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Mar 08

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie

I really have no words for this pie. It’s a jaw-dropping pie with layers of Oreo crust, peanut butter, and chocolate cream.

I just can’t even express how good it was. Words like decadent, amazing, creamy, and delicious just don’t seem to suffice. Because it was better than all of those words.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie with layers of Oreo crust, peanut butter, and chocolate cream! This is the best pie recipe I've ever made!

Can I ask you guys kind of a serious question? Those of you who don’t live where you want to live, how do you deal with that? I’m not talking about the “Oh, I’d love to live in Hawaii!” kind of thing but the actual, deep down “I don’t belong here” type of thing.

You see, my town is fine. We’re happy here. But it’s not where my heart is. My longing is to live where I grew up and the older I get (and the older Jordan gets) the more I realize that, as good is this town is, it’s not where I want her to grow. It’s not where I want her to call home.

It’s not where I want her to settle for life because if I have to live here until I die I might just go crazy.

Does anyone else feel like that?

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie

The reason I feel stuck where I am is because, where I want to go, it costs upwards of $5,000/month for a 2Br/1Ba rental. If you want to buy a place you’re looking at a million bucks for a starter home.

When we got back to California, this area was as close as we could get to home. And, like I said…it’s fine. But it’s not where I want to be.

I want to be able to give Jordan my love of the ocean. My love of hiking on the hills. My love of Village Host Pizza. I want to be able to say, “let’s go get dumplings and dim sum in Chinatown” and be there in 20 minutes. I want to be able to have her grow up where there is no “box” that you’re supposed to live in.

The fact that my husband would only travel about once a month or less instead of every single week would be a huge bonus too.

Anyone have a million bucks I can borrow?

So anyway…for those of you that feel like that…how do you reconcile the fact that you can’t be where you want to be?  I know I’m being a big whiner…but it’s really been affecting me the last few months. Probably because it feels like I haven’t seen my husband more than I’ve seen him. And because I’ve been feeling that “box” a lot lately.

I have a feeling the advice is going to be “Just deal with it because that’s what you have to do as an adult.” Right?

Being an adult sucks sometimes. Often, my feeling is that Pie > Being an adult, am I right??

Do you like pie? I’m sure you do. How about Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie? Yes? Good answer.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie

I have words describing this pie. It’s so freaking amazing that there really is nothing to be said.

The end.

{Not really.}

This pie is a coffee-grounds-in-the-garbage pie. It was so tempting to just pull this sucker out and eat it with a fork. But I restrained myself. I got a plate like a sane and normal person.

And then I ate half a pie.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie

Let’s break it down:

Layer 1: THE CRUST. It’s an Oreo crust, my favorite. Grind up the cookies in a food processor, or crush them finely in a large ziploc bag with a rolling pin. No need to remove the filling. Just crush them and mix them with butter and press them into your pie plate.

Note: all of the pie plates I use are 9″. Check your pie plate size!

Layer 2: PEANUT BUTTER. Peanut butter is mixed with sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Then you fold in whipped cream. It’s rich and peanut buttery to the max.

Note: Yes, I used real whipped cream for this whole pie! Aren’t you proud of me? Feel free to use Cool Whip if you’re so inclined.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie

Layer 3: CHOCOLATE. The remaining sweetened condensed milk gets mixed with melted baking chocolate and vanilla and more whipped cream. It’s like french silk pie without the eggs and the risk of death. #win

Layer 4: MORE WHIPPED CREAM BECAUSE, DUH. It’s whipped cream. Layer it on. I topped my pie with chocolate shavings I made using a square of semi-sweet baking chocolate and a potato peeler. Easy peasy.

This pie. Just… I can’t even. You must try it.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie with layers of Oreo crust, peanut butter, and chocolate cream! This is the best pie recipe I've ever made!

Maybe you’ll like the pie so much it’ll go viral and I can move to my dream city. Hahahaha! 😉

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie

Yield: 8-10 servings

Layers of Oreo crust, peanut butter, and chocolate cream pair perfectly for the best pie I've ever eaten! The best part is it's totally no bake and egg-free!

