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Peanut “Buttercup” Pie

It just wouldn’t be Pi Day without a little…. PIE!

So today, I tried my hand at some icebox pie with a graham cracker crust. This wasn’t the initial plan, I was going to go for dark chocolate cookie crust- because there was peanut butter and it would be too perfect. But, it was my first time to make a graham cracker crust and I have to tell you- so much better than store bought!

Ingredients for crust:

  • Just over half of a 14 oz box of graham crackers
  • 1 stick of butter (melted)
  • 2tbs Sugar
  • pinch of sea salt

Ingredients for filling:

  • 5 oz cream cheese (I used no fat)
  • 1/3 c peanut butter
  • 8 oz cool whip- fat free again
  • 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • Chocolate Shell Syrup

Steps for crust:

  1. First, I took the graham crackers and broke them up.
  2. Next, I put them all in a ziplock bag (make sure to use a larger one, honestly the teeny bags I used, really added some time and frustration onto my afternoon).
  3. I used a rolling pin and just rolled out all my aggressions on those crackers!
  4. I made sure to break them up into as small of pieces as I could. There’s a lot that you can get by with, I had some decently large chunks left over in mine. The point is to get a relatively decent consistency.
  5. Go ahead and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. I added the butter, sugar, and salt into a bowl. I mix up until you have a pretty even consistency.
  7. From there, put I pressed it into the pie plate with a relatively thick layer on the bottom and around the sides.
  8. Go ahead and bake the crust for 10 minutes. Let it sit and completely cool.

Now it’s time for some of that filling!

  1. First things first- take the cream cheese and powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  2. Next, add in the peanut butter and mix until it has a nice caramel color.
  3. From there, fold in the whipped cream until there’s a consistency throughout.
  4. I added a surprise ingredient here- frozen chocolate chips!! (shhh!)
  5. Here’s the easiest part! Pour everything from the bowl into the baked graham cracker crust.
  6. Top with a fun design for your chocolate shell syrup and place it in the fridge.
  7. Let the pie sit in there for about 4 or 5 hours, you’ll see the shell syrup harden and add to the appeal of this pie.

Then, you have the final product! Tastes like a nice, cold, creamy, peanut butter cup… And it makes a spring day a little more festive!

 

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Break up the graham crackers- make sure the crumbles are small

 

 

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Add in the butter, sugar, and salt until you have even consistency

 

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Bake for 10 minutes
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Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth

 

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Add peanut butter to mixture- then fold in whipped cream

 

 

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Pour everything into the crust!

 

 

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Top with shell chocolate

 

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PS-

Also made a quick strawberry pie for the fella to take to work with him. Apparently I should have snagged a photo a little quicker, because his team just couldn’t wait!!

Happy Pi Day Everyone!

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