Paula's Pie Project Blog

52 different pies in 52 weeks

Pie #13- Peanut Butter Brownie Pie April 1, 2010

Yes, I am a slacker.  I made this pie exactly one week ago and I am now getting on the blog to write about it.  I knew I would have no problem making the pies, but this blogging thing definitely takes more time than the actual pie making.  It most definitely is the case with this Peanut Butter Brownie Pie.  Don’t assume my procrastination on posting has anything to do with how I liked this one.  In fact, I almost made this again on Tuesday to share with another group of friends. 

It is very easy to make and quite tasty.  Most of the ingredients I had on hand.  Brownie mix and cream cheese are a given in my pantry and refrigerator.  And although I prefer whipping cream to Cool Whip topping, I happened to have a container in my freezer that I have had there since Thanksgiving.

We had another couple over for dinner last Thursday evening.  Due to spring break circumstances, they were sans children for the week and we knew it wou to ld be a great opportunity to catch up with them without total kid chaos surrounding us. (We still had some due to our boys being present, but at least it was calmer than usual for a dinner party.)  We have known Bob and Kathryn for ten plus years and it seems almost every time we get together, brownies or cheese cake ends up being served for dessert.  When I saw that this pie’s main ingredient was brownie mix, I knew I had the perfect dessert for Thursday’s meal.

Here’s the link to “Mile High Peanut Butter Brownie Pie”:

 Now for the filling and topping.


Personal Notes:

  • Since this recipe won the Pillsbury bake-off, it called for all Pillsbury products including a prepared pie crust.  In keeping with the declarations of the pie project, I opted to use my Mom’s pie pastry recipe for the crust.  It’s texture is similar to shortbread and it’s taste is so light.  In my opinion, it is just perfect for this particular pie.
  • This was one of the easier pies I have made.  I think it was due in part to the prepared brownie mix and the minimal ingredients for the topping.  You can seriously whip up this pie in less than a half hour.
  • As far as the taste, you can read all of the reviews Food Network lovers have attached to the link.  It was a big hit in my house. 
  • I personally wanted the topping to taste more peanut-ty instead of sugary.  Perhaps it would have been different if I had used a natural peanut butter, instead of the Jiff brand or substituted granulated sugar in for powdered.  My rating is a 9 for taste and a 10 for ease of assembly.