Double-Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

This incredibly chocolaty and creamy quick-bake peanut butter pie is Vitaly Paley’s grown-up version of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Often the non-traditional aspects of my personality surface, and while knowing Russ loves to have his pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, I felt the urge to also make a decadent chocolate dessert. About a week prior to the big day, I started googling for a sinfully delicious sweet course for the meal’s end. And voila, the perfect dessert, Double-Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie appeared on the Foodandwine.com website. Throw your diet out the window folks, because there is nothing lo-cal about this baby…

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Friends think it’s strange that even though I don’t eat dessert, I still love to bake. I guess the process helps fulfill my inner need to create something visual. So in that vane, not content with Vitaly’s topping, I took it to another level and rimmed the edge with 12. oz of coarsely chopped mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and a drizzle of melted semisweet (or white) chocolate.

Ingredients

CHOCOLATE CRUST

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  • 8 ounces chocolate wafer cookies (from a 9-ounce package), finely ground (2 cups)

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PEANUT BUTTER FILLING

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened (1 cup)
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup well-chilled heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup salted roasted peanuts, chopped
  • Kosher salt

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CHOCOLATE TOPPING

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 12 oz. bag of mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, coarsely chopped
  • about 3 more ounces of either semisweet chocolate or white chocolate pieces, melted in microwave and drizzled over topping.

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Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a medium glass bowl, combine the chocolate and butter and microwave at high power in 20-second intervals until the chocolate is melted. Stir well, then stir in the cookie crumbs. Press the cookie crumbs over the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan and 1 1/2 inches up the side. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, or until set; the crust will continue to firm up as it cools.
  2. In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with the peanut butter, sugar and vanilla extract until blended. In another large bowl, using the same beaters, whip the chilled cream until firm. Fold one-third of the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture to loosen it, then fold in the remaining whipped cream and 1/2 cup of the chopped peanuts. Spoon the filling into the crust, smoothing the surface. Sprinkle lightly with salt and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.
  3. In a medium glass bowl, combine the chocolate with the heavy cream and microwave at high power in 20-second intervals until the chocolate is melted and the cream is hot. Stir the chocolate topping until blended, then let cool to barely warm, stirring occasionally.
  4. Spread the chocolate topping over the peanut butter filling and refrigerate until just firm, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of chopped peanuts around the edge of the pie. Carefully run a thin knife around the pie crust to loosen it, then remove the springform ring. Using a sharp knife, cut the pie into wedges. Run the knife under hot water and dry it between each cut.

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MAKE AHEAD: The pie can be covered and refrigerated overnight. Garnish with the chopped peanuts before serving (which is what I did.) Serve the pie chilled or slightly cooler than room temperature.

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And don’t blame me if your scale reads a bit higher than usual!

 

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