Filed Under: Chocolate | Dessert | Pie | Videos

Peanut Butter Pie

By Tessa Arias
  |  
March 24th, 2020
4.93 from 200 votes
4.93 from 200 votes

This homemade Peanut Butter Pie is made from scratch with just a few ingredients and will have everyone coming back for seconds! It's CRAZY good! With step-by-step video.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook: 12 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Like a massive peanut butter cup from heaven.
Texture: The crust is crunchy yet buttery, the peanut butter filling is ultra light, fluffy, and luscious, and the candy on top takes it to a whole other level. Every bite is bliss.
Ease: Super duper easy!! You’ll get a few dishes dirty and need some patience for the pie to set but this is a great easy go-to dessert recipe.
Appearance: It’s everything a girl could want in a pie!
Pros: Easy, crowd-pleasing, and can be made ahead of time.
Cons: None!
Would I make this again? 100% yes.

To me, peanut butter is one of the great pleasures of life. I’m OBSESSED with the stuff.

Especially when it’s combined with chocolate… in PIE form. Life doesn’t get much better than a Peanut Butter Pie.

Up close overhead look of peanut butter pie in pie dish

This isn’t any old peanut butter pie. I mean, just look at it. It’s over the top, messy, and unapologetically sinful in the best possible way.

I’ve accompanied this recipe with a step-by-step video to not only show you how to make this beautiful pie, but to whet your appetite for it. Because the chocolate + peanut butter flavors truly belong together.

Simple homemade peanut butter pie in glass pie pan with slices already cut out

This easy peanut butter pie recipe is that it is a total crowd pleaser and won’t last long at all. That coupled with the fact that it can be made completely ahead of time makes it a perfect go-to recipe for easy entertaining. Everyone will want seconds of this pie. It’s that good!

How to Make Easy Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Pie Filling:

  • Cream cheese – make sure to use a regular full-fat cream cheese brick!
  • Powdered sugar
  • Peanut butter
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Vanilla extract

Chocolate graham cracker crust in pie dish with peanut butter filling being spread across

Peanut Butter Pie CRUST Variations!

This recipe calls for a chocolate graham cracker crust, but you could also use:

  • Chocolate Teddy Grahams or chocolate wafer cookies (use the same amount by weight for best results, you should have about 1 3/4 cups crumbs total)
  • Oreo crust (follow the crust ingredients & instructions in this recipe)
  • Regular graham crackers (follow the crust instructions in this recipe)
  • Best Ever Pie Crust

How to Make Peanut Butter Pie WITHOUT Cool Whip

My favorite part about this pie recipe is that it’s homemade! We make the filling with a mixture of peanut butter (of course!), cream cheese, heavy cream, and powdered sugar. Whipping the cream then folding it in with the other beaten ingredients gives this pie a light, creamy, yet rich texture without any Cool Whip.

What kind of peanut butter is best for pie?

Use conventional creamy peanut butter for this recipe, such as Skippy or Jif.

Any kind of “natural” peanut butter that doesn’t include an added oil to stabilize the mixture will result in a pie filling that will become oily and separated. If you must use natural peanut butter, make sure it’s extremely well stirred and smooth before using.

How much melted chocolate + peanut butter for topping?

This is entirely up to you and your taste preferences! Simply melt the peanut butter and chocolate in your microwave and drizzle as much as you’d like over your pie.

How Long is Peanut Butter Pie Good For?

You can actually serve the finished pie frozen or refrigerated, just depending on which texture you prefer. Or how hot it is outside! Store covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.

How to Freeze Peanut Butter Pie:

Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Slice of homemade peanut butter pie

More Easy Pie Recipes:

4.93 from 200 votes

How to make
Peanut Butter Pie

Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chilling Time 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 32 minutes
This homemade Peanut Butter Pie is made from scratch with just a few ingredients and will have everyone coming back for seconds! It's CRAZY good! With step-by-step video.

