Sunday, September 4, 2016

Labor Day dessert recipe

If you're headed to a Labor Day cookout later, here's a super simple no-bake dessert recipe that's always been a hit for me. It's cool and refreshing and easy, but saying you made it from scratch makes it look like you worked really hard. ;)

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie


1-1/2 cups peanut butter (I prefer crunchy)
1-2 bricks cream cheese
2 hearty splashes of vanilla
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large tub of Cool Whip
Splash of milk or cream or half-n-half
Large, deep size graham cracker pie crust


1. Set out Cool Whip to defrost as you work. 
2. Bring cream cheese to room temperature and chunk into pieces in a mixing bowl. 
3. Add peanut butter, sugar, vanilla, and milk to mixing bowl. 
4. Mix on low to combine.
5. Add 1/2 of partially defrosted Cool Whip and mix on medium until combined.
6. Repeat with remainder of Cool Whip.
7. Mix on medium until smooth and fully incorporated; add another splash of milk if mixture is too sticky to mix well.
8. Pour mixture into graham cracker pie crust.
9. Cover and freeze for at least one hour.
10. Lick bowl and spoons and beaters - trust me on this.
11. Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving to enable you to cut it easily. Use a hot knif to cut it if you have trouble.
12. For a fancy presentation, add peanut butter chips or chocolate flakes or crushed butterfinger candy bars. I usually just serve without any garnish though.

The best part? It's a one dish cleanup!