Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie

This is the fastest and easiest pie I’ve ever made.

And the only one with peanut butter incorporated three ways.

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie - This fast & easy cookie pie has peanut butter worked in 3 different ways. If you're a peanut butter lover, this pie is for you!

Except it’s not really a pie at all. I used my recipe for peanut butter blondies and baked it into pie dish, but not before topping with mini peanut butter cups and Peanut Butter M&Ms.

It’s my annual contribution to National Peanut Butter Day, which was January 24.

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie - This fast & easy cookie pie has peanut butter worked in 3 different ways. If you're a peanut butter lover, this is for you!

The pie turned out to be one of my favorite blondies recipes ever. According to my WordPress tags, I’ve tagged 29 recipes as blondies. Okay then, I’ve made more than a couple versions, but the base always starts out the same.

One stick of melted butter, 1 egg, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon vanilla, with 1 cup flour stirred in. Truly a 5-minute batter. No-mixer, nothing complicated, or fussy. The opposite of what making a real pie tends to be.

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie - This fast & easy cookie pie has peanut butter worked in 3 different ways. If you're a peanut butter lover, this is for you!

The interior is squishy soft and supremely moist, while the edges are chewier with a slight crispiness. There’s no baking powder or baking soda in my blondies because I like them really dense and not at all cakey.

The peanut butter flavor is bold and pronounced, something you’d expect with as much peanut butter as there is packed into this pie.

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie - This fast & easy cookie pie has peanut butter worked in 3 different ways. If you're a peanut butter lover, this is for you!

The brightly colored M&Ms draw me in initially, but it’s the baked-in peanut butter cups that steal the show.

I can’t resist peanut butter cups and they add texture to the buttery soft dough, as well as just enough chocolate to satisfy my chocolate + peanut butter cravings.

If you don’t have peanut butter cups or Peanut M&Ms on hand, use what you do have. Chopped Twix, Snickers, Rolos, plain M&Ms, it’s all good.

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie - This fast & easy cookie pie has peanut butter worked in 3 different ways. If you're a peanut butter lover, this is for you!

Use the recipe as an excuse to clean out your pantry of random candy and half-opened bags of baking chips. If you wait until after Valentine’s to make it, you can clean out all those Valentine’s exchange candy remnants.

You’ll have your pantry widdled down just in time for the Easter Bunny, who brings more candy.

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie - This fast & easy cookie pie has peanut butter worked in 3 different ways. If you're a peanut butter lover, this is for you!

The pie would make a great base to top with ice cream or even as a fun ‘birthday cake’ for kids, and so much easier than cake since you don’t have to cream any ingredients or frost it.

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie - This fast & easy cookie pie has peanut butter worked in 3 different ways. If you're a peanut butter lover, this is for you!

Over the years of blogging and writing a cookbook devoted to peanut butter,  I’ve combined peanut butter, chocolate, and candy in almost every imaginable combination and permutation, but never as a cookie pie.

Glad I  can check that off my list now.

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie - This fast & easy cookie pie has peanut butter worked in 3 different ways. If you're a peanut butter lover, this is for you!

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie - This fast & easy cookie pie has peanut butter worked in 3 different ways. If you're a peanut butter lover, this is for you!

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Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie

This pie isn't really a pie but instead uses my go-to peanut butter blondies recipe and baked into a pie dish. The peanut butter flavor is bold and pronounced because peanut butter is incorporated 3 ways. The interior is soft and supremely moist, while the edges are chewier with a slight crispiness. The bright colored Peanut Butter M&Ms draw me in initially, but it's the baked-in peanut butter cups that steal the show. They add texture to the buttery soft, dense dough, as well as just enough chocolate to satisfy chocolate + peanut butter cravings. Substitute with your favorite candy if you don't have the types I used. View the recipe as a way to clean out your pantry odds and ends. Would make a great kiddie 'birthday cake' and such a fast and easy, no-mixer recipe to make.