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 14 whole chocolate graham crackers (196 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 7 tablespoons (99 grams) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 8 ounces (227 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (94 grams) powdered sugar plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 1 cup (270 grams) creamy conventional peanut butter
  • 1 cup (240 grams) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • Melted peanut butter
  • Melted chocolate
  • Mini Reese’s cups
  • Peanut butter chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.

For the crust:

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, process the crackers and sugar until finely ground. Add the butter and pulse until moistened. Use the bottom of a measuring cup, glass, or ramekin to press the crust mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake until fragrant, about 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

For the filling:

  1. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese, 3/4 cup powdered sugar, and the peanut butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer with the whisk attachment to whip the heavy cream until thick and light. Add in the remaining 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar and the vanilla extract and continue to whip until stiff peaks form.

  3. Gently fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture. Pour into the prepared pie shell and freeze for 3 hours or chill in the fridge at least 6 hours.

  4. Place your melted peanut butter and melted chocolate in separate resealable bags or piping bags. Snip off a tiny corner of the bag's tip. Squeeze slightly to drizzle the melted peanut butter and melted chocolate over your pie. Top with mini Reese's cups and peanut butter chips. Serve frozen or refrigerated.

  5. Store in the fridge, covered, for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Recipe Video

Course : Dessert
Cuisine : American
Keyword : peanut butter cups, peanut butter pie, peanut butter pie recipe

This recipe was originally published 3/18/15 and has been updated with new tips & photos. Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

April Baking Challenge

This recipe was the April 2022 selection for our monthly baking challenge! Every month you can join the challenge by baking the recipe and snapping a photo for a chance to win prizes! Full challenge details here. Check out some of the delicious pies baked by you guys:

collage of peanut butter pies made for the handle the heat monthly baking challenge

Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Find Tessa on  

Leave a Comment & Rating

Add a Review or Question

*Please select a rating to complete your comment.

Recipe Rating




  1. #
    Pam R. — April 29, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Easy and fun recipe and looks so decadent. I love that you can make it ahead and freeze it, which is what I’ve done. I’ve made a peanut butter pie before it not with these decorations. Can’t wait to try it!!!

  2. #
    Pam R. — April 29, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Easy and fun recipe and looks so decadent. Love that you can make this ahead and freeze it, which is what I’ve done. Can’t wait to try it. I’ve made a peanut butter pie before but not with all of the decorations.

  3. #
    Dawnya — April 29, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    Delicious, rich & creamy! Perfect blend of chocolate & peanut butter!

  4. #
    Katherine — April 29, 2022 at 2:34 pm

    Delicious! It was not as sweet as I expected, but everyone loved it. The texture was awesome!

  5. #
    Heidi — April 29, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    This recipe was a breeze and it was so decadent and crave worthy!

  6. #
    Rebecca — April 29, 2022 at 12:38 pm

    This is a delicious recipe to use and make! The peanut butter and chocolate pie did not last long in our home! A hit for all and we will be making it again!

  7. #
    Madeline Rauch — April 29, 2022 at 10:25 am

    I have made this pie a few times now and it is one of my absolute favorites! It’s the perfect texture and sweetness level! I love peanut butter but this pie is good enough that it has converted more than one friend of mine into newfound peanut butter lovers!

  8. #
    Nicole Staudt — April 29, 2022 at 6:56 am

    This pie was delicious and so easy to make!! I love peanut butter pie so much, and everyone I shared this pie with thought it was amazing as well!

  9. #
    Addie Smith — April 28, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    This recipe was super easy and tasted delicious. All of my guests raved about it!!

  10. #
    Lisa Villard — April 28, 2022 at 11:07 am

    Peanut butter lovers rejoice! This pie is so delicious! And easy to make.

    • #
      Haley Wehner — April 28, 2022 at 1:52 pm

      So glad you enjoyed!

  11. #
    Victoria — April 28, 2022 at 10:11 am

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! This stuff is indescribably fabulously splendidly magnificently delightful! Just…wow. Wow. Oh wow. This is valid pie people.

