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Peanut Butter Cookie Pie

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Last week I went to the post office. Now, normally that shouldn’t be some sort of declaration, like “last week I had a root canal”, but really, it is. Because, in my city, going to the post office really inspires root canal and doctor visit dread.

Usually, I avoid the post office at all costs. One of my local grocery stores has a post office inside it, clerked with friendly grocery store employees. I always get a smile when I do my mailing there. The real post office? Not so much.

I had to go to the actual post office instead of the grocery store cheater postal center because I was shipping some fun stuff a friend over in the UK. You can only ship international from the source, I guess. Anyway, I waited in line, filled out the customs slip as much as I could, and patiently waited my turn.

Let’s talk about addressing a customs slip. The customs slips obviously are written by someone in America, who works for the USPS. Because all it lists are mailing address, city, province, postal code, and country. Now, the address I was using has several lines, way more than allotted for on the slip. I have no clue how to fill it out, I’ve only shipped international, like, three times in my whole life. Once was last November, to the same friend, and the kind postal worker helped me fill it out. Obviously I should have written myself a cheat sheet, because I couldn’t remember what he told me to do.

When I walked up to the counter, the clerk first told me I had the wrong customs sheet, even though only one was available at the fill-out desk, so I would have to get out of line, fill it out, and wait again. Nice. Then, the kicker: I asked for help filling out the address and the postal clerk, the one that works for the place the ships all-the-packages, said:

“I don’t know how to do that.”

Me: “Um, really? Last time I did it the clerk filled it out for me.”

Postal Clerk: “Well, we don’t have information on how to do that. You just need to guess.”

Um, okay. Sure. Let me just pay you twenty-five non-refundable dollars real quick, and guess about filling out the forms. Then I’ll just cross my fingers and pray on some unicorns and leprechauns that my package will actually get to the UK.

Thanks for the help, USPS.

Anyway, I was aggravated, to say the least. So I came home and made peanut butter cookie pie. Peanut butter cookie pie reduces stress. It’s a known fact.


This pie starts with a homemade crust. Sure, you can use a refrigerated (or a frozen) one. I was in the mood to pound something, so I made homemade. The is my favorite crust recipe: all butter. I just love the taste of an all butter crust. And, if you keep your ingredients cold enough, and chill the pie shell right before filling and baking, your crust stays plenty flakey and delicious.

I rolled my crust out on one of my favorite kitchen tools, my Roul’Pat. Roul’Pat is from the makers of the Silpat and turns any work surface into a non-stick work area, perfect for rolling out things like pie and cookie dough, without any additional flour.

I just wanted to remind you how awesome the Roul’Pat is, because you can WIN ONE on Thursday at the Pi Day Pie Party! Don’t forget to come link up a pie (or three) that day and enter to win.

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I filled my pie with the ultimate comfort food: a peanut butter cookie chock full of chocolate chips and peanuts. It’s like a giant cookie with a pie crust. Rich with peanut butter and oozing with chocolate, this pie is certain to bring your mood up about 100%.

I got the idea for this pie when I was shopping at Target and saw the Easter Egg Peanut Butter M&Ms. I knew I wanted to put them on top of the pie filling, kind of like I did with the Raspberry Snack Cake a few weeks ago. I thought it was kind of cute how they cracked in the oven (totally not on purpose, BTW) and look like they’re hatching.Feel free to use any kind of M&Ms that you like: peanut, regular, almond, coconut. Use regular colors for an all-year pie!

I really don’t know how else to describe this peanut butter cookie pie. Except that well, it’s a peanut butter cookie. IN A PIE.

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Oh, did you want me to tell you how to make it? You’re in luck. I’m way more helpful than the USPS. Here’s the recipe. 😉

Peanut Butter Cookie Pie

Yield: 12 servings

A pie crust filled with a peanut butter cookie and M&MS!! The perfect indulgent cookie pie!


For the Crust:

  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons ice water
  • OR you can use 1 prepared crust (refrigerated or frozen)
  • See photo instructions on making the perfect pie crust here.

