Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

A few years ago I made this peanut butter pie for our family Thanksgiving and everyone loved it, especially my dad. He told me it was the best pie he had ever had, so now I make it every year to take home.

I initially found this recipe on Pinterest, but I have enhanced it by adding the Butterfinger bites and marshmallow fluff. I have to give my husband the credit for the marshmallow fluff. I was skeptical when my husband told me to add it, but I went with it since he is an actual chef. I don’t particularly like marshmallow, but oh does it make the pie so much better! I’m glad I listened to the hubby. 😊

Now that your mouth is watering let’s make this pie!

If you want to make your crust from scratch here is the recipe I use. If you are using store bought, skip to the pie filling instructions.

Note: This recipe is for a 9 inch pie and serves 8-10.

I used a store bought crust this time. 😊

Crust Ingredients:

  • 2 Β½ cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • Β½ cup sugar
  • 10 tablespoons of melted butter

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then mix the graham cracker crumbs and sugar together.

Step 2: Pour the melted butter in the mix and stir.

Step 3: Pour the mix into the pie pan.

Step 4: Press the mix flat into the bottom of the pie dish and up on the sides. Just make sure it is even.

Step 5: Bake at 350 for 8 minutes.

Step 6: Let the crust completely cool in the refrigerator before starting on the filling.
Now for the pie filling!

Pie Filling Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (packed)
  • 1 large tub of cool whip
  • 1 Smucker’s magic shell chocolate
  • 1/2 block (4 oz) of cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 10 oz bag of Butterfinger baking bites
  • 2 cups of marshmallow fluff

    Optional Toppings:

    • Handful of large Ghirardelli dark chocolate chunks
    • 1/2 of a graham cracker

    Step 1: Pour almost all of the contents of the Smucker’s magic shell into the bottom of the graham cracker crust. Make sure to leave a little so you can drizzle on top of the pie at the end. Make sure to shake the magic shell before pouring it into the pie shell.

    Tip: You can also use chocolate syrup. I have done it both ways and they both are yummy.

    Step 2: Put the crust in the freezer to allow the chocolate to freeze. Roughly 20 minutes.

    Step 3: While the crust is in the freezer mix the softened cream cheese and peanut butter in an electric mixer.

    Step 4: Once the peanut butter & cream cream is mixed well, then add the powdered sugar a little at a time.

    Tip: Use a rubber spatula to scrap the sides of the mixing bowl to ensure all the ingredients in the bottom are evenly mixed well. Turn the mixer back on medium for another minute.

    Step 5: Add the cool whip to the mixer and mix on medium until you achieve a smooth consistency.

    Step 6: Remove the crust from the freezer. The chocolate should be frozen by now. Then spoon out the contents of the mixing bowl on top of the crust.

    Tip: Use a rubber spatula to scrap the sides to get all the contents out of the mixing bowl.

    Step 7: Add the marshmallow fluff evenly on top of the peanut butter mix.

    Tip: Fill a bowl with hot water and dip the rubber spatula in the hot water to make spreading the marshmallow fluff easier to work with. Doing this also gives the fluff a smooth texture.

    Step 8: Drizzle the remaining magic chocolate shell on top of the pie.

    Step 9: Sprinkle the Butterfinger bites on top of the pie.

    Note: Step 10 is optional.

    Step 10: Stick half a graham cracker in the center and sprinkle a small handful of Ghirardelli dark chocolate chunks around the graham cracker.

    Step 11: Put the pie back in the freezer for 15 minutes to allow the toppings to harden. This makes it easier to scoop the pie out with less mess.

    Serve and enjoy!

    Tip: If you are making the pie in advance leave it in the freezer and pull it out an hour before serving. The pie is best served cold.

    This recipe is so simple and yummy! It will definitely be a crowd pleaser.

    Well friends, that’s it for this post. I hope you enjoyed my recipe. Until next time. Happy Holidays!

    Sugar Cookie Decorating with Royal Icing & Luster Dust

    Have I told you how much I love baking?!? It really is my happy place. I dream of opening a bakery with all white marble and shiplap. Maybe one day. ❀️ Until then I’ll be content baking in the comfort of my own kitchen.

    I have really wanted to try painting cookies with luster dust for awhile now, so I finally took the plunge. It was so easy! Seriously, I don’t know why I was so afraid to attempt it, but now that I have I will definitely be using luster dust on the regular.

