Delicious Southern Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

Welcome, y’all! As a southern chef, I’m excited to share with you all a recipe that truly represents the best of southern flavors – the Southern Peanut Butter Pie! This pie is an all-American classic, perfect for any occasion from Sunday brunch to summer picnics.

What sets this recipe apart from others is the delicious combination of creamy and crunchy peanut butter, cream cheese, and whipped cream filling. With a sweet and nutty flavor palette, it’s impossible to resist this dessert. And let’s not forget the crust – made with an old-fashioned peanut butter base, it adds a salty crunch to balance out the sweetness of the filling.

I must admit, this recipe was passed down through generations in my family, with each new generation adding their own unique twist to it. But rest assured, I’ve perfected it to a T. Trust me when I say that this Southern Peanut Butter Pie will become your new favorite dessert after just one bite. So dust off your mixing bowls and let’s get started on creating a classic southern pie that’ll make everyone beg for seconds.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Peanut Butter Pie
Southern Peanut Butter Pie

Looking for a decadent dessert that captures the heart and soul of the South? Look no further than this Southern Peanut Butter Pie recipe! Indulgent, rich, and unforgettable, this pie is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any gathering.

Why do I insist that you’ll love this recipe? Let me count the ways. First up, we have the filling. Imagine smooth, creamy peanut butter blended with cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract – what’s not to love? And if you’re a fan of some added crunch, go ahead and toss in some crunchy peanut butter to really take this recipe to the next level.

But wait, there’s more! The filling isn’t the only star of the show. We can’t forget about that flaky, buttery pie crust. It’s the perfect complement to the sweet, creamy filling and gives your taste buds a delightful balance of textures.

But don’t just take my word for it – this pie is a classic for a reason. From old-fashioned peanut butter pies to baked peanut butter pies to chocolate chip peanut butter pies and even Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup pies, Southern bakers have been perfecting peanut butter pie recipes for generations. This particular recipe takes all of that tradition and experience and puts its own unique spin on it.

Not only is this Southern Peanut Butter Pie recipe delicious and easy to make (no baking required!), it’s also versatile. You can mix things up by adding in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or making a chocolate crust instead of the classic graham cracker crust. And if you want to get creative with toppings, go ahead and add a dollop of whipped cream, some chopped peanuts or chocolate chips or even drizzle some hot fudge over each slice. The possibilities are endless!

So why will you love this recipe? Simply put, because it’s one of the best Southern baked dishes out there – classic yet deliciously different, easy yet impressive. I promise that after just one bite, you’ll be hooked and already planning your next Peanut Butter Pie-making session.

Ingredient List

 Thick and creamy peanut butter filling nestled in a buttery graham cracker crust
Thick and creamy peanut butter filling nestled in a buttery graham cracker crust

Let’s take a look at the ingredients you will need to make this mouth-watering Southern Peanut Butter Pie Recipe. Be sure to get everything in advance so that you can prepare without any interruptions.

The List:

  • 1 (9-inch) pie shell, baked
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 8 oz. whipped topping
  • Optional: chocolate chips, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for garnish

Don’t let the simple list fool you; it’s the perfect combination of these ingredients that make this buttery and creamy pie filling so delicious. A great tip is to use creamy peanut butter for smooth and velvety texture or crunchy peanut butter for added texture and taste. Make sure all the ingredients above are adjusted to room temperature before getting started.

The Recipe How-To

 Pile on the whipped cream for a dreamy, indulgent dessert
Pile on the whipped cream for a dreamy, indulgent dessert

Now that we have gathered all of our ingredients, let’s get started on making this amazing Southern Peanut Butter Pie.

Prepare the Pie Crust

First, we need to prepare our pie crust. You can either use a store-bought crust or make your own if you have time. Personally, I like using a graham cracker crust for this recipe because it complements the peanut butter filling perfectly.

To make a graham cracker crust, mix together 1 ½ cups of graham cracker crumbs, ⅓ cup of sugar, and 6 tablespoons of melted butter until well combined. Press the mixture into a 9-inch pie dish and bake at 350°F for 10 minutes.

Make the Peanut Butter Filling

While the crust is baking, it’s time to make the peanut butter filling. In a mixing bowl, beat together 8 ounces of softened cream cheese and 1 cup of creamy peanut butter until smooth. Gradually add in 1 ½ cups of powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1/3 cup of heavy cream, beating until everything is well combined and smooth.

Add Eggs and Sugar

After that, add in 3 eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until incorporated. Then mix in 3/4 cup of sugar and beat the mixture for an additional minute before pouring it into the cooled crust.


