Chocolate Peanut Pie
Love salty + sweet desserts? Then grab a handful of peanuts and chocolate chips and bake up this Chocolate Peanut Pie today!
So Laura got a promotion recently. Her new title? Executive Creative Director of Spicedblog.com. For years, she’s been calling herself the Creative Director of Spicedblog.com. However, she recently had the idea of adding a couple handfuls of chocolate chips to this Virginia Peanut Pie that I made last year. That simple move earned her a promotion. The pay? A slice of Chocolate Peanut Pie. The pay might be low, but the job has its perks – namely pie.
Peanut pie was a new concept to us when I first made it a couple of years ago. Since then, this pie has become a staple in our house. Think pecan pie, but with peanuts instead. It’s amazing. Salty, sweet, gooey. It’s everything that a dessert should be. And now it just got better thanks to the addition of chocolate. And let’s be real, adding chocolate almost always makes things better.
Chocolate Peanut Pie
In preparation for making this pie, I picked up a big container of salted cocktail peanuts at the store. Of course, I picked up the extra-large size even though I only needed the medium size. I love a good handful of salty cocktail peanuts. However, that led to a discussion in our house about the appropriate amount of salt in nuts and nut mixes. I personally like extra salt, but then again I love salt. Laura jokes on occasion that she’s going to get me a salt lick and put it in the backyard. I just wish she would stop joking and actually do it.
Laura’s sister chimed in that while she loves salty peanuts, she has a friend who only buys unsalted nuts. For baking? Sure. But for snacking? Nope. I need the salted version. I mean you could do the in-between and go with the ‘lightly salted’ nuts. Ah, who am I kidding? I want the salted version that includes the leftover salt they omitted from the ‘lightly salted’ package.
In all seriousness, it’s important to watch your salt intake. Fortunately, my family genetics have so far allowed me to eat salty snacks without getting in trouble with my doctor.
Despite all of this talk about salted peanuts, I do think you could use unsalted peanuts (or perhaps a mix) for this pie. The peanut flavor combined with the gooey chocolate chips is to die for! And speaking of gooey chocolate chips, this pie takes a bit of time to cool – so plan accordingly. After 3 hours cooling at room temperature, this pie is quite delightful. You can pull a slice out and eat it with a fork, but it’s still gooey in a good way. Truth be told, though? My favorite way to eat this Chocolate Peanut Pie is cold. Try it both ways and see if you agree!
Whether you serve it warm or cold, I do hope you enjoy this Chocolate Peanut Pie as much as we do. It was a huge hit here in our house, and I suspect we’ll be seeing this one again soon. Happy baking!
Did you make this Chocolate Peanut Pie at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version!
Chocolate Peanut Pie
For the Dough
- 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter cold
- 2 Tbsp vodka see note
- 2-4 Tbsp cold water
For the Peanut Pie
- ¾ cup light corn syrup
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups roasted salted peanuts
- ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
For the Chocolate Drizzle
- ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tsp light corn syrup
For the Dough
- Using a food processor, add flour, brown sugar and salt; pulse until well combined.
- Cut butter into small cubes and add to the food processor; pulse until a crumbly mixture forms.
- Add vodka and 2 Tbsp of water; pulse until well combined. Continue adding water 1 Tbsp at a time (and pulsing) until dough comes together in a ball.
- Shape dough into a disc and wrap with plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 2 hours. (Note: Dough can be made the day before and refrigerated overnight.)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Working on a well-floured surface, roll pie dough into a 12” circle.
- Transfer pie dough into pan and gently press dough into pan; trim excess overhang so that you have ~½” of overhang on all sides. Tuck overhang under itself so that folded edge is level with the edge of pie plate.
- Use 2 fingers, crimp the edges of dough. Refrigerate dough for at least 15 minutes.
For the Peanut Pie
- Using a large mixing bowl, add corn syrup, brown sugar, eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract; stir until well combined.
- Spread peanuts out onto counter or large cutting board. Using a rolling pin, lightly crush ~⅔ of the peanuts. (Note: You want to crush the peanuts into large pieces here.)
- Add crushed peanuts, remaining whole peanuts and chocolate chips to the mixing bowl; stir until well combined.
- Transfer mixture into prepared pie pan.
- Bake at 350°F for 55-60 minutes, or until filling is set.
- Let pie cool at room temperature for at least 3 hours. (Note: For a firmer pie, refrigerate pie once it has cooled and serve cold.)
For the Chocolate Drizzle
- Using a double boiler (or a small heatproof bowl set over a pot of gently simmering water), combine chocolate chips, butter and light corn syrup. Stir until chocolate chips have completely melted and mixture is smooth.
- Using a piping bag with a small round tip (or a sandwich bag with one corner snipped off), drizzle chocolate on top of pie before serving.
