There are only 6 ingredients that you need in order to make this pie. Combine 1 quart of your ice cream (which is 2/3 of a normal ice cream carton) of choice with 8 oz of frozen whipped topping (which is 1 tub of Cool Whip). This will be your pie filling. The Cool Whip makes it extra creamy and light. You could also fold in whipped cream. If doing so, use this entire recipe for homemade whipped cream.
Make sure the ice cream is softened and the Cool Whip is thawed. Spread 1/2 of the filling into a homemade Oreo cookie crust. Melt 1/4 cup of peanut butter and drizzle half of it on top. Layer with the rest of the filling, then the rest of the melted peanut butter, and top it all off with Reese’s Pieces. Freeze for 6 hours.
You’ve just made the easiest lightened-up ice cream pie in the world. Peanut Butter Style.
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Lightened Up Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes
- Yield: serves 12
- Category: Frozen Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
This is a really easy peanut butter ice cream pie on top of an Oreo cookie crust.
Oreo Cookie Crust
- 22 regular Oreo cookies (not Double-Stuf)
- 5 Tablespoons (72g) unsalted butter, melted
- one 8-ounce container Cool Whip, thawed
- 1 quart peanut butter ice cream,* softened
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup Reese’s Pieces, crushed
- Make the crust: In a food processor or blender, pulse 22 Oreos (including the cream filling) into a fine crumb. You should have about 2 cups (packed) crumbs, or 250g. Pour crumbs into a large bowl. Add the melted butter and stir to combine. The mixture will be thick and quite wet. Try to smash/break up any large chunks. Pour the mixture into a nonstick 8-inch springform pan. With medium pressure using your hand, pat the crumbs down into the bottom and up the sides to make a compact, thick crust.
- Make the filling: In a large bowl, mix the Cool Whip and ice cream together until softened and combined evenly. Spoon 1/2 of the mixture into prepared crust. Melt the peanut butter and drizzle half over the filling. Layer the rest of the filling on top and drizzle with the remainder of the melted peanut butter. Sprinkle with crushed Reese’s Pieces. Cover and freeze for about 6 hours or until firm.
- Before serving, allow to sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften before slicing. Keep chilled in the freezer up until you serve the pie.
- Cool Whip: Feel free to use prepared homemade whipped cream instead of Cool Whip. You will need the whole recipe for homemade whipped cream.
- Ice Cream: Any kind of ice cream or frozen yogurt will be fine. Make sure you check the size of the ice cream carton. Most cartons are 1.5 quarts. You only need 1 quart for this recipe.
Keywords: light peanut butter ice cream pie, peanut butter ice cream pie
Reader Comments & Reviews
So easy! This was great to make a couple days in advance. Decorated with whipped cream and was delicious.
Could you make this with chocolate chip cookies that were crumbled for the crust? How many cookies do you think it would need?
If I don’t have a springform pan, would a pie pan work? Or would it not be large enough?
Hi Sally! I made this pie again because it was so delicious! I have it in the freezer with aluminum foil wrapped over the top of the spring form pan. How long will it last in the freezer with just aluminum foil for a lid. Was wondering if it would last at least a week without a freezer tight lid!
Sally, I’m planning to make this pie this weekend, but I only have a 9 inch springform, not an 8 inch. Do you have any suggestions about how to increase the recipe to fit a larger pan?
Only 1 inch difference – not a big deal for this particular recipe. Just make the recipe as indicated. Enjoy!
All I have to say is make this. Drop everything and make this pie right this instant. It’s amazing, and so simple to make. Thanks, Sally!
Thanks Jennie – and I agree. I would eat this for breakfast if it were acceptable. 🙂
I made this over the weekend and it tasted really yummy! The only problem was, even after 10 minutes of sitting on the counter post-freeze, the crust remained stuck to the base of the springform. Whenever I cut a slice, it would be just the filling, and no amount of scraping or digging would get the crust off. We just put some Oreos on top, but any idea why this may have happened?
Was your spring-form pan non-stick? If not, that is why. Spray it with non-stick spray next time. Thanks Rosie!