Family Recipe Friday – Katie’s Peanut Butter Pie

Katie's Peanut Butter Pie. Family Recipe Friday @ The Tasty Fork #nobake #pie #easydessert

Happy Friday! I’m really excited to be sharing with you my new Friday Feature Post – Family Recipes. This idea came from a brain storming session I had with my husband after the Hoosiers lost in the Sweet Sixteen. (I know, I’ll get over it and promise not to bring it up again.) We were back at his family’s home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Towards the end of the game, I just had to leave the room so I could get away from some of the crappiest basketball I’ve ever watched. I went into the pantry and found my Mother in-law’s cookbooks. She has TONS. And the just the few I flipped through made me smile. She made little notes like, “Very Good,” or “Great for company.”  Also, there were print outs or hand written recipes in between the pages. Then I found the Mother Load; a recipe box (organized by category!) with the recipes from her family & friends.

Before my Mother in-law passed away, she would always ask me to take some of her cookbooks. I never did. I was holding on to some kind of hope she might use them again. I’m glad I waited to dive in because I don’t think the RuthAnn comments would’ve brought as many as smiles as they did in that moment. I called my husband into the pantry and we started going through the recipes he grew up eating. He had his favorites which I can’t wait to share with all of you!

But today’s recipe comes from a reader. Lisa sent me her Mom’s famous Peanut Butter Pie recipe around Pi Day last month. (I wish there was a Pie day EVERY month!) Her Mom, Katie, was best friends with my Mother in-law. This pie is kinda famous among Katie’s group of friends. I told my husband Lisa had sent me the recipe and the first thing he asked me, “When are you making it?” I knew it had to be good.

Family recipe Friday @ The Tasty Fork. Katie's Peanut Butter Pie #pie #recipe #nobake

After going through family recipes and getting the email for Lisa, I decided it would be such a fun idea to share family recipes. The tried and true greats! I’m looking to post a little bit of everything – recipes from my family, my husbands and hopefully lots from my readers! I’d love to know what’s a home run in your family. If you have a recipe, please email me at mkearly614(at)gmail(dot)com.

Ok, so on to Katie’s Peanut Butter Pie. Seriously, I can’t decide what’s the better selling point. How flipping easy/fool proof it is or how tasty delicious this pie is..?? I’ll let you be the judge.

I’ve made it no secret how much I love peanut butter. Usually I like my peanut butter with a little chocolate, but this pie stands on its own. It’s no bake, too. So awesome, right??!! The filling is vanilla pudding and when you layer the warm pudding over the peanut butter, the peanut butter melts into the crust and the pudding. Holy Cow. It’s pretty darn good.

Family Recipe Friday. Special Feature @ The Tasty Fork. Katie's Peanut Butter Pie #pie #nobake

 This would be the perfect pie to make for any occasion. It’s just so easy — from the store bought crust, vanilla pudding, no baking involved. Can it get any easier for a pie dessert??!! If you’re a peanut butter lover, this pie is for you!


Katie’s Peanut Butter Pie


  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 9 inch store bought pie crust (I picked a graham cracker crust)
  • 1 large package cook & serve vanilla Jell-O pudding (4.6 oz.)
  • 2 ¼ cup milk (skim works fine)
  • 1 tub Cool Whip (you won't use all of it)


  1. Using a pastry blender, combine the powdered sugar and peanut butter. Mix until crumbles form. Put half of the crumbles on the bottom of the pie crust.
  2. Cook pudding according to package directions, however, only use 2 1/4 cup of milk. I know the directions state to use more, but don't. Once the pudding has slightly cooled, pour over the pie crust. Cover and put in the fridge until cool.
  3. Once the pie has cooled, top with cool whip and the remaining peanut butter crumbles. Store in the fridge.
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A special Thank You to Lisa and Katie for this wonderful recipe!! I’ll be making this often!

If you’re interested in sharing a family recipe and having me share it, you can email me! mkearly614(at)gmail(dot)com

meghan sig


18 Responses

  1. foodienewz says

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  2. Angel says

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  3. Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life says

    Wow, this looks pretty awesome, Meghan!

  4. sally @ sallys baking addiction says

    I love peanut butter anything. I would devour this pie. ;)

    • admin says

      It didn’t last long between me and my hubby! I’ll have to make it again.

  5. Akaleistar says

    How yummy!

    • admin says

      Thank you!!

  6. says

    I love your pictures and recipes, they are mouth watering. Would love for you to share them with us at We are new but at we are not photography snobs, we are just foodies.

  7. Sandra Kohlmann says

    What a story. It’s a delight and I look forward to you sharing your mother-in-law’s recipes. You’ve found quite the treasure.

  8. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    OMG this sounds TO DIE FOR. Peanut butter pie and me are BFFs.

  9. Lisa D says

    Very fun! I hope people enjoy this. I think a monthly Pie Day is a great idea. We always use a Pillsbury crust and have finer crumbles. Someday I might try it with an Oreo crust, but I might cry if it didn’t turn out as good as the original!

    • admin says

      Lisa, Jim and I saw the Oreo crust and I was THIS close to buying it, but I didn’t want to mess with your Mom’s recipe.

    • Lisa D says

      Clarifying… I bake and cool the pie crust first.

      • admin says

        Yes, I think Pillsbury crusts are in the freezer section so those need to baked. I bought a pre-baked crust by Keebler and it was excellent!

        • Lisa D says

          The Pillsbury crusts are like traditional pie crusts and are in the refrigerator section (near dairy in our store). Let me know if you ever try it with Oreo!

  10. Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) says

    My husband loves peanut butter desserts, so I bet he’d love this!

    • admin says

      It’s sooo good! It won’t last the weekend in our house!


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