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Buckeye Pie

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Peanut butter lovers won't be able to resist this delicious buckeye pie that layers peanut butter and chocolate for a delightful dessert.
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  1. Buckeye Pie Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Buckeye Pie Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This buckeye pie is the perfect way to celebrate all things Buckeye State with its irresistible sweet and salty combination of chocolate and fluffy peanut butter mousse. Whether you’re from Ohio or just love these flavors, this pie is sure to be a hit.

Buckeye Pie Ingredients

Buckeye Pie raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

  • 26 chocolate creme cookies, crushed into fine crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1¾ cups (one 16-ounce container) creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • ⅓ cup + 4 tablespoons heavy cream, divided
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate baking bar, broken into small pieces

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CRUST: You can make this a no-bake pie by using a pre-made 6-ounce Oreo cookie pie shell. This is a great time-saving option. Just note that these pre-made pie crusts can be very delicate and may crumble when slicing your buckeye pie. 

GARNISH: You can add an additional garnish of chopped honey roasted peanuts or chocolate shavings to the top of the pie after the chocolate ganache is added. Make sure to add them while the ganache is still soft so that they stick once your pie has been refrigerated.

PEANUT BUTTER: I only tested this recipe using standard creamy peanut butter. I used the JIF brand for this recipe, but your favorite brand will also work. However, I do not suggest using natural peanut butter. They have too much liquid fat in them, so they typically do not work well with these types of recipes. The liquids separate from the nut butter and create separation with the filling resulting in a not-so-pleasant final result.

CREAM CHEESE: I like to use full-fat cream cheese when making this recipe, as the low-fat and fat-free varieties tend to have more liquid in them and can alter the texture of your pie filling. You will also want to make sure that your cream cheese is room temperature so that it beats up nice and smooth without any lumps.

CHOCOLATE: You can substitute a milk chocolate baking bar for the semi-sweet in this recipe. I would not suggest using a bittersweet or unsweetened variety, though. Make sure to use a good-quality chocolate baking bar. They melt much easier and have more consistent results. I like using brands such as Ghirardelli, Lindt, or Baker’s, to name a few.

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: You can also substitute 2 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips for the baking bars. Again, make sure you are using a good quality chocolate chip because they can be a bit temperamental when trying to heat in the microwave. The chips have added ingredients that the bars do not, making them a little more sensitive to the microwave’s heat.

How to Make This Buckeye Pie Recipe

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. You will need a 9-inch pie dish.

STEP TWO: In a medium bowl, add the chocolate creme cookie crumbs and melted unsalted butter. Stir to coat all the cookie crumbs in the butter.

chocolate creme cookie crumbs and melted butter combined in a bowl

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

I used original Oreo cookies for this recipe and placed them into my food processor to pulse into fine crumbs.

You can also use a high-powered blender or even a heavy-duty zip-top bag and a rolling pin to crush your cookies into fine crumbs.

STEP THREE: Press the cookie crumbs into the bottom, and up the sides, of a 9-inch pie plate. 

pie crust mixture pressed into a baking dish

STEP FOUR: Bake the crust for 10 minutes. Allow the baked crust to cool on the counter while making the peanut butter filling.

STEP FIVE: To make the creamy peanut butter layer, add the cream cheese to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until smooth.

PRO TIP:

Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that you don’t have any lumps in your creamy pie.

cream cheese blended in a bowl

STEP SIX: Add the creamy peanut butter to the beaten cream cheese and beat for an additional 1 to 2 minutes. You want a smooth cream cheese and peanut butter mixture.

peanut butter blended into the cream cheese

STEP SEVEN: Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing on medium speed with each addition, to incorporate all the powdered sugar with no lumps remaining. 

powdered sugar blended into the peanut butter and cream cheese

STEP EIGHT: Add 1½ teaspoons of the vanilla extract and ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon of the heavy cream to the peanut butter mixture and beat on high speed for 1 to 2 minutes. You should have a smooth and creamy buckeye pie filling.

vanilla extract and heavy cream blended into the peanut butter mixture

STEP NINE: Carefully transfer the peanut butter filling to the cooled pie crust and smooth it out into an even layer. Set it aside while you make the ganache topping.

peanut butter filling spread on top of the pie crust

STEP TEN: In a medium heat-proof bowl, add the remaining 3 tablespoons heavy cream, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, and the semi-sweet chocolate baking bar pieces. Heat on high for 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and whisk until smooth.

heavy cream, vanilla, and chocolate pieces, whisked together in a bowl

STEP ELEVEN: Spoon the chocolate ganache into the center of the pie and carefully smooth it out into a circle in the center of the pie.

