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This no-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie is a decadently delicious dessert that everyone loves!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

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 pie is amazing!!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie


And it is a really, REALLY good Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie!  A light and creamy peanut butter filling made with creamy peanut butter, cream cheese and whipped cream is spooned into a  sweet, buttery graham cracker crumb crust. Then, the pie is topped with a rich chocolate ganache. No matter how many times I’ve made (and eaten) this pie – it makes me swoon!

I first had this amazing Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie at the East Coast Grill in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the now-closed but once-legendary barbecue and seafood restaurant 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.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Over the years, I’ve made this Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie so often that I know the recipe by heart.  And every time I make this pie, I get asked for the recipe! My nephew Ryan loves this pie so much that every year for his birthday, he requests this dessert instead of a birthday cake.

(It’s seriously good…especially if you love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter together!)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

We’ve gently adapted this pie recipe from the original found in the cookbook.  At the restaurant, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie was served just slightly chilled so the filling was soft and creamy. But, we actually prefer this pie served slightly frozen with a firmer, almost ice cream-like consistency. Either way you eat it, this is one very memorable dessert!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: no-bake


An amazingly good chocolate peanut butter pie! Graham cracker crumb crust, filled with a creamy peanut butter filling and topped with chocolate ganache.


For the crust

  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup 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 ganache topping

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


  1. To prepare the crust, blend graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, brown sugar and melted butter in a bowl until fully combined. Press mixture into a 9″ 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.

Keywords: chocolate, peanut butter, pie, no-bake dessert




Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie



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  • Natalie wrote:

    I love chocolate and peanut butter! This pie looks and sounds so delicious!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Natalie!

  • Jeff wrote:

    I’ve made this five times now! All five times it comes out phenomenal! It reminds me as my mother’s peanut butter, and takes me back to my childhood. Excellent recipe, thank you, will be back for more.

    • Martha wrote:

      So glad you enjoy the pie as much as we do Jeff!

  • Dorothy wrote:

    Thank you so much for this recipe!!!!! It was easy to make and tastes amazing. I forsee this being a holiday staple in my house from now on. 🙂 Thanks again!!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Dorothy! So glad you enjoyed the pie as much as we do!

  • Jeanie wrote:

    I have a thing about milk products if they aren’t cooked. Could this be made with Kool Whip? I know the chocolate toping has to be cream but I had reference to the pie filling!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Jeanie – Sure – you can swap in Cool Whip. It will impact the taste and texture a bit (especially if you leave out the cream cheese too) but it’s definitely an option if you have food sensitivities.

  • Eileen Kreiser wrote:

    Do you need to keep any left over pie in the freezer?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Eileen – You can keep it in the freezer so it stays a more frozen texture or in the refrigerator which will keep it a creamier texture.

  • Janice Blessing wrote:

    I made this… it was quite tasty and easy to make!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Janice – glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Cindy wrote:

    Excellent,my husband loved it I made it for him for Fathers Day this year 2018 he had to have a piece two days before when I made it on Friday.,Saturday we were not going to be home so that is why I made it 2 days ahead thx

    • Martha wrote:

      So glad your husband enjoyed the pie Cindy! Have a great weekend!

  • Tina wrote:

    My BF loved this recipe. I did cheat and I used a premise crust. I used all natural peanut butter and organic whipping cream.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Tina! So glad the recipe was a hit! (And totally fine to use a premade crust…) 🙂

  • Jordan Kowalski wrote:

    I made this pie last night and it is such a hit! I do have one question though. I did use creamy peanut butter but my cream cheese/peanut butter mixture wasn’t super smooth and ended up a little dry so it was hard to easily mix well with the whipped cream. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Jordan – Glad you enjoyed the pie! We have found that we get the smoothest filling when the cream cheese is softened and the peanut butter is at room temperature. We’ve also used some different brands of peanut butter over the years – a brand like Jif mixes up very smoothly but Teddy’s (which is all-natural) wasn’t quite as smooth. I’m not sure what brand peanut butter you used, but that could also have an impact. Hope that helps!

  • Regina wrote:

    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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