A smooth peanut butter mixture on a baked chocolate cookie and cinnamon crust is a delicious treat any time of the year. Served with peanut butter cups, whipped cream, chocolate, and caramel syrup topping, this is a delicious but simple dessert. Join Michael and Allrecipe's cook, Kelly, as this week, she shows him how she makes her decadent delight!
Growing up on a farm in Iowa, Kelly made the big move to the city and now whips up decadent desserts from her San Diego, California kitchen. An Allrecipes' fan-atic since 2008, Kelly is an avid baker and blogger, both on Allrecipes.com and her personal blog.
Kelly, in her own words, is a traditional homemaker and loves being a wife to a great husband and a mother to a sweet daughter. She also has a precious cat that follows her around all day. She loves taking care of her home and family as well as making treats and delivering cakes to her neighbors. They know, especially the kids, that there is always something sweet on her counter and if not already made, she has a supply of cookies in the freezer ready to pop into the oven for fresh baked cookies. She even secretly calls herself the "Cookie Whisperer". Ok, it's not a secret any longer!
It is only appropriate that Kelly is making a dessert with Peanut Butter as this is how she described herself if she had to pick a food group.
"My life would be a romantic comedy. I am thinking Amy Adams or Racheal McAdams could play me. I grew up on a farm, left for the military and did one enlistment, married my husband and I have been a homemaker-wife-mom since. I found Allrecipes.com a few years ago when looking up Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes. Last year I began a blog and then a YouTube Channel on a whim. I sometimes think of getting a great dessert cookbook and spending a year working my way through it kind of like the movie Julie and Julia."
Well, she's well on her way if this week's recipe is an example!
Q: Is there a low-fat substitution?
A: For a low fat peanut butter cookie pie, choose low fat peanut butter, plus low fat whipped cream. The directions are exactly the same.
Q: How long should it chill before serving?
A: Kelly recommends 4-8 hours. Some schools of thought recommend 24 hours. If it's not chilled properly, it will not cut properly.
Q: How do I prevent the crust from becoming part of the filling when I add it?
A: As Kelly demonstrates, adding it scoop by scoop makes it easier to spread without crippling your crust.
Q: What is the best way to slice and serve a freezer pie?
A: Dip your knife under running warm water, slice, and keep a kitchen towel handy to clean the knife between pieces.
"I don't think a really good pie can be made without a dozen or so children peeking over your shoulder as you stoop to look in at it every little while." ~ John Gould
"What is a roofless cathedral compared to a well-built pie." ~ William Maginn
Ben Franklin once said, "Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." I'm strongly in the camp that if our bespectacled Founding Father had sampled just one bite of any of Kelly's pies, he would have worded this a bit differently. Desserts of any form bring a smile to almost anyone's face and most of all reminds us of home, of times spent with family, over a sweet delight fresh from the oven or the freezer.
Enter Allrecipes' cook, Kelly. From the second I entered her kitchen, it was easily recognizable as her domain. She was in charge here and her love of baking was perhaps only overtaken by her love of the color turquoise! Move over cupcakes and cakes. Pies are back!
Like a prize fighter knows his way around the ring, Kelly quickly made it obvious that she was comfortable here. Moving with a fluid ease, she soon had me creating the crust for her Peanut Butter Cookie Pie. Everything happened quickly with all the parts coming together with ease. It seemed we had just started and suddenly, the smooth and silky dessert was headed to the refrigerator to chill. Luckily I didn't have to chill out as Kelly had a couple of personal-sized versions ready for tasting! Nom Nom!
We ended the episode with Kelly's daughter showing me her skills in the art of ice cream decoration. It was obvious she had inherited a bit of her mother's love of desserts and she was in charge as she walked me through the steps! Thank you, both! It was a delicious and decadent trip!