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Chocolate Peanut Butter Chess Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chess Pie

Do teenagers still plaster their walls with magazine pages and pullouts of their favorite boy band heart throbs? While I was never one to obsess over famous strangers when I was younger, now that I’m older I feel like I’m making up for it. Except my perforated pages aren’t photos of shirtless boys, but rather of decadent desserts.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chess Pie

Despite my penchant for losing things I managed to hold on to this one for a while. The worn out page kept reappearing every time I reorganized the stack of magazines, or the pile of linens and photo props. I kept putting it back somewhere safe, forgetting about it, only to rediscover it months later when the resurgent mess demanded another purge. Despite all the books and papers and piles of stuff to throw or give away, it managed to stick around.

I think it was meant to be.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chess Pie from Capitol Grille

Now that I’ve brought the glossy daydream to life…

Let me tell you about this pie.

This pie deserves its own centerfold.

It’s chocolate peanut butter chess pie, yes. But you know what you could also call it?

Brownie batter pie, that’s what.

Brownie batter pie with a ribbon of peanut butter, delicate crispy edges and a chocolate cookie crust. Gooey and fudgy and rich enough to reach a higher tax bracket. Have some ice cream or milk handy because oh boy is it intense.

For the love of all things pie you might want to drop what you’re doing and make this, like, immediately.

You have to admit you’d choose this pie over that little Bieber kid any day (Justin who?)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chess Pie

Yield: 10-12 servings

Total Time: 4 hours

Ingredients:

For Crust:
1 1/2 cup chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (about 8 ounces or 35 cookies)
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For Filling:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
8 ounces good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped
1 2/3 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs
1/2 cup creamy salted peanut butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Lightly butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan or spray with nonstick spray. Combine cookie crumbs and melted butter until crumbs are evenly moistened. Press crumb mixture into prepared pan. Place pan on a cookie sheet (to prevent any butter from leaking onto your oven floor) and bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until set. Remove from oven and cool completely.

Melt chocolate and butter together in a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over a pot of gently simmering water (the bowl should sit over, but not touch the water). Remove from heat and whisk in sugar, followed by vanilla and salt. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, until smooth.

Spread peanut butter in an even layer in the bottom of the cooled crust. Pour in filling and bake (again setting the pan on a cookie sheet) for 40 to 50 minutes or until the pie is set and shiny on top, but still slightly jiggly in the center. Let cool to room temperature then refrigerate for at least 2 hours until fully set. Slice and serve with freshly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Adapted from Capitol Grille via Sugar Pies

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  1. 1
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 9:37 am

    This is devilishly decadant – DEF worth saving! Would love to make these for my bookclub, but put the recipe into cupcake form – mini cakes of these would be divine! If I try it out I will let you know :) Great share xx

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    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Whoa! That is one gorgeous pie, Lindsay! Would it be weird to make this for breakfast? :)

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    • Posted On October 17, 2012 at 10:22 am

      Not weird at all. :)

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    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 9:47 am

    It’s beautiful and dare I say even better than that magazine photo? You done good! :D

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    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be able to think about anything other than this pie for quite a long time…

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  5. 5
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 9:51 am

    looks fabulous Lindsay! My mouth is officially watering

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  6. 6
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Stop it, just… stop it! My mouth is watering just looking at the photos of this pie- love how gooey it is!

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    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I instantly started to salivate just by looking at this picture! Huge fan of chocolate chess pie but never had it with peanut butter.

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    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I cannot even handle the thought of this pie. It looks and sounds incredible!

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    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I’m so glad you’ve made this one.. now we get to see it in your beautiful photos!! What a special dessert!

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    lauren
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 10:13 am

    what type of springform pan do you use? do you ever have any issues getting the slices out of the pan? mine always seem to be plastered to the bottom of the springform even when i butter it…

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    • Posted On October 17, 2012 at 10:22 am

      It’s just a set I bought at the grocery, no specific brand. But as you can see the bottom is lightly textured so it doesn’t stick. I might suggest lining the bottom with a round of parchment paper if you continue to have issues, that’ll surely solve it. :)

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    ilana
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 10:16 am

    This looks amazing…..only to be topped by throwing a layer of nutella in there as well. Why not go for the gusto????

