Peanut Butter Pie

When I hosted dessert nights on the compound and had a bakery, one of the things I  made was Peanut Butter Pie. On a recent visit my mom requested peanut butter pie. I looked around but realized once again that my book with the hand written recipes was left behind in Saudi! So, I made this one trying to remember the exact ingredients and mom loved it! Of course now we will be back to making numerous Peanut Butter Pies!

Ingredients

Filling

2- 8 ounce packages cream cheese

3 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 cups peanut butter

1/4 cup butter softened but not melted

1 small whipping cream- 2 cups unwhipped

1/2 cup sugar

Crust

15 plain chocolate cookies

2 Tbs. butter

Topping

2 cups semi sweet Chocolate chips

1 cup cream

Directions

Mix cream cheese until smooth, add powdered sugar and mix well. Add peanut butter and mix until fluffy.

Add butter and continue mixing until light and fluffy. Put this mixture into the refrigerator.

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Crush cookies and add melted butter, press into spring form pan. Chill until needed.

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Beat the whipping cream and 1/2 cup sugar until firm.

Fold whipped cream into peanut butter mixture.

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Pour over crust and put into freezer.

I usually let this chill for (minimum) several hours, this can be kept in the refrigerator

as well if you prefer, but you will not be able to easily transfer pie to a serving dish.

I freeze the pie so that I can easily transfer to lovely serving plate.

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When pie is set, remove ring from spring form pan. Using a spatula to loosen pie, carefully transfer to a plate. Return pie to refrigerator. Melt chocolate chips and cream stirring until chocolate is melted and smooth. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate. When chocolate is cool but not set pour over the pie and let it drip down the sides. Return pie to refrigerator.

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Peanut Butter Balls

My adorable 7th child, he rolled them and dipped them for mom!

This is my version of peanut butter balls. I made them about 30 years ago and the recipe included dates and walnuts but my kids did not care for that! I changed things and added cereal instead. They are a family favorite and my oldest son requested we make him a pyramid of peanut butter balls for his wedding!!!

Now please keep in mind, when it comes to cooking I usually go by how it looks and tastes but baking is totally measured out! Peanut butter balls are an exception in the dessert area and I just add this and that. I tried to measure this very carefully but sometimes I add a little more or less so please remember this is a bit rough.

Ingredients

2 cups peanut butter

3 cups powdered sugar

1 cup crushed up crispy rice cereal

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Dipping

3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup butter

Melt together until smooth

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Mix peanut butter, powdered sugar and cereal well.

Roll into balls and place on baking sheet.

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Dip in chocolate and then refrigerate or freeze to set.

Remove from tray and place in container and store.

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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies with a bit of peanut butter

This cookie recipe is dedicated to my second oldest son, Yusuf,  who is now grown and married, working as an Engineer, and a fantastic cook. Arabic school starts early and so the kids got up each morning at around 5:30. a.m. I made eggs, cream cheese sandwiches, bought cereal, but the kids could not eat that early. One morning I made cookies and that worked out well. While cookies might not sound like the best breakfast, at least a glass of milk and a cookie was a start. Yusuf liked this and wanted them every morning. I decided to make huge batches, divide the dough into baggies and freeze them. So, each morning I just popped a bag out and made him cookies. This went on until he went off to college! This is the recipe and it has worked well for me! I like the combination of butter and shortening. This makes the cookies soft but firm.

Now that he is grown and makes his own cookies, I have a new fan, my mother! My mother has always loved chocolate! So, when we moved back to the States I started making cookie dough for her. The difference is that she loves walnuts and chocolate. So, the kids laugh and say that Grama has some cookie dough with her nuts and chocolate chips. I make my huge batch, bag it up and off it goes to Grama’s freezer.

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 cup butter softened

3/4 cup shortening

1/8 cup peanut butter

3 eggs

4 1/4 cups level flour

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. soda

1 package semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions

Mix together sugars, butter and shortening. Mix well until fluffy, add eggs, continue mixing. Add peanut butter, mix well. Add salt and soda. Mix very well. Add the flour and finish mixing.

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Using a spoon mix in chocolate chips. I always do a test cookie, or several for my large family haha! So test a couple and see if you need an extra spoon of  flour.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place dough by spoonfuls onto baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until done

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Yusuf                                Yusuf and Grama (lynz mom)