For the Pie:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • M&Ms (your favorite flavor, I used Peanut Butter M&Ms)


  1. Make your crust: pulse flour and salt in a food processor. Add cold butter and pulse 3-4 times until it resembles crumbs. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing 2-3 times after each addition, until dough forms a ball. Turn out onto plastic wrap and shape into a disk. Chill at least 30 minutes (or overnight).
  2. Note: you can also use a prepared crust from the refrigerator or freezer. If doing so, skip step 1.
  3. Roll out pie crust to 1/8” thick. Place in a 9” pie plate and press to fit. Return to refrigerator until ready to fill.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Cream butter, peanut butter, and both sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, about 2-3 minutes. Add egg, vanilla, milk, and salt and mix until combined. Slowly add flour and mix until dough just comes together. Stir in chocolate chips and peanuts.
  6. Press cookie dough into the prepared pie crust. Top with M&Ms (as many or as few as you’d like!) Cover the edges of the pie crust with small strips of foil (so that it does not brown too quickly). Bake for about 30-32 minutes. Remove foil from pie crust edges and bake an additional 5-7 minutes until crust and the top of the cookie is browned. Cool before slicing. Pie can be made ahead of time and frozen, if desired.

Perfect Peanut Butter Cookie Pie

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110 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cookie Pie”

  1. Claire @ A Little Claireification posted on March 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm (#)

    Ohhhh and the drool just started. When I fall off the “Lose 10 lbs Wagon” I am just going to listlessly point in your direction. 😉
    Chocolate peanut butter… YES.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 10th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Yeah, welcome to my life. LOL, bathing suits are overrated…


  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on March 10, 2013 at 1:12 pm (#)

    You just described my life at the P.O. whenever I try to go to it…and trust me, like you, I avoid it at all costs! Talk about backwards and at mine, there are always lines a mile long. Every week is like the week before Xmas at mine…always so crowded! PB pie cures all! Love the homemade crust, the filling, the adorable M&Ms! And cute little picture inside your ziplist box. I need to figure out how to do that!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 10th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      And then, when there are 10 people in line, one takes a break. ???? Always happens! Yeah, the ziplist thing. I know how to resize the pic that’s automatically there (it’s done in the plugin settings) but how to change it to move it over…no idea. I paid someone because I gave up on the plugin instructions!!!


  3. Back For Seconds posted on March 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm (#)

    Why is the USPS so lame sometimes? Ugh. At least one good thing came out of the bad experience – PIE!!! All butter crust is the only way to go. So yummy! This pie looks awesome, Dorothy. Peanut butter + oozing chocolate = pie success! Can’t wait for pie/pi day!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 10th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      I’m glad you’re with me on the all-butter crust Stephanie. Totally my favorite!


  4. Susan posted on March 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm (#)

    You know my weakness! I’d love this for Easter, XOXO


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  6. The Partiologist posted on March 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm (#)

    Seriously? Peanut Butter. Cookie. Pie. ???? I think I just gained 5 pounds!!


  7. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on March 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm (#)

    yummy pie! Or cookie? I hear ya on the post office. Fortunately, since we moved to Ohio there is a little one just up the road from my house, never busy and super nice people :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 10th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      A smile would be really nice. I don’t think they know what those are there, ha! Thanks Aimee!


  8. Kate | Food Babbles posted on March 10, 2013 at 4:57 pm (#)

    Thanks so much for the link love Dorothy! And this peanut butter cookie pie looks AH-maaaazing! I could definitely do some damage on it. Oh and I would have been totally aggravated with the post office too. Grr!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 10th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Thanks Kate! And you’re welcome. :)


  9. Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas posted on March 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm (#)

    Peanut butter ANYTHING and I’m there! Yum!!!


  10. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on March 10, 2013 at 5:53 pm (#)

    I am down with a peanut butter cookie pie!! The peanut butter m&m’s on top are so cute hatching! I need this pie in my face!!!!


