Feb 142018
 

In honor of Valentine’s Day I’m making a special dessert that has my two favorite things….chocolate and peanut butter!  This is crazy good and easy to make.  As you can see from the photo, I opted for the easy way and bought a pre-made chocolate graham cracker crust!  For the topping, use melted peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, peanut butter cups or ganache…your choice!

For the crust

14 whole chocolate graham crackers
tablespoon light brown sugar
tablespoons (3.5 ounces) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling

ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar plus 2 tablespoons, divided
cup creamy peanut butter
cup heavy whipping cream
teaspoon vanilla extract

Toppings

Melted chocolate
Peanut buter cups
Peanut butter chips

OR

Chocolate Ganache

3/4 cups chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

For the crust:

In the bowl of a food processor process the crackers until finely ground. Add the sugar and butter until well mixed. Use the bottom of spoon to press the crust mixture into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake until lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

For the filling:

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese, 3/4 cup powdered sugar, and the peanut butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer with the whisk attachment to whip the heavy cream until thick and light. Add in the remaining 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and the vanilla extract and continue to whip until stiff peaks form.

Gently fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture. Pour into the prepared pie shell and freeze for 3 hours. Drizzle with melted peanut butter and melted chocolate OR with the ganache.

For the Ganache:

Heat the heavy cream in the microwave for about 1 minute until hot. Pour hot cream over the chocolate chips. Allow to sit for about 2-3 minutes. Whisk together till smooth and creamy. Allow mixture to set for about 5 minutes. Pour chocolate ganache over the peanut butter layer.

Arrange chopped peanut butter cups on top if you’d like. Cover the pie and return to the fridge or freezer for at least 2 hours.

 

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