Let’s take a moment for some honesty here, y’all. This whole pie-a-week thing is just not working out on my end. The problem is, we are having a hard time eating all this pie. For reasons unknown, my children aren’t particularly fond of pie, and goodness knows GP and I don’t need to eat a pie a week. Sure, I could share them with my neighbors, but neighbors are a recent development on our street.
So let’s cut this back to a pie every 2 weeks or so, mkay? Mkay. Do not be dismayed. They will still be sugar filled concoctions, sure to send you straight into a sugar rush, and exceptionally delicious.
Without further blathering, here is the next installment, a favorite from my mother-in-law. You know it must be good, because even the children eat it.
Peanut Butter Pie
For the crust:
1 sleeve of graham crackers, pulverized with either a food processor or a rolling pin, depending on how much aggression you need to work out that particular day.
1 stick of butter, melted
Mix together and press into your pie plate. I did a bad job, because I have never made a graham cracker pie crust before and because an almost-4 year old was “helping,” aka getting in the way and making things needlessly harder. Bake at 375 for 8 min, the let it cool.
For the artery-clogging filling:
4 cups whipped cream or cool whip. I made fresh whipped cream because
ever since I read the ingredients on a package of cool whip, I just can’t bring myself to eat it.
12 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1.5 cups powdered sugar
Mix the cream cheese and powdered sugar, then add the peanut butter. Fold in the whipped cream, which is the most horrible step ever because it requires patience, which is not easy to come up with when your children keep trying to eat it all while you are trying to mix it together.
So then, pile it into your crust. Technically, the filling is enough for 2 pies, so you could make 2 and either share or freeze one. Or, you could pile it all in one crust and have the most overfilled pie ever. Or you could do like I did, and put a few scoops into some ramekins for an afternoon snack. But sure not to do what I also did, which is to accidentally drop a ramekin, only to have it break and dump filling all over the floor you just mopped the day before.
Sprinkle some mini chocolate chips or chopped nuts on top, then put it in the fridge for a few hours until it thickens up. Easy peasy!