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! 😉

Did you make this recipe?

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie

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!


  • 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


  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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  1. I hear you about that box. We live in the DC area, and I love the city, but hate living in suburbia. It’s good for my kids, but yeah. The master plan is to move when they grow up. But in the meantime, it’s hard not loving when you live, and hard feeling like you don’t belong. You’re not alone!
    I love that you did it up right with real whipped cream here! And PB is always my favorite. This looks seriously phenomenal, and a great way to beat those blues!

  2. I wanted to get out of the town I grew up in (in central FL) and was able to in 2009 due to my boyfriend being offered a job in South Florida. I like it a lot better where we are now but I long to be somewhere with mountains! I just feel like I need to live in the mountains and I have for a long time. But until one of us is able to find a decent, comparable paying job to what we make now, it isn’t going to happen. So I’ll keep on dreaming and just go on vacations to the mountains for now.  Hope you’re able to get to where you want to be, Dorothy!

    So I want to be in a plate of this pie. And I can totally make that happen soon because I gotta make this because PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE! 

  3. This pie! My PB-loving husband would probably pay a million bucks (that we definitely don’t have!) for a slice of this. Do what is best for your family. Sometimes you need to take a risk to be truly happy. 

  4. Since peanut butter has protein, can we eat it for breakfast? Looks amazing!

  5. There’s something about peanut butter pie and this one looks absolutely perfect!  So rich and creamy.  Pinned! 

  6. Daw! You know, I felt the same way when I moved down south for grad school a few years ago, and I think I’m okay with the geography change just because I know I’m still mobile. I can’t imagine how stifling it must feel being stuck somewhere you don’t love though 🙁 it’s definitely worth keeping that hope alive and looking forward to it from time to time, to keep things in perspective! I have faith 🙂 as I do in this lovely pie! Happy Sunday!

  7. I’ve lived generally the same area my entire life, but have moved from town to town. I love the seasons, so I don’t think I could give up living in New England, but I could see myself settling in Maine or New Hampshire. I like being close to NYC and Boston. It’s nice to hop on a train and see a show, a baseball game, or visit a museum. Follow your heart, even if it means taking a leap of faith. 

    Peanut Butter Pie is seriously the only way to spend a Sunday afternoon (after a workout of course!) 

  8. Aw Dorothy I love how real you are in this post. Being an adult is tough and even more so not having the ability to change something that you truly desire. I hope someday you will get back to where you grew up….as for this pie, chocolate and peanut butter is my thing. Pinned! It will probably be on our easter table because its no bake (and lets face it, food bloggers are always short on time lol). 

  9. Wow, just wow. If this is one of the best pies of your life, and I can see why, then I clearly cannot make it 🙂 I would eat half a pie too! PB, chocolate, the Oreo crust, the whipped cream, all the textures & flavors, OMG….this is heaven right here!

  10. I don’t know *exactly* how you feel . . . but I can relate.  My situation is different, and one that we can talk about over a few glasses of wine in May, but what I would say is that you need to get SUPER philosophical about it.    You need to realize, and teach Jordan because it will be invaluable, that true happiness isn’t found in places, things and people.  It’s an inner level of contentment than you can only find within.  Too philosophical?  Anyway.  In the meantime, work double time teaching Jordan to live outside the box.

  11. I struggle with that ALL THE TIME! I am not from California and when we choose to settle down and start a family, I am terrified of raising a child here. But I also don’t want to go back east, I just don’t want to be here. On another note, this pie, OH MY GAWD! 

  12. This looks so delish, Dorothy. I’ve been looking for a wonderful peanut butter and chocolate pie for years and it looks like I’ve found one! 🙂

  13. No, you dont have to just “deal with it”.  That’s what unhappy people do.  You can do whatever you want if you want it bad enough.  Keep your dream alive, constantly visualize where you want to be, and it will happen for you.  There will always be plenty of people to tell you why you can’t do something but I’m telling that you can live where you want to live and do what you want to do.  Im exactly where I want to be and doing what I want to do because I had faith and went for it.  You deserve to be do and have exactly what you want.  You’ll get there.    

    Oh and the pie; Im getting ready to make that so no review yet because I wanted to respond to your query.  It looks wonderful.