Ingredients:

  • 25 Oreo Cookies
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk, divided
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract , divided
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (I use Skippy Naturals)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Crush your Oreo cookies in a plastic bag with a rolling pin or in a food processsor. Mix the crumbs and melted butter with a fork in a medium sized bowl. Press into a 9” pie plate and chill until ready to fill.
  2. Melt the baking chocolate in a medium sized bowl according to package directions for melting. Typically, chocolate will take about 1-2 minutes on high power, but make sure you stir every 30 seconds.
  3. Stir 1/2 of the can of sweetened condensed milk (about 5 ounces volume) into the melted chocolate. Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Let sit for a few minutes, but be sure to stir it occasionally so it doesn’t turn into fudge.
  4. Stir the remaining sweetened condensed milk in another medium bowl with the peanut butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir until smooth.
  5. Whip the heavy whipping cream on high speed until stiff peaks form, adding in the powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract while it’s mixing.
  6. Stir 1 cup of the whipped cream carefully into the peanut butter mixture. Fold carefully so you don’t break the cream. Spread in the bottom of the prepared crust.
  7. Stir up the chocolate mixture until it’s smooth. Fold in 1 cup of whipped cream carefully so you don’t break the cream. Spread on top of peanut butter layer.
  8. Top with remaining whipped cream and chocolate shavings. (Chocolate shavings can be made by using a potato peeler on an ounce of chocolate.)
  9. Chill for at least 4 hours or overnight before cutting. Store loosely covered in the refrigerator and eat within 3 days.

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140 comments on “No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie

  1. So you wanna live where the rich people lives, but can’t afford it?

    Same old song

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  2. Jeeez Louise! I need these in my life right now! 

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  3. We all need a time to vent and from reading the comments, you are definitely not the only one! 🙂 Wouldn’t it be nice if there was just a million bucks lying around? Sigh. I agree with what someone else said, purposing to choose to find something good about the place you’re in every day makes a huge difference. It is way too easy to compare and focus on what I don’t have.
    Thank the good Lord for pie because chocolate and peanut butter solves a heck of a lot of problems! Too bad you couldn’t pay in pie because this one is worth gold. Pinning!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 11th, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you for reading Mary Frances!

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  4. Remember my comment on this post http://www.crazyforcrust.com/2015/03/no-bake-mint-chip-lush/ about having no self control with these kind of desserts? Plus adding peanut butter…twice as addicting! I can see myself eating this whole pie in one sitting!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 11th, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      Um yes, I had that problem with this pie!

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  5. This pie looks incredible! I showed my husband a picture of it and he said “wow!” Definitely his kind of dessert! Going to have to make it for him soon! As to living in circumstances you wish would change, I can definitely relate. My husband is in a job he doesn’t enjoy and we are praying about him changing careers but it’s scary to think about the $$ Side of things, especially when are wanting/hoping to buy a slightly bigger house soon. I know God will work it out all in His timing, trying to be content where we are at, but it’s so hard! I agree with the other commenters though, don’t give up on your dream of moving back to where you love! 

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 12th, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      Thank you! And good luck!! We took a leap of faith when we left Arizona…now we might have to make another!

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  6. Debbie Caraballo Reply

    No, you are definitely not alone…I met, fell in love, and married my second husband, who is a Jersey Boy. I’m a native Texan, born and raised, and lived in Texas the first 52  years of my life. All my children and grandchildren are in Texas, as well as the rest of my very small family. I do feel alone sometimes up here, and totally out of place. It’s just not home, no matter how you slice it. 
    But! We’ll be moving down to Texas as soon as we can; then I’ll be home.
    🙂

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 15th, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      Good luck to you Debbie!! I hope you get back to Texas fast!

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  7. You shouldn’t have to “just deal with it” because you’re an adult. Those feelings and emotions are valid, and they’re telling you something important, something you should probably pay attention to. And when something is tugging at your heart strings that much, life has a way of making sure the right thing happens. It may take a little longer than you expected, but I’m guessing (and hoping!) you’ll make it back down to the Bay before Jordan has grown up and left for college. I have all of my fingers crossed for you!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 15th, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      At least in retirement we’ll be there! Haha!

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  8. 1-being an adult DOES suck 🙁 But I completely know what you’re talking about and it makes me so sad because I’m actually living in an area I love now. And I so want you to be able to have that! Stupid SanFran prices! I meeeean…maybe just buy a million dollar home and have loads of debt? #probsnotthebestadvice

    2-I AM COMPLETELY RIDICULOUSLY ENAMORED WITH THIS PIE. Pinning and making as soon as the wedding is over 😛

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  9. I have been in an area I HATE for 42 years. My hubs (his town) had A stroke in 2008. Full time UNPAID caregiver now. I will die here. FIND A WAY–I should have. 

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      I’m sorry Dee, that sounds hard. 🙁 It’s my #1 goal, that’s for sure!

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  10. Love your recipes– just have to convert to Gluten free!

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  11. Okay what does breaking the cream mean?

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 20th, 2015 at 6:35 am

      If you stir it too much the whipped cream will get watery and not be “whipped” anymore. It kind of turns into a hot mess. 🙂

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  12. Can Cool Whip be used in the whipped cream’s place for the top layer, too? My stomach can’t handle real whipping cream :-/

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  13. This pie ripped my heart out at one glance! I had to try it; the recipe seemed simple enough. It all came together well with the exception of the chocolate filling. Mine didn’t come out with a mousse-like texture. It would appear that the cream broke. Any suggestions to avoid that?

