Last Valentine’s Day I made a pie for a pie contest at work, I had just broken up with my boyfriend and was drowning myself in red wine. Turns out this year was not so different. I again entered the annual Valentine’s Day pie contest, and again was Valentine-less. This year is a little bit different though because I had two people who wanted to be my Valentine, and I couldn’t make up my mind. I’m pretty certain this is worse than having zero options. Either way, it was less dramatic than last year because I managed to make the entire pie without drowning in too much wine, or dropping anything on my pie- win!
This peanut butter pie is a recipe from my Grandma (mom’s mom), she used to make it every year for my dad’s birthday. This is a really easy pie and she even submitted it to one of our small town recipe books as ‘Two Really Easy Pies’. The other pie being a chocolate version. Don’t let the easy fool you though – this pie tastes great and has the classic chocolate and peanut butter combination that is one of our favorites.
To make is a little more festive for V day, I added chocolate covered bananas on top and some red sprinkles. Here’s what you need:
I asked my mom to send me Grandma’s recipe, and this is what she sent, it pretty much covers it, so I’ll let Grandma walk you through it.
I did use an Oreo crust, but contrary to what grandma wrote, I used 1 1/2 cups of crushed Oreos and one stick of butter.
I also baked it at 375 for 7 minutes.
The rest is pretty easy, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and milk; I used a hand mixer because no one has bought me a stand mixer yet.
Next add the peanut butter, and beat again until it’s nice and smooth.
Then fold in the cool whip. I just used a rubber spatula for this.
Then just gently pour it into your crust, and stick it in the fridge for about 1 hour until it’s set.
For the bananas, I just cut sliced bananas into heart shapes (my heart cookie cutter didn’t arrive from Amazon in time…dangit), and dipped them into melted baking chocolate. I put them on waxed paper and put them in the freezer until I was ready to put them on the pie.
Just like Grandma says in her recipe, its an easy pie!
And I know you’re wondering how it did in the contest, it went up against a chocolate tort, apple pie, blueberry pie, and a sea salt caramel pie.
She ended up getting 2nd place! The sea salt caramel won, it had an edible pie-rate flag, so that helped it out a lot! Maybe next year I can regain my blue ribbon status.
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ½ milk
- ¾ peanut butter
- 8 oz Cool Whip
- 1½ cups crushed Oreo cookies
- 1 stick butter, melted
- Mix oreo crumbs with the melted butter, press into a pie pan using your fingers
- Bake at 375 for 7 minutes
- Allow to cool
- Beat together cream cheese, sugar, and milk
- Add the peanut butter and beat until smooth
- Fold in Cool Whip
- Pour into crust, chill in the fridge for 1 hour