MINI CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER PIES
- 5 whole graham cracker sheets
- 3 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
- 1 Tbs. brown sugar
- 2 Tbs. toffee bits ( I use heath bits)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 6 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 1/2 cup toffee bits
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
- 4 oz. good quality semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts
- 1-1/2 Tbs. smooth peanut butter
- mini chocolate chips
- chopped peanut butter cups
Preparation time 25mins
Cooking time 32mins
Preheat oven to 350*. Line a 12 count regular size muffin tin with cupcake liners.
Add graham cracker crust ingredients to food processor and blend to a fine crumble. Divide crust mixture between the 12 liners (about a heaping tablespoon each) and press into the bottom of the liners. Bake for 5-7n minutes or until lightly golden. Set aside.
Add heavy cream to a large mixing bowl and beat with a handheld mixer on high until firm peaks form. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, using the same beaters, beat peanut butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the confectioners' sugar, toffee bits, vanilla and salt and beat until smooth (it will be thick). Gently fold the whipped heavy cream into the peanut butter-cream cheese mixture with a spatula until completely blended.
Spoon peanut butter pie filling into muffin tins (they will fill to the top). Freeze for at least one hour.
Meanwhile, prepare chocolate ganache by microwaving heavy cream for approximately 90 seconds until hot but not boiling. Add chocolate and let sit one minute then whisk vigorously until smooth. Let cool to barely warm, stirring occasionally (it will thicken as it cools). Spoon the chocolate ganache over the peanut butter cups and spread with the back of a spoon (its ok if some spreads over the edges).
To garnish, melt peanut butter and drizzle over mini pies (I add my peanut butter to a ziploc bag and snip the corner), sprinkle with salted peanuts and mini chocolate chips and chopped peanut butter cups. Freeze for at least 4 hours up to 7 days. (see notes)
When ready to serve, serve immediately after removing from the freezer as the mini pies soften quickly.
When to garnish: You can garnish your pies either after you have spooned the ganache over the pies and the chocolate has set or freeze the pies after the ganache, then garnish and freeze again.