Cocoa Peanut Butter Pie

DSC_0433 Sandra Lee has done it again.  It was my dad’s birthday recently and he LOVES peanut butter.   I went to Sandra for the perfect birthday treat.  It is like peanut butter cheesecake…rich, creamy, amazing…DSC_0259Shortbread dipped in PB is delicious by the way.

12 pecan shortbread cookies

1/4 c brown sugar

1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 stick (1/4 c) butter, melted

4 oz cream cheese, softened (I used 1/3 less fat kind)

1 c powdered sugar

1 c creamy peanut butter

1/2 c milk (I used almond milk)

1 carton (8 oz) frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip—I used light version)

Miniature Reese’s cups, halved

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In food processor, combine shortbread cookies, brown sugar, and cocoa powder.  Process until fine crumbs.  Add butter; pulse until mixture comes together.  Press crumb mix into bottom of 9-in pie plate.  Bake for 5-7 minutes or until set.   DSC_0266 Cool in pie plate.  In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on low until fluffy.  Add powdered sugar and PB; beat until thick.  Gradually add milk, beating until smooth.  DSC_0270 This little mixture is amazing all by itself…DSC_0272Gently stir in whipped topping.  DSC_0277 Spread onto cooled crust.  Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 2 hours.  DSC_0282Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.DSC_0410  Garnish with peanut butter halves. DSC_0412Make a wish. DSC_0414DSC_0402 Enjoy!DSC_0437 Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade: Desserts 2.

Cake pan: Martha Stewart at Macy’s

Appetizer plates and silverware: Crate and Barrel

Tall colorful candles I use over and over for every birthday: Target

Do you stick to the traditional cake and ice cream for birthdays or do you change it up?


  1. Ashley, that recipe has my daughter's name written all over it. She LOVES peanut butter!! I am making that when she comes home for Thanksgiving. YUM!!! Thanks so much for sharing. I love watching Sandra Lee's cooking program. She has great recipes! Love & blessings from NC!

  2. I forgot to ask. I see you have 2 pies in your picture. Does this recipe make 2 pies? Love & blessings from NC!

  3. This looks so delicious!

    Just came across your blog!

  4. Wow! I love that you pointed out the low-fat cream cheese and cool whip. I still gained 5 lbs just reading this recipe. I have to try this one day when my husband won't be home (severe nut allergy.)

  5. My dad would have loved this! So thankful you still have your dad and can bake him scrumptious treats and celebrate with him!

  6. I love Ice cream cake but this year my sister brought me so Chocolate Ganage and coconut cake, then I had fried Cheesecake for my Bday dinner...This sounds yummy.
    And Sandra Lee rocks- Semi home made is the way to go.


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