I need to buy my daughter more cookbooks, because while I own probably 200, she has 3 -- 5-Minute Mug Cakes, The Magic of Jello, and Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie Cookbook. I’m not sure she has a favorite, but being a musical theatre and Sara Bareilles fan, she loves the Waitress book. You wouldn’t expect a musical theatre themed cookbook to have such great recipes, but this one does. Maybe because the author isn’t really Jenna from Waitress, but Sheri Castle, is a talented cook and teacher.
My daughter (aka Fuzz or Emma) will be heading back to college soon, so she’s been using what little time she has left to hone her pie making skills. From her Waitress book, she chose the Thanks for Taking Me to the Moon Peanut Butter Pie, which I think was an excuse to buy Moon Pies. Emma had never tried a Moon Pie, so we bought some for the pie and sampling occurred. She liked them so much that she only put one or two on the pie and saved the rest.
Personally, I would have piled all of the Moon Pies on top. Hmm, now I'm thinking I want to pile Little Debbie Christmas Trees on something, but that's for another blog post. For this slice, I added more Moon Pie and whipped cream. Sorry, Emma. You are down another Moon Pie.
Snack cakes aside, the pie was really good. We don't make a lot of peanut butter pie because my husband thinks he doesn't like it. But he liked The Waitress Peanut Butter Pie! The graham cracker crust is interesting because it doesn't have any sugar, and the flavor of the crust combined with the filling is like a giant Nutter Butter. The only thing "wrong" with this pie is it doesn't have a chocolate layer. Chocolate shavings don't cut it, but they are pretty.
Thanks for Taking Me to the Moon Pie
Graham Cracker Crust
- 1 ¾ cups graham cracker crumbs
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter Jif
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream chilled
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Marshmallow Whipped Cream
- 1 cup heavy cream chilled
- 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
- 1 cup marshmallow cream (Marshmallow Fluff)
- 4 Mini Moon Pies (we used large ones) halved crosswise, for garnish
- 1 tablespoon grated bittersweet or semisweet chocolate for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix the graham cracker crumbs and butter and press into a 9½-inch deep-dish pie pan. Chill for 15 minutes to firm up the butter. Bake in the center of the oven for about 10 minutes, or until just set and fragrant. Let cool to room temperature.
- Make the filling. With an electric mixer, beat the softened cream cheese, peanut butter and confectioner's sugar until smooth.
- In another medium bowl, beat the cream and vanilla on high speed until it holds firm peaks. Beat the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture on low speed. Transfer the filling to the cooled crust and chill for 3 hours. At some point during the chill time, you can make the topping.
- Topping. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream and confectioners’ sugar on high speed until it holds soft peaks. Add the marshmallow cream and beat to firm peaks. Scoop the topping into a pastry bag fitted with a fluted tip and pipe it decoratively over the filling.
- Arrange cut up Moon Pies decoratively on top of the pie and garnish with chocolate.