Yield: one 9-inch pie, 8 to 10 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 26 minutes

Total Time: about 1 hour, for cooling

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
1 large egg
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
heaping 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
pinch salt, optional and to taste
12 to 14 mini peanut butter cups
about 2/3 cup Peanut Butter M&Ms (I used one 2.83-ounce 'King Size' bag sold; optionally substitute with Peanut or Plain M&Ms)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9-inch pie dish with floured cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  3. Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don't scramble it. Add the egg, brown sugar, peanut butter, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the flour, optional salt, and stir until just combined; don't overmix.
  5. Turn batter out into prepared pie dish, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
  6. Evenly insert the peanut butter cups into the batter, pushing them down so the top is almost flush with the surface of the dough.
  7. Evenly insert the M&Ms into the batter, pushing them down to anchor.
  8. Bake for about 28 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.  If your pie has risen in the center, it will deflate as it cools. Allow pie to cool in pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving; however, for optimal results, cool overnight because it gives the flavors a chance to marry and the pie to really set up fully. Pie will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months (color may leech from the M&Ms if you freeze it).

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76 Responses to “Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie”

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles — January 25, 2014 at 3:05 am

    Looks delish! I loving baking my cookie/blondie recipes into pie form! Best one I converted recently was my oatmeal raisin chocolate chip into a cookie pie. Oh the texture. I don’t think I have peanut butter m&m’s in the house but I do have Reeses Pieces – I bet they would work well in here too

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 25th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Reese’s would be great! I mean, I used Reese’s Cups. The Pieces would be fab too!

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    Liz S. — January 25, 2014 at 3:48 am

    This is just unreal – love it. Especially since you likened it to a blondie :D

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    Megan - The Emotional Baker — January 25, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Gorgeous pie! I love how easy it is and that it’s loaded with peanut butter. YUM :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 25, 2014 at 4:04 am

    A big slice of this pie is perfect for the weekend! Love this recipe Averie!

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    movita beaucoup — January 25, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Yesterday, I posted a peanut butter recipe on my blog on National Peanut Butter Day. It was not on purpose. I didn’t even know it was Peanut Butter’s big day. I figured it was a total fluke when someone pointed it out, but upon reflection, I think Peanut Butter was speaking to me. Like this pie. This pie is saying: please shove me into your face. And I’m saying: sounds good to me!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 25th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      It’s weird b/c 2 yrs ago I got the final word come down the pike from my publisher that they were going to publish PB Comfort! On Natl PB Day. How bout those odds!

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    Madison — January 25, 2014 at 5:34 am

    All this peanut butter goodness in 1 post! WOW–that makes for a happy Saturday morning for me. :)

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    Kris — January 25, 2014 at 5:55 am

    This would be great as an alternative to a birthday cake!

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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! — January 25, 2014 at 6:08 am

    I love the look of this pie! Er, cookie. I mean, cookie pie! Seriously. Love. Simple yet amazingly delicious recipes like this are the best!!!

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    Mary Frances — January 25, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Step aside all cakes, pies, and regular cookies! You have been demoted!
    Wow, this cake is gorgeous (love how you can see all the different candies) creative, and packed with peanut butter (and that is always a good thing!) What more do you need?!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — January 25, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Best. Pie. EVERRRR.

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    Tieghan — January 25, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Happy belated national peanut butter day!! I agree with Dorothy, this is the best pie ever!! Love all the fun colors!

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    Paula — January 25, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I love all the candy on top–they look like fun, yummy polka dots!! A quick PB blondie in a pie shape is so perfect. The photo of the fork with that gooey, peanut buttery-melty-chocolaty piece looks especially good! This is a great nod to National PB Day.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 25th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Polka dots – perfect analogy :)

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — January 25, 2014 at 9:53 am

    This is like a peanut butter lover’s dream! All this peanut butter is making me hungry :D

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    Emily @ Life on Food — January 25, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I am heading into the kitchen now. I just found a hidden stash of peanut butter cups the other day and now I know just what I am going to use them for.

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    Becca @ Crumbs — January 25, 2014 at 10:19 am

    In my books you cannot have too much peanut butter, using it three times is inspired!!

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    Alyssa @ My Sequined Life — January 25, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I knew you wouldn’t let National Peanut Butter Day go by unnoticed, Averie! And WOW – this pie looks amazing! Quick and no need to frost? Perfection. :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 25th, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      Couldn’t let it go unnoticed, that’s for sure!

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    Paula – bell’alimento — January 25, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    This is just the cuties peanut pie I have seen! It looks amazing!

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    Ellen — January 25, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I might be missing something, but when do you add the peanut butter?
    Thanks so much – love your recipes!!

