Afternoon Delight Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie is so popular. And guess what? It is easy to make. Amaze your friends and family with this delicious dessert. The Afternoon Delight restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan is known for its Peanut Butter Pie.

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Are you a peanut butter lover in need of a quick fix? In less than ten minutes, you can have a creamy peanut butter pie sitting in your fridge. This no-bake peanut butter pie recipe is just the thing when the temperature outside is soaring, and you want to turn on the oven. The best part is you probably already have most of the ingredients on hand! Whether you serve it to your family, bring it to a potluck, or keep it all to yourself, this creamy peanut butter pie is sure to become one of your go-to summer desserts!

Making This Easy Peanut Butter Pie Recipe Your Own

On its own, this pie is fantastic, but it only gets better when you add your creativity. Here are two variations that are definitely worth trying, and hopefully, they give you the inspiration you need to create your own peanut butter pie masterpiece.

The Buckeye Peanut Butter Pie

Who doesn’t love the combination of rich chocolate and creamy peanut butter? This version recreates the taste of classic buckeyes in pie form. Use a pre-made chocolate cookie crumb crust and follow the directions below for the peanut butter filling. Once you fill the crust, pop the pie into the fridge to let it firm up.

Once the pie sets, it is time to make the chocolate ganache topping. Pour a cup and a half of chocolate chips into a heat-proof mixing bowl while warming three-quarters of a cup of heavy cream in a saucepan gently over medium heat. Stir the heavy cream constantly until it just begins to simmer, then remove it from the heat and pour it slowly over the chocolate chips. Stir to melt the chocolate completely.

Allow the chocolate ganache to cool to just over room temperature and pour over the peanut butter pie. Return the Buckeye Pie to the fridge for at least an hour before serving.

Peanut Brittle Pie

Drizzling this caramel sauce over the top of a peanut butter pie gives it the crunchy, sweet and salty taste of old-timey peanut brittle.

Start the caramel sauce by melting four tablespoons of butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat and then adding a quarter cup of brown sugar and a quarter cup of white sugar. Continue to stir until the sugar completely dissolves and begins to darken slightly. Reduce the heat to low and carefully pour in a half cup of heavy cream. While stirring, raise the temperature slowly until it is simmering. Cook for three minutes and remove from the heat. Stir in a half teaspoon of sea salt and a half cup of roughly chopped peanuts.

Let the salted caramel sauce cool to just over room temperature and pour over the peanut butter pie. Put the Peanut Brittle Pie back in the fridge for at least an hour before cutting.

Storing Your No-Bake Peanut Pie

  • Keep it cool and covered. The peanut pie needs to stay in the fridge and serve it well-chilled. Remember to keep the pie in an airtight container; otherwise, it will pick up odd flavors from the other food in your fridge.
  • Don’t let it hang around too long. Try to finish the pie within five days of making it.

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Peanut butter pie ingredients

Here is what you need to make the pie:

  • Cream Cheese
  • Confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)
  • Half and half
  • Vanilla
  • Peanut butter
  • Whipping Cream
  • Chocolate cookie crust or graham cracker crust

Afternoon Delight Peanut Butter Pie Ingredients

How to Make Peanut Butter Pie

Using an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, sugar, half and half, peanut butter, and vanilla.

peanut butter pie filling in a mixing bowl

In a separate bowl, whip cream in a chilled bowl until stiff.

whipped cream in a mixing bowl

Fold whipped cream into peanut butter mixture.

Place filling into the pie crust.

Refrigerate until serving.

Slice and enjoy a creamy and fluffy peanut butter pie.

a slice of peanut butter pie and a fork on a plate

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a slice of peanut butter pie with chocolate cookie crust

Afternoon Delight Peanut Butter Pie

It's hard to beat a delicious peanut butter pie.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pie Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 441kcal


  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 Chocolate cookie crust or graham cracker crust - use the already prepared 9-inch pie shell


  • Using an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, sugar, cream, vanilla, and peanut butter. Chill a small bowl and beaters in the freezer. Whip the cream until very stiff in the chilled bowl. Add one-third of the whipped cream to the peanut butter mixture and fold into remaining whipped cream. Spoon into the chocolate pie crust or graham cracker crust.   Keep the pie refrigerated until you are ready to serve, and store the pie in the refrigerator.


Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 785IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 0.6mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Jenny Wade

    Is it possible to use a frozen whipped topping (i.e. Cool Whip) in place of whipping cream? If so, how much – would an 8 oz. tub be enough?

  2. Judy

    I just discovered you! I read through the top 100 and said to myself, “I think she’s in the Houston area.” Read you bio and was thrilled that you are! After many years in Houston we moved to Colorado (Texas in another life). Have you ever eaten at Kasra, a Persian restaurant? They have a garlic hummus that is to die for. Also a basmati rice with Sour cherries, cranberries, almonds and pistachios that are excellent. Everything there is delicious and the flavors are well balanced. I think you would enjoy it immensely. I used to get their hummus and serve it at holidays, too. Everyone loved it especially those who think they don’t like hummus! Enjoying your blog. Thank you.

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