Buckeye Pie is an easy no bake peanut butter and chocolate dessert. If you like buckeye candies, this peanut butter pie with ganache topping is a must try.

Buckeye pie being sliced.
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Chocolate and peanut butter is my favorite dessert combination. Being a seasoned mom, making desserts is a great way to spend time with my 8 kids. They like to help me prepare as much as they enjoying eating them.

I love making Pie Recipes for many occasions, especially for the holidays. Not only is this pie so yummy but it looks gorgeous. Each bite has delicious layers and comes together without much work.

If you love buckeye candy, try making Buckeye brownie bites, Buckeye Bars and Buckeye Brownie Cookies for more delicious dessert ideas. You may also love this Brownie Pie Recipe and Buckeye Dip Recipe.

What is a Buckeye Pie?

Buckeye pie has all the flavors of classic buckeye candy. While this will not taste the same as the classic Buckeye Candy, it will be so tasty and provide a new twist.

The Crushed Oreo Crust is topped with a creamy peanut butter filling similar to the inside of buckeye candy. Then the pie is covered with a rich chocolate topping.

We like to leave a portion of the peanut butter filling showing. This will make the pie most closely resemble traditional buckeye candy.

Ingredients:

Ingredients for buckeye pie recipe

For the Crust: 

  • Oreo Cookies 
  • Unsalted Butter, melted 

Pie Filling: 

  • Cream Cheese, softened at room temperature 
  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Powdered Sugar 
  • Vanilla Extract 

Topping:

  • Milk Chocolate Chips
  • Heavy Whipping Cream

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Variations:

  • Crust. We love the Oreo cookie crust but feel free to try other variations. More tasty ideas include chocolate graham crackers or a store bought crust.
  • Topping. Sprinkle crushed candy, sprinkles, nuts or anything you like on top of the chocolate. Just make sure to do this before the chocolate sets so that it will stick.

How to Make Buckeye Pie:

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Step 1 – Crush the Oreo cookies in a food processor. Or place them in a Ziplock bag and bash with a rolling pin until crumbs are formed.

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Step 2 – Mix the crushed cookies with melted butter. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. I like to use the bottom of a glass cup for this.

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Step 3 – Beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until creamy. Mix in the peanut butter until combined. Then slowly add in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract.

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Step 4 – Pour the peanut butter mixture into the pie crust and smooth it out into an even layer. 

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Step 5 – Microwave the chocolate chips and heavy cream in a medium bowl. Melt in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until the chocolate is melted. 

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Step 6 – Spoon the chocolate into the center of the pie and carefully smooth it out into a circle in the middle of the pie.  Then refrigerate for at least 6 hours.

Recipe Tips:

  • Pouring the Chocolate – Leave a visible border when pouring in the chocolate ganache. This gives it the traditional buckeye look. 
  • Cream Cheese – Make sure to use full fat cream cheese. This recipe does not turn out the same with reduced fat.
  • Soft Ingredients – Allow ingredients to soften to avoid lumps in your pie filling. It will blend together much easier.
  • Peanut Butter – We recommend using regular peanut butter in this recipe. Natural peanut butter does not mix as well.
  • Melting Chocolate – Microwave the chocolate topping in intervals. You do not want to risk burning the chocolate.
  • Chill Pie – The pie needs to be refrigerated for at least 6 hours but overnight is best before cutting. Attempting to cut this too soon will result in difficulty slicing and they won’t look clean cut.
  • Before Serving – Allow the pie to come to room temperature for 15 minutes before slicing. This will make it easier to cut through the ganache.
  • Crushing Cookies – If you do not have a food processor, crush the cookies inside a ziplock bag. You can use the back of a spoon or rolling pin to crush the cookies. Just make sure the bag is sealed properly.
  • Quality Chocolate – Try to use good quality chocolate for making the topping. The results will turn out much better. You can taste the difference.
Buckeye pie sliced on a plate.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

Cover the pie in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 5 days. If you have a pie storage container, this is another great way to keep the pie fresh in the fridge

Can I Make Ahead of Time?

Yes, this is the perfect pie to prepare ahead of time. Since it needs time to chill, I like to prepare the night before serving.

Buckeye pie ready to slice.

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Buckeye Pie

4.85 from 148 votes
Buckeye Pie is an easy no bake peanut butter and chocolate dessert. If you like buckeye candies, this peanut butter pie with ganache topping is a must try.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Refrigerate 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 901

Ingredients

FOR THE CRUST:

  • 25 Oreo Cookies
  • 5 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter melted

FOR THE PIE FILLING:

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese softened at room temperature
  • 1 jar Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 5 oz Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 3 Tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream
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Instructions

FOR THE CRUST:

  • Crush the Oreo cookies in a food processor. Or place them in a Ziplock bag and bash with a rolling pin until crumbs are formed.
  • Mix the crushed cookies with melted butter.
  • Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. I like to use the bottom of a glass cup for this.
  • Place in the fridge as you make the filling.

FOR THE PIE FILLING:

  • Beat the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl until creamy. 
  • Mix in the peanut butter until combined. Then slowly add in the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until thoroughly combined (no lumps). 
  • Mix in the vanilla extract. Pour the peanut butter mixture into the pie crust and smooth it out into an even layer. 
  • Microwave the chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until the chocolate is melted. 
  • Spoon the chocolate into the center of the pie and carefully smooth it out into a circle in the middle of the pie
  •  Refrigerate for at least 6 hours (or overnight).  Then the pie is ready to slice, serve and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

We love leaving a visible border of the peanut butter layer around the edges of the chocolate ganache topping to give it the traditional buckeye look. 
Refrigerate leftovers, covered for up to 5 days. 
Make sure to use full fat cream cheese and that it has softened to avoid lumps in your pie filling. 
Do not use all natural peanut butter for this recipe as it could separate and not mix well with the other ingredients in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 901kcal, Carbohydrates 83g, Protein 18g, Fat 59g, Saturated Fat 22g, Polyunsaturated Fat 9g, Monounsaturated Fat 23g, Trans Fat 0.3g, Cholesterol 56mg, Sodium 493mg, Potassium 454mg, Fiber 4g, Sugar 63g, Vitamin A 723IU, Vitamin C 0.1mg, Calcium 90mg, Iron 6mg

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  1. Megan Kielb says:

    5 stars
    I’ve never tried either recipe but it sounds amazing and will be trying soon!!

  2. deborah Lees says:

    this pie is great tastes like a reesies cup

  3. Tam Glo says:

    5 stars
    Never heard of this but HOW can it not be yummy?

  4. Jackie says:

    This looks so good! I make peanut butter balls every year for Christmas. Oodles of them. We’re a peanut butter and chocolate family. 🙂

  5. Susan Broughton says:

    I have made a lot of Buckeye Balls but have never tried it in pie form. It does sounds delicious and different!

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