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    • Julie Kono replied: — January 25th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      I noticed it didn’t say to add the peanut butter too, but I assumed it would be added when the vanilla and such was added, and mine turned out super delicious!

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      • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 25th, 2014 at 4:12 pm

        Thanks for the catch, I updated the recipe. And you were correct. And so glad you tried it the same day I posted it! WOW…awesome! :)

    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 25th, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      With the egg, brown sugar & vanilla. Recipe updated :)

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    Julie Kono — January 25, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Right now I have a triple peanut butter cookie pie sitting on my cooling rack! I wanted to bake today but was feeling so lazy, so I grabbed my iPad to read Averie Cooks, and low and behold a super easy pie! Even a laze ball could make!! I followed the recipe to a T, but did not hold out for the 30 minute cooling time, because remember I’m lazy today and waiting 30 more minutes wasn’t in my cards. I grabbed a fork and dove in, and I’m so glad I did, because this is such an easy fix for someone wanting baked goods but lacking in the energy department ;) the taste is YUMMY with a Capitol Y!! I took 2-3 bites and can now feel happy and satisfied enough to let the cooling process commence, thanks Averie! You made my day!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 25th, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      I’m thrilled you’re so happy with it, short cooking period and all :)

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    Katie — January 25, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I used to beg my mom for a cookie cake for my birthday. From the Great Cookie Co at the mall….YUM.

    This looks so fun!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 25th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      the Great Cookie Co (omg!!! haven’t thought about that place in a couple decades!)

      They had one at a mall I used to go to (super small town) and the mall was literally too small for a Mrs Field’s so they had that instead! The memories and I know EXACTLY what you’re talking about!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — January 25, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    I just love that you baked the blonde in a pie dish! The pb cups and colorful M&M’s are just the perfect way to jazz up the top too! Girl, this is down right fabulous! Pinned :-)

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    Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen — January 25, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Yes! This has birthday party written all over it! Love!

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    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — January 25, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    When I was in England last I was craving blondies but didn’t have a square pan so used a pie dish and well, nothing is like a cookie pie/cake. Devoured the whole thing all too quickly! The pb cups in your pie look gorgeous, I am so fussy with resses pb cups ( I taste good and bad ones some people think they all taste the same but not me #issues ) so seeing them look soooo good in your pie is making me want to go get some right now!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 25th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      I totally know what you mean. I think they are made in different plants, factories, etc. and you never know what you’re going to get until you open the bag!

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    Katey — January 25, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I know this question is bound to be met with some flack, seeing as how most of this entire blog is dedicated to the deliciousness of peanut butter, but how would I go about cutting down the amount of peanut butter used in the recipe? (I know, I know!) This looks amazing and I really want to make it, but I have some non-peanut butter-lovers in my life. I think I can get away with the cups, use plain m&ms and maybe a portion of the creamy peanut butter, but what would you suggest to substitute?

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 25th, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      If you don’t like PB or have people who don’t, I wouldn’t make a recipe with ‘Triple PB’ as the title :) I would find a different recipe. There are lots of other blondies recipes http://www.averiecooks.com/tag/blondies-2 that are based on similar principles, most without as much PB. I would start with one of those. There are 29 to choose from!

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    Jen @ The Well Read Fish — January 25, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I’m making these right now….but where/when does the actual peanut butter go in?

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 26th, 2014 at 1:14 am

      Did you read step 3. of the directions from the blog post? It goes in right there.

      I’m sure you figured that out by now if you already made them and hopefully are enjoying them!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — January 25, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Triple the peanut butter – triple the fun! This pie looks so fun! Pinned!

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    Trista — January 25, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Hi Averie, I’ve never commented before but have made a few of your recipes. I am in trouble when I do because I want to eat ALL of it:) Just wanted to say thank you. I love your photography style. This may sound strange but I also love your cutting board…very rustic and complimentary to all of your yummy looking goodies!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 26th, 2014 at 1:13 am

      Thanks for trying many of my recipes and finally saying hi! I am glad you love this board – me too! I bought it about 2 years ago. It’s from the 1860s and was a dough board that I sourced from rural Pennsylvania. Probably an old Amish woman’s. I paid a small fortune for it but I truly love it :) I shot a ton, ton, ton of my recipes for my blog and cookbook on it in 2012-13 and tried to stop using it as much in the past 6 mos but for this post I thought it would be perfect :)

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    KgReciPes — January 25, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    “purpose flour” I don’t understand what is that ingredients?

