Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Covered Pretzel Crust

A tall glass of milk or a strong cup of coffee is all that you need to accompany this Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Covered Pretzel Crust.


Peanut Butter Pie with Pretzel Crust from The Baking Beauties

When people ask me what is the one thing I miss most since going gluten free, my answer is always “Convenience”. If you want soft garlic bread to go with your spaghetti dinner – you have to bake the bread first. If you want ice cream sandwiches – you have to bake the cookies first. If you want pie – you have to make the crust first. This Peanut Butter pie though, it uses a simple short cut, making it just as much work if you are making it gluten-free or not. The crust is actually made out of crushed up pretzels, in this case Gratify Gluten-Free Pretzel Twists. I found these pretzels the last time I was down in the U.S. and couldn’t believe how much cheaper they are compared to some of the other brands. And guess what? They actually taste great, and come in a variety of flavours as well.

Now, back to this pie. I wanted a really decadent peanut butter pie, something that makes a person go “Wow” when they take that first fork full, and the use of a pretzel crust and the fudge sauce definitely did that for this cake. A little touch of crunch and salty to go with the sweet & saucy. Perfect!


Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Covered Pretzel Crust
Serves: 8-10
Yields one 9 1/2" pie
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free pretzel crumbs (about 5.5 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup Fudge Sauce, store bought or homemade
Whipped Cream
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (35%)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' (icing) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 8 ounces (250 ml) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the pretzel crumbs (these are easy to make smaller in a food processor), brown sugar, and melted butter. Press into a greased 9 1/2-inch pie plate. Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the pretzels become fragrant. Cool.
  3. In a large, deep bowl, beat together the whipping cream, confectioners' sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl, beat together the peanut butter, cream cheese, sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Once this has been fully mixed, blend in 1 cup of the whipped cream. Using a large spatula, fold in another cup of the whipped cream.
  5. Pour about 1/2 cup of the fudge sauce into the bottom of the cooled pie crust (reheat the sauce if necessary). Using a spoon, spread it all over the bottom and sides of the pie crust.
  6. Scrape the peanut butter mixture into the pie crust, spreading it into an even layer.
  7. Top the pie with the remaining fudge sauce and whipped cream, or top each slice just prior to serving. Cool in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving. Store remaining pie covered in the refrigerator.


Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Coated Pretzel Crust by the Baking Beauties


This recipe is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays and Whole Food Fridays.

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19 Responses to Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Covered Pretzel Crust

  1. Sue February 5, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

    Wow! This pie sounds and looks absolutely delicious. I need to take a cream pie to an event and this will be the one. I don’t know if it qualifies as a cream pie, but it’s going! Need to order the pretzels as I have never seen them here.

    • Jeanine Friesen February 6, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

      Ha, I don’t think anyone would argue with you, Sue! :) I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts February 5, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    Stunning pie, Jeanine! Peanut butter pie is one of those desserts that I rarely eat, but when I do I remember just how delicious it is! I’ve had a pretzel crust before, but never a chocolate pretzel crust. 😉


    • Jeanine Friesen February 6, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

      Chocolate makes everything better, Shirley! :) The little layer of fudge sauce is so good!

  3. Janet February 6, 2014 at 5:13 am #

    This looks delicious. I think a chocolate crust would be delish with this filling as well! Beautiful picure :)

    • Jeanine Friesen February 6, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

      Absolutely, Janet! I chocolate, or even graham wafer crust would be great. :)

  4. Betty February 6, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    We haven’t tried that brand of GF pretzels but Schneiders has stick pretzels that are just like the gluten kind! It was so nice to find them. If you ever get to the Bismarck, ND area, Mandan, right across the river has a nice gluten free grocery store called Lisa’s Gluten free store. Right off Main St. She’s great.

    • Jeanine Friesen February 6, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

      Thanks, Betty, I don’t think I’ve ever been to Bismark. Usually when we get to Fargo we start going south-east. 😉 Great tips though, I appreciate it!

  5. Jenee February 6, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    OMG I’m making this, like now, but I have to make it dairy free. I’m so excited!!!

    • Jeanine Friesen February 6, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

      Oh, if you get it to work dairy free, PLEASE share, Jenee! I’m thinking whipped coconut milk topping, and dairy free cream cheese?

      • Jenee February 6, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

        I made my own “cream cheese” with a banana, tofu, cashews and sweetened with corn syrup, that worked perfectly. I wish I would have thought of using coconut cream and next time I make this I WILL use that. This time I used a vegan whipped topping which was delicious but my pie was much softer than yours looked, and coconut cream would have firmed it up. (And I used rice chex with a little sea salt for the crust!)

        • Jeanine Friesen February 7, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

          OH, that sounds good too! Kudos to you for all the changes, and still having a great dessert – wow! I think the cream cheese, once you cool it, helps the pie to keep its shape as well. Well done!!

          • Jenee February 11, 2014 at 11:10 am #

            Is it ok if I post my version of this recipe on my blog (linking back you of course)?

        • Jeanine Friesen February 11, 2014 at 11:16 am #

          Oops, doesn’t let me comment on your other post – absolutely you can share your version. Your pics & your words, and it’s all yours. :)

  6. Sue R April 18, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

    Been looking for a reason to make this, and since I’ve got to take dessert to Easter dinner this is going to be it! I know everyone will enjoy it, including me the gluten intollerant one of the bunch!

  7. Michelle September 7, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    I wonder if a g/f Rice Krispie crust would work?

    • Jeanine September 8, 2014 at 7:16 am #

      It might, but it wouldn’t have the same crunch, or saltiness that the pretzels give it.


  1. Peanut Butter Pie | jcooksglutenfree - February 11, 2014

    […] This recipe popped up on my news feed one day, and I immediately made a new grocery list. It had to happen. Only one problem: dairy. My tummy cringed, particularly at the amount of cream cheese. The squirrels got to work upstairs. I’ve made vegan cream cheese before with tofu, and sometimes nuts, but this time I felt like using a banana. Just because. I mean, peanut butter, dark chocolate, and banana. How can you go wrong? And I also didn’t have any gf pretzels on hand (I find them a little too pricey for my budget), so I made my own version of that, too, using cereal, which is a great alternative to any graham cracker or crushed cookie-like pie crust. And super cheap, which is how I roll. […]

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