Bake the pie at 325°F for about 45-55 minutes or until the center is set but still slightly jiggly. Let it cool completely on a wire rack before refrigerating for at least two hours or overnight.


Before serving, top with whipped cream or whipped topping and garnish with chopped peanuts or Reese’s pieces if desired. Not only does this pie look beautiful on any dessert table, but it also tastes absolutely delicious!

Substitutions and Variations

 Don't forget the garnish! A sprinkle of chopped peanuts adds a crunchy texture and nutty flavor
Don’t forget the garnish! A sprinkle of chopped peanuts adds a crunchy texture and nutty flavor

My fellow food enthusiasts, while the classic southern peanut butter pie recipe is already a sight to behold, there are plenty of room left for creativity in the kitchen. I suggest playing around with these substitutions and variations to add new depths of flavors and textures to your peanut butter pie dessert:

– Peanut Butter Cups: Instead of using traditional peanut butter in the filling, try incorporating chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Butter Cups. The creamy yet crunchy texture of the candy bar pairs perfectly with the smoothness of the peanut butter filling.

– Chocolate: Who doesn’t love a little bit of chocolate in their dessert? Mix in some cocoa powder or chocolate chips into the filling, or make a chocolate drizzle over the top crust for an indulgent twist.

– Oreo Crust: Swap out the old-fashioned graham cracker crust for a store-bought Oreo cookie crust instead. It provides a delightful contrast between the sweet, crisp cookie crust and rich, creamy filling.

– Meringue Topping: For those who prefer a lighter topping over whipped cream, try making a fluffy meringue topping instead. Make sure to beat egg whites until stiff peaks form before adding sugar and vanilla extract to ensure that it holds its shape when layered on top of the pie.

Don’t be afraid to mix-and-match and experiment with other ingredients to create your own unique peanut butter pie recipe. The possibilities are endless!

Serving and Pairing

 Each bite is like a warm hug from your southern grandmother
Each bite is like a warm hug from your southern grandmother

When it comes to serving and pairing this delectable southern peanut butter pie, the options are endless. This pie is not too sweet, so it pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee or tea. If you are looking to indulge your sweet tooth fully, you can serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

For a bit more creativity, you can add some chocolate syrup or shaved chocolate on top of the pie before serving. Using Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups as a decorative topping will make this pie even more irresistible to anyone who loves the combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

If you’re hosting a party or having guests over for dinner, this pie makes an excellent dessert option that people will love. You can even make it ahead of time, allowing for more time to plan out the rest of your meal.

Another pairing that works well is a glass of chilled milk or even a flavorful stout beer. The rich and creamy flavor of this southern peanut butter pie is sure to enhance any beverage you choose.

Overall, there are many ways to serve and pair this classic southern peanut butter pie recipe. Whether you’re looking for something simple or more elaborate, this dessert is always a crowd-pleaser that everyone will enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The combination of sweet and savory flavors is pure Southern comfort
The combination of sweet and savory flavors is pure Southern comfort

This Southern Peanut Butter Pie can be made ahead of time, making it a convenient dessert for parties or family gatherings. Once the pie has been fully prepared, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

To store the pie, simply cover it with plastic wrap or foil and place it in the fridge. If you find that the whipped cream on top of the pie is sliding or melting, try placing the entire pie into the freezer for 15-20 minutes before wrapping and refrigerating. This will help firm up the topping and keep it from moving around.

If you’re planning to reheat your pie, take it out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before serving to allow it to come back up to room temperature. The filling may become a bit looser as it warms up, but it will not affect the taste or texture of the pie.

However, I wouldn’t recommend reheating this peanut butter pie as its texture and flavor is best enjoyed when served cold. So, save yourself the trouble and keep it in the refrigerator.

With this dessert being so delicious and easy to make ahead of time, it’s no wonder why Southern Peanut Butter Pie has become one of my favorite dessert recipes.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A slice of heaven in every forkful
A slice of heaven in every forkful

I want to share some tips that can help achieve the perfect Southern Peanut Butter Pie. This recipe is easy to make, but with these tips, you can ensure that every bite of your pie has the right texture and flavor.

1. Use Creamy Peanut Butter for the Filling

While crunchy peanut butter may be tempting, it is best to use creamy peanut butter for the filling of your Southern Peanut Butter pie. The creamy version will give you a smooth texture that complements the crunchy crust.

2. Chill Your Mixing Bowl and Whisk

When whipping cream or making the peanut butter cream filling, chill both the mixing bowl and whisk in the refrigerator before using them. This small step can help whip cream faster and create a more stable mixture.