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  12. 12
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 10:35 am

    You’ve made me drool on my keyboard again.

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    • Posted On October 17, 2012 at 11:38 am

      My bad? :)

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    Jenna
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Oh my gosh. I need this. In my belly. Right now.

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  14. 14
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I’ve been so fixated on pumpkin this month and need a chocolate burst of goodness; I think this is gonna do it:-D

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    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Amazing. Definitely poster worthy!!
    And my teens do put posters on their wall–call of duty, celebrities,rappers–dessert is prettier. :)

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  16. 16
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I have never had chocolate chess pie… and it looks amazing!

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    Heather
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 11:10 am

    This looks just like the pie created by Pastry Chef Megan Williams, who used to work for Capitol Grille!

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    • Posted On October 17, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Indeed, that is the pie that inspired it!

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    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 11:12 am

    My heart skipped when I saw that top photo because it looked like the exact pan I have! Too bad it wasn’t…I’ve never had a chess pie, but this looks like a good place to start.

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  19. 19
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 11:13 am

    That looks sooo decadent. I think my friends will love me forever if I make this for them.

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  20. 20
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Chocolate and peanut butter? I’m sold.

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  21. 21
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 11:24 am

    This pie is pretty much jaw-dropping. And it’s my favorite combination! You can’t beat chocolate and peanut butter. :)

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  22. 22
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Oh em gee. This looks beyond incredible! Seriously contemplating dropping everything I had planned on doing today to make this.

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  23. 23
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I would totally plaster a photo of this on my bedroom wall. Although I wish the peanut butter layer was a bit thicker.

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  24. 24
    Rachel
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Would this be possible to make in a glass pie pan? I dont have a springform but this looks amazing!

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  25. 25
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    oh my gosh, i want to smash my face in the middle of that pie-eating-contest-style!

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  26. 26
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I have SUCH a stash of torn out recipes, online in my own inbox, on pinterest boards, in Recipe Box, electronically bookmarked, cookbooks dog-eared that I just blogged about this issue last week. I can’t keep it all straight…glad you found this hidden gem b/c omg you outdid yourself!

    The creamy, rich, chocolate layer looks like heaven in pie shell!

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  27. 27
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Lindsey….This pie looks awesome!! Chocolate and peanut butter….one of my favorite combos…and in the form of a brownie pie…say no more. It’s goin’ in the recipe box for sure!

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    Rachel
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    HOLY SMOKES! I have to make this!

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  29. 29
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    This looks amazing!! Wow. I love peanut butter and chocolate, and this might even work for my husband because it’s a high ratio of chocolate to the peanut butter.

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  30. 30
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    What a stunner!

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  31. 31
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Oh my GOSH. I think I just gained weight looking at this amazing pie! I’m definitely making it this weekend for our tailgate (drunk people don’t care about calories, right?). :)

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  32. 32
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    almost fell out of my chair when i saw this… i think i’m in love.

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  33. 33
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    This just looks too good to be true…I’m drooling on my brand new iPad…

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  34. 34
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I was just about to point out that this pie was from THE Capitol Grille in Nashville, but I see someone beat me to the punch. Anyways, this looks divine!

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  35. 35
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    wow, this looks great! Love the idea of “brownie batter” cake :) Divine!

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  36. 36
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I’m.dying.over.this. RIGHT NOW. OMG… that plus me plus sweat pants and some lifetime movies and I’ll be ok for 90 minutes.

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  37. 37
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    It is just unfair that I don’t have a slice of this right now. This looks amazing!

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  38. 38
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    This looks amazing, chocolate and peanut butter, oh yes!!

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    J. Jones
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Oh My… pregnancy graving… in a serious way!

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  40. 40
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    A centerfold, indeed! Wow, so glad you held on to this recipe!!

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  41. 41
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    What makes something a Chess Pie? I have seen Lemon Chess Pie too but never known why it is called Chess.
    *not ashamed to say I had a Backstreet Boy poster that I cut out all the members but Brian and taped to my wall.

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  42. 42
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Justing Beaver, or whoever he is – couldn’t hold a candle to this pie. Oh my GAWWSHH!!!

