More than several years ago, one of my absolute favorite desserts was peanut butter pie. In fact, it was a favorite of my family my entire life.
There is a now defunct wonderful restaurant in the Hyde Park area of South Tampa, called Salina’s Restaurant. (They served a grouper dish that was the best – look for my future posts for that recipe.) They were also famous for their tasty peanut butter pie dessert.
I took a cooking class at a local restaurant for desserts. One of the best desserts we learned to make there was peanut butter pie, and it was fabulous. I told a friend, and she said, “well, it can’t be as good as Salina’s.” That was very funny because during the cooking class, a phone call was taken by the instructor, and it was someone ordering 12 peanut butter pies, for Salina’s Restaurant for their evening’s dessert menu.
This decadent recipe for peanut butter pie is a combination of peanut butter (you can use either creamy or chunky), confectioner’s sugar, and cool whip. What a wonderful combination!
You can make a graham cracker crust, however, I buy the prepared one at the grocery store, and it works just fine. I have also made it with a Chocolate crust and it was great too.
You can eat the pie just as prepared, or enhance it with magic shell topping, chocolate or white chocolate syrup, drizzled over the pie, hot fudge topping or even adding
m & ms or chocolate chips.
One package of Cream Cheese (softened) (8 ounces)
1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter
1 Cup of Powdered Sugar
One large Cool Whip
Mix all the ingredients, except the Cool Whip in a bowl, until softened. Add 1/2 package of Cool Whip until blended.
Cover with remaining Cool Whip.
Chill and serve.
Note: can be frozen and served frozen too.
A great variation! I made it with chocolate graham cracker crust and added a layer of chocolate pudding on the bottom. Then I added the peanut butter filling to the crust. I added a tablespoon of vanilla to the filling and added extra whipped topping and peanut butter cups. My husband is absolutely in love with this pie and says he wants one a week!
I always make 2 pies because it is so delicious, one just isn’t enough. Whenever I go to a party, I bring 2 pies, for the guests, and one for the hostess to eat after when everyone else has left, as the pies usually go so fast, the hostess never has time to get their fair share.