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Peanut Pie with Cracker Crust

Dreamy fluffy cool and peanuty and something like a PayDay candy bar in pie form! This Peanut Pie with Cracker Crust is the perfect recipe for family and friend gatherings!

Top down look at the ritz cracker crust of this peanut pie with serving pieces in background

Peanut Pie

Why This Recipe Works.

  • Easy
  • Fast
  • Uses ingredients you are likely to have right now.
  • You can’t beat the combination of salty crackers, rich peanuts and bittersweet chocolate.
  • Besides, peanut pie with cracker crust is BEAUTIFUL! Just LOOK at it!

I know, I know. You always have some questions so let’s answer a few….

Here’s How It’s Done

STEP 1. 

Crush the crackers very finely and add the sugar and eggs.

The ingredients for Peanut Pie

Peanut Pie

STEP 2. 

You’ll make whipped cream OR use cool whip.

A bowl of whipped cream and another bowl of crushed crackers and peanuts

Ritz Cracker Crust

STEP 3. 

This is what the beaten egg whites should look like when beaten stiff and the other ingredients added. 

The stiff peaks of egg white after being beaten

Peanut Pie

STEP 4. 

When it’s all mixed together, it looks like this and while cooking, it will make it’s own crust! IMAGINE THAT! 

The center of the pie all mixed together

Ritz cracker crust

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

WHAT IS A PEANUT PIE?

Peanut Pie is a favorite old fashioned pie from the south.

Difficult to make? Nope!

This Peanut Pie looks different than the one I’ve tasted before?

There seem to be two types of Peanut Pie!

  1.  A fluffy cloud creation like this recipe.
  2. Something that is more of a pecan pie, Old Fashioned Chess Pie type deal like my

CAN YOU MAKE PEANUT PIE AHEAD?

Yes, you can.

Do not make more than 1 day ahead and if you choose to use freshly whipped cream for the topping, then make that just before you serve the pie.

If you are using cool whip instead, then it is fine to do that the day before.

That said, if you are going to cover it with plastic wrap that may touch the cool whip, then it would be good to add that just before serving.

I think I told you way on back with MawMaws Banana Pudding, you don’t want to do any type of whipped topping too far in advance.

HOW LONG IS PEANUT PIE GOOD FOR?

Peanut pie is good for about 5 days if you keep it in the fridge.  

After about day 2, you will see that the peanut pie starts to “weep” a little.  

It’s crying because it knows it won’t last much longer.

HOW TO MAKE PEANUT PIE CRACKER CRUST?  

You might be wondering about a graham cracker crust.

Those Ritz crackers are what are the best!

So, give it a try for this peanut pie!

Are you wondering where the crust is since you mix it all in together?

It is like magic! It just works itself out in the oven! You’ll see!

WHAT DOES PEANUT PIE TASTE LIKE?

At my house, we think this peanut pie tastes like a payday candy bar with fluffy whipped cream on top!

Like a wonderful pecan pie only with peanuts and cool whip and…. ok, not at all like a pecan pie.

What Can I Serve With Peanut Pie?

Ice cream, for one! Serve it with a lighter dinner! I especially recommend something like this Chipotle Chicken Salad – its yum! Perhaps this Jerk Chicken!

side view of a slice of pie on a white plate with chocolate shavings on top

peanut pie

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR PEANUT PIE

  • It is important to use fresh new nuts or they won’t rise to the top like they should.
  • Dry Roasted Lower Salt Peanuts work Best
  • Crush the crackers VERY well for the cracker crust. Make them like powder for a ritz cracker crust.
  • It is important to use the Ritz type crackers and not some other type of cracker.
  • 20 Ritz crackers is just about one sleeve of crackers for the ritz cracker crust
  • You can use either fresh whipped cream OR cool whip. It is up to you. The whipped cream tastes better though.
  • You are going to wonder how this makes a crust since the crackers mixed in with the pie filling, but trust me, it will work itself out in the oven.
  • Don’t place the whipped cream onto the pie  until ready to serve.
  • If you don’t have bittersweet chocolate, dark chocolate is fine to use.

