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Quick, Easy, and Mouthwateringly Good!
Do you need an easy and delicious dessert for company? Try using Jell-O No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Dessert Mix to make a fantastic pie your guests will think you made from scratch.
Rich, creamy peanut butter filling provides an excellent contrast to the crunchy chocolate crumb crust and dark chocolate topping swirls. This dessert is definitely grown-up enough for the adults, but it's fun for the kids, too. Perfect for my family of five.
Great Dessert for a Time Crunch
I'm always looking for quick desserts that I can have on hand in my cupboard, so I picked this mix up to try. It is cheaper than my homemade version, much faster to make, and tastes just as good.
This mix is going to be a permanent addition to my cupboard for fixing something in a time crunch. Following the directions on the box, you can make this mix as a pan cookie dessert or as individual servings in cupcake cups (mini or regular sized)—but I wanted a fancier dessert, so I made it into a pie. Enjoy a piece of this pie the next time you have chocolate and peanut butter cravings!
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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Dessert
- 1 package Jell-O No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Dessert Mix
- 1 1/3 cups milk
- 3 tablespoons margarine or butter, (box says 4 tablespoons, but that was too much)
- Heat up 1 cup of water in the microwave for 2 minutes. Take the water out and put the topping pouch in it and leave it a few minutes until it gets soft.
- Melt margarine or butter in the microwave for 20 seconds. Pour the crust mix in a pie pan and add melted butter. Mix together with a fork and then press into the pan using the back of the fork. Press crumb mixture into the sides first, then do the bottom. (I used 4 tablespoons the first time and it was too soggy, so I added some extra graham cracker crumbs I had on hand. I think 3 tablespoons works better.)
- Put peanut butter mix in a bowl and add milk. Mix with a mixer for 3 minutes. Pour on top of crust and smooth out.
- Remove the topping pouch from the warm water. Instead of mixing it together, as it says in the instructions, open up the top and let the clear liquid pour out. That will make the rest of the chocolate less liquid-like and make it easier to pour out in a swirl pattern (just press on it and go back and forth) over the top.
- Refrigerate or freeze until ready to serve. The box says to refrigerate for 1 hour, but my family wouldn't wait that long! You can also freeze this for a frozen chocolate peanut butter pie.
Peanut Butter Pie Variations
Here are some other ideas for making your peanut butter pie even more delicious:
- Add some crushed peanuts to the top of the pie, or add them into the mix.
- Crush up six Oreo cookies and add them to the peanut butter filling. Decorate the top with large or mini Oreo cookies.
- Use Reese's Peanut Butter cups to decorate the top of the pie. Or to make it especially rich, chop up about 3-4 large peanut butter cups and fold into the peanut butter filling before putting it in the pie pan.
- After putting the filling in the pan, top it with 1-2 cups of Cool Whip topping. Then add the chocolate sauce.
- Put a scattering of mini chocolate chips on top, or use chocolate or caramel Kisses.
- Add caramel sauce along with the chocolate sauce on the top of the pie.
Chocolate or Peanut Butter or Both?
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on October 11, 2013:
Peanut butter cup is another way of saying Reeces Peanut butter candy cups--sweetened peanut butter cream on the inside and chocolate on the outside. Yum.
Rayne123 on October 11, 2013:
wow I must try this I so love peanut butter, however what is a peanut butter cup.
Tonette Fornillos from The City of Generals on March 20, 2013:
Wow, no-bake dessert! I've been looking for more recipes like this where for me would be easy to prepare, that kids would love very much. Thanks for the idea Virginia.
Natasha from Hawaii on March 20, 2013:
Peanut butter pie!!! Amazing. I haven't even thought of it in way too long, but now I really want some! I'll have to pin this when I get to the computer.
Mary from Cronulla NSW on March 19, 2013:
OK Virginia, I fail to see how this decadent desert helps anyone!! or anyone's waistline s more to the point :) But let me just say thank you again for another welcome hub..VUUAB & shared..cheers
Barbara Sloan from Miami, Florida on March 19, 2013:
My kids love these mixes and they're easy to make. Thanks.
Crystal Tatum from Georgia on March 19, 2013:
Looks amazing and easy enough for even me to try! Voted up and sharing - a great Easter dish!