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 26th, 2014 at 1:10 am

      all-purpose flour
      As opposed to cake flour, bread flour, brown rice flour, etc.

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 25, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    This looks so moist and wonderful! I love how fun it looks too!

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    Kate@Diethood — January 25, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    PB LOVAHS REJOICE!!! I love it, Averie!

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    Emma @ Bake Then Eat — January 26, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Such a great idea to use a blondie like a pie, I would happily slip into a peanut butter coma while consuming this. Looks so good :D

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    Laura Dembowski — January 26, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Cookie pies are on my list of things to try. A peanut butter version is perfect! This looks so chewy and dense – just how I like my blondies too.

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    Erin | The Emerging Foodie — January 26, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I would be so happily drowning in peanut butter eating this beauty. Loooove cookie pies and reese’s and peanut butter m&ms so this is a major win. Pinned!

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    Kira @ The Healthable Old Soul — January 26, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Did someone say Peanut Butter?!

    Ahh, the word is comfort!

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    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — January 26, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Blondie Brownies are awesome, add in reeses cups and they become amazing! Love this recipe Averie!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — January 26, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    *jaw drops*

    so…much…peanut butteryyy GOODNESSS!! This is a pie that will make you drop dead from the sheer awesomeness of it!

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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane — January 26, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    So pretty and a wonderful idea for a kids’ birthday cake!

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    Bonnie — January 27, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Wow, this a dream come true!

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    Emmet — January 27, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    This looks amazing. Do you (or any of your readers) think this would be okay as-is made at high altitude, or would you suggest any tweaks?

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 28th, 2014 at 2:29 am

      Because I live in San Diego (sea-level), I have no experience at all with altitude baking so can’t speak to that or give any advice. Sorry!

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    Jamielyn@iheartnaptime — January 27, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Oh my goodness!! This look absolutely amazing!!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 28th, 2014 at 2:28 am

      Thanks, Jamilyn! And thanks for pinning, too! :)

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    Kristyn — January 28, 2014 at 5:09 am

    This looks DIVINE!!! Seriously, I think my hubby would die and go to heaven if I made this for him! Thx for the recipe. :)

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    Nutmeg Nanny — February 1, 2014 at 9:09 am

    This is so amazing. Just heavenly :)

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    JennyP — February 2, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    I made this for a Super Bowl party tonight and it was gone before the game ended! Everyone loved it and the presentation is so cute and fun. Thanks for yet another yummy recipe! Love your cookbook as well :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 3rd, 2014 at 2:56 am

      I’m thrilled to hear it was the clean plate club at your place :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 3rd, 2014 at 2:56 am

      And thanks for supporting my cookbook! :)

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    cj — February 2, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    So luscious & inviting – Would love to see this submitted to FoodFotoGallery.com so I can share with all my foodie friends :)

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    Darlene — February 9, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Can this be doubled and baked in a 9×13? I need something for a large group; and this sounds amazing and looks really cute.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 9th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      I haven’t tried in a 9×13 pan. If you need more, I would suggest just making 2 in 2 separate pie dishes. Part of the appeal I think is the circular shape.

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    Sue/the view from great island — February 15, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Oh man, this is like, my dream dessert! Fantastic!!

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    Cathryn — February 20, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I made this yesterday and they were as wonderful as the photos looked. Thank you for a quick and easy treat!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 20th, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      So glad it came out wonderfully for you! Thanks for trying it & LMK! :)

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    Patricia — February 22, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I did this pie for my brother’s 22nd birthday (I tought this would be perfect, since He always dreamed about a gigantic cookie). Huge success! I just switched the pb cups (not available in Brazil) for twix and pb twix. Thank You so much for another lovely recipe!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 22nd, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Sorry you don’t have pb cups there! But twix and pb twix sound awesome – they’re a couple of my favorites! And happy bday to your bro – he’s a lucky guy to have you baking for him :) Glad you guys loved this!

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    Jessica Bowers — March 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Can,this be adapted to a 9×13 pan? Id l9ve to make this for my daughter’s birthday party but 8 servings just isnt enough!

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    • Jessica Bowers replied: — March 23rd, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      Nevermind, i read above.

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