Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Ganache

Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Ganache-creamy peanut butter filling with chocolate ganache on top and on the bottom!

Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Ganache-creamy peanut butter filling with chocolate ganache on top and on the bottom!

We need to talk about store bought pie crusts. Specifically the graham cracker crusts. I’m all for making crusts from scratch but I don’t always have time. Or patience. When it comes to pie, I’m in it for the filling, not the crust anyways. The crust is just the holder for all the yummy on the inside.

Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Ganache-creamy peanut butter filling with chocolate ganache on top and on the bottom!

Here’s the thing about ready made crusts. It’s almost impossible to find one still completely whole in the stores. There’s always a crack or a chip on the crust. Or several cracks. I’ll dig all the way to the back, unstacking 10-15 crusts trying to find one still whole and unblemished.

Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Ganache-creamy peanut butter filling with chocolate ganache on top and on the bottom!

And when you do find that one perfect crust, you still have to get it home in one piece. The baggers at the stores, they know about your eggs and not mushing your bread. But they just don’t realize how delicate that crust is.

Or worse, in your own effort to carry in all 12 bags of groceries in just one trip, you forget about your perfect crust. You wedge it between the bag with the milk and the bag with the canned goods.

Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Ganache-creamy peanut butter filling with chocolate ganache on top and on the bottom!

No, a perfect crust is hard to find and keep.

The greatest thing about this pie, besides how amazing it tastes (we are talking about peanut butter and chocolate here) is that it doesn’t need a perfect crust.

The chocolate ganache below the filling acts as a sealer for the crust. Binding all those cracks back together, filling in any chips. Making your pie crust perfect again.

Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Ganache-creamy peanut butter filling with chocolate ganache on top and on the bottom!

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Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Ganache

Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Ganache

Ingredients

  • 1 ready made graham cracker crust
  • for the filling
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip, thawed
  • for the ganache
  • 1 cup milk chocolate (or semi sweet) chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Prepare the filling. Cream together peanut butter and cream cheese until smooth and well blended. Add in powdered sugar and mix on low.
  2. Add in Cool Whip and beat on medium until fluffy, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Set filling aside.
  3. Make your ganache. Using 2 cup, microwave safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips and cream together on high for about 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir until chips are completely melted and chocolate is smooth. If necessary, microwave for another 10 seconds. Let cool for about 5 minutes.
  4. Using the back of a spoon, spread all but 3-4 tablespoons of the ganache over the inside of the ready made crust, making sure to go up the sides. Let crust sit for about 5 minutes for ganache to set up. Add peanut butter filling and spread evenly to fill the crust. Drizzle remaining ganache over top of pie.
  5. Refrigerate pie for at least 2 hours before serving.

Notes

This pie can also be frozen. Let pie thaw for at least 2 hours before serving.

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Comments

  1. This looks delicious :-)

  2. Hi Joan. Those of us that don’t live in the US don’t know or have access to a product called “Cool Whip”. Any idea of a substitution? Is it just normal cream whipped to a stiff consistency? Have you had success baking with a substitution? Thanks. Kim

    • Cool Whip is a sweetened dairy free whip cream substitute. You can use whipping cream/heavy cream but you would have to sweeten it and whip it really stiff. Also, whip cream melts, cool whip doesn’t, so the consistency isn’t quite the same after a period of time.

  3. Joan – I love the idea of using the chocolate ganache to seal those cracks – brilliant! And you are right – the baggers do not have a clue how to pack things the right way – it’s not always about the eggs and the bread. The crew at Whole Paychex near me have learned that I’ll pack my own bags – that way the only one I can be mad at if something breaks is me. This looks absolutely positively amazing (but then again, it’s your recipe – I know it’s going to be excellent!)

  4. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    Love!! You can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter!

  5. I have a similar recipe and the pie is always a hit! I like the chocolate pie crust and will try that next time.

  6. Yeah, chocolate ganache is ALWAYS a good addition!!!! Love graham cracker crust and the ganache and that AMAZINGGG peanut butter filling! So luscious!

  7. Joan what a great idea to seal those cracks!! I once had to throw out a premade crust because it was all broken with holes and ended up making one from scratch which defeated the whole point. Aieee! But I’m so glad this pie is inspired from such inspiration!! It’s glorious!

  8. Oh, yeah, chocolate and peanut butter ranks at the top of my “goes together” list! Pinning!

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