Black Bottom Peanut Butter Mousse Pie Recipe

Lauren Weisenthal

This is my new favorite expression of the chocolate and peanut butter combination. The chocolate layer, which is not quite a ganache but not quite a pudding, complements the light, airy peanut butter mousse perfectly. The graham cracker crust provides a crunchy contrast, and the whole thing feels very adult. Or maybe, more accurately: adult, with a nod to childhood.

Recipe Facts

Active: 60 mins
Total: 4 hrs
Serves: 8 to 10 servings

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  • 8 full-size graham crackers, pulverized to crumbs

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 250g 65% chocolate, chopped into 1/4 pieces or smaller

  • 300g whole milk

  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup

  • Pinch salt

  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter (not the natural, separated kind)

  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

  • 1 cup cold heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks

  • Optional: additional whipped cream for top, chocolate sauce for drizzling


  1. Make the crust: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in a bowl and stir to combine. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Bake for 15 minutes, until the crust gets slightly browned. Allow the crust to cool completely.

  2. Make the chocolate layer: Place chopped chocolate, pinch of salt, and corn syrup in a bowl. Bring the milk to a boil, immediately remove from the heat, and pour over the chocolate. Allow this to sit for 1 minute, then whisk until all of the chocolate has melted and the mixture is homogenous. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and whisk constantly over low heat for about 8 minutes. The mixture will steam, thicken, and begin to sputter and bubble. Continue to whisk and scrape the bottom to prevent burning. When the mixture is of pudding consistency, remove from the heat. Pour into a bowl, press plastic wrap directly on the surface, and chill for 3 hours.

  3. Make the mousse layer: Just before assembly, whisk peanut butter and confectioner's sugar together until the mixture is thick and glossy. Whisk about 1/3 of the chilled whipped cream into the mixture to lighten it, then fold in the remaining 2/3, taking care not to deflate it.

  4. Assemble the pie: Spread the chilled chocolate layer evenly over the bottom of the pie shell, then pour the mousse evenly over that. If desired, top with additional whipped cream, chocolate syrup, nuts, or chocolate chips. Serve immediately.

Special Equipment

9 inch pie plate

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
455 Calories
37g Fat
27g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 455
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 47%
Saturated Fat 18g 88%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 174mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 257mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)