Dessert

Chocolate+Nutella Peanut Butter Pie

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By now most of you have probably read about Jennie’s story and seen the tremendous outpouring of love and support from the food community through the baking of peanut butter pies in honor of her husband Mikey. Jennie of In Jennie’s Kitchen never had the chance to make her husband’s favorite pie before he unexpectedly and suddenly passed away 2 weeks ago due to a heart attack. When I first heard the news and her story I just cried. My worst fear is losing my husband or my kids and I can only imagine the emotions and heart ache she is experiencing right now. My prayers are continually with her and her kids.

In Jennie’s first blog post after the death of her husband she stated that the one thing she wish she would have been able to do was make him his favorite pie. It had been on her list to do for months and months but she never got around to it and now she never will have the chance again to make it for Mikey. I was reminded of what Jennie said just the other night when my husband, my soul mate, my best friend and the most amazing father I know, turned over to me and said “I love peanut butter desserts.” Can you make me like a peanut butter pie or cake or something?” Usually I would have just said yes and put it on the to do list but in that moment I remembered Jennie’s story and realizing how our life could change in an instant and how much I love him I said “Yes! It’s the first thing I will do when I get up!”

One to keep my promises, I woke up bright and early yesterday morning and made him the most delicious chocolate peanut butter pie with my own little twist of incorporating nutella in the filling. I wasn’t necessarily planning to do a pie. I was more on the cake bandwagon as I went to sleep the night before but as I thought about Jennie and Mikey and how I had never had the chance to make the pie in his honor I decided the  best thing to do was a Peanut Butter Pie!

Note: I am pregnant and chocolate is just one of my many cravings so I couldn’t just do peanut butter- I had to do a chocolate PB pie or the world would have fallen apart!

Look at this crust! A wonderful combo of oreos and graham crackers!

I realize this pie is not going to make up for any lost time with my husband or weaken the blow of something unexpectedly happening to one of us but I hope it brings him joy and makes him realize that he is my life, my strength and my rock. That I fall in love with him more and more each day and I hope by making him this pie it just shows in one more way how much I appreciate him and how blessed I am to have him in my life.

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Chocolate+Nutella Peanut Butter Pie

For the crust:

5 oreos (I used doubled stuffed)

10-12 graham crackers

6 TBSP butter, melted

For the Filling:

3/4 cup of chunky peanut butter

1/4 cup nutella

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 cup fresh whipping cream

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup powdered sugar

8 ounces of cream cheese, room temp

Directions:

Pulse the cookies in a food processor until crumbs, should make approx 2 cups. Mix with the melted butter and spread into a 9 inch pie pan. Bake at 350 for 7-9 minutes. Set aside in the refrigerator to cool.

Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter and nutella until well blended. Add in the vanilla, powdered sugar, salt and cocoa powder. With a spatula fold in the fresh whipped cream just until blended. Pour into the cooled pie crust and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Garnish with drizzle of chocolate, caramel or toasted almonds.

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63 Comments

  1. Erica

    Such a tragedy… But i love the pie as a celebration of his life! The filling sounds fantastic- nutella-yum. And i would eat a graham cracker crust by itself

    31 . Aug . 2011
  2. Laural @ Being Healthier

    heavenly.

    i had read about what happened. love that you made it, even this week.

    31 . Aug . 2011
  3. nancy at good food matters

    Like you, I want chocolate with my peanut butter. Love the combo in your crust—terrific idea. a hard lesson for all of us is to savor each moment, express love and gratitude; so sorry for Jennie’s loss.

    31 . Aug . 2011
  4. Shawn

    You completely rocked that pie!

    Although unbelievably sad, I love that Jennie/Mikey’s story has touched so many. It’s just one of those reminders to completely cherish those that we love, and to keep lifting those who are hurting in prayer.

    31 . Aug . 2011
  5. Torrie @ a place to share...

    That is such a sad story. When I heard it a couple of weeks ago, it touched such a deep nerve, because that is also my greatest fear.

