Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie – Homemade Peanut Butter Pie from Scratch

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Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie is a from scratch pudding pie that has a decadent peanut butter flavor and smooth, creamy texture.  Homemade peanut butter pie from scratch is easy as pie. You may never buy a boxed pudding mix again after making this easy pudding filling.

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

Cream pies are my hands-down favorite types of pie.  My honest opinion is that a good dessert shouldn’t be ruined with fruit.  EEK! I know; it’s very controversial.  My favorite desserts have chocolate, butterscotch, caramel or peanut butter, and this particular pie falls in to the peanut butter category.

A homemade cream pie is a pudding or filling that is made on the stove top, and then poured into a pre-baked pie crust.  Making this peanut butter pudding from scratch is a simple process. Not a fan of peanut butter pudding? Try our chocolate and vanilla pudding recipes.

Want to know a secret? Up to a few months ago, I was afraid of cream pies and homemade puddings.  I thought it was hard or tricky.  But, who knew that it is so simple. Since then, Real Lemon Meringue Pie and Amaretto Sugar Cream Pie have been on my dessert rotation.

Homemade Peanut Butter Pie from Scratch

The trick is to focus only on the pudding when it is on the stove top. Do not walk away. Do not start 1,000 other tasks at the same time.  Instead, give your pudding 10 minutes of your time, and you will be rewarded with smooth, creamy, homemade, decadent pudding.  You are welcome.

This old fashioned peanut butter pie recipe comes from my Extension Homemakers Cookbook from 1988.  These ladies knew how to cook. If you see a vintage cookbook from a group of homemakers or a church at a garage sale or book store, snatch it up.

Peanut Butter Pie Ingredients

Egg Yolks

Milk (preferablly whole milk)

Sugar

Cornstarch

Salt

Peanut Butter

Vanilla Extract

Prepared Pie Crust

Cool Whip (optional)

Peanuts (optional)

How To Make Peanut Butter Pie from Scratch

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix sugar, cornstarch and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, add milk and egg yolks; whisk until smooth. Turn on heat to low.
  3. Slowly add in the sugar mixture to the milk mixture.
  4. Turn up the heat to medium, and whisk constantly until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens to a pudding consistency.
  5. Remove from heat, and pour into a bowl. Press a layer of waxed paper over pudding and chill completely.
  6. Once chilled, whip with a mixer until creamy; add peanut butter and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  7. Pour into a pre-baked and cooled pie crust. If desired, top with whipped topping or homemade whipped cream.

For the full instructions for a homemade peanut butter cream pie, scroll to the bottom of this post. 

Notes About Peanut Butter Cream Pie:

  • This pie is an old fashioned peanut butter cream pie.  It consists of making a homemade pudding on the stove. Once you’ve made homemade pudding, there’s no going back to the boxed kind.
  • You can omit the pie crust and eat this as peanut butter pudding from scratch. Or try it with a chocolate graham cracker crust from the grocery store.
  • If your peanut butter pudding has lumps, you can press it through a sieve to make smooth.
  • Whipped cream or Cool Whip is optional.  Try sprinkling the top with chopped peanuts or peanut butter chips for some extra pizzazz.
  • Homemade puddings tend to form a skin. During the cooling stage, take a piece of waxed paper, and press it right up to the pudding to prevent this from happening to this peanut butter pie from scratch.
  • Be sure to refrigerate this peanut butter cream pie from scratch.
  • Love peanut butter? Try our Scotcheroos , Salted Peanut Squares, and Sea Salted Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chunks.

Our Favorite Old Fashioned Pie Recipes

Try some of our other favorite pie recipes:

Grandma’s Rhubarb Pie

Grandma's Rhubarb Pie is rustic but so delicious.

Zucchini Pie

Zucchini Pie is an old fashioned recipe for a sweet zucchini pie dessert.  It reminds us of a sugar cream pie with a bit extra cinnamon. Prepared in a blender, this summertime cream pie doesn't disappoint.

Impossible Pumpkin Pie

If you are looking for a fail-proof pumpkin pie that is perfectly spiced and dense, then look no farther than our Impossible Pumpkin Pie recipe. This is a vintage recipe that features Bisquick.  Blend all the ingredients together in one-step, pour into a pie plate, and the rest is magic. No pie crust required. 

Spaghetti Pie (hey, it’s a pie too!)

This family-pleasing Spaghetti Pie recipe features ground beef and staple pantries such as stewed tomatoes, tomato paste and spaghetti for the ultimate dinner.

Real Lemon Meringue Pie

Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie is a simple, old fashioned recipe that features fresh lemon juice.  This recipe is a lemon pie without cornstarch instead using regular flour as a thickener.  It's the perfect balance between sweet and tart, and the rustic appearance makes it a favorite among amateur bakers.