    First things first, the cookies! I used Wilton’s Sugar Cookie Recipe. I could attempt my own, but why when this recipe is perfect?! I mean why try to recreate the wheel?! If you don’t want to make the cookie dough from scratch, store bought will work just as well. I mean this post is about cookie decorating and royal icing not the cookie dough. πŸ˜‚



    Cookie cutter hack: If you don’t have a circle cookie cutter the Tommee Tippee baby bottle lids work great! 😊

    Now that all the cookies are baked we need to make the royal icing. I make my royal icing from scratch. Props of having an executive chef for a husband! He teaches me so much. Thanks babe!

    This recipe yields 3.5 cups


    Royal Icing Ingredients:

    • 3 egg whites
    • 4 cups of powdered sugar
    • 1 tsp of vanilla extract

    Step 1: In an electric mixer add the egg whites & vanilla extract and whip until frothy/foam like.

    Step 2: Slowly add the powdered sugar to the egg & vanilla extract mix.

    Step 3: Once all the powdered sugar is added turn the mixer on high and whip until you have a firm & glossy texture.

    Step 4: You will need to split the icing. Some will be for outlining and the remainder will be for filling in the cookies.

    Optional: You can use gel food coloring to color your icing. If you do use a little at a time. You can always add more, but if you add too much it is ruined.

    Step 5: Put the icing you are using to outline in a squeeze bottle or you can put it in a sandwich zip lock bag and cut a small slit in the corner of the bag. You might need to add a very small amount of water if the icing is too firm. Again…a VERY SMALL AMOUNT.Step 6: Outline the cookies as desired.

    ​Step 7: Using the remainder of the icing add a little water to thin the icing out. The icing needs to be thinner than the icing you used to outline the cookies.

    Step 8: Once you have achieved a thinner consistency add the icing to a squeeze bottle or ziplock bag and fill in the cookie. Use a toothpick to even the icing out in your cookie if needed.

    Step 9: Let the cookie dry for at least an hour before you start painting with the luster dust.

    Now that the icing has dried it’s time for the fun part! Painting the cookies.

    Materials:

    • Luster dust
    • Vodka
    • Paint brush

    Luster dust can be found at Hobby Lobby, a baking supplies store, or Amazon. I purchased actual luster dust, which means it has a shimmer to it. You can also you food color dust. Food color dust is usually matte and doesn’t shimmer.

    Step 1: Add a small amount of luster dust to a small bowl.

    Step 2: Add in a few drops of vodka until you achieve the right consistency. Sorry I didn’t measure. I just added drops until it was the texture I wanted, but make sure you add the vodka to the luster dust and not the other way around.

    Step 3: Using your paint brush, paint away! Make sure not to press down too hard or it could mess up the royal icing.

    Step 4: Allow the paint to dry and serve your pretty cookies. Or don’t because they are so pretty. πŸ˜‚

    I hope you enjoyed my post! If you use my recipe I would love to hear about it. Thanks so much for stopping by friends. Until next time. Xoxo 

    Our Christmas Day TraditionΒ 

    When we purchased our home in 2014, I told my husband I wanted to start traditions with our family. Traditions where our kids would grow up one day making comments like “Yeah I know mom, we do that every year”.

    One thing that has become a family tradition is Christmas breakfast. I make homemade French Toast & hot chocolate for Carter. It’s nothing crazy creative or fancy, but it’s ours. I do sprinkle powdered sugar on top of the French Toast though. So maybe a little fancy. πŸ˜‚

    My husband and I drink coffee while Carter drinks his hot chocolate & we eat breakfast before opening gifts. Last year I bought all the boys matching PJ’s. I might do that again since they looked so cute last year. Maybe it can be another family tradition…hmmm. 😊

    However, we have never eaten at the dining room table. We sit on the couch watching tv while we eat, but this year I want us to sit at the table. So, I decided to do a fun tablescape for the kids and make Christmas tree napkins. I added a red bow for the tree topper and a cinnamon stick with twine for the trunk. I found the idea of a Christmas tree napkin on Pinterest. Click here for the step-by-step instructions.

    To make the trunk, simply tie a bow using the twine around the bottom of the cinnamon stick. It was super simple and it’s oh so cute. The materials I used are in the picture below.

    I found the Christmas mugs at Crate & Barrel last year, but they have super cute ones this year too. Click here for more details.

    The Christmas music sheets are from an old Christian hymn book my mom gave me. For the silverware I just tied them together with twine. All very simple. Put it all together and you have one fun tablescape for the kids!

