Peanut Butter Pie with Cookie Crust

Peanut butter and chocolate go together about as well as anything else I can think of in the food world. I’ve had a long-time love affair with that combination. There’s nothing fancy about it, but it’s just plain delicious. This pie is no exception.

I’ve had peanut butter pies in the past, but they were just that – peanut butter. When I saw this pie, I was excited about putting all that peanut butter goodness into a chocolate cookie pie crust. Then, I saw that it didn’t just stop there. No, between the chocolate cookie pie crust and all that peanut butter goodness is a thin layer of chocolate. And if you think it stops there, you’re wrong, because there’s a hot fudge sauce to top it off.

Peanut Butter Pie with Cookie Crust is a delicious combination of chocolate and peanut butter in a sweet, cool, creamy dessert. - Bake or Break

I took a bit of a shortcut and used a store-bought chocolate sauce to top off the pie. I did include Baked’s hot fudge sauce recipe along with the crust and pie. If you have time, go ahead and make that sauce. Otherwise, I see no shame in a shortcut now and then.

Somehow, I managed to get no pictures of this pie with the chocolate sauce on top. Please feel free to use your imagination. Even without the sauce, this pie is beautiful and delicious.

Peanut Butter Pie with Cookie Crust is a wonderfully tasty no-bake dessert. Chocolate and peanut butter are always a winner! - Bake or Break

All of this yumminess is brought to us by the fellas at Baked in their fabulous cookbook. They also are responsible for one of my very favorite cakes.

Peanut Butter Pie with Cookie Crust

Prep Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 1 9-inch pie (8-10 servings)

Peanut Butter Pie with Cookie Crust


    For the crust:
  • 30 chocolate wafer cookies (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • For the filling:
  • 1/2 cup (3 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • For the hot fudge sauce:
  • 6 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate (64% cacao), finely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup


To make the crust:

Using a food processor, grind cookies to a fine powder. Transfer to a bowl and stir in sugar. Pour the butter over the mixture and mix until well combined.

Press the crumb mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Put the crust in the refrigerator.

To make the filling:

Melt chocolate chips in microwave or double boiler. Stir in corn syrup. Spread the chocolate in a thin layer on the bottom of the chilled pie crust. Return the crust to the refrigerator.

Using an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, peanut butter, vanilla, and brown sugar on medium speed until well combined and smooth. Set aside.

In another bowl, use the mixer to whisk the cream until soft peaks form. Gently fold whipped cream into peanut butter mixture until uniform in color.

Pour the mixture into the prepared crust and freeze for at least 4 hours. Once frozen, the pie can be covered with aluminum foil and kept in the freezer for up to 3 days.

To make the hot fudge sauce:

Place both chocolates in a heat-proof bowl. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer over medium heat. Stir in corn syrup. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate. Allow to sit for 2 minutes. Starting in the center and working out to the edges, whisk the chocolate mixture in a circle until smooth.

Spoon onto pieces of pie before serving.

After sauce is cooled to room temperature, it can be covered tightly and kept in the refrigerator for 3 days. Rewarm sauce in microwave on medium heat for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until warm.


Recipe adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking.

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  1. Amber February 3, 2010 Reply

    I love this with a glass of icy milk and I always wondered if jelly on top would be good.

  2. Natalie February 3, 2010 Reply

    Mm this looks lovely, peanut butter is just so good with anything remotely chocolatey or cookiey :). Looks delicious.

  3. Liesl February 3, 2010 Reply

    This looks so good! I love peanut butter!

  4. MaryMoh February 3, 2010 Reply

    Yum….looks very delicious. I love peanut butter…great combination with chocolate.

  5. Kristan February 3, 2010 Reply

    Yummy!! I loved the Baked cookbook….looks great! Great pictures!

  6. Karen February 3, 2010 Reply

    Hey blog looks great! I’m new to blogging. Just wanted to share my blog..

  7. Anna @ unsweetenedcocoa February 3, 2010 Reply

    MOUTHWATERING. I live with a certain someone who is insane about pb + chocolate so would go over very well in our household!

  8. Memoria February 3, 2010 Reply

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR BLOG! Have I ever told you that? haha I also love the last photo. YUM!!

  9. Nan February 3, 2010 Reply

    How could this not be good?? It looks wonderful even without the chocolate sauce!

  10. Megan February 3, 2010 Reply

    I have that book and how did I miss this recipe? I must go forth and make it!

  11. Heli February 4, 2010 Reply

    Wow, that looks really decadent. Mm..

  12. denise February 4, 2010 Reply

    I am not the biggest peanut butter fan, though a PBJ sandwich does hit the spot now and then, but, THAT pie could make a believer out of me 😀
    You do very, very naughty things with cameras, and I love it! More, more!

  13. shelly (cookies and cups) February 4, 2010 Reply

    This looks so good!
    Also, I have wanted that cookbook for so long now and just haven’t gotten for myself, but I have given it as a gift. I was THIS close to keeping it…wish I had 😉

  14. Katie February 4, 2010 Reply

    I will have to make this for my Husband he will flip. Thanks for sharing!

