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Peanut Butter Pie

By Ryan Seeloff

After years of making this pie for family, friends, and a good proportion of my wife's co-workers I am finally going to give out the recipe for my peanut butter pie.

I found several recipes for peanut butter pies a couple years ago and started to experiment with them to concoct a creation of my very own. Little did I realize the demand that would make me soon realize that maybe, just maybe I should have kept this to myself.

A month does not go by without someone asking for one of these pies (Usually several times a month) and I even adapt the recipe to make sure those asking for a pie get just what they want.

Here is the basic recipe with some tips on how to tweak it and make it your own.

Ingredients for a single pie

- 1 Oreo pie crust (Or use a graham cracker or shortbread crust if you are not a chocoholic)

- 1/2 bar of cream cheese softened to room temperature

- 1/2 cup of your favorite peanut butter (I use creamy, but you can use crunchy)

- 1/2 cup of milk (Whatever you have in the fridge, but I use skim)

- 1 tsp of vanilla extract

- 1 cup of sifted powdered sugar

- 1 8-ounce container of Cool Whip (Not frozen, but extra creamy if you can find it)

- Toppings if you wish can consist of; chocolate shavings (I use belgian milk chocolate from Whole Foods Market), crushed walnuts or pecans, chocolate chips or peanut butter chips (You can also stir 1/4 cup of chips into the pie itself), or your favorite chocolate sauce.

To make the pie

- Combine cream cheese and peanut butter in a large mixing bowl. Stir until blended well.

- Add milk and vanilla to mixture and stir until blended.

- Add sifted powdered sugar and stir until blended.

- Add chocolate or peanut butter chips if you wish to have them in the pie.

- Scoop Cool Whip into bowl and mix well.

- Pour mixture into pie crust (Take that plastic off first silly). There will sometimes be a little leftover depending on the pie crust you choose. Consider the leftover mixture your reward for being such a great person.

- Top the pie with your choice of toppings and place into a freezer for at least six hours.

To serve the pie

- Don't tell anyone you've made one (Just kidding, you don't want to keep this to yourself)

- Take out of freezer 10 minutes before serving.

- Slice it up and serve.

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