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Say what you will about Magnolia Bakery. The one thing I learned while living at the perplexing intersection of West 4th and West 12th streets, was that Magnolia made a mean slice of peanut butter pie. It was love at first bite. Within days, this pie became a staple of my diet. For a mere few dollars I could get a slice of pie that could stand in for just about any meal of the day (perhaps two). Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that it is by any means the healthiest meal of the day. A single slice probably contains about a million calories due to about five pounds of peanut butter, cream cheese and chocolate. It kind of hits like a brick to the head. Like I said, it is good stuff.

When I moved to California, I could no longer get such a refined delicacy. San Franciscans clearly know nothing of gourmet food. Fortunately, the Magnolia Bakery has a cookbook, and that cookbook has a recipe for their famous peanut butter pie. Unfortunately, as we learned the first time that we tried to make it, the recipe for peanut butter pie in the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook is utterly wrong. When I say "we" I actually mean "she." My girlfriend did most of the cooking and I did most of the "supervising." Anyhow, the pie they teach you to make in the cookbook came out pretty bad. It was light, creamy, and mild. It was not right at all.

My girlfriend is a wizard when it comes to over-analyzing things. So, this is the rare occasion where such skills proved useful. Rather than merely ranting about every fine detail that was wrong with the pie for a half-an-hour, she was able to deduce what would make the pie better. I was skeptical. It seemed the recipe was a total dud. Yet, a few months later, my birthday rolled around, and lo and behold, she pulled it off. She made a pie that was on par, if not better than Magnolia. The trick? More of everything.

So - without further ado - I present to you - potentially lethal - peanut butter ice box pie!

OMG! My brain gained 5lbs while reading your recipe. My brothers will LOVE it. I will give it a try after making the home made peanut butter cups to go in it. Might offer coffee and a diabetic test strip with each slice though. nom nom nom....

zacker2 years ago
OMG!!! This is like Peanut Butter to the 9th power! I LOVE it!!

(How can anything with peanutbutter in it be bad for you? it cant, it just cant be!)
wow. It looks very delicious. I will try it.
Gurutiro3 years ago
Oh wow! When visiting my parents, this is definitely something we'll do together.
Thank you so much, it looks delicious!
canucksgirl3 years ago
Mmmmmm.... :P

Peanut butter cups should be a food group. Nice job!
canida3 years ago
I've eaten some of this - it really is a dense, deadly brick of tastiness delivered directly to your head.
bajablue3 years ago
I'd eat that! ;-)
lauren40043 years ago
This looks phenomenal!!!!!!!