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Old-Fasioned Peanut Butter Pie

Thomas is an award-winning chef with 40+ years of experience. He loves to cook and share recipes.

My old-fashioned peanut butter pie is a bit camouflaged, but it's delicious anyway.

My old-fashioned peanut butter pie is a bit camouflaged, but it's delicious anyway.

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.

Ingredients

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
In a 9-inch pie pan, press out the graham cracker pie crust mixture

In a 9-inch pie pan, press out the graham cracker pie crust mixture

Step 1: Make the Pie Crust

  1. In a bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and butter. Mix together very well.
  2. Spray a 9-inch glass pie pan with vegetable cooking spray.
  3. Using your hands, press the graham cracker mixture out into the pie pan to make the crust. Y
  4. 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.

Peanut butter pie filling

Peanut butter pie filling

Step 2: Make the Filling

  1. Combine your egg yolks, granulated sugar, brown sugar, corn starch and salt in a heavy saucepan.
  2. 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.
  3. Beat in the butter and stir in the vanilla extract. Remove from the heat and cover with plastic wrap and let cool.
Combine the confectioners sugar and the peanut butter with your fingers.

Combine the confectioners sugar and the peanut butter with your fingers.

Step 3: Make the Peanut Butter Crumbs

  1. In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter with the confectioners sugar.
  2. Work with your fingers to blend the ingredients until it achieves the consistency of small crumbs.
Sprinkle the peanut butter crumbs in the bottom of the pie crust

Sprinkle the peanut butter crumbs in the bottom of the pie crust

Step 4: Assemble the Pie and Bake

  1. Sprinkle all but 3 tablespoons of the peanut butter crumbs evenly over the bottom of the graham cracker pie crust.
  2. Pour the filling on top of the peanut butter crumbs.
  3. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons of peanut butter crumbs on top of the filling.
  4. 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.
  5. Serve each slice of the pie with a big spoon of whipped topping.
Sprinkle the remaining peanut butter crumbs on top of the filling

Sprinkle the remaining peanut butter crumbs on top of the filling

Enjoy!

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.

Please Post Your Comments

Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on April 06, 2013:

Thanks everyone for your comments. They are appreciated.

mts1098 on April 05, 2013:

First congrats on the hub of the day...second Hattie would be proud to have her recipe carry on...third I will take two mail order :) cheers and great job!

Subhas from New Delhi, India on April 05, 2013:

Hi Thomas! You have made my weekend by writing this recipe. I just cannot wait anymore.

whonunuwho from United States on April 05, 2013:

Next to peanut butter cookies this sounds delicious my friend, I'll give it a try. whonu

Levertis Steele from Southern Clime on April 05, 2013:

I have never heard of peanut butter pie, but I will soon discover what one tastes like. Thanks for sharing! I'm voting up, clicking on the good buttons, and sharing.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 05, 2013:

I have never eaten peanut butter pie but I like peanut butter and I agree that Jiff makes the best. With the homemade graham cracker crust...this sounds delicious! Thanks for your instructions and accompanying photos and congrats on getting a Hub of the Day award. Up, useful and interesting votes.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on April 05, 2013:

Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

I have not only never had peanut butter pie; I've never even heard of such a thing. This sounds delicious, and a must-try.

Your instructions were very well put and clear; it sounds pretty easy, even for this non-pie-baker.

Voted up, interesting, useful and starred.

Moronke Oluwatoyin on April 05, 2013:

It looks very good and nutritious.

Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on April 05, 2013:

Thanks everyone for all your great comments. This is a wonderful recipe and easy to make. Peanut Butter Pie is so delicious.

Jacante on April 05, 2013:

Sounds amazing. I'm kind of a disaster in the kitchen, but I can't pass up giving this one a try!

sunflowerforests from The light in the forest of doubt. on April 05, 2013:

Yum yum yum....gonna have to make this one. Congratulations on your prestigious accomplishment today.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on April 05, 2013:

I've never tried peanut butter pie, but recently some friends were raving about how good it is. Now I'll have to try your recipe! It looks delicious, and just right for company. Voted up! Congratulations on your hub of the day!

d.william from Somewhere in the south on April 05, 2013:

What a great recipe. I have never heard of peanut butter pie, but i will surely be trying this one. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 05, 2013:

What a wonderful pie and a wonderful hub. Your photos are great. Well-deserved Hub of the Day. Congratulations!

Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on April 05, 2013:

Thanks everyone for your comments. I really appreciate them and the pie is one of the most delicious that you'll ever taste.

RTalloni on April 05, 2013:

Looks wonderful--congrats on your Hub of the Day award!

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on April 05, 2013:

Wow! So worthy of the HOTD! I have heard of this pie for years, but never tasted one and did not understand how we can get pie from peanut butter. This looks yummy and decadent! Congrats on your HOTD, and thanks for the recipe! Voted up and up!

Kyle Lopez-Vito from Metro Manila, Philippines on April 05, 2013:

Thanks for this. Looks sinful and easy to make. I'll try it out sometime.

HendrikDB on April 05, 2013:

This one is new to me. I tried buttermilk pie, vanilla pie and pumpkin pie. This one I will try also.

Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on June 21, 2012:

The pie is marvelous. Thanks for the comment..

Tammy Cornett from Ohio on June 21, 2012:

I'm one of the guilty ones who have only made the refrigerator type peanut butter pies, but mainly because my oldest son just loves them, lol.

I want to try this recipe on him, though. It sounds wonderful, and I'll just bet he--and the rest of us--will really like it!

Thanks for sharing it. :)

Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on June 20, 2012:

I guarantee you its wonderful. I think its the best homemade Peanut Butter Pie there is.

Tonette Fornillos from The City of Generals on June 20, 2012:

Let me try this one.. You bet I'll love it down the last bite. I'll be coming back if I have questions :=) Big thanks!

Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on June 20, 2012:

Thanks for your comment. It is a wonderful recipe

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on June 20, 2012:

Another great recipe and sounds so yummy !

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

Thelma Alberts from Germany on June 20, 2012:

Wow! Must be delicious. Thanks for sharing. I love peanut butter pie;-)

Cholee Clay from Wisconsin on June 20, 2012:

I have never had peanut butter pie, but I am going to definitely try this one! I love completely from scratch recipes, and this one seems easy enough:)

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