IF YOU ENJOYED THIS RECIPE FOR PEANUT PIE, YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY…

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A view from above of Cracker Crust Peanut Pie

Cracker Crust Peanut Pie

An easy (and magic) peanut pie that tastes like a PayDay candy bar
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut pie, cracker crust
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 350kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

For the pie

  • 20 Ritz Crackers crushed fine
  • 1/2 cup of granulated white sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped peanuts Dry Roasted with lower salt works best
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 Cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract

For the whipped cream

  • 2 Tbs granulated white sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup heavy whipping cream

For the Chocolate Gratings

  • ½ ounce Bittersweet Chocolate

Instructions

TO MAKE THE PIE

  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • Crush the crackers and add the sugar and peanuts in a medium sized bowl.  Give it a good mix and then set aside.
  • In another medium sized bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff and forming peaks.  (use a hand mixer or stand mixer if you wish, but a whisk works fine and gives your arms something to do!).
  • Add the cream of tartar and white sugar to the stiff egg whites and ever so gently fold in with a spatula.
  • Fold the cracker mixture gently into the egg  mix and pour into a 9” pie pan.
  • Bake in the center of the oven on the center rack for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. (put in the fridge and allow to become cold!).  Refrigerate for 3-4 hours before serving.
  • When ready to serve, top with whipped cream (or cool whip, see notes) placed in the center 2/3 of the pie allowing the edge of the crust to be seen at the edges of the pie plate.
  • Garnish with bittersweet chocolate gratings.

TO MAKE THE WHIPPED CREAM TOPPING

  • ***It is ok to use cool whip if that is what you want to do***
  • Place a medium sized metal bowl and a metal whisk into the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • When the bowl and whisk are cold, put the sugar, vanilla and cream into the bowl and whip vigorously until stiff peaks form. This takes a few minutes so don’t give up.  How long will depend greatly upon how cold the cream, bowl and whisk are.
  • Gently scoop the whipped cream out onto the pie putting into the center ⅔ of the pie allowing the edges to be seen.

TO MAKE THE BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE GRATINGS

  • Use a vegetable peeler to scrape along the thin edge of the chocolate bar to make tiny shavings.
  • Sprinkle the chocolate shavings onto the whipped cream.

Notes

  • It is important to use fresh new nuts or they won’t rise to the top like they should.
  • Crush the crackers VERY well.  Make them like powder.
  • It is important to use the Ritz type crackers and not some other type of cracker.
  • 20 Ritz crackers is just about one sleeve of crackers
  • You can use either fresh whipped cream OR cool whip.  It is up to you. The whipped cream tastes better though.
  • You are going to wonder how this makes a crust since the crackers mixed in with the pie filling, but trust me, it will work itself out in the oven.
  • Don’t place the whipped cream onto the pie  until ready to serve.
  • If you don’t have bittersweet chocolate, dark chocolate is fine to use.
PRO TIP: To make the shavings more of a curl, warm the chocolate slightly by holding in your cupped hands to soften.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cracker Crust Peanut Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 350 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 192mg8%
Potassium 168mg5%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 437IU9%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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***This post was originally posted on October 11, 2018 and has been updated with “Why this Recipe Works”, “Here’s How You Do it”, Step by step photos, Frequently asked questions, nutrition information, video, updated recipe notes and explanations***

A VERSE TO SHARE

You’ve heard those annoying people say, “Don’t let that steal your joy”. Every time I hear that, I think, “How pollyanna can you be?”

In fact, it is usually so serious that now, I want to smack the person telling me to avoid joy theft! It’s a good thing that I am kind of slow moving most days.

All joking aside, sometimes I feel like a LION consumed with RAGE when I’ve been smirked at or talked about or…. Well, you can fill in the blank. You probably know what I’m talking about.

I am NOT saying that this is the way to be.

I am simply saying it is a truth.

Anyway, as I dug around in my Bible this week, what do you think I ran across? Of course, I ran across this in 1 Peter. God sure has a sense of humor.

When you kick the Lion out, joy takes its place. Amen.

1 Peter 5: 6-9

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

 

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Recipe Rating




Ashley

Monday 29th of July 2019

What type of peanuts do you use in this recipe? Raw, dry roasted, salted?

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 30th of July 2019

Hi! I use the roasted peanuts and they work very well. Thanks for asking, I'll revise the recipe.

Moxie

Friday 26th of October 2018

Oh man! Just the best!

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