Pretzel crusted peanut butter pie is so easy and even more delicious. A creamy peanut butter mousse filling is spooned over rich caramel covered in ganache and chilled in a salty pretzel crust. A sprinkle of fleur de sel on the top keeps the salty-sweet vibe going.
For this recipe you’ll need: pretzels, unsalted butter, caramel sauce, chocolate chips, heavy cream, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, sugar
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Variations on this Recipe
This recipe is absolutely amazing as it is but… there are a few little changes you can make to keep it from getting boring.
- Add chopped peanut butter cups to the top or add a layer of them between the ganache and the peanut butter mousse layers.
- Chopped salted peanuts on top
- Add the ganache to the peanut butter mousse – it’s a little more dense but more like a peanut butter truffle
- Use a chocolate cookie crust
- Use a Ritz cracker crust
- Use white chocolate ganache
- Remove the chocolate and caramel completely and just use the peanut butter – put whipped cream over the top
Tips for Making Peanut Butter Pie
This recipe is super easy – definitely easy enough for a beginner. Here are some tips to help you get it right every time!
- You can use melted caramels, commercial caramel sauce, OR you can treat yourself to the Jack Daniels caramel sauce here. You know which one I would go with, right? Yeah, I thought so.
- Save some of the pretzel crumbs and chocolate to drizzle over the top. It looks beautiful and tastes better.
- Cut this in small pieces. It is written for 10 servings but you could probably make it 12 unless your family is expert dessert consumers.
- Be sure not to overwhip the cream or you will have little granules of butter in the filling. Not pleasant.
- When you are folding the cream into the peanut butter use a rubber spatula and a gentle over and under movement.
- The cream cheese needs to be at a warm room temperature – very soft but not melted.
- Don’t put the chocolate chips in the microwave. They’ll melt in the hot cream – just keep stirring.
- Don’t try to take this to an outdoor event in hot weather… it will lose its texture completely.
- Store in the refrigerator, tightly covered for up to 3 days.
- If your refrigerator has a strong smell (onions, fish, etc) the pie WILL take on that flavor.
More Yummy Pie Recipes
Pie. It has to be one of the most popular categories of desserts ever. I love them all from fruit pies to creamy concoctions! Here are some of my favorites.
- Classic Pecan Pie is always going to be on my top 5 list. Gooey, sweet enough to make your teeth ache, and full of toasted pecans. It’s definitely the best.
- Chocolate Chess Pie is another favorite. It’s like eating brownie batter right out of a buttery pie shell. SO good.
- German Chocolate Pie has all the flavors of the cake but in a creamy no bake pie.
- Millionaire Pie is creamy, light, and full of fruity flavor – it’s probably one of the easiest no bake pies ever created.
- S’mores Pie is like the summer favorite but no need to build a campfire or even heat up the oven.
- Chocolate Dessert Nachos aren’t pie…but they’re the perfect addition to your summer menu if you’re grilling.
This no bake Butterfinger pie recipe from Plain Chicken makes me hungry every time I look at it.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Recipe
This pie is totally addictive – especially if you are one of those people (like me ) that loves sweet and salty combinations. You can make it a day or two ahead of time, too.
I haven’t tried to freeze it – I’m pretty sure it would freeze well although the pretzels on top might get a little soggy. Give it a try and come back and share your images!
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Peanut Butter Pie with Pretzel Crust
- 2 cups coarsely crushed pretzels, reserve some for the top
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
Caramel Bottom Layer
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce, either homemade or commercial
Chocolate Bottom Layer
- 12 ounces chocolate chips, ,milk chocolate, bittersweet, semi sweet, dark, or a combination – reserve some for topping
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
Peanut Butter Layer
- 1 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 8 ounce package cream cheese, , softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 pint heavy cream
- 1/3 cup sugar
- Fleur de Sel
- Chocolate curls
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Add the melted butter to pretzel crumbs and toss with a fork.
- Press the mixture into a 10 inch pie plate, firmly.
- Bake for 10 minutes, or until set.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
- Heat the 3/4 cup of heavy cream to a simmer.
- Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips.
- Continue to stir until mixture is smooth and all of the chips are melted.
- Set aside.
Peanut Butter Layer
- Add the peanut butter and cream cheese to a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
- Beat until the peanut butter and cream cheese mix and soften.
- Add the 1/2 cup sugar and beat until there is no graininess.
- Set aside.
- In a clean mixer bowl, with the whip attachment whip the cream until it begins to thicken.
- Slowly add the 1/3 cup sugar as you continue to whip the cream until it is thick and fluffy.
- Do not overbeat.
- Carefully fold half of the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture, be sure not to deflate the cream.
- Fold in the rest of the whipped cream.
- Add the caramel to the prepared crust.
- Chill briefly. (10 -15 minutes, just to set)
- Spoon the chocolate on top of the caramel and chill for 10 minutes or so.
- Add the peanut butter mixture.
- Top with the reserved chocolate and pretzel crumbs
- Just before serving top with a sprinkle of Fleur de Sel if desired.