3. Room Temperature Ingredients are Key

Make sure that all ingredients such as eggs, cream cheese, and butter are at room temperature before you mix everything together. This step guarantees a smooth texture and will prevent lumps from forming in your filling.

4. Pre-bake Your Pie Crust

To make sure your pie crust retains its crispy texture and doesn’t get soggy when filled with a creamy filling, pre-bake it for about 5-7 minutes before adding the filling.

5. Top It Off with Whipped Cream or Cool Whip

Peanut butter pie pairs well with whipped cream or Cool Whip on top when serving, which makes it indulgent and extra delicious.

6. Garnish with Reese’s Pieces or Chocolate Shavings

For an extra touch of decadence, sprinkle pieces of Reese’s peanut butter cups on top of your pie or shave dark chocolate over it before serving. These garnishes add extra crunch that compliments your pie’s nutty flavor.

By following these simple tips, you can guarantee the perfect Southern Peanut Butter Pie every time!


As you embark on creating this delicious, southern-style peanut butter pie, you may encounter some questions or concerns. In the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, I will address some of the most common inquiries to ensure that your pie turns out perfectly every time. So without further ado, let’s dive into the FAQ section!

What is peanut butter pie made of?

If you’re a fan of silky, peanut butter desserts, then you’ll definitely want to try making an old fashioned peanut butter pie from scratch! With a few simple ingredients like peanut butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and heavy cream, you can create a delectable filling that will satisfy your sweet tooth. All you have to do is whip the ingredients together and pour them into a buttery pie crust. Trust me – once you take a bite of this dessert, you won’t be able to resist going back for seconds!

How long is peanut butter pie good for in the fridge?

If you’re planning to make peanut butter pie, don’t forget to store it in the refrigerator due to the presence of whipped cream and cream cheese. While it can last for around 3-4 days in the fridge, it’s likely to be consumed much sooner than that. Alternatively, you can freeze this delectable dessert even if it’s not baked.

What is peanut butter cup pie?

Are you looking for a truly decadent dessert? Look no further! This recipe for a Reese’s™ Peanut Butter Pie features a rich and chocolatey fudge layer followed by a creamy peanut butter filling that’s chock-full of peanut butter cups. Perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth, this peanut butter cup pie is sure to become a crowd favorite. And the best part? It’s easy to make!

What is a shudder dessert?

Get ready for a mouthwatering experience with Bistro Collection’s latest creation, the 10″ Reese’s ® Chocolate Peanut Butter Shudder Pie. This gourmet dessert features a chocolate crust filled with a creamy peanut butter filling bursting with Reese’s ® Peanut Butter Cups and chocolate chunks. To top it off, the pie is drizzled with fudge sauce and topped with whipped cream. Made to perfection, this pre-cut pie includes 14 slices in each of the 2ct/76oz packages.

Why is it called a butter pie?

Butter pie is a traditional dish with a fascinating history that’s closely tied to Lancashire’s culinary heritage. The pie, also referred to as Friday Pie, was first devised by Preston’s Catholic community who avoided meat on Fridays and instead opted for butter as a substitute for beef.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Southern Peanut Butter Pie Recipe is the best of its kind out there. It combines the flavors of creamy and crunchy peanut butter to create a luscious taste that will leave you wanting more.

With the right ingredients and following the recipe steps precisely, you can create a masterpiece for yourself or your loved ones. Whether you’re baking it for a family gathering, birthday party, or simply to indulge in a delicious dessert, this recipe is sure to be a hit!

So don’t wait any longer, head to your kitchen and start baking this Southern Peanut Butter Pie Recipe now! Trust me; once you’ve tried it, you’ll never go back to any other peanut butter pie recipes again.

Southern Peanut Butter Pie

Southern Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

Recipe from Southern Living Magazine, May 1974.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Servings 1 pie
Calories 4224.8 kcal


  • 1 cup syrup, corn
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter or 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 pie shell, 9 unbaked
  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped


  • Combine corn syrup, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and peanut butter; blend well.
  • Pour into pie shell and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake an additional 35 minutes; cool.
  • To serve, top with whipped cream.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 1229gCalories: 4224.8kcalCarbohydrates: 508.5gProtein: 67.2gFat: 227.1gSaturated Fat: 88gCholesterol: 884.1mgSodium: 2090.5mgFiber: 14.3gSugar: 280.6g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Dessert, Kid-Friendly, Pie, Weeknight
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