!! Maybe I’ll use my birthday next week as an excuse to whip this up for the two of us ! :)


  11. Blog is the New Black on July 20, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Oh my! Delish!


  12. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking on July 20, 2011 at 8:41 am

    What a concept – dessert after breakfast!! Love it!


  13. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray on July 20, 2011 at 8:49 am

    OhmyGOSH. This is all of the things that are right and good in the world. Especially during this heat wave.

    Um, P.S., thank you for making me aware of the dessert-following-breakfast rule. I now feel justified in the way I live my life. 😉


  14. Tara on July 20, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Crazy! This pie has been in my family for YEARS – we make it all different ways. You can use low fat or fat free ingredients, and it turns out just as delicious, so sometimes we make it when we want a less indulgent recipe. You CAN use chunky peanut butter, but only if you want chunks of peanuts in your pie…I’m cool with that :)


  15. Emily Malloy @Cleanliness on July 20, 2011 at 9:04 am

    This is perfection!


  16. Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories on July 20, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I will now go eat a Reese’s in a paltry attempt to forget about my immediate need for this pie.


  17. Erin on July 20, 2011 at 9:16 am

    This looks delicious! I love love love peanut butter pie!


  18. Priyanka on July 20, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Wow….thats divine.
    First time here and loved it :)


  19. dana @ my little celebration on July 20, 2011 at 10:24 am

    wow, this looks INcredible. I must make this sometime!!


  20. Tracey on July 20, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed it Michelle! Yours looks awesome :) I am a huge fan of Dorie’s pb torte as well, totally agree with your suggestion that this is a more casual option.


  21. Erin on July 20, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Peanut butter for the win, every single time.


  22. Carrie Melissa Jones (@southxsf) on July 20, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Oh my goodness, all that is sweet and delicious in this world has just culminated in this pie. I am dying, I tell you. Dying.


  23. Kelly on July 20, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Your food photos are looking extra scrumptious, good job on the photography! :)


  24. Mykie on July 20, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Oooh, cold peanut butter…the thing of delicious dreams!


  25. Sara on July 20, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I think I might be drooling a bit! This looks Heavenly.


  26. CouponClippingCook on July 20, 2011 at 11:31 am

    wow….does this sound delicious or what! This recipe sounds so creamy and smooth. Not to mention the great combination of fun flavors….and it’s relatively simple to make! Looks delish!


  27. Jen of My Tiny Oven on July 20, 2011 at 11:37 am

    OMG! You are killing me! This looks so amazing. LOVE peanut butter and chocolate!


  28. Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat on July 20, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Holy cow this looks good- PB and chocolate is the best combo ever, hands down.


  29. jaclyn@todayslady on July 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Oh my yum! Peanut butter, Oreos, pie…… this is like heaven in a dish! Perfect for dessert after breakfast :)


  30. Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) on July 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    YUM! Looks amazing…and anything with chocolate peanut butter is definitely a crowd pleaser…but more importantly, it pleases ME! Love this!


  31. Alisa @ Runs with Knives on July 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    AHHHH! Why do you show pictures of things like this to those of us who don’t have access to said peanut butter decadence? I need this in my stomach right now!


  32. Cookin' Canuck on July 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I like those Snomagaddan by-laws! This looks completely irresistible, Michelle.


  33. Valerie on July 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    We have had a version of peanut pie in my family for years and me and my brothers always fight over it at Thanksgiving!!! YUM!!


  34. Julia on July 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Im the same, if peanut butter is involved, I have no self control. And ESPECIALLY if oreos and cream are involved also. Oy vey, that’s it, will power goes flying out the door.


  35. jeannette on July 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    This looks fantastic!! I’m always excited to see Tracey’s name :) she’s a good friend of mine and I think I bookmarked this on her blog too! :) let me just run to make room in my freezer :)


  36. Christina on July 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I made a dessert similar to this from a Dorie Greenspan recipe. It was delicious, but that version wasn’t frozen. I think I’d like a frozen version next time.


    • Michelle on July 20th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      Was it the Chocolate-Peanut Butter Torte from Dori’s “Baking” book? That’s the one I referenced above – it’s very similar to this, but made in a springform pan and not frozen.


  37. mis-cakes on July 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Just put this on my to make list!! Looks awesome


  38. Heather on July 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    This pie is freaking amazing!


  39. Steph@stephsbitebybite on July 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I could eat this whole thing!!


  40. alyssa on July 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Thank you sooo much! It’s my birthday here in a few days and i didn’t know what I wanted (all I had in mind was that it had to be either peanut buttery or cold) this is heaven in a pie crust!


  41. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on July 20, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Perfectly creamy and delicious looking! Great combination of chocolate and peanut butter!


  42. Ally on July 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    This looks so delicious & very do-able! Thanks, sweetness!


  43. Ann on July 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Holy Peanut Butter! That looks amazing! Coming from a long line of peanut butter eaters – I am in LOVE!


  44. Happy When Not Hungry on July 20, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Wow this pie looks amazing!!! My mouth is watering. I love chocolate and peanut butter and the fact that this pie is frozen makes it perfect for summer!


  45. Kim Beaulieu on July 20, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    This recipe looks so fabulous. I am not a huge peanut butter fan but I might make an exception for this.


  46. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on July 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I shouldn’t be reading this so late at night… This pie looks amazing. Can’t wait to give it a try!


  47. Katie @ NYCitified on July 21, 2011 at 2:07 am

    My fiance goes crazy for anything peanut butter, I go crazy for anything involving Oreos…..this pie needs to happen in our household immediately


  48. Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie on July 21, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Yum—I can’t resist anything with peanut butter OR Oreos, and since these have both I must make it!


  49. Maria on July 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I am always up for chocolate and PB! Love this dessert!


  50. Joy on July 21, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Drool….I would love some right now.


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