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Playing How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie | Ryan Scott

Chef Ryan Scott, bestselling cookbook author and two-time Emmy winner, shares his unbelievably good pie with chocolate pudding AND salted peanut butter fillings topped with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and honey roasted peanuts.  

To save time, he suggests making the fillings while the pie crust is in the oven and chilling the baked shell in the freezer for ten minutes before adding the chocolate pudding. Be sure to thoroughly chill the pudding layer (at least to room temp) before adding the fluffy peanut butter layer, though.   

Meanwhile, you might be surprised to see that the pie dough has vinegar in it! According to Ryan, the acid from the vinegar inhibits gluten formation, leading to a more tender and flaky crust with less resting time (hence the "on the fly" moniker). You can make the dough by hand or with a mixer instead of a food processor; just be sure to get the butter pieces really small so the fat is evenly distributed, adding to the overall tenderness of the dough. And do not skip the pie weights/beans when baking the pie shell. The dough has so much butter in it, if you don't weight it, it will melt and slide down the sides of the pie dish, then puff up in the middle, making it impossible to fill.  

If you make a double batch of the dough, you can save the extra dough disk in the freezer, well wrapped, for up to six months. Since it only has a little sugar, it works great for savory pot pies, too (hello, rotisserie chicken pot pie in 30 minutes!).   


"On the Fly" Pie Dough:
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) very cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ½ tablespoon white vinegar
  • ¼ cup ice water, plus more as needed
For the Chocolate Pudding Filling:
  • 5 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate (60% cacao is my fave)
For the Salted Peanut Butter Filling:
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • One 8-ounce block cream cheese
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Whipped Cream:
  • 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
For Garnish (and snacking):
  • Half of a 4-ounce dark chocolate bar
  • ¼ cup honey roasted peanuts


Serves: Makes one 9-inch pie


For the pie crust, in a food processor, pulse the flour, salt and sugar until combined. Add the butter and pulse until it is pea-size, 5 to 8 pulses. Add the egg yolk and vinegar and pulse to combine, 3 to 4 pulses. Add the ice water in 2 stages, pulsing 3 to 4 times after each addition. Test the dough by squeezing a small handful. If it easily holds together, it is properly hydrated. If not, add more ice water, ½ tablespoon at a time, until the dough holds together. 

Place the dough (it will be a little crumbly) onto a sheet of plastic wrap. Pull the edges of the plastic wrap inward, pressing the dough onto itself to form a disk. Wrap the dough with the plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to release any air pockets and to finish shaping it into a compact disk, then put it in the refrigerator to rest for 10 minutes (or up to an hour). 

Remove the refrigerated disk of pie dough from the plastic wrap. Roll out the dough on a well-floured surface into a 12-inch circle. Carefully transfer the dough to a 9-inch pie dish. Using kitchen shears, trim the excess dough leaving a ½-inch overhang around the border. Tuck under the remaining overhanging dough at the edges and gently press to seal the dough to the lip of the pie dish. Crimp the edges of the pie crust with your fingers or the tines of a large fork.  

Using a fork, prick the bottom of the dough all over. Line the pie crust with parchment or wax paper and fill it with pie weights, dried beans or uncooked rice. Bake until the crust is just short of golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Carefully remove the parchment and pie weights and cook until the bottom of the pie crust is golden brown, about 5 more minutes. Cool completely. 

For the chocolate pudding filling, in a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, cocoa powder and brown sugar until well combined.   

In a small saucepan, combine the milk, vanilla extract and salt and cook over medium-high until the mixture begins to simmer. Slowly pour half of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly, then scrape the warm egg mixture back into the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Don't be worried if the mixture looks slightly grainy or curdled.  

Pour the hot custard into the bowl of a food processor. Add the chocolate and process it, scraping down the sides as necessary, until the chocolate is melted and the custard is smooth and velvety. Pour the filling into the pie shell and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight. 

For the salted peanut butter filling, in a large bowl, beat the peanut butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, salt and cream with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy and smooth. Scoop the filling onto the cooled chocolate pudding and smooth it out with the back of a spoon. 

To finish the pie, make the whipped cream. In a large bowl, whisk the cream, powdered sugar and vanilla until medium/stiff peaks form. Don't overwhip it! You don't want your whipped cream to be chunky. If you do overwhip it, you can save it by adding a drizzle of liquid cream and gently folding it in. 

Dollop the whipped cream over the peanut butter filling. Using a spoon or spatula, create decorative swirls, leaving a ½-inch border for the fillings to peek out. 

To garnish, use a vegetable peeler on the dark chocolate bar to create chocolate shavings directly over the top of the whipped cream, and finish with a generous sprinkling of honey roasted peanuts. 

You can cut and serve this pie right away, but it will cut cleaner if you let it chill in the fridge for a couple hours. It will last, covered and refrigerated, for 4 to 5 days (if you don't eat it all before then).