    And a breeze to make!

    • #
      Haley Wehner — April 28, 2022 at 1:53 pm

      So glad to hear this!!

  12. #
    Rhiannon — April 27, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    This recipe is so easy and delicious! I’m sharing this with a coworker and I can’t wait for their reaction! Will definitely be making this recipe again.

    • #
      Haley Wehner — April 28, 2022 at 1:53 pm

      What a compliment! So glad to hear this.

  13. #
    Danielle Flynn — April 27, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    Super delicious! Very rich but worth every bite. Enjoy with a glass of milk.

    • #
      Haley Wehner — April 28, 2022 at 1:50 pm

      We’re so happy you tried this peanut butter pie recipe out!

  14. #
    Nina — April 27, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    I love this recipe because it was easy to make and just right on the sweetness!

    • #
      Haley Wehner — April 28, 2022 at 1:50 pm

      So glad you enjoyed!

  15. #
    Bethany — April 27, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    Such an easy and delicious recipe

    • #
      Haley Wehner — April 27, 2022 at 1:19 pm

      Glad you enjoyed, Bethany!

  16. #
    Barbara — April 27, 2022 at 4:17 am

    I am usually not a fan of peanut butter pie, but admit this is not bad. Lighter than I expected

  17. #
    Kelsey Loureiro — April 27, 2022 at 3:56 am

    So light but Rich and delicious

  18. #
    Rochelle Qualls — April 26, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Yum, I love the pie!

  19. #
    Donna — April 26, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    So rich, creamy and dreamy! Whole family loved it!

  20. #
    Melissa Lankheet — April 26, 2022 at 11:11 am

    Peanut butter, chocolate….it’s PeRFECT!

  21. #
    Victoria — April 26, 2022 at 5:11 am

    So creamy and delicious. It’s like a giant gourmet peanut butter cup

  22. #
    Keila — April 25, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    Super creamy, delicious and easy steps to follow.

  23. #
    Therese — April 25, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    I just made this but gluten free version and it was delicious not too overpowering with the peanut butter just the right amount I would definitely make again.

    • #
      Emily — April 26, 2022 at 7:59 am

      So happy to hear that!

  24. #
    Stephanie Smitley — April 25, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    I’m allergic to peanut butter but I made this anyway. I used GF oreos for the crust. I gave it to a few GF friends and they LOVED it! They said it was the best pie they’ve ever had. So easy to male and not a lot of ingredients. If I wasn’t allergic, I’d make it again. I did pass the recipe on to others.

    • #
      Emily — April 26, 2022 at 8:04 am

      Hi Stephanie! Just in case you weren’t aware, for this month’s baking challenge, we actually included a customization option of using almond butter knowing there’d be peanut allergies! 🙂

      If you’d like to try the customization in the future, you’ll use the same amount of almond butter as peanut butter in the recipe, then add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract to the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and almond butter filling (still adding the 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the heavy cream mixture as well). For the toppings, feel free to skip the Reese’s cups and peanut butter chips and instead garnish with almond butter cups and melted chocolate, or any other toppings of your choice!

  25. #
    Steph — April 25, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    We found this pie is excellent when frozen!!

  26. #
    Monica Prudencio — April 25, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    This recipe was super easy and the perfect frozen treat for this heat wave! It reminds me of a no-bake cheesecake. I did an Oreo crust because that’s what I had on hand and it worked beautifully. It’s certainly indulgent but is “worth the calories”.

  27. #
    Rhema Thomas — April 25, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    This pie is easier than I anticipated ~ I would definitely feel comfortable recommending it to a baking novice.
    If you’re a chocolate/peanut butter fan, this is a must-try! Absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

    • #
      Emily — April 26, 2022 at 8:09 am

      So happy this recipe was easy to make!