  14. This pie does look beyond words. I want some. Now!! Whenever I am in a rut there are two things that help me. Think it is not forever. And make a plan. Just knowing that it isn’t the end all be all, which it might be for the time being but not FOREVER helps. And then I make a plan to change. What can I do today to move in the direction I want. Even if it takes 10 years it helps and who knows what will happen and what other options will come up in the next 10 years. 

  15. I know what u mean. Long Beach is great but I’m getting tired of the busy feel. I’d love to settle somewhere quiet and with a village feel to it. Central California is a favorite of mine. Good luck!

  16. Hi Dorothy – if you substitute Cool whip, one 8 oz container?

    thank you!! Looks awesome!!

    • I would buy two just in case. I think there are about 3 cups of Cool Whip in a container but I can never remember. It’s probably one + a little (depending on how much you want on top).

  17. I get what you’re saying. My highest priority is living near family, and we’re doing that now, but at a high price. It won’t last long. I have no real longing for where I grew up because it’s so different than it used to be. Darn those dollar billz. At least we have PIE!!! OMG!

  18. Don’t give up on what you want. Sometimes you just know where you need to be. I found my spot, but was deferred by others and settled on a different location. I tried to make it work, but my heart wasn’t there. Luck was with me and I was able to sell my house and returned to where I should be. It wasn’t easy (is moving ever easy?) but the peace I now feel is great! 

  19. You’re right. My advice is suck it up and have another piece of pie. 🙂
    I don’t live where I want to live. I live in my hometown where I grew up. It a small town that doesn’t have anything that I could do when I lived in Memphis, Nashville or Minneapolis. I’m here because my parents are getting older and I have responsibilities. See the aforementioned “Being an adult sucks”. I also know that this is where I will probably live for the rest of my life. 🙁 So how do deal with it? I think about what’s good about here- because there’s always SOMETHING good about everyplace. Like – because I’m here I get to see my niece grow up, it makes my parents happy to get to see their daughter, it makes me happy to make them a casserole and take it to them so that I know they’re eating good food, we have some good friends that I wouldn’t have if I lived somewhere else. Most importantly, I’m here with my husband whom I love more than anything else in the world. And no matter where I am, as long as my best friend is with me, everything else is better. Life’s not where we eat or shop or what plays we can see or concerts we can go to. Life is the people that influence us and that we affect every single day. IOW, suck it up. But definitely have another piece of pie!

  20. Well, you and I have talked about this, sooooo…… I come from a different mindset. Having grown up in the Bay Area, aside from the expense, I felt is was SO crowded. I know Sacramento is basically the largest truck stop in northern CA (bwah!), but what can I say? I sort of love it here. BUT, I also think that has a lot to do with the fact that we lived in Minnesota for many many winters and just the fact that we were able to get back here…and buy a house again, is something I will never take for granted. Yes, the Bay Area has way more culture and things to do, but we can easily visit on the weekends. And we are close to  Tahoe. Blah, blah. Having said that, Paul quit his job and we took a major loss on our Minneapolis home to get back here. Because I was so depressed. So, it’s all about sacrifice. How much are you willing to give up? Honestly, I think you guys just need to move next to me and Trish!! Location can never take the place of friends <3 

    • Right? Totally. And I know that being here is so much better than in Arizona. I just know that whenever we visit SF my heart smiles. Like…it feels like I’ve been pent up and stressed and clenched and the second we hit the bay bridge everything relaxes and I’m just … me. I think a huge issue for me is people. I have friends here…but I can’t be myself with them. That’s what is hitting me hardest.

  21. It’s hard to live away from family. My husband is going through this now as we live in Nebraska, where I grew up, next to my family. However, we did live in Florida for several years when he went to school and I missed the cold and the season so much. We have decided that we may live in a town someday where neither of us has immediate family. Although, if one of us gets a really good job near one family or the other, we would be able to afford vacations to visit the other family. I have some family in Tennessee so that may be where we end up someday.  This pie looks amazing. My husband loves peanut butter just as much as you do. Next time he is missing Florida I think I will make this for him.

