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The Best Easy Peanut Butter Pie

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The BEST Easy Peanut Butter Pie! A simple cookie crust under a layer of fluffy peanut buttery filling that is pillowy, light, and incredibly rich all at the same time.

And when I say easy, I really do mean easy.

Like, cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar, and Cool Whip kind of easy.

If this combination makes you raise your eyebrows, you’re not wrong. But I wouldn’t lie to you: somehow this gang of ingredients comes together to make a layer of fluffy peanut buttery filling that is pillowy, light, and incredibly rich all at the same time.


Taking a bite of peanut butter pie with fork.

Now listen up, kids. This is not really a recipe for normal times. Cream cheese, Cool Whip, Oreos… I understand that these are not foods that most of us try to eat on the regular.

But that is exactly what makes this is a 100% perfect recipe for quarantine times. This is a weird version of real life where you just do what you need to do, such as making an easy, totally luscious peanut butter pie just because it’s Tuesday. Or is it Tuesday?

Things are hard, but unfancy peanut butter pie is not. It is comforting and steady and joy-bringing. It will see us through.

Peanut butter pie recipe in a text message.

The true sign of an unfancy recipe: when it gets shared via text like this. This recipe lives all over the internet but for me it comes via my friend Liz who brought this gem to dinner club a few months ago.

Let’s walk it out.

First: the crust. Buy one or make one. I like both Oreo crusts and graham cracker crusts, but I like Oreo crusts slightly more.

Oreo crust for peanut butter pie.

Mix your filling. Pour it in.

Spreading peanut butter filling in pie crust.

Spread the filling. Chill.

Peanut butter pie in pie dish.

Now slice into that peanut butter pie beauty, put your feet up, and give yourself a MOMENT.

Taking a bite of peanut butter pie.

If you are looking for a more fancy but equally as delicious pie, I think you’ll like the mocha peanut butter pie from the archives. But for the rest of us: long live the simple joys!

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No Bake Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Pie in a pie pan with a spatula.

The Best Easy Peanut Butter Pie

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 slices 1x


The BEST Easy Peanut Butter Pie! A simple cookie crust under a layer of fluffy peanut buttery filling that is pillowy, light, and incredibly rich all at the same time.


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces whipped topping like Cool Whip
  • 8 ounces cream cheese

Oreo Crust

  • 1 14-ounce package Oreos
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Pulse Oreos in a food processor until crushed into fine crumbs. Add melted butter and stir to combine. Press into a 10-inch pie plate. Freeze while you mix the filling.
  2. Mix all filling ingredients together. Pour into the crust and smooth over the top. Freeze for 3-4 hours until solid.
  3. Slice and serve. Be changed forever.



We found it works best if you freeze leftovers! 

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Freeze
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: peanut butter pie, peanut butter, oreo cookie pie, cookie pie crust, easy dessert, easy pie recipe

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    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      What would you recommend instead of cool whip as cool whip isn’t available in the UK

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        Holy moly this is AMAZING!! came out delicious even for me who is a horrible baker!

  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks delicious – and so easy! Any thoughts on whether it would work to sub out the cool whip for homemade whipped cream?


    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Hi Flannery,
      I have made a very similar version of this pie using regular whipped cream and it was great. I definitely recommend freezing it for the best “servability”. I was impatient with my first attempt and it was too soft and blobbed all over the plate. Tasted great but didn’t really look like a piece of pie! 🤣

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Thank you for another delicious and comforting recipe. Should this be stored in the freezer or fridge? Thanks!

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I have been craving a peanut butter sweet treat!! This looks so good, I already planned out making it haha.

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      Next time you crave peanut butter, pick up a jar of Almond butter & organic Strawberry preserves from your local produce market or While foods. You’ll absolutely love the difference in taste! 🙂

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This pie looks delicious!
    Can I replace the cool whip with whipped cream? Cool whip doesn’t exist in the Netherlands 😊.
    Thank you!

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        Hi, Diana and Cassandra! We haven’t tested any alternatives to the Cool Whip yet, but you could try a bit of heavy whipping cream instead. We’d love to hear how this goes for you!

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        dawn polanco

        If you se heavy whipping cream I have fond it works very well in this pie as long as he cream is stabilized with gelatin

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    They make gluten free sandwich cookies (Joe-Joes at Trader Joe’s for instance)… so that would be an easy swap for a gluten free crust and therefore a gluten free pie! I’m suddenly very excited 🙂

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    Katie Mans

    DE-LISH-OUS! Made it last night and we’ve been cutting out little slivers about every couple hours… Too good!

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    Trish B.

    Um… Sugar, Cool Whip & Cream Cheese?! Aww, yeah… what the heck – it’s a quarantine must! 🙂 This looks sooo good & after eating eating healthy for awhile I’m ready for – rather craving – SWEET deserts! Bring it on!! Thanks Lindsay… this looks delicious!! I love Oreos & Peanut Butter anyway & this together has my name all over it

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I made this today. It was super easy and the texture was great but it was too sweet for me. I wonder about cutting the sugar in half. Would that mess up the consistency?

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Love this peanut butter pie!!! I added a little touch to it I put Hershey syrup on top of short bread pie crust then put in freezer for 30 minutes added peanut butter pie filling on top put in refrigerator for few hour and added Hershey syrup and serve!! Yummy

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hi. If I substitute whipped cream, do I have to add anything to stabilize it?

    Thank you.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Hi. If I substitute whipped cream, do I have to add anything to stabilize it?

      Thank you.

      Sorry. I didn’t read the other comments about substitution before I posted my question. Thank you.

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    Amy Kinzer

    We just made this for our anniversary. We made it (mostly) vegan by using vegan cream cheese and vegan cool whip (using aquafaba). Thanks so much it was amazing! My husband is obsessed.

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Wow. This pie is absolutely incredible. I made it vegan with coco whip and vegan cream cheese and my entire family LOVED it!! Your recipes are all EXTRAORDINARY, and this one is no exception. Thank you!

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    Allen Mork

    Hey Lindsay! So mom made this last week and this is now my new favorite dessert! Simply amazing!
    Thanks!! Dad

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    Annie H.

    Yet another great recipe! Thanks so much for sharing. It’s very easy to prepare, and I will admit the amount of sugar scared me and it was very grainy at first but after letting it sit overnight in the freezer, it tasted absolutely delicious!!

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    Amanda B.

    Wow! I’m really excited to try this recipe. I’ve always been a huge fan of the whole chocolate and peanut butter combination thing. The only downside I could see to this is a difficulty swallowing because of the consistency. I’m suggesting a healthy glass of mil to go along with this great recipe.

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Does this work if you make it one day ahead? Should I cover it in freezer with tin foil?