Thomas is an award-winning chef with 40+ years of experience. He loves to cook and share recipes.
My Grandmother's Recipe
Many people today make peanut butter pies the fast way, without cooking anything, but back in the day people made them very differently—and they were oh so delicious. If you ever make a peanut butter pie the old-fashioned way you'll never go back. That's because the flavors you'll get using the old techniques simply can't be beat.
My grandmother Hattie Propst made these pies over 50 years ago, and I remember setting and watching her make them. Many years later, when I became a chef, I started making these pies just the way my grandmother had made them. Before long, people all over Miami were making them this way. And believe it or not, it's really not hard to make them this way.
When I'm baking, I always buy the best ingredients possible. For peanut butter, I think that Jif makes the best peanut butter there is, and I use it anytime I'm making anything with peanut butter. For graham crackers, I buy good-quality graham crackers and puree them. Use a food processor with a metal blade in it to make your graham cracker crumbs.
For the pie crust:
- 2 cups fine graham cracker crumbs
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
For the filling:
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon ground sea salt
- 2 1/2 cups evaporated milk
- 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup Jif peanut butter
- 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
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Step 1: Make the Pie Crust
- In a bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and butter. Mix together very well.
- Spray a 9-inch glass pie pan with vegetable cooking spray.
- Using your hands, press the graham cracker mixture out into the pie pan to make the crust. Y
- Bake the crust for 10 minutes at 350 degrees and then set it out and let it cool.
Note: You could make the pie with a store-bought graham cracker crust, but you'll never get the same flavor that you would with a homemade one.
Step 2: Make the Filling
- Combine your egg yolks, granulated sugar, brown sugar, corn starch and salt in a heavy saucepan.
- Slowly whisk in your milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens (about 8 to 10 minutes). Reduce the heat and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the mixture is very thick.
- Beat in the butter and stir in the vanilla extract. Remove from the heat and cover with plastic wrap and let cool.
Step 3: Make the Peanut Butter Crumbs
- In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter with the confectioners sugar.
- Work with your fingers to blend the ingredients until it achieves the consistency of small crumbs.
Step 4: Assemble the Pie and Bake
- Sprinkle all but 3 tablespoons of the peanut butter crumbs evenly over the bottom of the graham cracker pie crust.
- Pour the filling on top of the peanut butter crumbs.
- Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons of peanut butter crumbs on top of the filling.
- Bake the pie at 350 degrees for 15 minutes and then set it outside the oven and allow it to cool for 30 minutes before you slice the pie and serve it.
- Serve each slice of the pie with a big spoon of whipped topping.
Once you taste this old-fashioned peanut butter pie I think you'll agree that it's the best peanut butter pie that you've ever had. Yes, it really is that good.
If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below. Thanks for reading.