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  43. 43
    Posted On October 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Oh my goodness — this looks AMAZING! And I may have had an N*Sync album and poster or two back in the day… :)

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  44. 44
    Posted On October 18, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Oeh la la, that looks too good! Yum!

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  45. 45
    Posted On October 18, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Too gud! Looks divine

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  46. 46
    Posted On October 18, 2012 at 3:38 am

    phantastic.it’s energetic and amazing.good photo!

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  47. 47
    Posted On October 18, 2012 at 4:00 am

    This pie definitely just made its way to the top of my “to-make” list. Looks amazing!

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  48. 48
    Posted On October 18, 2012 at 5:48 am

    This looks amazing! It has definitely made it onto my to-bake list :)

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  49. 49
    Posted On October 18, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Ii don’t care what you call it. I just want a HUGE slice!

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  50. 50
    Posted On October 18, 2012 at 9:46 am

    This pie looks dangerously good… like the sort of pie that I would embarrassing eat half of in one sitting. Chocolate peanut butter anything is my undoing. I’m totally making this!

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  51. 51
    Posted On October 18, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Is there anything really better than peanut butter and chocolate?!? Oh, I think not! YUMMMY!!!!

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  52. 52
    Posted On October 18, 2012 at 11:56 am

    You don’t have to twist my arm to try this. My daughter is coming home from college tomorrow and she is a chocolate & p.b. hound. Will be making this for here. I don’t think they plaster pics anymore because they are so into the online media. I myself wouldn’t mind this photo on my wall. Thanks for posting this.
    -Gina-

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  53. 53
    Posted On October 18, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    This is so funny—I worked for a magazine that had a chocolate chess pie in it, and I ripped it out and kept it because I had never heard of one before. I’ve yet to make it, but you’ve inspired me :) Maybe I’ll pull it out!

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  54. 54
    Posted On October 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Oh boy, this looks amazing. When you re-named it brownie batter pie, I knew it had to be great. Adding this to my list of must trys!

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  55. 55
    Posted On October 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Oh heavens! This looks good! I’m glad you kept tucking it away and it didn’t end up in the trash :)

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  56. 56
    Posted On October 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Wow! This might be dinner.

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  57. 57
    Posted On October 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    #^%##!?
    omg, i am truly in love!

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  58. 58
    Posted On October 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    go-oh-oh-osh. that’s a serious slab of chocolate!
    why is it called “chess” pie? (i’m in australia – never heard of that one before). thank you!

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  59. 59
    Posted On October 19, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Your photos are outta control good! I almost feel like the plate is sitting right in front of me (which may explain why I’m salivating right now). Goodness gracious this may have to go on our Thanksgiving menu. Who cares if it’s not pumpkin or pecan?? That pie is deserving of a special occasion.

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  60. 60
    Posted On October 19, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I’m just getting into this business of chess pie. Chocolate peanut butter sounds lovely!

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  61. 61
    Posted On October 19, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I love every.single.thing. about this pie. Gorgeous, and I’m sure, delicious!

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  62. 62
    Posted On October 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    This looks amazing! Beautiful photos too. Thanks for hosting the cookie swap – I just signed up and am very excited! Thanks again.

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  63. 63
    Posted On October 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    That’s total decadence for you right there! I feel like I couldn’t be trusted around that pie! :)

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  64. 64
    Posted On October 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    OK so the pic is gorgeous and I just made this, but I had an AWFUL time spreading the peanut butter on the cooled crust. It wanted to stick and pull up chunks of the crust…any tips on that? It read like it would just spread right on but it did not at all for me…and I know my way around a kitchen ;)

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    • Posted On October 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Mine did that a bit too. I was using room temperature peanut butter and a nice offset spatula, and was able to get it pretty good with not a ton of chunks. You could maybe warm the peanut butter up a bit or freeze the crust for a few minutes to set it a bit more?

    • Posted On October 19, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Also, I really pack my crust in there (use a measuring cup to help press it firmly in the bottom). I could see how a looser crust might be more problematic.

  65. 65
    Posted On October 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Wowza. Love the pnut butter chocolate combo…this looks like pure heaven!

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    LizA
    Posted On October 19, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    That Beiber kid is no Donny Osmond, just sayin’.