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 25th, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      I’m sorry that happened! I always try to fold the cream in very carefully and slowly. You have to try to mix it in without mixing too much, which sounds like what happened. In a pinch you can use Cool Whip, that won’t break!

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  14. Am I really the only one that wants to know what the spoon says?

    Also, that looks like it’d be about 5 days worth of calories in one slice…and totally worth it.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 10th, 2015 at 6:56 am

      Haha, those spoons are a hot topic! One says “My Pie” and I have another one that says “Your Pie” They came as a pair from Etsy!

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  15. I know just how you feel but you see I’m am in my 60 and disabled and was move so I could be close to my daughter so they could help me when needed so they moved me out of where I knew everything but I do have to say that the place I come from has go down hill really badly. And I’m here and don’t see any of my family at all I’m lucky if I see them once a month I dont belong here I don’t belong anywhere.. So really what do I do on a very small income and just cant get up and move anywhere.  So really I do understand . want your pie right now.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 30th, 2015 at 6:20 am

      I’m sorry for your troubles! I’m sending good thoughts your way, and thanks for reading!

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  16. Does 25 Oreos mean whole Oreos or just tops and bottoms (like, 25 cookies or 12.5 cookies taken apart)? Ten minutes ago the answer seemed obvious, but in looking through Pinterest I’m seeing tons of recipes calling for the entire Oreo, cream and all, when making a crust!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 12th, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      I always use the entire Oreo, cream and all. Just count out 25 and grind them up! 🙂 Enjoy!

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  17. First, I am making this pie TO-NIGHT! It looks like heaven in a crust.

    Second, I totally relate to living someplace you’d rather not be, but that will change for me and it will for you too. I know it sounds cliche, but the Rolling Stones were right when they said “you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need”. Its true. You need to be raising your family in the Bay, and its great that you have shared that with everyone because now it’s in the open and when our needs are brought out, life has a way of providing. I have faith that it will happen for both of us. It will come right out of nowhere, when you least expect it or maybe you’ll be ready for it…so, act surprised.
    Cheers!

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  18. Catherine McGuinness Reply

    Just made this pie for our “Friendsgiving.”  It looks soooo good!  I’ve never made my own whipped cream before…. Surprisingly, it came out pretty good 🙂

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 30th, 2015 at 6:45 am

      I’m so glad you liked it! And fresh whipped cream is the best…although we live on Cool Whip and ReddiWhip too!

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  19. Hi from the UK! Made the pie yesterday as trying out recipes to take to my sister’s on Xmas day and its a winner.  However I have half a pie left from my test batch and as I don’t want to be the size of a house by Christmas I wanted to know if leftovers can be frozen?

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 9th, 2015 at 8:04 am

      I haven’t frozen this pie, but I have others in the past so it should work just fine!

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  20. The pie is amazing. I won a contest with it. Kudos.

    That being said, wish I could find a good recipe on pinterest without having to sift through the 12 paragraph life story to get to it. I saw something about a box, didnt read the whole thing, can you save it for your diary? Thanks

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 24th, 2015 at 6:47 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the pie!! That’s great. As for the life stories, that’s my blog. It’s what I do. I’m not just a recipe site: I’m baking…with a slice of life. The stories are here to stay. 🙂 Have a wonderful holiday!

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  21. I am a little confused – when you say heavy whipping cream you mean the kind that you buy in the mile section – the liquid cream right? your not talking about cool whip?

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 29th, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Yes that’s correct. You’re making your own whipped cream for the pie. However, if you want to go the easy route, you can omit it and use about 2 (8oz) tubs of Cool Whip. Just skip the whipping stage and mix it in with the filling like it says to do with the whipped cream.

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  22. YAY me I figured it out!! That was really easy and it is chilling in the fridge!! The whipped cream tasted amazing!!!!

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  23. Hey, I so get the feeling of not belonging some where! It feels like you’re stuck! I feel Stuck too!! And i loved the pie by the way! its the only thing that makes us feel good-sweet!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 31st, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Totally – sweets always make everything better. 🙂

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  24. did you use salted or unsalted butter?

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  25. We full-time RV. That’s how we fixed the “this isn’t where my heart wants to live” problem. We got rid of the house and bought an RV. And yes, we have kids. Three of them. I’ll put our blog address in for you if you’re curious. Sometimes, you have to think outside the box. Hope you find a solution that works for you! Oh, the pie looks delicious!

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  26. Mine turned out horrible. More like liquid cake in a crust 🙁

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 3rd, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      I’m so sorry! I’d love to troubleshoot with you to see what went wrong. Did you make any substitutions?

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