Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Total Time:
9 hr
35 min
8 hr
25 min

8 servings

  • Crust:
  • 1 1/4 cups dry-roasted, salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Pinch fine salt
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Topping:
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream, chilled
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • For the crust:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Pulse the peanuts, granulated sugar, and cloves in a food processor until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Pulse in the butter. Press the nut mixture evenly into the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan and bake until set, about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.

  • Melt the chocolate with the cream in a microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth, and then spread the chocolate over the crust. Freeze the crust while making the filling.

  • For the filling:

  • Whisk the milk, eggs, confectioners' sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until boiling. Continue to cook until the consistency of mayonnaise, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl. Whisk in the cream cheese, peanut butter, and vanilla. Spread evenly over the chocolate and refrigerate until cold or overnight.

  • For the topping:

  • Melt the chocolate in a microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth; cool slightly. Whip the cream with the confectioners' sugar until it holds slightly stiff peaks. Stir a large spoonful of the cream into the chocolate and then fold all the chocolate into the cream. Remove the pie from the pan. Spread the cream topping onto the pie with an offset spatula. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

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I made this pie for my husband's birthday. I changed it up a bit. I made an oreo cookie crust (instead of the peanut crust), and then I doubled the topping. I chilled it in the fridge for about 6 hours. We were anxious to taste it, so we did. It was good, but not great. I then chilled it overnight and then tasted it again that next afternoon...what a difference!! It was awesome! I would highly recommend chilling it at least really does make a difference. We loved it and and would definitely make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everyone loved it! If you want a gluten free crust, this is really good with no "special" ingredients that you have to buy. The springform shape makes it easier to cut and serve than traditional pies made in a pie tin. Will make again, and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
No substitutions and no problems. I've been trying recipes from Food Network for years and I have to say that I have never been disappointed! It does amuse me to see how other cooks trash the recipe with such descriptors and "Yuck!" and "it ruined my dinner!" When I want to try a recipe I look to see if the ingredients are things I like and are easy to find, I taste as I go, and most importantly I follow instructions. I teach software for a living and I'm always surprised by students who don't follow directions and yet blame the software or the instructor. This is a great pie. I made it the day before. The peanut crust is excellent and great for those who can't consume gluten or wheat! I would make it again. Yes it's rich but what do you expect from Emeril? item not reviewed by moderator and published
YUM! I substituted the peanuts in the crust for some oreo cookie crumbs and skipped the chocolate glaze. This was the best peanut butter chocolate pie I have ever tasted! It is nice and thin, more like a tart. I will defiantly make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this a few times and both times tasted great but how big of a hit depends on your crowd. One crowd loved it and it was gone before every other desert. One person even said it tasted like peanut butter cups on steroids! The other event everyone thought it was too rich and ate the fruit salad instead but both times it tasted great! I love this pie but it is rich so make sure to make it for someone who loves peanut butter & chocolate together and don't mind a really rich taste! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My entire family loved this pie! I will make it again for sure!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This took a lot of time. Made it on Father's Day for my Hubby. I sure wish I hadn't. Bad, bad, bad! The crust was impenetrable. After chiseling a few pieces off and tasting it my husband and I agreed to throw it out. The filling is so rich, it's just too much. My Husband is a big Reeses peanut butter lover. He eats peanut butter by the spoonful. He was eating it clearly to be polite until I gagged on it. I can not fathom why anyone reviewed this well. If I were to make another peanut butter pie I'd just buy the mix that Jello Pudding makes. Too much time for this, too disgusting a result. Can't make it clearer-YUCK! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This came out great, just follow the instructions. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this pie!!! I'm not much into pies nor am I into peanut butter.. but this was GREAT. I had to double the peanut crust in order to fill the 10 inch springform pan. I also user semisweet chocolate for the ganache- bittersweet is too fancy and bitter. I made a litle more of the chocolate ganache :) Also, after making the "pudding" over the stovetop, be sure to strain the mixture before adding the peanut butter. If any eggs cooked, this will strain the pieces out (yes, there were a few pieces of cooked egg both times I made this). As far as the whipped topping goes, I made the mistake my first time making this of heating up just chocolate, cooling it, and folding it in with the whipped cream. It wasnt like chocolate whipped cream, it was polka dotted. The 2nd go round, I mixed a little whipping cream in with the chocolate and melted it. It was very smooth and glossy and folded into the whipped cream well!!! THIS WAS A GREAT PIE!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Had a pie contest at my church so I thought I would give it a shot. Turns out this bachelor beat a bunch of veteran cooks! My pie got the best tasting award. If you like peanut butter you will love this pie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best PB pie I have ever tasted! I must admit I took shortcuts though and used a prepared chocolate crust added some choc chips to the filling and sprinkled peanut butter cups on the top. Sinful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This pie is amazing, however instead of making the pie crust I use the store bought chocolate pie crust. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this pie for my friends and family. Everyone loved it and it took less than an hour to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best peanut butter pie recipe ever. I made this for christmas eve dinner and everyone loved it. Will definately be making it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Served for my Granddaughter graduation party, everyone loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hubby wants it now! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious dessert! A little goes a long way, you won't be able to eat a lot of this in one go as its so rich. I loved the chocolate layer on the bottom it really makes it taste very indulgent and sets it apart from other pies. I recommend using smooth peanut butter as the recipe says, I used crunchy and it wasn't as good as I imagine the smooth would have been. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I could hardly wait to try this recipe. I received 5 stars from my Mother, Brother, and my very picky Husband. This is a keeper!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Btw, I forgot to mention that because I made the oreo crust, instead of the peanut crust, I omitted the layer of melted chocolate. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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