When it comes to pies, fruit varieties usually come to mind. But not everyone loves produce for dessert. Fear not, fruit-free pies are also decadent and delicious, especially for those who like peanuts, chocolate, and other luxurious flavors. Instead of writing off the after-dinner treats that come served in a crust, check out these decadent cream pies to satisfy your sweet tooth.
1. Peanut Butter Pie
If any dessert is going to teach you to like pie, it’s this peanut butter version from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Berry-filled desserts have nothing on this one. Best of all, the only time you’ll need the oven is for the crust, and it’ll bake for 9 to 10 minutes. If you don’t think you like pie, sink your teeth into this rich and decadent dessert. We promise you’ll change your mind.
- 20 peanut butter-filled sandwich cookies
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
Peanut butter filling
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- 8 ounce block cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1½ cups creamy peanut butter
- ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup candy-coated peanut butter candies, crushed
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 9-inch pie plate with butter or nonstick cooking spray. In a food processor, pulse the cookies until finely ground. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles wet sand. Transfer to pi dish and press into bottom and up sides. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes. Let cool.
To make the ganache, place chopped chocolate in a medium bowl. Heat ¾ cup cream in a small saucepan set over a medium flame. Once simmering, remove from heat and pour over chopped chocolate. Let sit for several minutes, then stir until completely smooth. Let cool.
Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat ¾ cup cream until you see medium-stiff peaks. Transfer to a bowl. In same mixer, beat cream cheese, peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until smooth and fluffy. In three batches, fold in whipped cream until no streaks remain.
Sprinkle half of the candies on top of the cooled crust, then add the peanu butter filling, spreading evenly. Top with ganach, spreading with a spatula to coat. Sprinkle the rest of the candies over ganache. Chill for at least 5 hours. Slice and serve.