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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie


Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie

What is happening with you? This chocolate peanut butter pretzel pie is all I have on my mind! I can tell you this...there is not much that I want to turn my oven on for these days. But this chocolate-peanut butter pretzel pie is a reason to reconsider. It is really an easy recipe that doesn't even require much effort.

You could even make the pie without baking the pretzel crust. But I prefer to bake it for about 8 minutes. And can I tell you something? I have avoided this pie in my life for some years now! I made this some time ago. There was sort of sheer mayhem with the guests at the dinner party where I brought it. I tasted a sliver, as I wanted to leave more for guests at my friend's party, and my life changed.
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie



I wouldn't say I'm the biggest peanut butter fan. I might even say I like almond butter more than peanut butter. I didn't grown up eating PB&J sandwiches. It wasn't very common in an Italian household. Even my mother-in-law in Italy was told by her doctor to eat peanut butter last summer. She tried to incorporate it in her diet. I think she had to eat like a tablespoon a day or something like that. She did what she was supposed to do and then she froze the rest of the peanut butter jar.

Yes, she froze it. She freezes every thing (I may have mentioned this before). When she visited us in May, she told me when I'm in Italy that I have to do something with the peanut butter. And we were just visiting her in Italy and I didn't want to offend her. But frozen peanut butter from last year? Doesn't appeal much to me (or anyone in my family). BUT to not offend her, I did have a look at her frozen peanut butter. Luckily, she was too distracted with the oranges from Calabria that she froze (and the pomegranates and chestnuts...I'm not kidding). We had roasted chestnuts from chestnuts that were frozen at Christmas time and they were so good!

SO back to this pie! This is also frozen peanut butter, but not the one my mother-in-law froze.  I used fresh peanut butter and there is freshly whipped cream. There is a lovely and very easy pretzel crust and there is the chocolate peanut butter topping I melted and sort of spread on top. I was trying not to spread it around too much so I wouldn't disturb the filling. It may not look that pretty, but let me tell you something, it was


Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie


Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie



 some notes on this recipe:
I made this pie for a going away party for some friends. I didn't get the best photos of it after it was frozen and set. I had to sneak it out of the freezer to let it thaw a little. I knew there would be about 4 teenagers at the party and I knew this would be something they would like. It seems I should've made two pies, as the kids were arguing over the last slice! If you don't want to make the crust in the food processor, you could put the pretzels in a big zipped lock bag, close it and crush it with your rolling pin. As I mentioned above, I do like to bake my crust. It seems to keep it firmer (at least for me it does). The filling is so easy to put together. I happened to have some chocolate peanut butter that I found at Tuesday Morning. It's so  good! I melted it and dolloped some on top and then added some more crushed pretzels. The teens all proclaimed this pie tastes like a candy bar. But what's nice about this "candy bar" pie, there are no additives. And peanut butter does have protein...so it's sort of good for you, right?


Looking for some more no-bake inspiration? Look no further...here you go:

no-bake limoncello cheesecake

strawberry marshmallow and cracker cake

strawberry no-bake cheesecake

And if you are craving a regular blueberry pie, check out this one! It's quite a pie!

For something more casual, try these blueberry bars the cake batter is vegan).


Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie

by Savoring Italy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: refrigerate until firm: approx

Ingredients (8 servings)
    for the crust
    • 2 cups broken salted pretzel sticks (I used mini salted pretzels)
    • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    for the filling
    • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup peanut butter
    • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
    Instructions
    Preheat the oven to 350°. Using a food processor, finely grind the pretzels.

    Transfer to a bowl, then stir in the melted butter. Press evenly over the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.

    Bake until light brown around the edges, about 6-8 minutes. Let cool on a rack.

    Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter at medium-high speed until fluffy, about 1 minute.

    Beat in the remaining 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar.

    In a separate bowl, beat 1 cup heavy cream with the vanilla until soft peaks form.

    Fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture.

    With a spatula spread this gorgeous peanut butter mixture in the tart shell.

    Cover with plastic wrap, then refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hour or overnight. I popped the bottom out of the sides of the tart pan. I left it the bottom on the tart pan and it was very messy when cutting.I had some chocolate peanut butter and melted it a little and spooned that on top (about 4 Tablespoons)and then sprinkled some more crushed pretzels on top before serving.

    21 comments

    1. Creamy peanut butter mixed with cream cheese and heavy cream is certinaly heavenly and added salty combo for the crust, oh my!!

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    2. Oh my. All the things I love in one amazing pie!!

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    3. Lora, I'm in love with your peanut butter pie! I've been collecting peanut butter pie recipes for years but have never tried making one myself (what is wrong with me?!?!) but this beauty inspires me to get into the kitchen asap! I would've been fighting over the last piece too, lol.

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    4. Oooo I made a peanut butter pretzel pie once but it's been far too long. Love how you topped it.

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    5. I am Italian but I actually grew up eating TONS of peanut butter. I LOVE the stuff! I would totally turn my oven on for this, too!

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    6. All of my favorite flavors in one pie! YUM!

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    7. I'm pretty sure this is all I'm going to have on my mind now too

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    8. This pie sounds incredible and I love the salty pretzel crust with the sweet pie filling!

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    9. Frozen chestnuts, too? Now that's something I wouldn't have thought of before. I do love just about anything in a pretzel crust.

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    10. Freezing a jar of peanut butter? HA! But this pie looks incredible -- and the pretzel crust! YUM.

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    11. Nothing makes me happier than a salty and sweet combination of flavors in a dessert. This pie is calling my name, and I'm excited to make this ASAP! Pinning!

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    12. My husband would be all over this pie and I'm going crazy for that pretzel crust! Oh my gosh and your mother in law sounds like me! bahaha, I freeze eveyrhting! Like ooo these bananas are getting ready to go bad, throw em in the freezer...oh this is way more than I'm going to be able to eat, throw it in the freezer. I don't know if I would throw peanut butter in there but I put almost everything else that's been opened into the freezer bahaha

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    13. This. I need a few slices of this NOW. So good cara.

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    14. Oh my! Your mother-in-law sounds like a hoot but I bet she wastes nothing! Peanut butter pie is my weakness and with a pretzel crust it's even better!

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    15. It's been a long time since I ate peanut butter out the jar but every once in a while I'll see desserts like these and my peanut butter craving totally comes back!

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    16. The pretzel crust is something I've been wanting to try for a long time, and with pb and chocolate it sound just perfect Lora! Freezing oranges, that's really something!

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    17. How fun is this pretzel crust!! My kids are nut-free however I can easily adapt this to something they would love!

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    18. What a divine pie, the perfect salty-sweet dessert!

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