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  67. 67
    Posted On October 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    OMG<3 This looks delicious!

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  68. 68
    Posted On October 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    This looks so delicious…my mouth is watering!!

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  69. 69
    Posted On October 22, 2012 at 7:37 am

    This looks insanely decadent. How big of a problem would it be if I ate the whole thing by myself?

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  70. 70
    Posted On October 23, 2012 at 1:57 am

    This looks amazing. Can not beat the combined flavor of chocolate and peanut butter…and more chocolate layered in between :)

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    Mary
    Posted On October 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Can it be made in a pie plate instead of a springform pan?

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    • Posted On October 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      Most definitely! Though you’ll want to put the crust in the bottom and sides, rather than just the bottom like the springform pan.

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    easy baking recipes
    Posted On October 24, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Love that last Bieber comment haha. Really great tasting pie. Beautiful images too. Makes this recipe more appealing.

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  73. 73
    Posted On October 26, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I’m absolutely enamored with this recipe! What another perfect marriage between Peanut Butter and Chocolate

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    Laura Swan
    Posted On October 28, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Looks delish! Just wondering if you have a uk alternative to the chocolate wafer cookie crumbs – I’m not sure what they are (very likely being confused and they’re staring me in the face in the supermarket!!!) Cantwait to make this!!

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  75. 75
    Posted On October 28, 2012 at 7:56 am

    o my god, it’s look………i’m speechless…it’s look so good.

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    Allison
    Posted On October 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Oh, this looks great. Though, I am not a fan of dark chocolate. Can it be made with semi-sweet or milk chocolate?

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    Mary
    Posted On October 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I made this last week and it was a huge hit at the office! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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    Posted On October 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I love chess pie so much and I LOVE that you made a chocolate pb version!

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    Carina
    Posted On October 30, 2012 at 4:55 am

    I couldn’t spread the peanut butter on the cookie crumbs. Everytime i tried it was just pulling of the base and i ended up with a right mess. How did you do it?

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    Posted On October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

    That chocolate peanut butter pie looks so decadently good!

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    April
    Posted On November 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Just made this – amazing! Peanut butter and chocolate – decadent.

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    Debbie
    Posted On January 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Fantastic for a chocoholic like me!

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    Tara
    Posted On January 19, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Just stumbled across your blog and this recipe. Couldn’t wait for the weekend to rush out and make this. THIS IS AMAZING. I saw the pie this was the muse for and, no joke, seriously, without a doubt, there is no way it is better. I cannot imagine that pie crust would add anything compared to a chocolate cookie crust. I worship at your feet and cannot wait to make more of your recipes.

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  84. 84
    Posted On January 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    This pie is seriously making me consider not logging into My Fitness Pal this weekend because of the amount of guilt that will be dripping off my fork. Totally dying to make it!!!

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    Nina
    Posted On March 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Would this work if i just buy a crust at the store? :)
    I don’t feel like making one, i’m sure i’ll mess something up ;)
    thanks!

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    Kat
    Posted On March 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I used this recipe to make my own wedding cake (omitting the PB). It was friggin’ delicious and everybody raved about it! So happy, thank you.

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    Posted On June 29, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    delicious…i have to make this soon!

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    Amanda
    Posted On August 15, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Have you ever doubled it and made it in a 9×13?

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    • Posted On August 16, 2013 at 7:39 am

      I’d be worried it wouldn’t cook through. If you want to double I might do two 9-inch pies rather than one big pan.

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    Eileen
    Posted On November 8, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Can this be frozen I need to travel far and need to make ahead?

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    • Posted On November 9, 2013 at 8:49 am

      I have never frozen this pie so I can’t say. While normally I say just about any dessert can be frozen, the gooey texture of this one is it’s main feature; I’d worry that freezing/thawing would affect that. But do let me know if you try it!

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    Linda
    Posted On December 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    When spreading the peanut butter, spray your spatula, knife, or spoon with cooking spray and gently coax the peanut butter over the crust. I found that I needed about a quarter cup more peanut butter than the recipe called for in order to cover the crust without pulling up too many crumbs. 

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    • Posted On December 18, 2013 at 7:27 am

      Great tip! Slightly warming the peanut butter helps immensely as well. :)

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