Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie is a from-scratch custard pie with a smooth, creamy texture topped with a homemade whipped cream layer and delicious peanut butter crumbles.Jump to Recipe
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Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie – Are you a peanut butter lover? If so, boy, do I have a pie for you. And let me tell ya, it’s a taste buds pleaser.
When Southern Peanut Butter Meringue Pie Meets Amish Peanut Butter Pie
I was familiar with the southern version of old fashioned peanut butter pie growing up. Then, after getting married, I became quickly acquainted with the Amish version of this classic southern pie recipe.
You’re probably wondering what the difference is between the two.
The southern version has a meringue topping like Stacey’s Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Meringue Pie, and the Amish version has a homemade whipped cream topping. And both are sprinkled with the most delicious peanut butter crumbles.
Now, I’m going to let you in on a bit of a secret. Meringue is not my thing. I can take it or leave it. And given a choice, I’ll leave it – except on banana pudding. That’s a different story.
So naturally, the homemade whipped cream was a win-win for me, and the Amish version of the peanut butter pie became my new favorite.
What Is Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie?
This peanut butter pie is a dessert made using a traditional pie crust.
Keep in mind there are several varieties of old fashioned peanut butter pie, but this particular one is a peanut butter custard pie. It has a delicious custard filling with homemade whipped cream and fantastic peanut butter crumbles.
I’m pretty reluctant to brag on a recipe as being the “best,” but I promise I’m not exaggerating when I tell you this pie fits the description.
It’s possibly the best peanut butter pie recipe (of the custard types) you could choose to make in your cozy kitchen. So go ahead and give it a try, and then you’ll know what I’m talking about.
What Is in Amish Peanut Butter Pie?
Because this old fashioned peanut butter pie uses ingredients you probably already have on hand, it’s the perfect “panty pie.”
This is one of those pies you can make without going to the market for unique ingredients. Especially if you make the pie crust from scratch.
After looking at the ingredients list below, you’ll see what I mean.
Ingredients for Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie
10 Ingredients Needed:
What Kind of Pie Crust Should I Use?
You can keep it convenient and use a pre-made frozen pie crust. Follow the instructions on pre-baking the crust before filling it.
Or, if you’re feeling like Suzy Homemaker, you can make my super easy homemade pie crust.
Deep Dish or Regular Pie Crust?
Good question. This recipe makes a deep-dish pie. But if you’d like, you can follow the recipe and use a regular crust instead.
Since you’ll have extra filling, you can use the leftover custard as a dessert. Simply serve it in individual servings sprinkled with – you guessed it – those yummy peanut butter crumbles.
You will need to make extra crumbles if you decide to go this route.
How Do I Layer This Pie?
Here’s What You’ll Do
When crust is done add the peanut butter crumbles.
Add the custard layer over the peanut butter crumbles.
Top custard layer with the homemade whipped cream.
Generously sprinkle peanut butter crumbles on top.
Note: Notice I add the crumbs before the custard and then on top of the whipped cream layer. Many similar pie recipes call for the crumbs to go on before and on top of the custard with a light dusting of crumbs on top of the whipped cream layer.
However, I don’t particularly like adding a crumb layer between the custard and cream because the cream layer slides off when you slice the pie, causing the slices not to be as pretty when serving.
As you can see, this Pennsylvania Dutch Peanut Butter Pie begins and ends with those delicious peanut butter crumbles. These crumbles are what give you that superb peanut butter flavor.
How To Make Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie From Scratch
Step by Step Instructions
- Heat the milk and 1/2 cup of sugar in a saucepan.
- Mix the cornstarch, beaten egg yolks, and remaining sugar.
- Add the egg mixture to the milk and boil until thickened, stirring constantly.
- Stir in vanilla and salt. Remove from heat and cool.
- Mix peanut butter and powdered sugar to make crumbs.
- Sprinkle crumbs in the bottom of a baked pie crust, reserving some for the topping.
- Pour custard on crumbs.
- Top with whipped cream.
- Sprinkle reserved crumbs on top.
Note: Be sure to constantly stir the custard mixture. It will thicken fast and burn quickly if left unattended.
How To Serve Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie
This creamy custard peanut butter pie is best served cold (right out of the fridge). And it is a tasty dessert that everyone will love.
This classic pie is perfect at any time of the year and is ideal for any occasion. No one can resist the peanut butter flavor of this traditional southern dessert with an Amish twist.
What You’ll Love About This Recipe:
How Do I Store Amish Peanut Butter Pie?
Store the covered pie for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. However, I don’t recommend freezing this pie due to the custard and whipped cream layers.
RECIPE NOTES + TIPS
- Be sure your crust is pre-baked.
- Chill the pie (refrigerate) for 3-4 hours before serving.
- You can easily double this recipe for two pies.
- If you like a bit of crunch, you could try crunchy peanut butter. (I’ve never tried this.)
- If the rich layers in this pie aren’t enough, you can serve whipped cream with your old fashioned peanut butter pie.
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Do You Love Amish Peanut Butter Pie?
If you do – a big high-five to you. But, if you’ve never had old fashioned peanut butter pie, I sure hope you’ll give this recipe a go.
I think you’ll love it. And before you know it, you’ll be whipping up peanut butter pies for every occasion.
Once everyone gets a taste of this peanut butter dessert, they’ll request it for all of your gatherings – church potlucks, graduation parties, dinner parties, cookouts, holidays, you name it.
FAQs About Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie
Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie (A From-Scratch Amish Favorite)
- 1 pie shell (deep dish) pre-baked
- 4 cup milk divided
- 1 cup sugar divided
- 3 tbsp butter
- 4 egg yolks beaten
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp salt
Peanut Butter Crumbles:
- 2/3 cup peanut butter
- 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
- In a saucepan heat milk, butter, and 1/2 cup of sugar.
- Mix beaten egg yolks, remaining sugar, and cornstarch.
- Add egg mixture to milk and low boil until thickened, stirring constantly.
- Add vanilla and salt; cool custard
- Put peanut butter crumbs in bottom of baked pie crusts, reserving some for topping.
- Pour custard on crumbs and top with whipped cream.
- Sprinkle with remaing crumbs.
Peanut Butter Crumbles:
- Make crumbs by mixing peanut butter and powdered sugar using a fork or a pastry blender.
- Chill pie 3-4 hours before serving
Disclaimer: Nutritional values (per serving) are approximates only and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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You list 3 tbsp of butter in the recipe but do not mention it in the instructions.
Thank you so much for pointing that out. I’ve edited the recipe card to reflect it in the instructions. And thanks for stopping by!
I made this recipe and it was delicious! I didn’t see in the directions, however, dividing the milk. The second time I made the recipe I put some of the milk with the egg, sugar and corn starch. It made mixing a lot easier. Is this recipe for one pie or two? It makes a lot of filling. No complaints, it is really terrific.
Hi Nancy! I’m so glad you loved the pie! The recipe is for one pie, but you’re right. It does make an ample amount of filling. It might be possible to make two smaller pies with it, but I’ve never tried it. Thanks so much for stopping by, and Happy New Year.