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A Special Peanut Butter Pie


You’ll see peanut butter pies all around the blogosphere today that are very special. They come as a request from a food blogger named Jennifer Perillo who lost her husband Mikey last week unexpectedly due to a massive heart attack. I have never met Jennie in person but have followed her blog and twitter feed for some time now.

See her blog post HERE. It made me cry.  She reminds us all to spend quality time with our loved ones and give hugs often. She requested to make a peanut butter pie for someone you love today in remembrance of her sweet husband who loved peanut butter pie.


My peanut butter pie, which we make often here, goes out to my little family today. It’s so easy to get caught up in the craziness of everyday life. When it comes down to it these 3 people are my everything. Today, I am hugging each of them tight and giving thanks for my blessings.  Heaven help the goofiness of my family, lol.

Peanut Butter Pie 🙂



Creamy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pie

9 whole graham crackers, finely ground

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

4 tablespoons melted butter

8 ounces softened Philadelphia Cream Cheese

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray a 9-inch removable bottomed tart pan with non-stick cooking spray.

2. Place graham crackers, sugar and melted butter into a large bowl, mixing to combine. Press into bottom and up sides of prepared tart pan. Bake for 10 minutes, remove and cool for 10 minutes before filling.

3. Place cream cheese, brown sugar, peanut butter and heavy cream into work bowl of stand or electric mixer beating until well combined. Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips, mixing to combine. Pour into cooked crust, add remaining chocolate chips to top and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes before cutting into wedges. If you are in a hurry, you can stick it in the freezer for 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 8 servings


Other bloggers sharing peanut butter pie today 🙂

Peanut Butter Pie and Love by I am Baker (see Amanda’s blog for updated complete list of bloggers)

Peanut Butter Pie by Tidymom

Peanut Butter Pie For Mikey and Jennie by Panini Happy

Peanut Butter Pie Friday by Omnivore100Project

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie by CookiePie

Peanut Butter Pretzel Tart by Cake Duchess

Sharing Mikey’s Peanut Butter Pie by Tastes Better With Friends

With Love and Rememberance by Vanilla Bean Baker

Peanut Butter Banana Pie Shots by Smith Bites

Peanut Butter Pie Gluten Free by gluten-free girl and the chef

Peanut Butter Milkshake by In Katrina’s Kitchen

A Sandwich and Cocktail and Moment to Remember by Verses From My Kitchen

Love, Life, and Peanut Butter Pie by

For Mikey and Jennifer by Marche Dimanche

In Honor: Creamy Peanut Butter Pie Friday by Confessions of a Recipe Junkie

For Mikey: Jennies Creamy Peanut Butter Pie by Asian in America

Peanut Butter Pie by One Apron

Creamy Peanut Butter Pie by Chocolate & Carrots

A Peanut Butter Pie in Memory of Mikey by eatocracy

A Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey, Jennifer, and John by My Baking Heart

not nearly enough eanut butter pie by Running with Tweezers

Peanut Butter Pie Bites by Dessert For Two

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pie by Food Network

Creamy Dreamy Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey by browniegirl

Creamy Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey by 52 Sweet Treats

pie is love by userealbutter

Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey by Zoe Bakes

a pie for mikey by Healthy Green Kitchen

Baking for Others: Peanut Butter Pie by big girls small kitchen

Creamy Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey by Dula Notes

Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey by Expresse and Cream

My Pie for Mikey by Adryon’s Kitchen

Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Recipe by Kitchen Parade

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  1. 1
    Sandy @ RE says:

    Jenny, this looks awesome. My daughter made a p.b. mousse cake for a dinner party tonight. I loved licking the bowl. 🙂

  2. 2
    Melissa says:

    I have yet to make a PB Pie…but it sounds like today would be a great day to take the three great loves into the kitchen and fumble through one. 🙂 Have a fabulous Friday!

  3. 3

    I only saw a post about Jennie and her ordeal this morning, on brown eyed baker’s blog, and it really got me. Its just such a heart-wrenching story, but certainly makes you grateful for the things you DO have in life right this moment. Im saddened it was too late for me to join in with the pie making today but i fully intend to make it very soon anyway, your version looks lovely and i think the fact you included the list of other blogs involved is wonderful. I plan on checking a lot of them out 🙂 Lovely post even if not for very lovely reasons

  4. 4

    I made a pie for Mikey too and am fervently hoping this outpouring of pie translates to the love behind them and offers Jennie some much needed condolences from those of us who can’t really be there for her. I might especially like yours since I only had graham crackers too!

