Best Restaurant Dessert – My Secret Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

Peanut Butter Pie is my absolute favorite dessert and the best restaurant dessert! The trouble is though, it is hard to find on many restaurant menus. I am finally introducing to the world my secret peanut butter pie recipe, formulated over the years and after tasting many different versions of the dessert. I’ve found that a chocolate crust is a must and the denser versions have always pleased my taste buds the most. The cream cheese in this recipe adds density and extreme richness. I am so excited to be sharing this recipe with you now!

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Pie

1 chocolate crust **
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 small tub (extra creamy) cool whip
1 to 2 teaspoons chocolate flavored syrup

**Chocolate crust: In a heavy saucepan (low heat) melt 1/3 cup margarine or butter and 1 (6- ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips. Remove from heat; gently stir in 2 1/2 cups rice crispy cereal until completely coated. Press into bottom and up sides of a greased 9-10 inch pie plate. Chill 30 minutes.

In a large bowl, beat cheese until fluffy; beat in condensed milk and peanut butter until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Fold in cool whip. Turn into crust. Drizzle syrup over top of pie and gently swirl with a spoon.

Place in freezer until set (usually over night).

I use a 10 inch quiche plate for this recipe, however a deep dish 9 inch plate will also work. It can be stored in the freezer for several weeks, so it is a great make ahead dessert. Some of the best restaurant desserts are make ahead desserts, because fresh desserts are costly for a restaurant to house. A restaurant would have to have a contract with a high quality bakery in the area or specialize in fresh homemade desserts to be able to present great tasting fresh desserts.