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Peanut Butter Pudding Pie

Peanut Butter Pudding Pie on a brown marble pedestal

Ever since I first made Peanut Butter Pudding, I’ve wanted to make it into a pie. As is often the case, that idea kept getting pushed down the to-do list in favor of other things. Recently, the idea jumped back to the front of my brain, and I just had to make it as soon as possible.

Pudding pies are exactly what they say they are. Pudding in a pie! Sure, you can serve pudding in the traditional ways, but there’s something even more special about turning it into a pie. This is sweet comfort food at its best!

slice of Peanut Butter Pudding Pie on a white and beige plate

A simple cookie crust is a perfect companion to all that cool, creamy pudding. Being a big fan of the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, I couldn’t resist making a chocolate cookie crust. You can, of course, use a different type of cookie to make the crust. Graham crackers (plain or chocolate), shortbread, or most any crispy cookie will work. Hey, if you want an all-out peanut butter experience, why not try a peanut butter cookie crust?

You only need a little simple sweetened whipped cream to top off this pie. I prefer the homemade version, but store-bought would simplify this pie even further.

overhead view of Peanut Butter Pudding Pie on a brown marble pedestal

With my well-established love of chocolate and peanut butter, I just had to add a few chopped peanut butter cups on top. That’s completely optional, but it’s such a great fit for this pie. Chocolate chips or chopped peanuts would also be great toppings.

However you serve it, I think you’ll enjoy this lovely Peanut Butter Pudding Pie. It’s such a great way to take homemade pudding and take it just a few steps further. Don’t be surprised if this becomes your new favorite way to enjoy pudding!

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Peanut Butter Pudding Pie

Yield 8 to 10 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Homemade pudding, a chocolate cookie crust, and plenty of whipped cream combine to make this Peanut Butter Pudding Pie a favorite!

Homemade pudding, a chocolate cookie crust, and plenty of whipped cream combine to make this Peanut Butter Pudding Pie a favorite! - Bake or Break

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 6 ounces (170g) chocolate wafer crumbs (about 1 & 3/4 cups from about 30 cookies)
  • 5 tablespoons (70g) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

For the topping:

  • 3/4 cup (177ml) heavy cream
  • 1 & 1/2 to 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • chopped peanut butter cups, for garnish

Instructions

To make the crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.*
  2. Combine the cookie crumbs and melted butter until thoroughly combined.
  3. Press the crust mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom or a 9-inch pie pan.
  4. Bake 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.

To make the filling:

  1. Prepare the pudding as directed. Instead of transferring it to a bowl, spread the pudding in the cooled crust.
  2. Cover the pudding with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap directly on top of the pudding. Chill at least 2 hours.

To make the topping:

  1. Place the cream in a large, cold mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, beat at medium-high speed until the cream begins to thicken.
  2. Sprinkle the desired amount of sugar over the cream. Whisk until combined.
  3. Continue beating until you can lift the whisk out of the whipped cream and a peak that curves downward forms in the cream. This should take 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Spread the whipped cream on top of the chilled pudding. Garnish with chopped peanut butter cups.

Notes

*Instead of baking the crust, you can chill it for about an hour to help it firm.

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    2 Comments on “Peanut Butter Pudding Pie”

  1. I LOVE THIS! So rich and creamy and perfect-and the choc cookie crust is definitely A MUST

  2. I tried this last week and wanted to come back to give some feedback. We followed your recipe exactly for the peanut butter pudding, but while making it I had a random thought that it may not be thick enough. I had to trust you, of course, so I went ahead with what seemed to be a proven recipe, but sure enough, after being refrigerated all day, the pie was not firm enough to cut. It was very soft pudding that blobbed all over the plate. We froze it, and served it while not completely frozen, and that turned out well. But I didn’t really want a frozen pie.

    I looked back at the recipe and compared it with one that was on the label of the chocolate crumb crust I had used. Your recipe calls for :

    1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
    2 cups milk
    1/4 cup heavy cream

    Their recipe for chocolate pudding pie calls for:

    3 tablespoons cornstarch
    2 cups milk

    It seems clear that the liquid to thickener ratio isn’t right. For your pudding to work as a pie, I think you should increase the cornstarch. Thanks for the opportunity to comment! šŸ™‚

    I remember years ago when cooking blogs were a new thing, I read the comments to find out how recipes turned out (expecting them to be reviews). I was so confused to read dozens of “That sounds great” comments and hardly any from actual recipe testers! What’s the point of so many people just imagining how good the recipe is!? I have never done that, so finally I’m offering my first official comment on a recipe I have TRIED. šŸ™‚ I hope it helps someone or that maybe you’ll revise your recipe if you end up agreeing.

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