Amaretto Sugar Cream Pie

Amaretto Sugar Cream Pie takes two of my favorite things and makes the most incredible dessert----Amaretto and Sugar Cream Pie.  The filling is creamy and smooth and fantastically delicious. 

Grandma’s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Grandma's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is a simple, creamy no-bake alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. This silky, smooth pumpkin chiffon pie was a staple on our family's Thanksgiving dinner table throughout our childhood.

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie - Homemade Peanut Butter Pie from Scratch

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie is a from scratch pudding pie that has a decadent peanut butter flavor and smooth, creamy texture.  You may never buy a boxed pudding mix again after making this easy pudding filling. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie, Peanut Butter Cream Pie, Peanut Butter Pie, Peanut Butter Pie From Scratch
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 435kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 deep dish pie crust, pre baked
  • Whipped Cream or Cool Whip, optional

Instructions

  • In a medium sized saucepan; add milk and egg yolks, beat together with whisk. Turn heat to low.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie is a from scratch pudding pie that has a decadent peanut butter flavor and smooth, creamy texture.  Homemade peanut butter pie from scratch is easy as pie. You may never buy a boxed pudding mix again after making this easy pudding filling.
  • In a small bowl, mix sugar, cornstarch and salt; add to the milk mixture.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie is a from scratch pudding pie that has a decadent peanut butter flavor and smooth, creamy texture.  Homemade peanut butter pie from scratch is easy as pie. You may never buy a boxed pudding mix again after making this easy pudding filling.
  • Turn up the heat to medium, and constantly stir until the mixture comes to a low boil and thickens to a pudding consistency.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie is a from scratch pudding pie that has a decadent peanut butter flavor and smooth, creamy texture.  Homemade peanut butter pie from scratch is easy as pie. You may never buy a boxed pudding mix again after making this easy pudding filling.
  • Remove from heat; pour into a bowl, and cover with wax paper pressed up against the pudding so that a skin doesn't form.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie is a from scratch pudding pie that has a decadent peanut butter flavor and smooth, creamy texture.  Homemade peanut butter pie from scratch is easy as pie. You may never buy a boxed pudding mix again after making this easy pudding filling.
  • Cool in the refrigerator for several hours or until the pudding is no longer warm.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie is a from scratch pudding pie that has a decadent peanut butter flavor and smooth, creamy texture.  Homemade peanut butter pie from scratch is easy as pie. You may never buy a boxed pudding mix again after making this easy pudding filling.
  • NOTE: This is a good time to pre-bake your crust so it's cooled and ready to go!
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie is a from scratch pudding pie that has a decadent peanut butter flavor and smooth, creamy texture.  Homemade peanut butter pie from scratch is easy as pie. You may never buy a boxed pudding mix again after making this easy pudding filling.
  • Once chilled, whip the pudding with a mixer until creamy; add peanut butter and vanilla, and beat until smooth.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie is a from scratch pudding pie that has a decadent peanut butter flavor and smooth, creamy texture.  Homemade peanut butter pie from scratch is easy as pie. You may never buy a boxed pudding mix again after making this easy pudding filling.
  • Pour into a deep dish pie crust that has been pre-baked according to package instructions and cooled.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie is a from scratch pudding pie that has a decadent peanut butter flavor and smooth, creamy texture.  Homemade peanut butter pie from scratch is easy as pie. You may never buy a boxed pudding mix again after making this easy pudding filling.
  • If desired, top with homemade whipped cream or Cool Whip and chopped candied peanuts.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie is a from scratch pudding pie that has a decadent peanut butter flavor and smooth, creamy texture.  Homemade peanut butter pie from scratch is easy as pie. You may never buy a boxed pudding mix again after making this easy pudding filling.

Notes

  • This pie is an old fashioned peanut butter cream pie.  It consists of making a homemade pudding on the stove. Once you've made homemade pudding, there's no going back to the boxed kind.
  • You can omit the pie crust and eat this as peanut butter pudding from scratch.
  • If your peanut butter pudding has lumps, you can press it through a sieve to make smooth. 
  • Whipped cream or Cool Whip is optional.  Try sprinkling the top with chopped peanuts or peanut butter chips for some extra pizzazz.
  • Homemade puddings tend to form a skin. During the cooling stage, take a piece of waxed paper, and press it right up to the pudding to prevent this from happening to this peanut butter pie from scratch.
  • Be sure to refrigerate this peanut butter cream pie from scratch. 
  • Love peanut butter? Try our Scotcheroos , Salted Peanut Squares, and Sea Salted Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chunks.

Nutrition

Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 290mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 1mg

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