You do not want to spread it all the way to the edges of your buckeye pie. You will want to leave about a 1 to 1½-inch border where you can still see the peanut butter filling.

chocolate ganache spread on top of the peanut butter filling

STEP TWELVE: Refrigerate your buckeye pie for 6 hours or up to overnight before slicing and serving. This pie is best served after it has fully chilled.

PRO TIP:

Don’t skip this step as it is important to chill pie so that all the creamy filling and ganache sets properly and gives you cleaner slices.

Buckeye Pie after being refrigerated

How To Serve

Enjoy this peanut butter pie with a cold glass of milk for a scrumptious treat. If you would like a larger treat, you can add a scoop of our no-churn vanilla ice cream on the side of your plate for an even more indulgent dessert.

Our buckeye brownie cookies and buckeyes candies are two more ways to enjoy the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: You can store your buckeye pie covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days.

IN THE FREEZER: You can keep this pie in the freezer for up to a month. Make sure to cover it well first.

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Is there anything more iconic of Ohio than the buckeye? This pie is a great way to celebrate this recognizable symbol. The creamy peanut butter filling topped with chocolate ganache will bring you fond memories.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why is this called buckeye?

This confection is called a buckeye because the finished product with its chocolate exterior and a small bit of peanut butter peeking out resembles the nut of the buckeye tree which is native to Ohio.

Can I freeze this buckeye pie?

The pie can be frozen for up to a month. Make sure to wrap it well with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

Can I use a store-bought crust instead of homemade?

A store-bought chocolate crust is a great way to make this pie even quicker to whip up.

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Buckeye Pie

5 from 1 vote
Peanut butter lovers won't be able to resist this delicious buckeye pie that layers peanut butter and chocolate for a delightful dessert.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 26 chocolate creme cookies, crushed into fine crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • cups creamy peanut butter (one 16-ounce container)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate baking bar, broken into small pieces

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. You will need a 9-inch pie dish.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add the chocolate creme cookie crumbs and melted unsalted butter. Stir to coat all the cookie crumbs in the butter.
  • Press the cookie crumbs into the bottom, and up the sides, of the pie plate.
  • Bake the crust for 10 minutes. Allow the baked crust to cool on the counter while making the peanut butter filling.
  • To make the pie filling, add the cream cheese to a large mixing bowl and beat on medium-high speed for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until smooth.
  • Add the creamy peanut butter to the beaten cream cheese and beat for an additional 1 to 2 minutes. You want a smooth cream cheese and peanut butter mixture.
  • Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing on medium speed with each addition, to incorporate all the powdered sugar with no lumps remaining.
  • Add 1½ teaspoons of the vanilla extract and ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon of the heavy cream to the peanut butter mixture and beat on high for 1 to 2 minutes. You should have a smooth and creamy buckeye pie filling.
  • Carefully transfer the peanut butter filling to the cooled pie crust and smooth it out into an even layer. Set aside while you make the ganache topping.
  • In a microwave-safe mixing bowl, add the remaining 3 tablespoons heavy cream, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, and the semi-sweet chocolate baking bar pieces. Heat on high for 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and whisk until smooth.
  • Spoon the chocolate ganache into the center of the pie and carefully smooth it out into a circle in the center of the pie. You do not want to spread it all the way to the edges of your buckeye pie. You will want to leave about a 1 to 1½-inch border where you can still see the peanut butter filling.
  • Refrigerate your buckeye pie for 6 hours or up to overnight before slicing and serving.

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Notes

  • I used original Oreo cookies for this recipe and placed them into my food processor to pulse into fine crumbs. You can also use a high-powered blender or even a heavy-duty zip-top bag and a rolling pin to crush your cookies into fine crumbs.
  • Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that you don’t have any lumps in your creamy pie.
  • Don’t skip this step as it is important to chill pie so that all the creamy filling and ganache sets properly and gives you cleaner slices.

Nutrition

Calories: 922kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 64g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 25g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 491mg | Potassium: 544mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 858IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 7mg
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