  22. This looks freaking fabulous!!  So much chocolate and peanut butter = best dessert ever.  Love it!  I’ll pin it and hope it goes viral for you – it really should, it looks that good!!  🙂

  23. I’ve lived in a small town my whole life. Now at 28, I moved to an even smaller town of 500. I’ve had dreams of living in a bigger city like Kansas City where everything is available. I feel alive there and totally stifled where I live now. I need that million too, heck, $200000 would do it! Until then, I’ll give you the advice my mom gives me, “Just try not to think about it.” There does that help? 😉 If it doesn’t I think your pie might!

    • That’s actually how I try to do it Lauri! Usually I can just put it aside (until we visit there of course) but lately it doesn’t want to stay below the surface. That’ll change eventually. 🙂 Thank you!

  24. Pie of my dreams!!! YES!

  25. I know what you mean; we talk about winning the lottery and having a house near Pebble Beach (just 2 hours from the Peninsula, without putting up with traffic jams every day).  I have a suggestion: have an “idea party” with Peninsula friends the next time you are there.  When I worked at the HP headquarters in the late ’80’s and wanted to live in Palo Alto but couldn’t afford it, a woman at work said her dad owned a rental and wanted a tenant recommended by her (cheap rent).  So, I got the place and saved a lot of money (and the commute time from S.F., where I was living).  I was also offered an inexpensive in-law unit of a friend’s grandmother, but she wanted someone around all the time, and I traveled a lot at the time. So, sometimes there is a way to make it work.

  26. Until such time that you can afford to move, I would suggest vacationing there.  You definitely shouldn’t move if living expenses would take all of your money and not leave you enough for extras and fun things, let alone saving for Jordan’s college and retirement for you and your husband.  Another problem with living in a more expensive area is that everything tends to be more expensive not just housing.  Depending upon how long you have lived in your current area, it may be where Jordan feels like home. 

    After looking at and reading the recipe for your No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie, I know what I will be making the next time I go to a covered dish dinner!  Yum!

    • It’s all so much more expensive! It’s mind-boggling! And I agree about vacationing there. I think we’ll accompany my husband on his many trips this summer. 🙂 Thank you Cindy!

  27. Oh my goodness….I could eat this entire pie!! 

  28. Gosh, Dorothy, I might not understand exactly how you feel, but I think I can relate. In my early 20s, I packed up everything, said “Good-Bye”s to my friends and left for California for good. After living there for 2 weeks, I knew right away that it wasn’t the place for me. It was very hard decision at the time, cuz I had transferred my school, moved all my belongings, etc, but I decided to move back to ND. It was the best decision I ever made. Of course, then I was single and free to do whatever I wanted, it was easier. My advise is that if you really wanted something, you’ll find a way. There is always a way. Set a goal, work towards it, and the day will come. 

    BUT that pie is just amazing. Ah those layers!

  29. Life is too short, Dorothy. Do it. 

    We could live in a bigger house and make more money if we moved away from the Santa Cruz area but this is where we belong now. You may have to sacrifice space and deal with some higher costs of things, but if your heart is in the right place, it will be okay. Good luck and thank you for sharing another mouth-watering recipe!

    • I’ve been thinking to myself, how small can we go without killing each other? We both work from home so there’s that to think about too. At this point I’m fine with the traffic, the higher cost of gas and groceries…if only to be able to be there! Thank you Cate!

  30. Aaw I feel the same way. We moved to this smaller town about 2 years ago and I’m still missing where my husband and I grew up where most of our family is. We are hoping to move back in hopefully a couple years once both of the kids are a little bit more self sufficient. Good luck and I hope you guys end up where you love 🙂 
    This pie is just amazing! I love all those layers!

  31. This pie is amazing! I seriously want to dive right into this for breakfast. I love the peanut butter layer, it’s just calling my name!

  32. I seriously feel for you.  I believe, truly strive for what you want and for your family.  Your hubby’s travelling would lesson hugely, so that is a huge plus !  Don’t give up hope.  Make the move a goal and I am sure hopefully sooner than later you will be living and experiencing that beautiful life you so want for yourself,Jordan and your hubby.
    As for the pie…yum….pinned and if I could have devoured it whilst reading your blog, I would have.  Dessert for tonight…yay!  