  11. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on March 10, 2013 at 5:53 pm (#)

    I am down with a peanut butter cookie pie!! The peanut butter m&m’s on top are so cute hatching! I need this pie in my face!!!! Can you tell I haven’t had sugar in a few days? I am going nuts!!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 10th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      No sugar? Are you a crazy woman? 😉 I’m trying to only eat it once a day. Gotta eat a lot during that once, lol!


  12. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on March 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm (#)

    I’m trying not to lick my screen right now. This looks so good – love the chocolate eggs on top. And you’re right–there’s nothing better than an all-butter crust. Yum……


  13. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef posted on March 10, 2013 at 8:43 pm (#)

    How have I missed all the fabulous things you pop into a crust?? I love this peanut butter pie :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 11th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      Thansk Maureen. I really, really love your blog name. :)


  14. Emily posted on March 11, 2013 at 12:22 am (#)

    Oh gosh, that pie looks glorious!


  15. Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box posted on March 11, 2013 at 6:28 am (#)

    This pie look fabulous! I love how the eggs crack open in the oven, too – so appropriate!


  16. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies posted on March 11, 2013 at 6:36 am (#)

    I’m at the post office WAY more than I like to be for my BF’s and my Etsy sales. At least the people at mine tryyyyyy to be helpful, but I’d be lying if I said they’ve never lost an international package/had it take over a month to get there. I’m stressed out just thinking about it. This cookie pie looks amazing and perfect and like everything I need in my life on a Monday.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 11th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      I know! I’m going to be SO bummed if it gets lost. :(


  17. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on March 11, 2013 at 6:47 am (#)

    This sounds divine! :)


  18. Deborah posted on March 11, 2013 at 6:56 am (#)

    You would think that they would make those forms easier to fill out, too. Gotta love it!! 😉 I can totally see how this pie would be a stress beater. I want a slice!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 11th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      I know, right? Thanks Deborah!


  19. Tonia@thegunnysack posted on March 11, 2013 at 7:06 am (#)

    Delicious!! I hear you about the post office…no fun!


  20. Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen} posted on March 11, 2013 at 7:15 am (#)

    I have a DEEP love / hate relationship with the USPS. I love sending cards, especially to my godchild and friends’ kids because how much fun was it to get your own mail when you were little?!? That being said, I tend to buy A LOT of stamps and since I like the forever stamps, I tend to go the USPS to get them. I should just order them. Gah.

    But at least next time I go and want to poke my eyes out, I can come home and make this pie!! YUM!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 11th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      I’m glad I’m not alone!! Thanks so much Emily!!


  21. tanya posted on March 11, 2013 at 7:20 am (#)

    I’m laughing at your need to pound something! But truly, no one is every happy at the post office-the clerks, the customers in the long lines. Why is it so unpleasant? Maybe everyone just needs pie-like this. Especially since it’s a stress reliever!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 11th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Yes, everyone needs to eat pie before going there. Or, better yet, they should serve it in line! :) Thanks Tanya!


  22. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction posted on March 11, 2013 at 7:42 am (#)

    A peanut butter cookie in pie form and loaded with peanut butter M&M’s?! Yes, please! I would love a big slice of this for a mid-morning snack! :)


  23. carrian posted on March 11, 2013 at 7:56 am (#)

    I’d rather clean toilets than go to the post office. I despise it. I do everything in my power to avoid it. I seriously could go on and on, but I know you feel me here. And the employees!!! Why are they so dang crabby? The post office and DMV employees should get married. Both are equally horrid. Ok, NOOOOOWWWW I’m done. Love these bars, and you. Cannot wait to try them.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 11th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      LOL! That’s a popular comparison and SO true. And I’m with you: toilets over the USPS any day!


  24. Jackie posted on March 11, 2013 at 8:01 am (#)

    You’re stories kill me Dorothy!
    Thanks for another delicious recipe!


  25. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on March 11, 2013 at 8:41 am (#)

    I hate the Post Office too!!! It is the 6th circle of hell and the DMV is the 7th!!! This cookie pie is all circles of HEAVEN!!! Thanks for Sharing at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!