    Your pie looks incredible, and your words were so very sweet and thoughtful :).

    31 . Aug . 2011
  6. Candace

    I’m so glad that the makeup has not gone on this morning because you have me in tears. Jennie and Mikey’s story has touched my heart over and over again and now you have touched my heart with the love you have shared this morning for your husband. So blessed. Your pie looks amazing, Jessica. I think the addition of Nutella in the filling and placed on top of that gorgeous crust would be phenomenal. Yum!

    31 . Aug . 2011
  7. yummychunklet

    Oh, my. This pie…I just clipped a bunch of coupons for Nutella as well!

    31 . Aug . 2011
  8. Amelia

    wow, wondeful combo. Your pie looks good.

    31 . Aug . 2011
  9. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    This looks delicious–chocolate, peanut butter, and nutella are probably my three favorite things in the food world. I’m sure your husband appreciated this pie, and your tribute to Jennie and her husband here is lovely. 🙂

    31 . Aug . 2011
  10. Jihane @Sinful Sundays

    Fantastic looking pie! I love that your hubby asked for it and you immediately made it for him. <3

    31 . Aug . 2011
  11. Eva

    Who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter? I have sometimes made yogurt cheese and used it instead of cream cheese to help with the fat content (strain your fat free, plain yogurt overnight through a coffee filter — it yields a really thick, tangy yogurt). Looks delicious.

    31 . Aug . 2011
  12. lindsay

    so awful what happened to her husband. we are never promised tomorrow, so live life to the fullest today!

    31 . Aug . 2011
  13. Kelli

    This is so touching I this post is wonderful and I hate to hear about Jennie’s husband. Like so many we fear the loss of our beloved and children. Like you said we often put things off but you made a really great point. I was wondering what to take to a friends house warming/football game watching that said no food needed…well you know I cant go empty handed that is just so uncool and not me. So this will be perfect!!!

    31 . Aug . 2011
  14. Helene

    I love how everyone came out with nice desserts for Jennie. This version is so yummy. I can put Nutella in anything.

    31 . Aug . 2011
  15. Val

    This pie Is saying make me Valerie….I truly live to eat nutella!!

    31 . Aug . 2011
  16. Greg

    The whole thing is to die for. But I’m really digging that crust.

    31 . Aug . 2011
  17. The Slow Roasted Italian

    The pie sounds delicious and your writing touched me! I love to read about love that deep. It nice to know that you have that in your life too. I am so grateful for my family and so blessed to love and be loved that much!

    31 . Aug . 2011
  18. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray

    Oh my goodness this looks amazing! Beautifully written post. I have yet to make my peanut butter pie for Mikey. Really need to get on that.

    31 . Aug . 2011
  19. Elina (Russian Bites)

    It really is such a heart breaking story!!
    The pie looks incredilbe. Just pinned the recipe 🙂

    31 . Aug . 2011
  20. Reem | Simply Reem

    It is so true Jessica how time can change our life in just a blink of an eye….
    My prayers are with Jennie and her kids, as a wife and mother I can feel how hard it must be for her at this moment…. May god give her strength and peace…

    Your Pie looks delicious, lovely combination of flavors…. Great job girl…

    31 . Aug . 2011
  21. sportsglutton

    You tell me that something has Nutella in it and I’m basically there. But then you go and put oreos in the crust. I’m making this and that is all there is to it. 🙂

    31 . Aug . 2011
  22. Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers

    That looks wonderful! I just had lunch, but already I’m hungry again!

    31 . Aug . 2011
  23. Three-Cookies

    This looks absolutely divine, the crust on its own would be super delicious, that filling takes it to a whole new level

    31 . Aug . 2011
  24. Jody Brettkelly

    Oh my gosh – too good!

    31 . Aug . 2011
  25. Marina @ Yummy Mummy

    Oh my, you have used all my favorite ingredients in one pie! I don’t dare make this or I will eat the entire thing myself 🙂

    31 . Aug . 2011
  26. birdie to be

    These look ridiculously good!

