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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie - A luscious peanut butter pie with a sweet graham cracker crust and a chocolate ganache topping.

Whenever I make this chocolate peanut butter pie, the following scenario typically plays out:

As everyone starts to eat this luscious dessert, the room falls silent.   Then someone – usually with their mouth still full of pie – mutters, “Oh. My. GAWD! This is amazing.”

And it is a really,really good Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie – a light and creamy peanut butter filling with a sweet graham cracker crust and chocolate ganache topping.

I first had this amazing pie at the East Coast Grill and Raw Bar in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the legendary restaurant previously owned by grilling expert Chris Schlesinger.   When he published his cookbook, The Thrill of the Grill, I myself was thrilled to discover that the recipe for this pie was included.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie - A luscious peanut butter pie with a sweet graham cracker crust and a chocolate ganache topping.

I’ve made this Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie often and just as often get asked for the recipe!   We’ve adapted the recipe only slightly from the original publication.   While originally served with a soft filling, we actually prefer this slightly frozen with a firmer, almost ice cream-like consistency, but either way you eat it, it’s a memorable dessert.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

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An amazingly good chocolate peanut butter pie

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings


For the crust

  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter

For the filling

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

For the topping

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. To prepare the crust, blend graham cracker crumbs, 4 tablespoons sugar, brown sugar and melted butter in a bowl until fully combined. Press mixture into a 9″ deep dish pie plate, covering bottom completely and pushing the crumbs about 1-2 inches up the side of the pie plate. Put the pie crust into the freezer while preparing the filling.
  2. Whip the 1 1/2 cups heavy cream until it holds peaks. Set aside in refrigerator while preparing the rest of the filling.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and mix until blended. Add peanut butter and vanilla, mixing well. (Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed to ensure that the ingredients are fully blended.)
  4. Fold whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture, blending well. Pour filling into the prepared pie crust. Place filled pie into the freezer.
  5. To prepare the ganache, in a small saucepan (use one with a lid), slowly bring the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream to a boil (be careful not to scald the cream). Turn off the heat and add chocolate chips, pushing the chips into the cream until almost completely covered. Put the lid on the pan and let sit on the stove.
  6. After 10 minutes, stir until the chocolate chips are melted and fully blended into the cream. Cool to room temperature, then pour sauce over pie. Place in freezer for 30 minutes before serving.
  7. Note: If serving pie more than 1/2 an hour after final preparation, store in the freezer. Thaw for 20 minutes before serving for a frozen, ice cream-like consistency. (If you are having difficulty cleanly removing the pie crust from your pie plate, submerge the very bottom of the dish in some hot tap water – about 1/2 inch water in your kitchen sink – to loosen the crust being careful not to get water in the pie itself.) Or thaw for longer in the refrigerator for a gooey, soft pie.





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  1. Thanks for putting this out on the dessert buffet yesterday, I was lucky to have the last yummy slice! Peanut butter with chocolate,
    creamy yet fluffy heaven!

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