Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

January 24: National Peanut Butter Day

Islander and her brother often travel together to attend work-related conferences because they are in the same field. On one of their trips, the weary travelers walked to a restaurant near their hotel and quickly devoured their dinner. But they also wanted to eat something sweet afterwards. They split a chocolate peanut butter pie—oh my! It was a deliciously decadent and terrific treat after a long day of traveling.

Upon her return home, Islander searched online for a simple recipe for chocolate peanut butter pie. She found a basic recipe that allowed her to add creative combinations of toppings of her choice (see the Notes below for other decorating ideas), although it is perfect as a plain pie, too.

On National Peanut Butter Day, give chocolate peanut butter pie a try!

Recipe

(Adapted from The Pioneer Woman)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 (8 ounces) bar cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 container (8 ounces) non-dairy whipped topping (Cool Whip)
  • chocolate pie crust (we used Keebler brand Ready-Crust)

Directions

Cream together the peanut butter and cream cheese. Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix until well blended. Stir in the non-dairy whipped topping until light and fluffy.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Pour into the chocolate pie crust. Use a spatula to smooth out the top. Refrigerate for an hour or until firm. Decorate as desired.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Notes

  • Make this chocolate peanut butter pie pretty by sprinkling chocolate curls/chips and peanut butter baking morsels, drizzling melted chocolate or peanut butter or adding crushed peanuts or chopped chocolate peanut butter candies (such as Reese’s brand) on top.
  • Search our blog for more recipes containing peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

June 12: National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

Peanuts, from which protein-packed peanut butter is derived, are famously but falsely associated with elephants and their exceptional memory. Likewise, perhaps peanut butter cookies are popular with school children because it energizes them to study and do homework. The college students still go nuts whenever we bake peanut butter cookies for their campus ministry snack time socials.  But these sweet treats can be enjoyed whether in or out of school, any time and certainly on National Peanut Butter Cookie Day!

 

Recipe

(Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book)

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup peanut butter (we used Skippy Natural Creamy Peanut Butter)
  • ½ cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together in a bowl. In another mixing bowl, cream the butter with the sugars, peanut butter, egg and vanilla. Gradually add the flour mixture and blend until smooth. Refrigerate the cookie dough for about 15 minutes, if necessary. Form into one-inch balls and place them about two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

 

Peanut Butter Cookies

Press the tines of a fork to flatten the dough, then press again to make a crisscross pattern on the top of each cookie.  Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.  Cool completely.  Yield: About 3 dozen cookies.

Peanut Butter Cookies

 

Notes

 

  • The above recipe is for classic peanut butter cookies, which are slightly crisp around the edges and chewy in the middle.
  • Learn about the history, health benefits, trivia and more about peanut butter from peanut-butter.org.