Paula Deen's recipe for "Mrs. Salter's Peanut Butter Pie" is easy to follow and calls for whipping cream, sugar, cream cheese, confectioner's sugar and crunchy peanut butter. After preparation, pour the mixture into a graham cracker crust and chill for several hours.
Paula Deen instructs chefs to whip 1 1/2 cups of whipping cream together with 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Once that is finished, fold 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1 cup of crunchy peanut butter, and 1 cup of confectioner's sugar into the whipped cream. Finally, pour the mixture into a premade graham cracker crust. Chill the pie for several hours before serving.
There are a number of variations of this pie from other bakers. For instance, while Paula Deen's recipe leaves the pie without topping, others suggest adding toppings. Some recommend Cool Whip and peanuts, while others recommend adding Reese's Bits, chocolate drizzle or sliced bananas. Some people switch to other kinds of pie crust, such as a chocolate cookie crust, instead of a graham cracker crust. Others use creamy peanut butter instead of crunchy.
The original Paula Deen recipe is listed on both PaulaDeen.com and FoodNetwork.com, as of 2015. The Food Network version includes a photograph of the finished peanut butter pie.