The oreo cookie. It’s one of the most popular cookies in the world. I have so many great memories with oreos – coming home from school when I was younger and dipping that crisp cookie into a glass of milk. When I learned to bake, I discovered that there were so many ways to use it in desserts. The first thing I learned to make were these oreo truffles. I make them every Christmas because all my friends love them. Using the oreo as inspiration, I wanted to try out a few more recipes with it as the center.
One was introduced to me by a friend after she saw my peppermint oreo truffle recipe on my blog. She said that this oreo cookie recipe (I know that sounds confusing) reminded her of my truffles. I definitely see what she’s talking about. It uses the oreos in the batter and chunks of oreo folded in for texture. I love the idea of turning a cookie into a cookie. The recipe is very straightforward and easy to make. I had a little difficulty with the timing at first. I kept it in for 14 minutes like the recipe calls for but my oven must be stronger than the one they used in the recipe. My first batch out came out a little burned, so I put my next batch in for 12 minutes and they came out perfectly!
The next recipe was inspired by a friend of mine. He had told me that his mom makes him peanut butter pie for his birthday every year. I honestly had never heard of peanut butter pie, so I went poking around for peanut butter pie recipes out of curiosity. I found this one online and immediately knew I had to make it. It has an oreo cookie crust with a creamy peanut butter filling and chocolate on top! The ingredients read off like my Christmas list to Santa when I younger. Oreos. Chocolate. Peanut Butter. Say what???
This is a no bake peanut butter pie which was amazing to a pie newbie like me. I always have trouble with pie crusts. Every time I put a crust in the oven I say a little prayer because I always seem to mess them up! I however had no issues with this recipe. The peanut butter filling came out smooth and the chocolate topping was to die for. I have to admit that I’m now a peanut butter pie fan. 🙂
I loved revisiting this baking ingredient over the weekend. It brought back so many fond memories for me, and I loved learning to use it in new ways. Is there an oreo dessert that you love? Please share with me!
Peanut Butter PiePrint Recipe
- 1 (14.3 oz) package whole Oreos (about 36 Oreos)
- 1 cup (16 tablespoons) butter, divided
- 1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, divided
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Finely crush the Oreos with a food processor, blender, or in a Ziploc bag. Stir crumbs together with 8 tablespoons melted butter until well combined. Press into the bottom and sides of a pie pan. Freeze crust for 10 minutes until set.
Add the remaining 8 tablespoons of softened butter, 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter, and 1 cup powdered sugar to a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on low speed until smooth and creamy. Spoon the peanut butter mixture over the crust into a smooth layer. Place back in freezer.
Place chocolate chips and remaining 2 tablespoons of peanut butter in a large glass or heat-proof bowl. In a saucepan, bring heavy whipping cream to a rolling simmer over medium-high heat. Pour the cream over the chocolate chips and peanut butter and let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk until completely smooth. Pour the chocolate layer over the peanut butter layer. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hours until ready to serve.