One of my favorite things to learn about people is how they celebrate birthdays. Some of my friends love to have parties, others prefer just a quiet family get together, while others do big birthdays on certain milestones. I am one of those people that do not love throwing birthday parties for my kids, but I have agreed to them every other year. My husband and I both prefer quiet birthdays, occasionally going out to dinner or even breakfast (my favorite!). One thing we do every year is the birthday girl (or boy, or man) gets to choose the dinner and dessert.
My husband recently had a birthday and his two favorite foods are steak and cream pies. So, it was not surprising what I was asked to make for my husband’s birthday. However, when it comes to cooking whole cuts of meat, I am a bit of novice. So in order to ensure that my husband would be happy with his steak, I made him cook it himself! I did make sure he had a wonderful meal to accompany the steak of sweet potatoes, rolls, and parmesan broccoli, He was so pleased with the meal that I could not feel any remorse for asking him to cook on his birthday.
With dinner a success, I was slightly nervous about whether dessert would meet my husband’s expectations. Just a little backstory about his dessert of choice. So remember when I said that he loves cream pies? Over the course of our 11 years of marriage and many birthdays, I have tried different cream pies. I have tried French silk pie (I worked so hard, but it was a huge bust), coconut cream pie, and banana cream pie, pumpkin pie smothered in whipped cream; all of which ended with mediocre reactions. Last year, I made a Reese’s peanut butter pie, which he liked, but he said there was still something missing….not exactly what you want to hear.
So this year when he asked me for the same Reese’s peanut butter pie I agreed but was determined to make it exceptional, and exceptional is what we got. When my husband took his first bite he literally closed his eyes and smiled. We have been married for 11 years and I probably can count on one hand how many times he has enjoyed a food that much. I was ecstatic! He said it not only looked beautiful but that it the pie itself was perfection. Anyone that knows my husband very well, knows he can be quite a food snob.
So, I present to you a Reese’s Peanut butter Pie that is sure to impress and delight your taste buds!
- 2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs, about 30 cookies (fillings removed)
- 6 Tbsp Butter or Coconut oil, melted
- 1 8oz. pkg of cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 8oz container Cool Whip, thawed
- 7-8 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, chopped
- 5-6 Reese's Peanut butter cups, chopped
- 1/4 cup hot fudge sauce
- 1/2 c. Heavy whipping cream
- 2 Tbsp. Powdered Sugar
- Remove fillings from your Oreos and discard. Using a food process or or rolling pin, crush Oreos to create a fine crumb. Put in a medium bowl and set aside.
- Melt butter or coconut oil and pour over Oreo crumbs. Stir to combine well.
- Transfer crumbs to a 8" spring form pan. Use a measuring cup, small cup, or spoon to press crumbs into the bottom of the pan. Then set aside while preparing the filling.
- Using either a hand mixer and large mixing bowl or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, whip the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add peanut butter and mix for 2-3 minutes or until well combined, stopping to scrape the sides, bottom and paddle as needed.
- With the mixer on low, slowly add the powdered sugar until well combined.
- Add vanilla and heavy whipping cream, mix on medium-high for 2-3 minutes to incorporate air into the mixture. It should look light and fluffy.
- Add thawed cool whip and mix on low just until combined. Stopping to scrape the bottom, sides and attachments as need to ensure all ingredients are evenly incorporated. Remove from mixer (if using)
- Fold in Reese's Peanut Butter cups with a spatula then pour into prepared crust.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
- Chill a medium sized bowl, preferably glass or metal, and the whisk attachment to a hand mixer. (This helps the whipping process for making whipped cream)
- Remove pie from the refrigerator and remove the exterior ring of the spring form pan.
- Warm your hot fudge according to directions on the label.
- Place a small amount in a zip lock bag or piping bag, cut a small hole at the end and drizzle the hot fudge around the sides of the pie
- Pour your heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar into your chilled, medium sized bowl.
- Using the whisk attachment, whip heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks (peaks that keep their shape when you pull the whisk up).
- Place whipped cream in a piping or pastry bag (or ziplock bag) with a swirl tip.
- Proceed to add whipped cream around the edge of the pie in desired design.
- Then add the chopped Reese's Peanut butter cups in the center.
- Drizzle with hot fudge.