  28. #
    Bonnie — April 25, 2022 at 9:45 am

    Oh my goodness, fantasticly delicious

  29. #
    Electra — April 24, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Honestlly, I only tried this recipe because it was a monthly challenge item. I have never had a whipped cream sort of pie and I dislike peanut butter, so you can see why it wasn’t a priority for me.

    Because of my dislike for PB, I used Justin’s hazlenut and almond butter mixture with a heaping tablespoon of nutella to add some smoothness.
    I’d never made my own whipped cream so I was a bit apprehensive about that step.
    Together, they came together beautifully- the cream cheese kept the filling from being too sweet. And I was so surprised (and thankful) to find it fluffy.
    Best of all – with a KA stand mixer and an electric hand mixer – it was easy.
    I will make it again (though not with peanut butter, lol).
    I would not attempt wothout the two electric mixers.

    • #
      Emily — April 26, 2022 at 7:50 am

      Yummy!! So happy you tried the almond butter substitution, and I love that you added hazelnut butter (my fave!) and Nutella too, great idea!

  30. #
    Josh Lawrence — April 24, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Amazing! 2nd time making this recipe, this time for the April ’22 Challenge – SO SO SO GOOD!

    Really pretty easy to put together, and you can have some fun with the toppings, adding some flourish and texture. It’s very, very rich – but oh, so good. (Guess I already said that… but jeez.)

    Anyway, if you like Peanut butter, and chocolate… do yourself a favor and whip this up!

  31. #
    Lesa Cooper — April 24, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    Soo easy to make and I love the homemade whip in this!!!

  32. #
    Cindy — April 24, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    Recipe was spot on and the pie is delicious. But small slices are key… it is rich! Fun and easy to make, with lots of options for toppings.

  33. #
    Taylor — April 24, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    This pie was easy to make and got so many compliments!

  34. #
    Carla — April 24, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Beautiful recipe! Easy to follow and absolutely delicious. The whole family loved it.

  35. #
    Courtney — April 23, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Such a great recipe! Had to use regular graham crackers for the crust instead of chocolate, but was still delicious!

  36. #
    Denise — April 23, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    I made it with an Oreo crust. This was super easy and so creamy and delicious! First time making a pie with an Oreo crust and I’ll definitely make again.

  37. #
    Carly Broder — April 22, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Easy to follow recipe with so many decorating options! Glad there was additional instructions to use a regular graham cracker crust as I couldn’t find chocolate graham crackers anywhere!

  38. #
    Cherish — April 22, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    This peanut butter pie is decadent! So moist, each bite melts in your mouth! We elected to make the crust with regular graham crackers. It doesn’t take away from the flavor whatsoever. A pie to make again and again!

  39. #
    Lisa Hasse — April 22, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    This pie is amazing and very user friendly. I did run out of time and had to cheat with a store bought chocolate cookie crust.
    I would definitely make this again! Turned out very pretty!

  40. #
    Kim — April 22, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    So easy make and a family favorite at the Easter dinner

  41. #
    Shweta Gupta — April 22, 2022 at 9:58 am

    This chocolate peanut butter pie is amazing. So easy to make with very few ingredients and super delicious. Thanks Tessa for the amazing recipe.

  42. #
    Kaija Harlow — April 21, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    The pie was so delicious and easy to make!

  43. #
    Emily — April 21, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    This recipe turned out really good! I used an Oreo crust instead of graham crackers based on the chocolate silk pie recipe on her site. It does taste a little like cheesecake and is very rich and flavorful.

  44. #
    Michael Dwyer — April 21, 2022 at 10:01 am

    Heavenly!

  45. #
    Jennifer Gould — April 20, 2022 at 9:30 am

    So much easier than I thought it would be. And SO DELISH!

