Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cup Icebox Pie

It’s been almost two months since I shared some chocolate and peanut butter love with you. You know I love that combination, but I do try for a bit of variety around here.

Recently, the good people of Justin’s sent me some of their amazingly delicious peanut butter cups in their new 100 calorie packs. After sampling one or a few, I thought I should put them to good use in a dessert. With warmer weather sneaking in here, I thought it was not a bit too early to start icebox pie season.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cup Icebox Pie | Bake or Break

My mother used to make a chocolate icebox pie that I absolutely loved. I just knew that it was the perfect vehicle for those peanut butter cups. I couldn’t find her recipe, but I felt pretty confident about recreating a reasonably similar version with a few changes.

First of all, I altered the traditional graham cracker crust with a little bit of peanut butter. With all that chocolate filling, the little extra taste of peanut butter really stands out. Then, of course, I mixed some chopped peanut butter cups into the filling and tossed some on top of the pie for good measure.

I am a big fan of icebox pies in general, and this one did not disappoint. The chocolate filling is cool and creamy. The peanut butter cups give the pie a lot of flavor. And, who doesn’t love eating cold peanut butter cups?

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cup Icebox Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 8-10 servings

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cup Icebox Pie

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons water
  • For the filling:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 ounces peanut butter cups, chopped plus more for garnish

Instructions

To make the crust:

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 9-inch pie plate.

Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, peanut butter, and butter until combined. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until mixture holds together when pinched.

Press mixture into bottom and up sides of prepared pan. Bake 10 minutes or until edges of crust are lightly browned.

To make the filling:

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Mix in vanilla. Add milk in three portions, alternating with cocoa powder, and mix until combined. Begin and end with milk.

In a large bowl, beat whipping cream with a whisk or with an electric mixer with the whisk attachment. Whisk until soft peaks form.

Gently fold whipped cream into chocolate mixture. Gently stir in chopped peanut butter cups.

Transfer filling to pie crust. Spread evenly and smooth top. Garnish with peanut butter cups.

Refrigerate at least 6 hours. Alternately, place in freezer for at least 4 hours.

Notes

For an even quicker dessert that's no-bake, use a pre-made graham cracker crust. You can also use 2 cups of whipped topping if you want to skip the cream whipping step.

http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2013/06/chocolate-peanut-butter-cup-icebox-pie/


Disclosure: Justin’s provided me with samples of their products. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

15 Comments

  1. Oh, this looks so delicious! Perfect for summer.

  2. JEP June 24, 2013 Reply

    I have seen the Justin’s pb cups @ my local Fesh Market and have taken their individual pb pkg to work for a snack-attack time. An ice-box pie makes perfect sense for a single-person household, too.

  3. ahhhhhh gimmegimmegimmeeeeee I neeeeeed!

  4. YUMMM! This is PERFECT for the heat wave we’re currently having!

  5. This looks like perfect relief for the summer heat. And, yes, who doesn’t love cold peanut butter cups. I know i do!

  6. Joanne June 24, 2013 Reply

    Hmmm maybe I need to beg Justin’s to send me some of these because I LOVE their products! This icebox cake sounds out-of-this-world good.

  7. Mr. & Mrs. P June 24, 2013 Reply

    Looks wonderful!!!

  8. Katie June 24, 2013 Reply

    This looks AMAZING! I need to try this ASAP. Perfect for the hot summer months ahead

  9. Maegan @ The BakerMama June 24, 2013 Reply

    I love how you put peanut butter in the crust! This looks like the perfect way to satisfy my peanut butter/chocolate cravings! Yum!

  10. Mmmm…chocolate and peanut butter is my favourite flavour combination! I love that this is no-bake. My oven’s been on way too much in this hot summer heat. Your pie looks amazing!

  11. Joyce June 25, 2013 Reply

    What could I ask for more : Chocolate + Peanut Butter + Ice + Pie?!
    Amazing recipe and I sure that is more than delicious, thanks for sharing, I need this right away because is so hot and I`m afraid I`m melting :)

  12. Vicki @ WITK June 25, 2013 Reply

    I’m a huge PB and chocolate fan too! I should make more pies, they are the best dessert. Thanks for the recipe, I’m inspired now!

  13. Emily June 26, 2013 Reply

    Well this is just genius. Why did I turn my oven on the other day to bake pie when I could have made this?

  14. Peanut butter pies are definitely one of my favorites. And especially awesome that they are no bake!

  15. Ashley July 16, 2013 Reply

    I love icebox pies, and this is such a classic combination. Looks great!

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