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No Bake Frozen Peanut Butter Pie with Hot Fudge

Serves 8-12     adjust servings

The peanut butter pie to end all peanut butter pies! It's frozen but still smooth and creamy, has a Nutter Butter crust (!!) and a thick layer of fudge at the bottom. Oh my! Did I mention it's a no bake?? 

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 23 Nutter Butter cookies*
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 cup hot fudge, or more to taste

For the filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 8 ounces cool whip
  • extra hot fudge, to garnish
  • melted peanut butter, to drizzle
  • mini chocolate chips, to garnish

Instructions

For the Crust:

  1. Prepare the crust. If baking your crust, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. (Now is also a good time to get out your cream cheese to soften)
  2. Add Nutter Butters to a food processor and blend until they are fine crumbs. (If you don't have a food processor, add them to a ziplock and crush with the edge of a rolling pin.)
  3. Melt the butter in a small bowl. Pour the butter into the food processor and blend well. (Mix together crumbs and butter in a bowl of you don't have a food processor.) 
  4. Dump the mixture into a 9 inch pie pan or springform pan. No need to grease the pan. 
  5. Use the bottom of a glass or the bottom of a measuring cup to press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. 
  6. At this point you can either refrigerate/freeze the crust for 1 hour (do this if you don't have air conditioning!) or you can bake the crust for 10 minutes at 350. Refrigerating results in a more crumbly crust, baking will get a sturdier crust that is a little more crunchy. But both methods work great. 
  7. Cool the crust completely if you baked it. I put it in the freezer for a bit. 

For the filling:

  1. Put your jar of hot fudge in the microwave for 30 seconds or so, until it is easy to spread. Spread about 1/2 cup fudge on the bottom of the crust. You can add as much as you like. I think my brother adds a whole jar (!!)
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the softened cream cheese until it is smooth, making sure to scrape sides and bottom. Add the powdered sugar and peanut butter and beat until incorporated. 
  3. Mix in milk and vanilla.
  4. Add half of the cool whip and fold it into the mixture. When it is mostly incorporated, fold in the remaining cool whip. 
  5. Spread the peanut butter filling on top of the hot fudge.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap** and freeze for 2-3 hours, until firm. You can also refrigerate until firm if you aren't into frozen pies.
  7. Heat up any remaining hot fudge. Add a little peanut butter to a bowl and melt it in the microwave. Use a spoon to drizzle peanut butter and fudge over the whole pie, or each slice as you serve it.
  8. Garnish with extra Nutter Butters, if you haven't already eaten them all! 

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