Peanut Butter Brownie Pie

Today is National Chocolate Day.  Today I am posting a chocolate recipe in memory of Joan from Chocolate, Chocolate, and More.  The food blogging community is very close and we were all saddened to hear that Joan passed away suddenly last week.  She was a healthy 49 year old that went to bed with a stomachache and died in her sleep due to a heart attack.  Joan was a single mother of 3 children, the youngest being 14.
I was so saddened to hear of Joan’s passing.  While I have not met Joan in real life, I have known her online for over 3 years.  I first became aware of Joan and her delicious recipes when we participated in the same monthly food challenge in my first year of blogging.  I learned that Joan loved chocolate and I started becoming a follower of her blog.  Later that year Joan participated in the first Online Blog Conference with me.  She was a huge help to everyone and was always around to answer questions and support everyone else.
 
I was so excited when I signed up for BlogHer Food 2015 and saw that she was going to be speaking at the conference.  She had grown her Facebook page to over 2 million followers and was asked to speak about Facebook at the conference.  This was the session I was most excited about.  I also couldn’t wait to finally meet Joan in person at the conference. She will be greatly missed at the conference next week and in the blogging community.
 
It was Joan’s hope that her blog and dream would continue after she passed and would continue as a means of support for her children.  Her sister posted that she and Joan’s cousin will be working to continue the blog.  Keep visiting Joan’s blog and keep making her recipes, not only to remember her but to also help support her children.
 
 
This weekend I decided to bake in memory of Joan and knew that I had to make something with chocolate.  One of her posts of a Brownie Pie actually gave me the idea to combine brownies with my favorite pie, peanut butter pie to create one fantastic dessert.  This reminds me of a peanut butter cup as there is brownie on the bottom, peanut butter pie in the middle, and chocolate ganache on top.
 
Joan liked to make a lot of her recipes from scratch.  You all know that I always like to take the easy way out, so I used a brownie mix to make the brownie part.  If you are looking to make the brownie from scratch, use Joan’s Brownie Pie recipe instead.
This Peanut Butter Brownie Pie is so decadent and tasted amazing.  This is the perfect dessert and combines some of my favorite desserts into one. I made this in a 10 inch springform pan so that I can take it out of the pan but feel free to make it in a regular pie plate.
 
  My husband loves brownies and peanut butter pie and I usually make him one of the two for Thanksgiving since he doesn’t like a lot of other desserts.  He loved this dessert and I plan on making this for Thanksgiving for him. It may look rich, but that flavors all balance each other out really well.
 
I seriously think that this is one of the best desserts that I have ever made.  The brownie and peanut butter pie go perfectly together and the ganache is perfect on top.  This is one of those type of desserts that I had to close my eyes while eating because it was that good and I had to savor every  bite.
 

 

 

Peanut Butter Brownie Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 box brownie mix + the ingredients on the back
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 can (14 ounce can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tub (8 ounces) Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Mix the brownie batter according to the directions on the box.
  2. Pour the brownie batter into a greased 10 inch springform pan (you can also use a 9 inch springform pan or a pie plate). Bake the brownies for 26-30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the brownie to cool.
  3. When the brownie is cooling, make the peanut butter pie. In a large bowl combine the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. Beat on medium until the mixture is smooth and fully combined. Gently fold in the Cool Whip until fully combined.
  4. Add the peanut butter pie mixture on top of the fully cooled brownie. Cover and refrigerate until set. If needed this can be refrigerated overnight.
  5. Once set or right before serving, make the ganache. For the ganache, place the semi sweet chocolate chips into a medium sized bowl. In a small saucepan, pour the cream in and bring it to a boil. As soon as the cream boils up to the top of the pan, quickly remove it from the heat and pour it over the chocolate chips, whisking to mix together until the chocolate is melted.
  6. Spoon the ganache on top of the peanut butter pie and evenly spread on top. Refrigerate when not serving.
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Please celebrate Joan’s life and love for chocolate  by following along on Twitter and Instagram using #ChocolateForJoan.  Please continue to visit Joan’s blog and make her recipes.  I thought that I would share a few of my favorites with you.  Thanks!
Easy Brownie Pie-taking brownies to the next level and creating an easy dessert-a flaky pie crust surrounds a rich brownie with a thin crust on top and in the middle a gooey, fudgy delight!
 
Peanut Butter Cup Cake-2 layers of chocolate cake each topped with a smooth peanut butter filling and chocolate ganache! So easy to put together!
Just 3 Minutes and 3 ingredients to rich, creamy fudge that will melt in your mouth!
 
Brownie Bottom Cheesecake Bars-a fudgy brownie bottom topped with a classic cheesecake top, the best of two delicious desserts in every bite!
Perfect for those days when you don't want to turn on the oven-these No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars taste just like eating a peanut butter cup.

 

 

 

 

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  1. This is such a beautiful tribute to Joan! This brownie pie is the perfect way to honor her <3

  2. Joan would have loved this pie so much! It is a lovely way to remember her. She was one in a million.