Feelings’ Peanut Butter Pie

The Marigny restaurant called Feelings has changed hands a few times over the years, and I haven’t sampled the place currently under that name. Despite that, I will never forget three of the desserts from the original Feelings. I never liked peanut butter pie until I had this one. It was a trendsetter: more than a few restaurants and bakeries around town make a fluffy peanut butter pie like this now, and some of them even give Feelings credit for it.

  • Crust:
  • 3 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • Filling:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 can condensed milk
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 pint whipping cream, whipped
  • (*The restaurant actually uses 10 oz. of Cool Whip instead)
  • Garnish:
  • Shaved chocolate
  • Peanuts

1. Make the crust by combining the vanilla wafer crumbs and the butter in a food processor. Press it into the sides and bottom of a nine-inch pie pan.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine the first four ingredients until well blended. The texture should be like a thick batter.

3. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, fold in the whipped cream carefully. It’s not necessary to get all the streaks out; it’s better to stop short of complete blending than to lose the air incorporated in the whipped cream.

4. Using the rubber spatula again, load the filling into the pie shell. Top with the peanuts and shaved chocolate. Refrigerate.

Makes one pie.

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