    31 . Aug . 2011
  27. Caroline

    My Nutella-loving brother would LOVE this pie! The crust is the best…never seen the combo of Oreo and graham cracker.

    31 . Aug . 2011
  28. Rachel @ the Avid Appetite

    What a beautiful tribute to Jennie and her family, as well as your husband! She has suffered a tragedy that I cannot even fathom. My husband is my life and I can only hope that someday I go before he does because I don’t know how I’d survive otherwise.

    31 . Aug . 2011
  29. Karen Xavier

    Gosh, this looks absolutely fabulous… wish I could have a slice. Anyway, only way to taste it is to make it soon. This was a touching tribute…

    31 . Aug . 2011
  30. Nicole-Lynn

    Yummm! Looks great girlie!

    31 . Aug . 2011
  31. Shellie

    Bellecious, dear daughter, I’ve just whipped this up for your dad tonight. Looks yummy! Having a reallllyyyyy hard time staying out of it!

    31 . Aug . 2011
  32. My Inner Chick

    Bellecious,
    what a story. I love how the community of bloggers have supported Jennie. Lovely.
    I shall make this FOR SURE. So Delish Looking. Your hubs must have loved it. x

    31 . Aug . 2011
  33. Alli

    You are a rock star wife! Are you kidding me with that crust????

    31 . Aug . 2011
  34. daphne

    indeed jessica! That’s such an awesome gift- the gift of marriage has to be cherish! I am guilty as well for taking my hubby for granted and i think it is always a good reminder to keep our close one close..and for the things that does not matter.,..it does not matter. life is too precious to be angry or upset. Love this pie and what it means to you! Hope your pregnancy is going smoothly!

    31 . Aug . 2011
  35. vianney/sweet life

    great tribute!! the bloggin community has been wonderful!!

    31 . Aug . 2011
  36. lena

    your pie looks terrific!! reading this post reminds me a lot of things..i guess we just got to appreciate every moment , all that we have now with our friends and loved ones!! Have a loving day!!

    31 . Aug . 2011
  37. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    Gorgeous pie- chocolate and peanut butter are just a perfect combination. 🙂

    31 . Aug . 2011
  38. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    Nutella and peanut butter- two of my favorite foods! You are a genius!!

    31 . Aug . 2011
  39. Sheila Johnson

    Oh my forget the pie DID YOU SAY you are pregnnant??? How did I miss this? Congratulations! That is so very exciting! Awe can i do an online baby shower for you? When are you do???

    31 . Aug . 2011
  40. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Jessica, you are so sweet to make this pie for Jeannie. It’s such a tragedy and since I heard of the news I often think how I take granted for just simple happiness such as family eating dinner together etc. Your pie definitely looks delicious and I’m envious you have a great reason to eat the biggest piece of this pie… 😉

    31 . Aug . 2011
  41. Rachel

    What better reason to cook or bake than to bring our loved ones joy? The story beind the inspiration is heartbreaking but such a good reminder that we are not promised tomorrow.

    Thank you for posting this!

    01 . Sep . 2011
  42. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    Beautiful pie! I think we’ve all been so touched by Jen’s story… heartbreaking.

    01 . Sep . 2011
  43. Allison @ Alli n Son

    This of course sounds amazing. As you know I had to add chocolate to my peanut butter pie, because HELLO it’s chocolate. Beautiful pie for a wonderful husband.

    01 . Sep . 2011
  44. Anna and Liz Recipes

    OH we love anything with Nutella, great recipe! I didn’t know Jennie but I went to her site and started to cry, its just heartbreaking.

    01 . Sep . 2011
  45. Blond Duck

    A beautiful pie for a beautiful story!

    01 . Sep . 2011
  46. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    FANTASTIC!
    Have a happy afternoon.
    🙂 Mandy

    01 . Sep . 2011
  47. Linda

    I love that you wake up with creative, inspiring ideas! I do that too! Whenever I’m not sure about something, I will wake up the next day knowing exactly what to do!! And this is amazingly perfect! I love that it doesn’t have to be baked; it will be easy to pull together for this weekend!!