  26. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on March 11, 2013 at 9:51 am (#)

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure this “pie” would cure all ails :) Gorgeous!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 11th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      TOTALLY! Thank you Trish!


  27. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on March 11, 2013 at 9:59 am (#)

    There is no errand I dread more than going to the post office Dorothy! It is the wooooooooorst! I’m glad you remedied the stress with a huge cookie pie. :) You know this is what I would do as well. I love festive Easter M&Ms :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 11th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      I’m glad I’m not alone Sally!!! :) Thank you!


  28. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen posted on March 11, 2013 at 10:02 am (#)

    I saw this on Instagram when I woke up this morning and was like I WANT NOW!! This looks soooo good :)


  29. Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff posted on March 11, 2013 at 10:25 am (#)

    If you ever go to my post office … I hope you don’t get the clerk that I have so fondly named “the stupid one”! I know it’s not nice and I shouldn’t say that … I’m bad and I’ll probably get her on my next trip.

    Oh, peanut butter cookie in a pie crust … heaven!!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 11th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      OMG, totally. It’s what I was thinking…


  30. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork posted on March 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm (#)

    I don’t think there is a worse place than the post office. The customer service is in serious need of an attitude make over! Thank goodness you had this yummy cookie pie to come home to!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 11th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      That’s for darn sure! Thanks Meghan!


  31. Kristin posted on March 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm (#)

    I’ve successfully avoided the USPS for a couple of months now. I’m not sure how that’s happened.

    Did you eat this all right out of the pan with a fork? That’s what I would’ve done. :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 11th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      LOL, that sounds like me… :)


  32. Shawn @ I Wash You Dry posted on March 11, 2013 at 1:38 pm (#)

    Wow, that USPS worker was obviously on the verge of going “postal.” You can practice your international shipping skills by sending me some of this pie! Hopefully it will get here in one piece. My mom sent me a package and it took over a month to get here! Crazy mail people…


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 11th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      And you’re not even that far away! Crazy! Thanks Shawn!


  33. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen posted on March 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm (#)

    The post office people are so mean! All of my family lives in England so we ship alot and if it wasn’t for already knowing I would be so confused too. But this pie would defo make a trip to the post office okay! I love a buttery crust with a cookie! Hello! Genius!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 11th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth! I swear, they need a manual for those forms!


  34. Nicole @ Youngbrokeandhungry posted on March 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm (#)

    UPS always makes me want to pound something but I am so glad you come home and made this pie or shall I say pookie? It looks mouthwatering!


  35. Ikhlas posted on March 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm (#)

    YUM! Looks delicious, Dorothy! You had me at peanut butter! 😀
    Sucks about the postal service though…hope your package gets to where it needs to go :)


  36. Bonnie @ Uncommon posted on March 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm (#)

    Girl you had me at peanut butter! YUMMY!!


  37. Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations posted on March 12, 2013 at 5:03 am (#)

    Cookie in a pie, I’ll take it any day! The eggs really do look like they are hatching. So cute!


  38. Erin @ Making Memories posted on March 12, 2013 at 9:43 am (#)

    This would definitely make my stress go away. Seriously! A cookie in pie form? I’m in! It looks amazing! Sorry about your post office experience. I thought they were supposed to be the experts on, you know, THE MAIL! Hope your package gets there safely!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 12th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      Thanks so much Erin! My fingers are crossed too!


  39. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on March 12, 2013 at 10:46 am (#)

    Gahhh omg that person at the post office! So rude! I feel like it’s always hit or miss, some people are super nice and others just look at you funny if you dare ask them a question and are 0% helpful.

    Fingers crossed your package makes it.

    This pie is totally the perfect way to cheer up OMG PB COOKIE PIE AHHHHH I LOVE I LOVE I LOOOOVE.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 12th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Me too, I want that pie now. :) Thanks so much Kayle!