  15. jose manuel February 4, 2010 Reply

    Otra receta deliciosa para hacerla en cuanto pueda. Un saludo

  16. Laura February 4, 2010 Reply

    Mmm I love chocolate and peanut butter together. That looks delicious!

  17. Jennifer February 4, 2010 Reply

    Weird, I have that book too and I missed that recipe. Not sure how as I love peanut butter. Looks good!

  18. Alta February 4, 2010 Reply

    I agree – peanut butter and chocolate are wonderful together! Yum!

  19. The Food Hunter February 5, 2010 Reply


  20. Lilly Higgins February 6, 2010 Reply

    This looks *amazing*! I love the close up of the piece of pie, I’ll have to make this. I absolutely love peanut butter. Yum. Your blog is lovely!x

  21. Velez Delights February 7, 2010 Reply

    I’m by no means a fan of peanut butter, but I think this post converted me. It looks and sounds absolutely amazing!! ♥ (@StephanieVelezR)

  22. Casie February 7, 2010 Reply

    I’d just like to say what an evil woman you are! Peanut butter..there is no better substance on the planet! Well besides chocolate. ANd you have both in one spot….must..resist temptation! It looks delicious though. Well done!

  23. Sara Varone February 8, 2010 Reply

    Oh my gosh this looks amazing. I can’t wait to make this! I will make sure not to have people over so that I don’t have to share! Thanks for the recipe!!!!

  24. treehouse Chef February 9, 2010 Reply

    I love peanut butter pie! Have never made the cookie crust. I posted a recipe for one last year with a special topping. I must try this one–yum!

  25. Sweets at Vicky's February 10, 2010 Reply

    How is it that you manage to find all the most sinfully deicious recipes is beyond me! But just don’t stop. :)

  26. Eliana February 11, 2010 Reply

    chocolate and peanut butter do go incredibly well together. they look delicious in this pie.

  27. Laura February 14, 2010 Reply

    I agree. Whoever thought of putting the two together deserves a medal! This pie looks delicious! Good work!

    lm. x

  28. mani February 25, 2010 Reply




  29. molly February 27, 2010 Reply

    oh my, i’m fairly certain i NEED this in my life.

  30. Demetria February 28, 2010 Reply

    here there… totally missing ya recipes… hope everything is cool with you… check ya later!

  31. Anna March 2, 2010 Reply

    Sometimes I hate being the only one in the family who likes peanut butter. Cookies I can give away, but pies are harder to share. Maybe I’ll make this anyway.

  32. MadeByMichelle March 4, 2010 Reply

    Wow. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Erica March 6, 2010 Reply

    Not a huge peanut butter fan myself, but this looks delicious! My little guy and DH would love this.

  34. Julia March 22, 2010 Reply

    wow! I’ll definitely try this one – pictures are marvelous!

  35. I made this pie last weekend for a small dinner get-together at my friend’s house. I just put some peanut brittle bars on top for decoration. It was a huge hit and was gone in just a few minutes! And why not? It has all everybody’s favorites – Chocolate, peanut butter and cream cheese. Great work!

    And I’m going to love that book. :)

  36. Emily April 3, 2010 Reply

    Oh god yum. Peanut butter and chocolate are pretty much the best combination ever. I think the only other thing you could possibly do to this pie is put banana slices on top, because chocolate & peanut butter & banana is, if possible, even more explosive than just the first two alone. I am so making this asap.

  37. Rochelle April 14, 2010 Reply

    Ok, I just made this but can’t seem to get it out of the pan! Am I supposed to thaw it when I take it out of the freezer? I can only cut through the peanut butter part but not the chocolate layer + crust. Help! How does one get the pie inside one’s mouth? 😀

    • jennifer April 14, 2010 Reply

      Rochelle, maybe it’s too frozen. Let it thaw a bit and try again.

  38. Debbie April 17, 2010 Reply

    Fancy or not this is on devilishly good pie, and I think it would be good with just about anything you can throw at it. Jelly, chocolate, or caramel on top would be great.

  39. Jennifer April 26, 2010 Reply

    Peanut butter + chocolate cookie crust = Perfection!! :)

  40. Jane April 28, 2010 Reply

    Chocolate and peanut butter I’m off now to buy some peanut butter and give this a try.

  41. Stephanie June 29, 2010 Reply

    If that isn’t a special dessert, I don’t know what is. The combo of chocolate and peanut butter is just divine.

  42. YUM! That is all I have to say! I bet this would be good frozen too…..hmmmmmmmmm. Thanks for the great content! I really enjoy your stuff!

  43. woops! Didn’t realize it WAS frozen! Now I feel silly! haha.

  44. Kim (Liv Life) July 15, 2010 Reply

    Years ago I used to get a Peanut Butter Pie at Sam’s in Tiburon, CA. I have tried and tried to replicate, but have never quite done it the same. This recipe looks close! I can’t wait to give it a try.

  45. Julie July 28, 2010 Reply

    I want this and I want it now! Yum! Great blog.

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