Thursday, November 19, 2009

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Pie (Treats For Co-Irkers)

Due to other family commitments on Thanksgiving day, we're having our Thanksgiving dinner this Saturday. My kids (and their dogs) will be here to celebrate and give thanks for our many blessings, hopefully an Ohio State win over that team from up north being included on that list. GO BUCKS!

While I would have preferred to bake the more traditional pumpkin pie for our holiday dinner, several of the kids don't care for pumpkin (I know, it's crazy isn't it!) So this year I made this peanut butter cream cheese pie. Actually, I made three of them and sent some with hubby to share with the co-irkers, because we're also very thankful that he has such a great job and wonderful people to work with.

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Pie (from the Nestle website)

2 cups (about 22) finely crushed chocolate sandwich cookies (I used Oreos)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1 3/4 cups plus 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, divided
1 1/2 cups (9 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons peanuts, coarsely chopped, divided
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chill mixing bowl and whisk.

Combine the cookie crumbs, 2 TBSPS of the sugar and the melted butter in a medium bowl. Press onto bottom and up sides of 9-inch pie plate. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Cool on cooling rack for 15 minutes. Freeze for 15 minutes.

Heat 3/4 cup of the cream just to a boil. Remove from heat. Add 1 1/4 cups of the chocolate chips and 1/3 cup of the peanuts. Stir until chocolate is melted. Spread chocolate mixture over bottom and up sides of pie shell. Freeze for at least 15 minutes.

Beat 1 cup of the cream in chilled mixer bowl to stiff peaks, adding vanilla extract one tablespoon at a time.

Beat cream cheese and remaining sugar in large mixer bowl for 4 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Gradually beat in peanut butter. Fold in whipped cream mixture. Spoon mixture into pie shell.

Combine remaining chocolate chips and remaining cream in small, heavy-duty plastic bag. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; knead. Microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, kneading until smooth. Cut small hole in corner of bag; squeeze to drizzle over pie. Sprinkle with remaining peanuts. Freeze for 1 hour or until chocolate is set. Cover.

Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.

26 comments:

Rosemary & Garlic said...

We are having a Thanksgiving celebration at work tomorrow and different areas have been assigned different foods. I am supposed to bring in white potatoes. Why not assign me desserts?? I am making a crockpot mashed potato recipe right now, never heard of such a thing... I'd rather show up with one of your pies

Megan said...

As much as I love pumpkin pie, I'm going to bet that peanut butter pie was so much better!! It looks amazing.

Frieda said...

Call me crazy, but I AM one of those people that just...can't...handle...pumpkin pie. Thanks for an alternative! BTW, do you crush the entire OREO for the crust? You don't scrape out the middles? This looks like a very easy, no~bake recipe.

Mags said...

Rosemary: Darn it, potatoes are not the fun thing to bring, are they.

Megan: It is delicious. VERY rich though.

Frieda: Aww..that's a shame that you don't like pumpkin pie. I used the entire oreo, cream and all for the crust. Just pulsed them in the food processor until they were finely ground.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Yum! The pie looks *amazing*... Love that your kids and their dogs come for Thanksgiving. That's how it works in my family, too :)

Mags said...

Jen: I used to not be a dog person... but geeze, once I had one I fell in love and now all the granddogs are welcome.

Federica said...

wow che bella!!!! chissà che buona per colazione! mmmmm....baci! ^-^

HoneyB said...

The pie looks AWESOME. Wishing that slice were on my desk in front of me!

Co Irker said...

Mmmmmm
MMMMM
MMMMMMM!
That about sums it up. This was so good, I especially love the extra layer of chocolate between the crust and the filling.

And thank you for the serving size because it was so rich and so good that if you brought that whole pie in I would've done a nose dive right into the middle.

We are thankful for you both- someone generous enough to share their baking genius and a hubs that's sweet enough not only to share but to hand deliver treats each week.

Thank you so much our precious, percocious peanut.

TGIF

June said...

Wow Mags, this is one of the big guy's favorites, in fact I made one this summer while we were on vacation in Oregon. It's also perfect in miniature (small cupcake pans with foil liners)- mouthful size = great party food.

stephchows said...

if that pie was anywhere near me I wouldn't be able to control myself!! seriously you made my favorite thing in cheesecake form *droool*

I think it's more fun to celebrate holidays on random days... less traffic that way :D

Moogie said...

The only time Pap gets any Peanut Buuter Pie is when we go to the Blue Willow Inn located in Social Circle, Ga.

Yours looks fabulous!

Mags said...

Federica: Thanks!

HoneyB: Thank you so much for Stumbling this.

Co Irker: So happy that you enjoyed the pie. It's one of my favorites too. But man, it's rich isn't it?

June: You know how I love all things miniature. Can't wait to try it in bite-size form. Thanks!

Steph: Wish I could send you a piece girl!

Moogie: Is the Blue Willow known for its peanut butter pie?

Brandon Craft said...

Wow, you have no idea how hungry this made my wife and I. You have an awesome blog here. Keep up the good work. Found it through StumbleUpon and it is now bookmarked.
Cheers,
Brandon Craft

Chocolate Shavings said...

Nice design on that cake!

Memória said...

I don't like pumpkin (or sweet potato) pie either, so this pie looks very good and tempting.

greigs said...

Peanut butter and chocolate is my favorite combo! How come this cheesecake isn't baked like others? Thanks!

Mags said...

Brandon: Thanks! And please come back!

Chocolate: Thank you!

Memoria: I hope you try this!

greigs: This isn't really a cheesecake. There are no eggs involved, thus no baking. Thanks for commenting!

EverywhereToMe said...

This looks absolutely delicious! Peanut butter and cream cheese, two of my favorite things. I'm definitely bookmarking this. Just one question, how do you microwave a plastic bag? Do you mean a ziploc-type bag? Because I feel like plastic+microwave=bad idea...

Mags said...

Everywhere: If you're not comfortable with the whole microwave-plastic thing, just melt the chocolate and cream in a separate dish and then pour it into a ziploc bag. Thanks for commenting and I hope you enjoy this!

Deborah said...

I had decided what I was going to make for Thanksgiving, but now I'm rethinking it because I want to make this pie!!

Eugenia said...

Wow, that cake looks amazing! it's a pitty they don't sell peanut butter where I love, or celebrate thanksgiving, for that matter.

Anonymous said...

I just made this. Amazing. A-freaking-mazing.

Cookin' Canuck said...

Wow, does this ever look good! I am certain I would not be able to eat just one piece.

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Now that is a winning recipe indeed!

Bon appetit!
CCR
=:~)

Megan said...

Mags, this looks like a pie that should always be sitting next to the Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie. Drool worthy indeeed!