  40. Melissa posted on March 12, 2013 at 1:12 pm (#)

    ugh! Your post office sounds about as useless as mine! I always dread going there, the workers are so unfriendly. This pie would make everything better though…I’m pinning it and I can’t wait to make it!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 12th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks so much for the pin Melissa!


  41. Christi posted on March 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm (#)

    This looks and sounds fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing!


  42. Laura Dembowski posted on March 12, 2013 at 5:21 pm (#)

    This looks so yummy! I don’t like going to the post office either. Luckily the people at mine are super nice and helpful. I mailed something to Canada awhile ago and was shocked at all the complicated customs hoops I had to jump through.


  43. luv what you do posted on March 12, 2013 at 7:52 pm (#)

    I love that you put a cookie inside a crust. What an awesome idea!
    And the egg M&Ms are adorable!


  44. Holly Lefevre posted on March 12, 2013 at 11:14 pm (#)

    I cannot even figure out a category for this..other than “dessert I would like to be stranded on a deserted island with.” Oh man..this looks good!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 13th, 2013 at 6:46 am

      LOL that’s too funny. AND TRUE.


  45. Alison Wood posted on March 13, 2013 at 9:11 pm (#)

    This sounds and looks tempting! I may try this with my girls in a few months. Peanut butter, cookie and pie all mixed together? Yum!

    Visiting from Pint-sized Treasures


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 14th, 2013 at 6:13 am

      Yes! It’s the best. :) Thanks Alison!


  46. katie goldsworthy posted on March 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm (#)

    Yumm!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Pinning to the Monday Funday pin board!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 14th, 2013 at 6:12 am

      Thanks for the pin Katie!


  47. Sue {munchkin munchies} posted on March 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm (#)

    More Crazy for Crust awesomeness!!!


  48. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker posted on March 17, 2013 at 7:36 pm (#)

    Your Pi Day was a HUGE success! Pinned! Thanks so much for linking up to Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker. I look forward to coming back on Monday Night!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 18th, 2013 at 6:41 am

      I was pretty happy with it! :) Thanks Karyn!


  49. Alicia posted on March 18, 2013 at 9:10 am (#)

    This looks delicious! My husband is a huge peanut butter lover, and would go nuts if I made this for him!


  50. Patti @ Bakeify posted on March 18, 2013 at 11:46 am (#)

    I am so with you when it comes to the USPS. I use them to ship the orders with our business and USUALLY it goes pretty smoothly, I can print the postage at home and they pick it up. But those few times I have to actually go into the post office?? You’re totally right, they are awful. Grumpy, no help whatsoever, I went there specifically to get boxes to mail stuff and they said “Yeah we don’t have those here, you can only get them online.” So frustrating. On a lighter note, this pie looks awesome and I’m going to make it tout suite. Thanks for letting me vent a little. :-)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 18th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks Patti! I’m glad I’m not alone in my frustration. :)


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  53. Becca from posted on March 28, 2013 at 7:49 am (#)

    Can I just say that sometimes I secretly want to punch USPS workers in the neck? Ooops…guess it’s not a secret any more! :)

    This pie is AWESOMESAUCE, Dorothy! I’m making one for Easter dessert!


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  59. Ethelmae posted on March 6, 2015 at 9:03 am (#)

    We have a LITTLE card shop (really nice cards) that is also a Post Office. The lady in there is great. Sorry about the rest of you, I suppose your Post Offices are busy, but they can still be nice.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 6th, 2015 at 10:35 am

      I actually had a good post office experience a few weeks ago. It was the first one in 5 years!!


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  61. Melissa posted on March 27, 2015 at 5:12 pm (#)

    So I know this is an old post, but OMG the same thing happened to me a few months ago. I filled out 3 of those dang slips, only for them to tell me they were the wrong ones. And then they got frustrated when one of the addresses was military, because apparently those are impossible to look up in the system.

    Post offices are truly the root of all life’s frustrations. I’ve trained myself to use the machines now because those lines are RIDIC.


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