Looking for more dessert recipes using peanuts? Check out these other favorites, too:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Radio Bars
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Will be making this soon for the dough / pie and drizzle can i use vegan butter can i leave out vodka as i dont drink or use alcohol i never had chocolate peanut pie before perfect for my birthday next year on 19 September and after office snacks love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya
Hey Ramya! You can absolutely use vegan butter for this pie. And if you want to leave out the vodka, just replace it with water. I hope you get a chance to try this pie – it’s delicious!
What a brilliant pie and what a great idea giving voluntary blog workers promotions. Although, I did promote Chloe a few years back. I like Laura’s new title and well earned I’m sure.
I’m with you on eating the pie cold as I love pecan pie cold.
You know, it was about time Laura earned a promotion. She’s been toiling away tirelessly for years – she earned it! 🙂 I’m thinking you should review Chloe’s role in the organization. It’s important to keep your employees happy! Also, pie is good.
Congrats Laura on her recent promotion, she definitely deserved it. Indeed, I am a bit surprised why haven’t you thought of combining peanuts and chocolate together yourself (That’s a combo made in heaven – you know that.) Well, I guess that’s why you are not the one being promoted haha.
Jokes apart, this is a seriously delicious combo. Next idea: adding a caramel layer for a “Snickers” Pie, what do you think?
Laura definitely deserves her promotion! 🙂 Now to be fair, I probably should have thought about adding chocolate to this recipe on my own. Caramel you say? Yup, that’s next year’s version! I’ll just keep adding a new ingredient each year…haha!!
Laura’s promotion is WELL DESERVED! This will be tested at the Blythe family Thanksgiving this year!! I will report back! 😊
Ah, I truly hope you enjoy this pie, Debbie! It is a favorite here for sure. Make sure to try a piece cold – if there are any leftovers, that is!! 🙂
chocolate and nuts are always a great combo. i’d use another syrup rather than corn . I hear it’s not good for your body!
Give it a try with a different syrup and let me know how it turns out, Sherry! I love to learn new tricks and ideas! (I’m also of the school of thought that anything is ok as long as it’s in moderation.)
I don’t typically click on desserts or sweets, but chocolate and peanuts are such a wonderful combination. There’s a chocolate peanut butter Talenti (I think that’s how it’s spelled) ice cream that could be my last meal. Great looking pie!
I’ve had that Talenti gelato, Mimi – it’s delicious! There really is something magical about the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Yum!!
I can not resist a salty sweet dessert, so this pie has my mouth watering! Love this as a fun twist on traditional holiday pies!
I’m all about the salty-sweet desserts! We have this one on the list to make again for Thanksgiving, and I can’t wait! Thanks, Marissa!
Hi, David loved the idea of combo of salt and sweet in dessert. it would be glad to go with this combination and have it.
This is a great dessert, Patricia – I highly recommend it!!
Congrats to Laura!!! 🙂 I think the promotion was well deserved. Love the sweet and salty combination of this pie and all that crunch from the peanuts makes everything just perfect!
Haha – I’ll pass the congrats along, Kathy! 🙂 This pie really is quite magical. We’re making it again for Thanksgiving, and I can’t wait!
Well Laura is a genius! The chocolate puts this gorgeous pie over the top, YUM. 😋 I’ve never had peanut pie before, and now that is definitely about to change. Absolutely gorgeous pictures David, I am making this pie!
Adding chocolate to anything is almost always a good idea! In the case of this pie, it was a great idea! 🙂 I do hope you make this pie, Shannon – it’s unique and it’s delicious!!
Oh you definitely need salted peanuts for snacking. Fine with unsalted for baking but can you imagine a beer without salted peanuts? Heavens no!! LOL. Anyway I agree that a mixture of salted and unsalted is needed for this pie. And I would like a slice right now please! I’m with you with eating it cold too. I think you can often get a better taste of desserts when they are cold and you’re not trying to avoid burning yourself!
You’re totally right, Neil! A beer with unsalted peanuts would be terrible. You’ve gotta have the salted ones! Peanut Pie is a unique idea, but holy cow is it delicious – and the chocolate in this version? Even better! Thanks so much, my friend!
Absolutely love the combination of sweet and salty and you’ve nailed it in this choco peanut pie! Yum! Save me a slice!
Haha – you’ll have to hurry if you want a slice, Michelle! Oh, who am I kidding? We’re totally making another one of these soon! 🙂
As an avid follower I want to be paid with that too. Looks amazing
Haha – I’ll mail you a slice, Raymund! 🙂
Oh YUM! Have always loved the chocolate peanut combination and the salted version makes it sound so moreish. Pinning this recipe! Thank you for sharing 🙂
This salty + sweet dessert is delicious, Taruna! I really enjoy it, and it’s become a holiday staple in our house. Give it a try!