Peanut Butter Pie with Cookie Crust

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Happy Mother’s Day! How better to celebrate than with chocolate and peanut butter?

This year marks the first Mother’s Day since 2008 that I haven’t spent any time with my own mother. My parents moved back to New York last year, and it’s still weird that I can’t just drive over and see them whenever I want to. Fortunately, I still have family close by!

This recipe marks another step in my journey to make every Baked recipe. I wish I could say that I’m going in some kind of order, but I’m not. This pie is in the very first Baked cookbook. I was looking for something chocolatey, because when the mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law are involved, it just has to be chocolate.

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The first step is the crust. The recipe calls for chocolate wafer cookies, but I went to three grocery stores and didn’t find any! Fortunately, Oreos worked perfectly. All you have to do is crush them into powder in the food processor, then add a bit of sugar and melted butter to create a crust. I love how dark and rich it looks!

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The next layer is melted chocolate chips combined with a little bit of corn syrup. Next time I make this, I think I’m going to leave this step out. It looks awesome with the two shades of chocolate, but it didn’t add much flavor-wise and I think it made the pie difficult to cut into slices after being frozen.

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The stand mixer with the paddle attachment gets used to make the first part of the filling, which is a mixture of peanut butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and brown sugar. Then the whip attachment turns heavy cream into whipped cream.

IMG_1352After folding the cream into the peanut butter mixture, you get this beautiful, fluffy, deliciousness.

IMG_1353Into the pie plate! Now it goes into the freezer for at least four hours.

Fast-forwarding a few hours…

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Oooooh that looks good. You can see all three layers! But it’s not quite done yet.

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Gotta add some chocolate syrup, both for taste and looks. Still not done, though…

IMG_1368Ok, NOW it’s done. Whipped cream makes everything better, especially homemade whipped cream. This is one of the best gifts my husband and I have ever gotten! Is it a necessary kitchen gadget? Not at all, but it sure is delicious!

What did you do for Mother’s Day?

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