  33. I’m dreading leaving my hometown, but I’m afraid the move is eminent. I’m just putting my faith in we’re where we are supposed to be. We may have to move, but eventually we’ll find it back to home 😉 I know when the leaving home comes I’ll be inhaling this pie!

    • I think leaving my home town was probably the best thing that ever happened to me. I never went away for school or anything, so it was a great experience. Now I’m done with that experience, lol. 🙂 Thanks Megan!

  34. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at a chocolate cream pie soon, but this is so much better!

  35. girl, it’s like you are talking to me. . I lived in Los Angeles for about 12 years, had my kids there, then we moved to Seattle for a job offer my husband could not pass up, never thought we’d leave LA. Ever. I liked it fine. I mean, the traffic is horrible but my brother’s family was there and my husband’s family and there was diversity.  . anyway, after living in Seattle for only 2.5 yrs, we’re now in Madison, WI (another job move). I am totally in a place where I don’t want to be. I mean, I making the most out of the situation but I do not want my kids to grow up here. it’s fine and nice but not enough diversity here.  . and it’s too cold . . I could go on and on and I will remain positive and happy as long as we are here but I am praying that we can move again in a couple of years.  . so pie?!!! YES, please!!! 🙂 

  36. Ok seriously no one does pie like you do!  I love the two distinct layers of flavor in this.  Looks too good!

  37. My heart desires to live in SF too. I’m assuming here, but I think that’s the place you’re talking about! And the only thing stopping me? $$$$!! Even after being accepted to school there, I still ended up having to stay here another year because I couldn’t afford it. Will I be able to make it happen now? Who knows. It’s so sad what’s happening to rent prices. I don’t know that I have any advice, besides to keep working toward it, but I think this pie could help for sure :).

  38. I can’t complain, Dorothy.  I live in San Diego County (on 8 acres of dirt in a semi-rural environment), with access to ALL that San Diego County affords – sunshine and 90 degree weather in March (and January), gorgeous beaches, awesome restaurants, great venues of all sorts to choose from, fantastic shopping centers –  and yet I still have the sense that I live a “small town life”.  So, I’m living in my Shangri la.  But, the expense to live here can, definitely, be a “killer”.  I was just lucky to move here when I was younger.  Anyway, the PIE – killer!  Pinning…

  39. The pie is gorgeous, anything with chocolate and PB is always a winner in my opinion 🙂 Pinned.

    PS: Follow your heart, I’m sure you will find a way 🙂

  40. My hubs completely shares your sentiments. He’s originally from Maine and we currently live in Cali (where I grew up). He’s dying to get back to a slower pace of life and I’m just unsure. I’m scared I might have the feelings you have if I’m no longer here. For now, our jobs are keeping us put but we shall see what happens in the future! If you find that money tree, let me know 🙂 Meanwhile, I’m most definitely making this pie the minute lent is over!!

  41. That is a really hard thing to decide!!  It is always nice to move to where you will be truly happy and if your family is there all the better.  Just stick to your guns and with your hard work and dedication I’m sure you can accomplish it!  Also this pie looks so mouth watering!!  Love it!  Pinned! 

  42. This looks so amazing! You cannot go wrong with no-bake or chocolate and peanut butter 🙂

  43. first of all, I am going to be dreaming about this pie, it looks TOO good to have in the house
    and the living thing. I am SO with you. Folsom is okay, our house is okay, but it is 100% NOT where I want to be, at all. Ian and I spent the weekend looking at houses in our dream location – Charleston, but with a local business, short of you sharing your millions with us, we’re here, and we can feel sorry for oursevles together

  44. Where there’s a will,  there’s a way! You have to follow your heart and be happy, Dorothy. This pie looks awesome. I love the cool creaminess of cream pies. It would extremely hard not to eat it all!

  45. I have felt like that MANY times in my life already, but we were lucky to just move last winter and we are absolutely loving it. I hope that someday you guys get there! Maybe you could auction off a few of these pies? And throw in an autographed cookbook for good measure 🙂

  46. You definitely know how to make me hungry Dorothy – this peanut butter & chocolate cream pie looks divine! Pinned!

  47. I am happy with the town that I am in, but not the house I am in. It is so hard to be patient and keep saving, but maybe if I distract myself with pie it will make time go faster?

