Saturday, March 31, 2012

Individual Peanut Butter Pies

I both hate and love this recipe.  It was easy and delicious... but sooo bad for you.  I think the serving size is a little on the large side due to the rich denseness of the peanut butter cream.  I am curious what would happen if the milk was halved and the whipped cream was doubled.  Also, my coworker volunteered to taste it and said it need more crust.  I cut this recipe in half and made 4 ramekins.  I ate only about half a ramekin each time.

Individual Peanut Butter Pies
Serves:  8
Calories:  About 765 each

For the crust
16 Oreo cookies
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the filling
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup creamy-style peanut butter
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Place the Oreo cookies into the bowl of a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and melted butter and stir.

2. Evenly divide the crumbs between your individual serving dishes and press into the bottoms of the dishes to form a crust layer.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Transfer whipped cream to a small bowl and place it into the refrigerator while you prepare the rest of the filling.

3. Place cream cheese and peanut butter the mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until smooth. Reduce speed to low and gradually add in confectioners' sugar until well combined. Add in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and beat on medium speed until mixture is creamy and smooth. Take care to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

4. Stir in 1/3 of the whipped cream into the filling mixture. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the remaining whipped cream until well blended until no streaks remain.

3. Evenly pipe or spoon the filling into individual serving dishes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. If desired, garnish with whipped cream and chocolate curls.

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