It’s November and time to celebrate Peanut Butter Lovers Month. Oh, how many ways can we count why we love peanut buttery treats? Well, here’s a recipe for a decadent treat that combines the salty with the sweet. The following recipe for this Deep Dish Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Covered Pretzel Crust, courtesy of Yammie’s Noshery is a “forget about the calories and dive into this dish of oozy deliciousness” experience.
Deep Dish Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Covered Pretzel Crust
6 cups pretzels, crushed well (about 3 cups of crumbs)
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) melted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup milk chocolate chips
2/3 cup peanut butter
8 ounces softened cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped (or about 4 cups of whipped cream or cool whip)
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for topping
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Combine the pretzel crumbs, butter, and sugar. Press firmly into a springform pan, pressing all the way up the edges. Use the bottom of a glass to press it very firmly into the bottom. Bake for about 10 minutes, then sprinkle the bottom with the chocolate chips and bake five minutes more. Spread the melted chocolate chips with a spoon or offset spatula. Allow to cool completely before filling.
Beat together the peanut butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Whisk in about 1/2 cup of the whipped cream to lighten and then gently fold in 1 1/2 more cups of the whipped cream (this should leave you with two cups of whipped cream for the top). Pour the filling into the cooled crust. Lightly sweeten the remaining whipped cream (whisk in maybe about 1/4 cup powdered sugar) and spread onto the top. Top with Reese’s Cups if desired. This can be frozen or refrigerated until you want to eat it.