Creamy Peanut Butter Pie

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This past week started out like any other. Then, within a blink of an eye, it all changed.  For me personally and for so many others.

As some of you who visit my blog may already know, the extremely popular and genuinely loved food blogger Jennie, of In Jennie’s Kitchen suddenly, and without warning, lost her husband to a massive heart attack last Sunday evening. 

The outpouring of love and sympathy amongst the food community to Jennie was overwhelming and so heartfelt.  We all wanted want to reach out to Jennie in some small way to tell her how much we ache for her and her young family’s loss. 

But how? Words seem so empty at times like these. That’s when I read this most recent post on Jennie’s blog. 

Beyond my belief, Jennie was actually reaching out to US in her time of tragedy to remind us all how precious life is and to cherish each moment we have with our loved ones, no matter how small. 

Such a brave act of love by Jennie in such a difficult time of sorrow. 

Jennie’s message was simple, bake this pie and share it with the people you love. The next thing I knew, my ingredients were assembled and ready to go:

Creamy Peanut Butter Pie Recipe


8 ounces chocolate cookies
4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 ounces finely chopped chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used chocolate and peanut butter chips)
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup creamy-style peanut butter
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 – 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

-Add the cookies to a bowl of a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs.
-Combine the melted butter and cookie crumbs in a small bowl and stir with a fork to mix well.
-Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan.

-Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave.
-Pour over bottom of the cookie crust and spread it to the edges.
-Sprinkle  chopped peanuts over the melted chocolate.
-Place pan in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.
-Pour the heavy cream into a bowl and beat using a stand mixer of hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
-Transfer to a small bowl and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
-Place the cream cheese and peanut butter in a deep bowl.
-Beat on medium speed until lightly and fluffy.
-Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in the confectioner’s sugar.
-Add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and lemon juice.
-Increase the speed to medium and beat until all ingredients are combined and the filling is smooth.
-Fold in 1/3 of the whipped cream into the filling mixture (this helps to lighten the batter and make it easier to fold in the remaining whipped cream).
-Fold in the remaining whipped cream.
-Pour the filling into the prepared spring form pan and garnish the top with melted chocolate or the topping of your choice (optional).
-*Refrigerate for three hours or overnight before serving.
I highly recommend *freezing* this pie instead, for ease of serving and retaining it’s shape.

Creamy Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

I honor the memory of your husband Mikey with this slice of pie Jennie, and I pray that you  and your family can find strength and courage from the love and concern of others.

I’d also like to take a moment to say how much I wish I could be sharing this slice of pie with my own dad, Bob who lives in Florida with my mom Marlene. 

We learned on Tuesday that my dad has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and is going to be in for the fight of his life.  We are all so saddened and shocked by the news that it still doesn’t seem possible. 

My dad is a strong, kind and loving man who has always been there for me in so many ways. I am blessed to have him in my life and I could not ask for a better dad.  I love and respect him so very much. Words aren’t enough to express the feelings of love I have for my parents, but I think they know.

I promise to be there for my dad too, as he needs me.  There is no place I’d rather be than by his side helping through this unbelievable time. 

I know my dad would love this pie.  He is a nut lover (guess that’s where I got it from) and I just know he’d enjoy a slice of this right now.  I love you dad and I send you strength and courage. Say the word and I’m there…

And, as if that weren’t enough, our dearest friend (of our lifetime) John, was also diagnosed with prostrate cancer, on the same day as we learned the news of my dad.

As I write this through my tears, John and his adorable wife Pam are at the hospital now for testing to see if his cancer is contained in that one area, or if it has spread further. 

I can not fathom a worst case scenario and pray to God that the news will be positive. 

My husband Mark and I have been the best of friends with Pam and John for over 30 years.  They are the godparents for our son Adam. They are who our dogs wait for by the window.  They are the kindest and most giving people in the world.  They make us better.  We need them.

This slice of life and love is also for you, dad and John.  I give you my strength to face whatever life has in store.  We’ll battle together and I hope I can somehow lesson your load.  Somehow. Someway.

To all who read this, I ask that you keep them all in your thoughts and prayers as it will be a tough road ahead.  

I thank you all so very much! I send you love, and a slice of peanut butter pie 🙂

If you’ve also made Jennie’s pie and want to share the love, visit here.
Your friend,


  1. Oh Renee what you have to deal with; hope making this pie was somehow cathartic for you too…doing just one small thing out of love for another person even in your own time of need. I'll be praying for you, your Dad and your dear friends. Take good care.

  2. Thank you for your kindness Barb. Yes, making this pie made me feel better.

  3. I've just finished making my pie and it's in the fridge. Looking forward to sharing it with my son & husband tonight.

    I'm sorry to hear about your father and friend. I recently lost an aunt to lung cancer quite unexpectedly. I hope you and yours fare much better 🙂

  4. Renee, I have been thinking about you too since your tweets. I'm so sorry. What a nice gesture to make this pie for Mikey, for your dad and for your friend. Positive thoughts and virtual hugs are being sent your way. Please keep us updated.

  5. Thinking of you and yours at this time and of course Jennie too. Thanks for sharing the pie recipe! xo

  6. I think it is absolutely wonderful of you to have baked this pie, especially given what you have had to deal with in your own life this week. I know that you are also fighting a virus of some sort and to not only have baked this pie, but to take the photos and do the tutorial… I just can't express how selfless you are. You're kindness and love that you extend to Jenny and her family, your own parents and to your dear longtime friends is without measure. Prayers for your Dad, for you and your entire family and for John and his family. Never, ever far from my thoughts Renee.

  7. What a beautiful post! The pictures are amazing! Thank you so much for taking the time to link up at the memoriam link-up. We are part of an amazing community! With that being said, I'm so sorry to hear of the double dose of bad news you recently received. I hope you can gain strength from our community and know that you be in many thoughts and prayers.

  8. Renee u cracked me up this morning with the poor poor chocolate bears. What an awful fate awaited them! Hehehe. I know you'd be giggling with me as I pushpin Hello Knitty eyes. So now that I've made myself sound a bit, we'll, unstable…back to serious. I dontbknow Jennie and I hate that this is how I met her. Crying tears for a family that I've never even met because I can't even let myself think of such a thing and its happend to another person. I wish I had a way to undo this type of pain. As for you, I've been thinking about you and your dad for the past couple of days. I don't have any wise words but I will be a click away if you ever need anything! ♥

  9. I think that everyone who's been participating have just been wonderful. Unfortunately, I found out about this after I had already posted. Your pie turned out great!

  10. Oh my goodness. What an awful week for you and your loved ones. I hope this pie helped to sweeten your outlooks, even just a little. I will keep your dad and dear friends in my thoughts (as well as Jennie and her kids). I hope they are both able to fight this horrible beast. ((HUGS))

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