  5. 5
    Sara says:

    Looks delicious! It’s so touching that all those bloggers have made peanut butter pies in honor of Mikey. It definitely makes you think about cherishing your family, friends and loved ones. Thanks for listing them all.

  6. 6

    nicely said Jenny.
    i made one too.
    it’s just so nice to see and feel all the love & comfort.

  7. 7
    Sara E says:

    life is too short… you never know
    My ex-husband passed away suddenly 3.5 years ago to heart failure. He was 41. A friend’s ex-husband died in a car crash last week. He was in his 30s.

    I found this on Pinterest this morning. It’s so perfect.

  8. 8
    Erin says:

    I love how you linked up everyone else’s PB pies. I need to get mine up soon…

  9. 9
    MikeVFMK says:

    Jenny, I’m so glad you get to share this with your family today. It’s a beautiful day when people get to spend time with their loved ones and share food around the table. By the way, those images are stunning!

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    JulieD says:

    I’m so heartbroken for Jennie but at the same time I’m so inspired and amazed at our food blogger community. Food is love and today is pie is love.

  12. 12
    Lora @cakeduchess says:

    Thank you for linking to my pie, Jenny. Love the sweet photo of your family having fun. I’m so sad for Jennie and my heart aches for her. I love how everyone united today with their posts for Mikey:) xx

  13. 13

    OK I love that shot of your family!

    I met Jennie just weeks ago and she blew me away with her grace and zeal for live. It was contagious.

    This week has been tough, I can’t imagine her doing anything except smiling, yet I know she is in intense pain.

    The food blogging community has done something incredible today. And that is the light in the darkness.

  14. 14
    Jess says:

    Culinary Concoctions made one also:

    This is such a great thing all of you have done. Hugs to everyone.

  15. 15
    Brooke says:

    Made a pie with my daughter for our favorite guy!!! My heart is breaking for the Perillos right now and hopefully this is just a small token to show there are so many people thinking of them:

  16. 16

    I love seeing all of the pies on the blogs today. I hope Jennie is getting some sense of comfort from this and I’m sure she recognizes the huge amount of support out there for her. I’ve met Jenny a couple of times- such a wonderful person. So sad for her. We are making our Peanut Butter pie tomorrow 🙂

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    Hi Jenny, thanks for including me in your blog mentions that featured the Peanut Butter Pie for Jennifer & Mikey. There was so much sadness, and yet there was so much more beauty in what transpired…the food community coming together, the outpouring of friendships, and all those pies baked today. And as for me, I made a new friend today, in you. Thanks, it’s always nice to find a kindred soul in cooking and baking. I love your blog at first site. Will definitely be back for more!

  19. 19
    Amanda says:

    “It’s so easy to get caught up in the craziness of everyday life. When it comes down to it these 3 people are my everything. Today, I am hugging each of them tight and giving thanks for my blessings.”

    Couldnt have said it better. Hugs!

  20. 20
    Marla says:

    Jenny, so awesome of you to make this PB pie to honor Mikey. Amazing how our wonderful community is coming together for Jennie during this very sad time. Every moment matters. xxoo

  21. 21
    MimiDubai says:

    Mmmm! looks amazing. Just read you’re doing a cookbook, Can’t wait to add it to my collection. God bless your family, we love cooking up here too, you put heart and soul in your baking just as my mother does :
    I wish you the best of luck with your cookbook

  22. 22

    I love how beautiful yours came out, the chips were a perfect touch! your photos are just dreamy. I’m so glad you posted the list I can’t believe how its growing. I smiled with each bite.

  23. 23

    Wow your pie looks and sound amazing and very delicious! I didn’t know of Jennifer until bloggers started to post the title, and once I went on her blog I was crying like a baby..You are very kind person to do this!

  24. 24
    Lanna says:

    I made a peanut butter pie for my family this weekend and filled our house and stomachs with love. Many prayers for Jennifer and her girls.

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    nettiradio says:

    Wow, marvelous blog format! How long have you ever been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The whole glance of your website is fantastic, as smartly as the content material!

  27. 27

    I cannot tell you how many times I have made this pie and everytime I have people knocking down my door for the recipe! I made it for Thanksgiving and it was gone within minutes.

    I am such a fan of your recipes and this website and I will continue to cook/bake your fabulous creations!!

    Keep up the great cooking!

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    Lauren says:

    I made this today and it was amazing. Very rich and something everyone loves. Pretty simple to make- I added some vanilla, a little salt, and some graham cracker crumbs in the filling for substance. It was a little crumbly and messy but still tasted great. Next time I might try using mini chocolate chips because larger ones are difficult to eat with the creamy texture of the filling if that makes sense.

  32. 32

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