    Now that the place settings are out of the way, lets put some food on those pretty plates. πŸ˜‹ 


    French Toast Recipe

    Prep time: 5 minutes

    Cooking time: 15 minutes

    Ingredients:

    • 5 eggs
    • 4 tbsp of cinnamon
    • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
    • 8 slices of sourdough bread
    • Powdered sugar to sprinkle on top
    • Maple syrup (warmed)

    This recipe makes 4-5 servings

    Step 1: Whisk the eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a medium size bowl.

    Step 2: Put some butter in the pan to coat the bottom, and turn the burner on medium.

    Step 3: Taking one slice of bread at a time, submerge the bread in the egg mix until completely coated.

    Tip: Whisk the egg mix before you dip each slice. This will ensure the cinnamon is evenly portioned on the bread.

    Step 4: Put the coated bread in the pan and allow to cook on each side for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.

    Step 5: Repeat steps 3-4 until done.

    Step 6: Cut each slice diagonally, sprinkle powdered sugar over the French Toast, then top with warm maple syrup.

    Step 7: Enjoy! πŸ˜‹

    In case you are wondering, I don’t put that much effort into Christmas dinner. We actually get takeout from a Chinese restaurant that is attached to a gas station. πŸ˜‚ It’s called balance.☺️

    I hope you enjoyed my post and it inspires you to start creating your own family traditions. Family traditions don’t need to be tv worthy or elaborate as long as they are special to you, like takeout from a restaurant attached to a gas station. Ultimately, traditions are about spending time with the ones you love. 

    Well friends, that’s it for now. May you and your family have a magical and memorable holiday. Until next time. Xoxo

    The Detailed Home Gift Guide

    Hi friends! Christmas is upon us and if you are like me you still have some shopping to do. And when I say some, I mean almost all. πŸ˜‚ Gift giving is my love language, so I always put extra thought into gifts. To bad my husbands love language isn’t the same. πŸ˜‚ Anyway…

    If you follow along with my Instagram posts then you probably know that I am a detail oriented person. My philosophy with decorating, gift giving, & hosting dinner parties is “every detail counts”. With that said, I have compiled a list of all my favorite finds and where to get them. 

    Please note, I provided links for all of the items that I could. Simply click the picture to be taken directly to the online shop to purchase. Happy shopping!


    For the “Baker”

    How adorable are these little wooden spice spoons from Freckled Hen Farmhouse?!? I mean swoon. 😍 If you know someone that loves to bake or cook then these little spice spoons would be a great addition. Bonus, purchasing these spice spoons is helping a small business. 

    Let’s take a moment of silence for the cutest wooden baking spoon you ever did see. 😍 I found this beaut at The Blonde Moose, another small shop owned by Emily. You can also customize these wooden treasures. Emily has several amazing items in her shop, so what are you waiting for?!? Hopefully to finish my blog post. πŸ˜‚ 

    I swooned over these Antler measur my cups for a good month before I finally purchased them, but I’m so glad I did. They are practical, great quality, and pretty to look at. Check. Check. And check. βœ”οΈ Unfortunately Anthropologie doesn’t makes these anymore, but they have tons of cute measuring my cups. Click the picture to see for yourself. 😘


    For the “Cook”

    This spoon is handcrafted and even more stunning in person. I have purchased several items from @wearecaribou (Etsy shop) and every item is beautifully made. Bonus, your supporting another small shop!

    This knitted pot holder is another item I purchased from @wearecaribou The quality is great and it does it’s job! Plus it has a farmhouse feel to it. 😍

    This is hands down my favorite apron. I have had it for several years and the quality is just amazing. Anthropologie doesn’t make this exact one any longer, but they have several styles that are just as beautiful. Click the picture to view them. 



    For the “Hostess”

    This is the type of gift you get a person that has everything. I mean, look how adorable these little gingerbread snowflakes?!? Who wouldn’t love them?!? They are yummy as well and would make for a great stocking stuffer. 

    My good friend bought me these cheese knives two years ago for Christmas from one of my favorite stores, Anthropologie. I love the details & vibrant metallic colors. Every time we host a dinner party I try to incorporate a cheese tray to bring these babies out. Stuffed peppers and Brie?!? Why not? πŸ˜‚

    I stumbled across this soap as I was heading for the checkout and it stopped me in my tracks. Again, the details!! Just everything about this had me all heart eyes. Anthropologie offers several styles. Click the picture for more details.

    Well friends, that’s the end of my detailed home gift guide. I hope I was able to give you some ideas for any of those hard to buy for family members or friends. Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate the support. Until next time. Happy Holidays! Xoxo