  46. #
    Erin McCuan — April 20, 2022 at 9:27 am

    Simple to prep yet packed with deliciousness

  47. #
    Annemarie Kurpinsky — April 19, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    I made this for Easter dessert. There were 11 people at the table, one doesn’t like peanut butter (who invited her??), but everyone else tried the pie. Four LOVED it, two “very much enjoyed it”, one thought it was “good”, one thought the peanut buttery-ness was “too much”, and two are still undecided. Overall, I would say it was a win, but I probably won’t make it for this group again. The recipe itself was was easy to follow, and I had all of the ingredients on hand, except for the chocolate graham crackers. Those proved to be nearly impossible to find. After searching multiple stores I finally found chocolate Bunny Grahams, which seemed appropriate for Easter. My daughter decorated it with Reeses Pieces eggs, in addition to the drizzled chocolate and peanut butter – I appreciate that it was super easy to customize the “accessories” on top.

  48. #
    Becky Rudella — April 19, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    This peanut butter pie was a HUGE hit for Easter dessert. I chose to make it for that occasion, but it is a perfect dessert for anytime of the year — no holiday required! 😉 The filling is light and creamy with the perfect amount of unoverwhelming peanut butter and sweetness. Paired with a chocolate graham cracker crust (or chocolate Teddy Grahams because I can’t find chocolate graham crackers any more), it is heavenly. Love it, love it, love it!!!

  49. #
    Jen — April 19, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    delicious and a stunner! Everyone was impressed 🙂

  50. #
    Fithria — April 19, 2022 at 3:46 am

    Very delicious, we enjoyed eating it.

  51. #
    Molly Harris — April 18, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    Such a great and yummy recipe! i doubled the pie filling because we like lots of filling!

  52. #
    Deborah Shrum — April 18, 2022 at 11:59 am

    This peanut butter pie is amazing!! I am normally not a fan but will make it again and again!! I used 20 peanut butter Oreos for the crust and put Reese’s pieces and chopped salted peanuts on top too. Big hit at the Easter feast this year.

  53. #
    Karen — April 18, 2022 at 6:44 am

    Made this for Easter – it was the crowd favorite.

  54. #
    Esther Chow — April 17, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    I made this with Country Crock non dairy heavy cream and it was rich, creamy and delicious! I made this with Oreo crust, chocolate ganache and crushed peanuts sprinkled on top. I also made the ganache with the non dairy heavy cream.

  55. #
    Teresa McHugh — April 17, 2022 at 5:49 pm

    Delicious dessert! Easy to make! Definitely worth every bite and I’ll be making this again!

  56. #
    Andrea Schmidt — April 17, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    This is perhaps THE easiest pie I have ever made. I tried it while I was making it but haven’t dived into the pie as a whole yet, but if it is anything like it was when I was making it, it’s going to be off the charts.

  57. #
    Joanne — April 17, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    Easy no bake pie. The addition of whipped cream to the filling makes this much lighter than expected. The toppings were great fun to add. Would definitely make this again.

  58. #
    Sarah Bomberger — April 17, 2022 at 5:31 pm

    Absolutely delicious! Just made this for the second time for our family’s Easter gathering and it was an huge hit! I had to sub regular graham crackers because our local stores were out of chocolate but it was still delicious!

  59. #
    Abigail Vasher — April 17, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    Delicious and creamy! I’m a big fan of peanut butter and chocolate, and this pie has the perfect amount. I would definitely make it again!

  60. #
    Karin — April 17, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    I just made this today for Easter and it was such a huge hit! I did use a pre-made crust just to save time but it was still delicious. The filling was so smooth and rich. Topped it with Chopped up Reese’s cups, Reese’s PB chips and melted pb and chocolate. Will for sure make again!

Join the Handle the Heat Community

Cookie Customization Chart
Do you want a more delicious life?
Instead of digging through cookbooks and magazines and searching the internet for amazing recipes, subscribe to Handle the Heat to receive new recipe posts delivered straight to your email inbox. You’ll get all the latest recipes, videos, kitchen tips and tricks AND my *free* Cookie Customization Guide (because I am the Cookie Queen)!
As Seen On....
NPR People Time Glamour Readers Digest The Huffington Post BuzzFeed