  48. Words don’t have to express how yummy this pie is because your pictures totally do it for you!!! Holy yum!! I’m dying over those layers and layers of creamy dreamy deliciousness!

  49. I do know that feeling! I wish I had a spare million bucks to give you! Until then, doin’ my small part to make this post go viral! It looks sinfully good! xoxo

  50. This post is coming at the perfect time! My other half just got a job offer in Louisiana (!!!). It’s the kind of thing we’ve been waiting years for him to get…but to move all the way across the country? To a city we’ve never been? We love Boise. But is it right to settle for a place just because you’re comfortable? Shouldn’t you at least tryyyy some place new to see? Gah. Being an adult totally sucks. But peanut butter has always been one of my favorite coping mechanisms, so this pie sounds like just the thing to help! I hope you get to SF soon. For as crowded as it is, I get what you mean about crossing the bridge and just relaxing. I’m not even from there and I can feel that!

    • That’s what happened to us when we first got married. We moved from San Francisco to Arizona. It was hard for me and I think I would have enjoyed it more if family hadn’t been so far away. We got back to Sacramento and it’s much better (closer at least!) It was harder after we had our daughter, for sure. Such hard decisions to make!! Good luck with yours!

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

    Same old song

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

  53. 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!

  54. Remember my comment on this post 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!

  55. 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! 

  56. 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.

  57. 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!

  58. 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 😛

  59. 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. 

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

  61. Okay what does breaking the cream mean?

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

  63. 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?

    • 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!

  64. 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.

  65. 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.

  66. 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!

  67. 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.

  68. 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 🙂

  69. 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?

  70. 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

    • 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!

  71. 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?

    • 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.

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

  73. 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!

  74. did you use salted or unsalted butter?

  75. 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!

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

  77. I’m hoping this sets up and solidifies a little! Mine seemed pretty soupy when I put it in to chill! My peanut butter and condensed milk was really thick–couldn’t really fold any cream into it, so I had to use the mixer. I also had to use a larger pie plate–way too much crust and filling for the 9 inch. Crossing my fingers that it turns out!

  78. It set perfectly and was AMAZING!

  79. So if using cool whip do you still mix in powdered sugar and vanilla? Thanks. I know about not fitting in anywhere. I grew up around here have four children and a husband but am so alone sometimes like I don’t exist😢

  80. This is so funny. Almost two years to the day after you posted this I came across it while feeling depressed about being stuck in our area and thinking “I’ll just look up a peanut butter pie recipe to make today me feel better.” Thanks!

  81. I’m hosting a Pi Day Run on, well, pi day in a couple of days. After the run, we’re having a pie potluck. I’d never made a pie, but wanted to make something peanut buttery & chocolately (and if it could also include Oreos, even better). I came across your recipe and it was a no-brainer. I spent way too much time this afternoon making it, as well as a mess of my kitchen. I’m pretty excited for Tuesday! I’ll be sure to report back after it gets devoured by hungry runners.

  82. My husband loves PB and chocolate, but not Oreo cookies….what’s wrong with him, right?!?! Would you think this pie would be “do”-able with a pre-baked normal pie shell instead of the oreos? I’m thinking I might give it a try. Thanks for the recipe….it sounds delish!!

  83. i made this for a friend’s birthday BBQ- he requested something with peanut butter. I must say- I don’t even like peanut butter and I think this is amazing!

  84. So I realize this post is over two years old, but due to the power of googling for recipes I am reading this for the first time. I’m curious about where you are now, and if your life is more of what you wanted back when you wrote this post? I need encouragement I guess bc I am currently in the same situation you were in here. We moved to our current town six years ago for my husband’s job. A job that I am extremely grateful for, due to it’s great insurance and the comfortable lifestyle it affords. I’m 34 and have serious lupus that prevents me from working so I am lonely a lot and miss a friendly active, safe community. I need out of this apartment! Anyway, I hate to complain bc I am truly grateful, however my husband and I are miserable here and so hope he can find an job equal to his current one but far away from here! 😀 I truly hope things have turned around for you.

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