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Satisfy the peanut butter lovers in your life with this no-bake Peanut Butter Cottage Cheese Pie. Made with creamy peanut butter, cottage cheese, and a pretzel pie crust, this frozen dessert is salty, sweet, and perfect for summertime!
There are so many reasons why this Peanut Butter Cottage Cheese Pie is a MUST to make for dessert. Yes, my Healthy Peanut Butter Balls and Peanut Butter Fudge are amazing, but this pie is perfectly balanced between salty and sweet. Plus, you can never go wrong when chocolate and peanut butter come together!
This frozen peanut butter pie isn’t made with your typical pie crust. Instead, crushed pretzels and butter come together to give the pie a sweet and salty base that pairs perfectly with the tangy cottage cheese and peanut butter filling.
The filling? Talk about a peanut butter lover’s dream! Made from a mix of peanut butter, cream, cottage cheese, a hint of sugar, and chocolate chips, each bite is rich and satisfying. The pie will hang out in the freezer for a few hours (or months) afterward to give it a restaurant-quality finish!
- Forget the heat! This is an easy no-bake pie.
- Chocolate and peanut butter come together in the best way.
- Freeze the pie for as long as you want.
Pretzel pie crust: This peanut butter pie uses a crust made of crunchy pretzels. You can use salted or unsalted pretzels but salted will obviously make this dessert more salty-sweet.
Cottage cheese: For a tangy flavor and a thick and creamy texture in the filling. Try to use small curd cottage cheese if possible.
Peanut butter: The star of the show! This is what makes the pie completely irresistible. Try and use natural peanut butter, otherwise, you may need to use less cane sugar in the filling.
Chocolate chips: These chocolate gems are the perfect addition. You can add them on top, stir them inside the filling, or both!
Step 1: Make the crust. Pulse the pretzels and sugar together in a food processor and slowly pour in the butter.
Step 2: Press the crust into the pan. Use your fingers or a spatula to press the pretzel crust into a greased pie pan. Place it in the freezer.
Step 3: Make the filling. Add the whipping cream and sugar to a large bowl. Use a standing mixer or handheld mixer to mix them together until stiff peaks form. Add the cottage cheese and peanut butter and mix again. Lastly, fold in ½ cup of the chocolate chips.
Step 4: Freeze and enjoy. Remove the chilled crust from the freezer and spoon in the filling. Smooth out the top before adding the rest of the chocolate chips on top. Freeze for at least 2 hours or overnight before thawing and serving.
Tips and tricks
-For the best texture, remove the pie from the freezer at least 10 minutes before serving. This gives it some time to thaw and soften, making it easier to slice. 10 minutes should be more than enough time on warm days but on cooler days, leave it out for around 20 minutes.
-Feel free to add more of your favorite toppings or mix-ins such as peanut butter cups, marshmallows, M&Ms, or chopped nuts. You can mix them into the filling or put them right on top.
-Top each slice with whipped cream to add a bit more decadence.
-If you like more of a nutty taste and texture, feel free to use crunchy peanut butter.
-Mix in some graham crackers with the pretzels for a graham cracker pretzel crust.
Is peanut butter pie gluten free?
In order to make this peanut butter pie gluten free, you’ll need to make the crust out of gluten free pretzels. You can find these in most grocery stores these days, or check online or at your local health food store.
How long can this stay in the freezer?
This pie can stay in the freezer for as little as 2 hours or up to 4 months. To prevent freezer burn, wrap the pie in the pie plate with plastic wrap and then in a light layer of aluminum foil.
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Frozen Peanut Butter Cottage Cheese Pie
for the crust:
- 4 cups pretzels
- 3 tbsp cane sugar
- 12 tbsp butter melted
- Add pretzels to your food processor and pulse; then add sugar and butter in through the top and mix until the mixture is combined.
- Grease a pie pan with coconut oil or nonstick spray, then use your hands or a spatula to press crust into the pie pan, then place the pan in the freezer.
- Next, whip the whipping cream and sugar until stiff peaks form, approximately 3-5 minutes; then, add the cottage cheese and peanut butter and whisk for 1 more minute.
- Scoop whipped cream out and into the crust, smoothing it out with a spoon or spatula. Top the filling with chocolate chips, then place the whole pie in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
- Remove the pie 10 minutes before serving so it can thaw a bit. Then, cut and serve. Enjoy!
UPDATE NOTE: This post was originally published in July 2018. It was updated with new text and photos in May 2021.