This recipe and photographs for Easy Peasy Peanut Butter Pie were updated September 2019. Affiliate links may be included throughout this post at absolutely no cost to you.
No matter where you are in the world, there’s always that one thing that immediately takes you right back home. One of the most beautiful things about the United States is that each and every state has something unique that sets it apart from the rest. I pride myself on having roots planted deep within the Alabama clay, and I love to celebrate my Southern heritage because it’s a building block in the foundation of who I am (and this very blog, too!)
Out-of-staters may think of many different things when they think of Alabama (football, accents, farm land, etc.) but many people don’t know about the history of one little gem and how it completely turned this state around and revived it just a century ago:
I grew up in the Wiregrass region of Alabama located in the southeast corner of the state, also known as The Peanut Capital of the World. Currently, 1/4 of the US peanut crop is harvested within this small region, and it has been the backbone of commerce in the area since the early 1910’s.
It wasn’t always that way, though. What makes the tie between Alabama and peanut farming interesting is that peanuts were planted out of desperation after a boll weevil infestation devastated all of the cotton crops in the area, forcing farmers to turn to other means to provide for their families. The peanut crops proved to be one of the best things to ever happen to this area, bringing financial gain to the area in numerous ways. (Fun Fact: My hometown has a statue dedicated to the Boll Weevil as a tribute to forcing farmers to turn from cotton to peanuts. It’s the only statue dedicated to a bug in the world!)
So as a sweet and delicious way to pay tribute to my home state, I decided to pull out my beloved cookbook that my Grandmama Cornelia handed down and do a little pie baking with that golden delicious concoction we all love, peanut butter.
This no-bake pie is super simple to whip up, and it’s creamy texture tastes nearly identical to the inside of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup! It’s always a hit no matter where it ends up, an I hope you’ll fall in love with it and its rich peanut butter history just like my family has!
- 1 graham cracker crust
- 1 8 oz container of cool whip
- ½ cup Peanut Butter - I prefer creamy but crunchy works great, too!
- 1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and peanut butter.
- Stir until well blended.
- Fold in cool whip.
- Pour into pie crust.
- Chill for 2+ hours
If you’re looking for a scrumptious peanut butter to try out, I highly recommend Pic’s Peanut Butter! Unlike sugary peanut butters processed here in the US, this New Zealand based peanut butter is made with just peanuts, so the flavor is rich and perfectly peanut-y! You can find it linked below:
Are you a peanut butter lover, too? If so, this easy peasy peanut butter pie is definitely one to add to your recipe collection!