Pretzel crusted peanut butter pie is easy and delicious. Add caramel and chocolate ganache and you take it over the top — say there is no baking required and I will definitely pay attention.
For this recipe you’ll need: pretzels, unsalted butter, caramel sauce, chocolate chips, heavy cream, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, sugar
I originally posted this on March 14, 2012 and the recipe has been really popular because it’s so amazing… over 14k pins last time I checked… but I got tired of looking at the images…because… ewww… and cringe… SO, I forced my family to indulge in this one more time so that I could update the recipe and the images.
Please pin the new images. They. Are. So. Much. Better.
Not much updating on the recipe. I made the ganache a little creamier and smoother and also realized that I use 10-inch pie pans while most of y’all use 9-inch pie pans. This can be problematic… so I’ve noted on the recipe that you can use one 10-inch or two 8-inch pie pans and things should be just fine. I also thought it was funny after I finished the pie that I had used the same pie pan I used originally — a vintage Corning Cornflower Blue pie dish.
I hope you enjoy the images. Definitely try the pie – it’s so good. Salty, sweet, creamy, a little crunchy, and a little gooey from the caramel. Very rich…. Here’s the original post –
Pay attention, y’all.
March 14 (3-14 get it?) is national pi day. What better way to celebrate with a pie? Let’s face it, any excuse will work, right?
Everyone who knows me knows that I have a deep and abiding hatred of all things math.I would rather diagram sentences, memorize verb conjugations in French or Latin, or clean a toilet in the men’s restroom at Walmart than do math.
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. (I went back and forth on is or are in that sentence but the subject is family not consumers. Family takes the singular verb. Just don’t ask me to figure out where x is.)
C’mon. You know you want to. Just. One. Bite.
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If you can’t find Fleur De Sel Sea Salt locally you can get it on Amazon. I also prefer the 10-inch glass pie pans. It just seems to make a nice sized pie for my family and I like glass baking dishes better than metal ones in almost every circumstance. If you prefer 9-inch pie pans or even 8-inch pie pans you can get glass ones as well. I love this 9-inch glass pie plate with an expandable cover! The generously sized rim allows you to grab it out of the oven without tearing up the pie and having a reusable cover is great.
- 2 cups coarsely crushed pretzels reserve some for the top
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter melted
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce either homemade or commercial
- 12 ounces chocolate chips ,milk chocolate, bittersweet, semi sweet, dark, or a combination - reserve some for topping
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 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.
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.
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.
A great homemade caramel sauce can be found on Restlesschipotle.com. https://www.restlesschipotle.com/2012/03/banana-bread-pudding-with-jack-daniels-caramel-sauce/
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This is the original image from 2012. 🙂