Peanut Butter Cup Pie

Giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Pie 🥧🍫🥜

Dive into this decadent Giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Pie, where rich chocolate ganache meets a chunky peanut butter filling. A perfect dessert for peanut butter lovers and chocolate aficionados alike!


Chocolate Ganache:

  • 2½ cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1½ tablespoons vegetable oil

Chunky Peanut Butter Filling:

  • 1⅓ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1¼ cups crunchy peanut butter
  • ½ cup salted sweet cream butter, softened


  1. Prep the Tart Pan:
    • Line a 9-inch fluted tart pan with parchment paper and lightly coat with nonstick spray.
  2. Make the Ganache:
    • Combine chocolate chips and vegetable oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 45-55 seconds, then stir until smooth.
    • Spread half of the ganache evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the prepared tart pan. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.
  3. Prepare the Peanut Butter Filling:
    • In a large bowl, combine the powdered sugar, graham cracker crumbs, crunchy peanut butter, and softened butter. Mix until well combined and smooth.
  4. Assemble the Pie:
    • Once the ganache layer is firm, press the peanut butter mixture evenly over the chocolate layer in the tart pan.
    • Pour the remaining ganache over the peanut butter layer, spreading it evenly to cover the top completely.
  5. Chill:
    • Refrigerate the pie for at least 2 hours, or until fully set.
  6. Serve:
    • Remove the pie from the tart pan and transfer to a serving plate. Slice and serve chilled. Enjoy your Giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Pie!

Secrets to Achieve the Perfect Giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Pie:

  1. Quality Ingredients: Use high-quality chocolate chips and peanut butter for the best flavor.
  2. Smooth Ganache: Stir the ganache until completely smooth for a glossy, even finish.
  3. Consistent Crumbs: Ensure the graham cracker crumbs are finely ground for a smooth filling.
  4. Balanced Sweetness: Adjust the powdered sugar to taste if you prefer a less sweet filling.
  5. Room Temperature Butter: Use softened butter to easily mix the filling ingredients.
  6. Even Layers: Press the peanut butter filling evenly for a uniform layer.
  7. Firm Ganache: Allow the first ganache layer to fully firm up in the fridge before adding the peanut butter filling.
  8. Sturdy Tart Pan: Use a sturdy tart pan to support the pie’s weight.
  9. Parchment Paper: Line the tart pan with parchment paper for easy removal.
  10. Cooling Time: Chill the pie thoroughly before serving to allow the layers to set.
  11. Microwave Caution: Heat the chocolate chips in short bursts to avoid burning.
  12. Ganache Smoothness: Use a spatula to spread the ganache smoothly.
  13. Firm Press: Firmly press the peanut butter mixture into the tart pan to avoid gaps.
  14. Even Coverage: Spread the final ganache layer evenly to cover the peanut butter completely.
  15. Chill Time: Refrigerate longer if necessary to ensure the pie is fully set.
  16. Serving Temperature: Serve chilled or slightly cool for the best texture.
  17. Clean Slices: Use a sharp knife for clean slices, wiping between cuts if needed.
  18. Storage: Store leftovers in the refrigerator to keep the pie fresh.
  19. Decoration: Optionally, decorate the top with crushed peanuts or chocolate shavings for added texture.
  20. Enjoyment: Allow the pie to come to room temperature for a few minutes before serving for the best flavor.

20 Most Popular Questions and Their Answers:

  1. Can I use dark chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate chips?
    • Yes, dark chocolate can be used for a richer flavor.
  2. Can I use smooth peanut butter instead of crunchy?
    • Yes, smooth peanut butter will work but the texture will be slightly different.
  3. How long can I store the pie?
    • The pie can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  4. Can I freeze the pie?
    • Yes, you can freeze the pie. Thaw it in the refrigerator before serving.
  5. What can I use instead of graham cracker crumbs?
    • Crushed digestive biscuits or vanilla wafer cookies are good substitutes.
  6. Can I make this pie without a tart pan?
    • Yes, you can use a regular pie dish, but a tart pan makes it easier to remove.
  7. Is vegetable oil necessary for the ganache?
    • The oil helps to smooth the ganache, but you can use coconut oil as an alternative.
  8. Can I add toppings to the pie?
    • Yes, toppings like crushed peanuts, chocolate chips, or whipped cream can be added.
  9. What if my ganache is too thick?
    • If too thick, gently reheat and add a small amount of cream or milk to loosen it.
  10. Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted?
    • Yes, but adjust the salt in the recipe accordingly to taste.
  11. What if my ganache is too runny?
    • Allow it to cool slightly before spreading, or add more chocolate chips.
  12. How can I make the pie less sweet?
    • Reduce the amount of powdered sugar in the peanut butter filling.
  13. Can I use homemade peanut butter?
    • Yes, but ensure it’s not too oily or runny for the filling to set properly.
  14. What if my pie doesn’t set?
    • Ensure proper chilling time and that the ganache layers are firm before serving.
  15. Can I use a different type of chocolate?
    • Yes, white or semi-sweet chocolate can be used for variation.
  16. Can I add flavors to the ganache?
    • Yes, you can add a teaspoon of vanilla or a splash of liqueur for extra flavor.
  17. Do I need to refrigerate the pie after each layer?
    • Chilling each layer helps it set better, but it’s not strictly necessary.
  18. How can I make the pie vegan?
    • Use dairy-free chocolate chips, vegan butter, and a dairy-free cream substitute.
  19. Can I use a pre-made crust?
    • Yes, a store-bought crust can save time, but homemade offers better flavor.
  20. How do I prevent the ganache from cracking?
    • Ensure even cooling and avoid rapid temperature changes when setting the ganache.

Enjoy creating and indulging in this delightful Giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Pie!