Tonight we had Hubby's father over for dinner so for dessert I decided to make Mikey's peanut butter pie. Mmmm! Now I know why it was his favourite! Father in law didn't stay for dessert but my dad popped by so we brought it out and shared the pie. It is divine.
Mikey's Creamy Peanut Butter Pie
Serves 10 to 12
8 ounces chocolate cookies (or the equivalent in cookie crumbs...I like to buy the cookies already crumbed.)
4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 ounces finely chopped chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup creamy-style peanut butter
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 – 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Add the cookies to the bowl of a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs.
- Combine melted butter and cookie crumbs in a small bowl, and stir with a fork to mix well.
- Press mixture into the bottom and 1-inch up the sides of a 9-inch spring form pan. (I like using the bottom of a measuring cup to get clean corners)
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave.
- Pour over bottom of cookie crust and spread to the edges.
- Sprinkle chopped peanuts over the melted chocolate and put the crust in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.
- Beat the cream using a stand mixer or hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside in the fridge for later.
- Put the softened cream cheese and peanut butter in a bowl. Beat on medium until light and fluffy.
- Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in the confectioner's sugar.
- Dump in the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and lemon juice. Mix on medium until all the ingredients are combined and filling is smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary.
- Stir in 1/3 of the whipped cream into the filling mixture (helps lighten the batter, making it easier to fold in the remaining whipped cream).
- Fold in the remaining whipped cream. Pour the filling on to the crust.
- Allow to chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours before serving.
- I like to cut up some peanut butter cups to toss on top with a drizzle of chocolate!
Until next time, stay warm and eat well!