Peanut-Butter Freezer Pie
Peanut-Butter Freezer Pie Erin McDowell

On sandwiches. In smoothies. Out of the jar. We eat peanut butter on the reg. But the one thing we need more of in our lives? Peanut-butter desserts. Enter this recipe for a no-bake PB pie. Fill a simple graham-cracker crust with indulgent peanut-butter cream. Layer on whipped cream and roasted peanuts, then just freeze and serve. (Want to work in some chocolate too? See the Finishing Touches, if you’re into that sort of thing.)

  • Makes one 9-inch pie
  • Start to Finish: 4 hours (includes freezing time)

Ingredients

Crust

10 whole graham crackers

3 tablespoons sugar

4 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling and Topping

2 cups heavy cream

⅓ cup sugar

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1¼ cups chunky peanut butter

Pinch of cinnamon

1 cup honey-roasted peanuts, roughly chopped

Directions

1. Make the crust: In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the graham crackers until they form fine crumbs. Transfer the crumbs (you should have about 2 cups) to a bowl and add the sugar and melted butter. Mix until the crumbs are moistened.

2. Press the graham-cracker mixture into a pie plate to form a crust, bringing it up the sides and onto the edge of the plate. Press firmly to ensure the crust is even. Transfer to the freezer for 30 minutes.

3. Make the filling: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream until foamy. Gradually add the sugar and vanilla, and continue whipping to medium peaks.

4. Remove half the whipped cream and reserve for topping the pie. Add the peanut butter and cinnamon to the remaining whipped cream in the bowl of the mixer, and beat until well combined.

5. Pour the peanut-butter cream into the frozen piecrust and smooth with a spatula.

6. Top the peanut-butter cream with the reserved whipped cream and garnish with the peanuts. Transfer the pie to the freezer and freeze until solid enough to slice, at least 2 hours or up to overnight. To make serving easier, let the pie sit out for 10 minutes at room temperature before slicing.

Finishing Touches

It's the details that count! Try these tips

  • Customize your crust: Swap the graham crackers for 2 cups crushed vanilla or chocolate sugar cookies. You can use store-bought or homemade.

  • Nothing goes with peanut butter quite like chocolate: Spread ½ cup melted chocolate on top of the frozen crust before adding the peanut-butter filling. Garnish the pie with ½ cup chocolate shavings or sprinkles mixed with the peanuts.