    01 . Sep . 2011
  48. Roz

    Oh Jessica, I read each and every word of your post and can only imagine what a beautiful soul you are! The story of Jennie’s husband is indeed a true reminder to all of us how precious life is, most especially with those we love the most in our lives. As it says in the Bible, “one never knows the moment”. How serindipitous that you thought of Jennie’s loss just when your sweetie asked you to make the pie!

    And oh what a pie that is, girl! Love the nutella and the crust is a knockout!

    Hugs to a great lady with a lucky guy! Roz

    01 . Sep . 2011
  49. Liz @ Southern Charm

    Very touching post. Beautiful.

    And great recipe. It looks amazing, and I’m sure it tastes just as good! Must give it a try 🙂

    01 . Sep . 2011
  50. Scientific Housewife

    What a sad story, but great looking recipe. I need to make this for my husband.

    01 . Sep . 2011
  51. rosita vargas

    I like nutela, looks absolutely beautiful and well prepared, delicious, hugs.

    01 . Sep . 2011
  52. Kristy

    This was such a touching post Jessica! I too am keeping Jennie in my thoughts. Her story is just heartbreaking – and I’m with you – easily my biggest fear. I can’t even imagine what I would do and the thought of anything happen just terrifies me. I love what you did with this pie and love why you made it!

    01 . Sep . 2011
  53. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    I sat down and cried when I read Jennie’s tweets and post too. It really brings home what matters most. Your version of peanut butter pie sounds wonderful.

    01 . Sep . 2011
  54. Veronica's Kitchen

    When I hear sad story likes this, my heart always sink and I need to hold on tight to my family thinking how lucky we are. What we need to do is to have a happy time together, build up good memories and just to love each other more. It’s only the spirit that live forever! I’ve not have a peanut butter pie before and I should make one, too!

    01 . Sep . 2011
  55. chef_d

    I read about Jennie’s husband from other blogs and I also read her post, it made me very sad…but the outpouring of support from the blogging community is very inspiring.
    Love your peanut butter pie, and the crust looks delicious!

    01 . Sep . 2011
  56. Christina @ This Woman Cooks!

    This is heavenly. I love that you added Nutella. Very touching of you to do this.

    02 . Sep . 2011
  57. Melynda@MomsSundayCafe

    really liked this post, life does change in a blink, good advice for everyone! Can’t wait to make this.

    02 . Sep . 2011
  58. whitney

    you. are. killing. me.

    02 . Sep . 2011
  59. whitney

    oh, and you’re pregnant?!!? how did i miss this? congratulations!! (ps. such a sad story but amazing reason to make this devilishly good-looking pie. thank you for sharing.)

    02 . Sep . 2011
  60. Something Swanky

    Recipes like these make me so grateful that I don’t have peanut allergies!!!! Can you imagine not being able to eat this??? It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I’ve found myself frequently thinking about Jennie and Mikey too. Anytime I see my husband dancing with my daughter, I just stop and watch and soak it in, remembering that video she posted. I’m glad you made your husband this pie!

    I’d love for you to link up to my Sweet Treats Party & Giveaway this weekend! Hope to see you there 🙂

    Ashton
    http://www.somethingswanky.com
    Sweet Treats Thursday {thu-sun)

    PS- I’m your newest follower and would love a follow back when you get a sec to swing by my blog 🙂

    02 . Sep . 2011
  61. Ruth

    It looks wonderful

    04 . Sep . 2011
  62. Chinadoll

    I am sorry to hear about the story 🙂 My thoughts and prayers goes out to Jenny.

    The pictures are making me super hungry right now! It looks heavenly delicious…I might even forget my name if I ever get to taste this! hahaha

    ♥hugs dear♥

    05 . Sep . 2011
  63. Nicole-Lyn

    I’m not sure if I commented already, but wholy moley! This recipe looks amazing! I must try it out sometime soon! 🙂

    07 . Sep . 2011

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