A Little Help for the Holidays from Kraft

*This post is sponsored by TapInfluence on behalf of Kraft®. All opinions are my own.

Can you believe that is the week of Christmas?! December really smacked me upside the head. Between all the holiday craziness at school, getting all the gifts bought and wrapped, plus the birthday party I am throwing on the 29th, I’ve had to really simplify other areas in my life. Dinners are old favorites that I can make without putting too much thought in to it. Same with entertaining. And this Peanut Butter Pie Recipe is a real crowd pleaser. I’ll save the new recipes I want to try out for the new year.

The holidays are the perfect time to take a trip down memory lane with old family recipes. This peanut butter pie recipe came from my grandmother and is DELICIOUS! I actually had already photographed this post and then found her recipe card for it. That made me really happy. It is one thing to have the recipe but completely something else to have it in her own handwriting. Gah. Almost makes me weepy. On account of the peanut allergy we have in my household, I asked my sister-in-law to help me make it at her house. When my youngest son asked if he could help too, I couldn’t say no!

I’m sure, like me, you have made about a zillion trips to Target this season. I freaking love that they all have groceries now. I was able to do some holiday shopping and pick up the ingredients for this recipe all at the same time. Boom. If that isn’t time saving, I don’t know what is. And with the Kraft coupons available at Target, I can save money too. I don’t hate that. This recipe doesn’t take many ingredients but tastes amazing. You must try it.

This is a pretty great recipe to make with kids. There is very little that can go wrong. You just need one bowl, a hand mixer and a spatula. Easy as, well, pie.

My grandmother used creamy peanut butter, but I like a little crunch in my pie. She also used a graham cracker crust while I prefer a chocolate cookie crust.

The best part in all of this is that I didn’t realize that my son was still wearing his pajamas when we left the house. Oops! This is a fantastic recipe to take to holiday parties. The crusts come in a disposable pie pan which makes transporting super easy and then you don’t have to worry about picking up the pie plate from your party hostess at a later time.

The pie just needs to chill out in the freezer for a few hours and then it is ready to eat and share. I hope you will make this recipe with friends and family and eat it with them too.

Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients:

1/2 cup milk

3 oz. cream cheese (softened)

1/2 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter (preferably Planters®)

1 container Cool Whip

3/4 cup powdered sugar

Pre-made graham cracker crust or chocolate cookie crust

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together well with a hand mixer. Pour ingredients into the crust. Freeze for several hours to set. Eat up!

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From shopping for gifts to planning family dinners, it’s hard to keep up with all your holiday to-do’s. This year, Kraft is helping out with great weeknight meals and entertaining ideas to make the season a little bit easier. Plus, Kraft is offering up to $20 in coupons, redeemable exclusively at Target, to make food shopping easier and to help you have a happy holiday season.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kraft. The opinions and text are all mine.

Totally Addicted to Milkbar’s Crack Pie

Yup.  This slice of pie gets it’s very own blog post.  Tomorrow you will read all about my first day of the trip I took to New York for Martha Stewart’s Dreamers In To Doers event.  A whole day crammed in to one post.  But this!  This, pie of the Gods, gets it’s own post.  Christina Tosi is the woman behind this masterpiece and she is a freaking genius.  She runs the small chain called Milkbar, which is part of the Momofuko family, in and around Manhattan.  I recently bought her new-ish cookbook for my bff, who shares a dessert affinity with me.  Before I wrapped it up and gave it to her, I read every single page.  This is not your average dessert cookbook.  Christina is super inventive (look in to her cereal milk, compost cookie and corn cookie – NOW.  Google her name and make your way through the entries) and knows her stuff.  This was a must do on my list while in New York.  If I were to describe this pie, Crack Pie, I would say it is sort of an oatmeal cookie crust topped with an extra rich and condensed pecan pie filling without the nuts topped with a generous amount of powdered sugar.  Or I might say that you take the first bite and your mouth freaks out and says, “What is this magnificence?” which startles you because didn’t intend to speak.  But you keep on eating, this time in silence, because you have the pie crammed so far down your face, as to not lose a precious morsel, that your mouth is physically incapable of forming words.  You simply must try this when you are in New York.  The recipe is several steps more than I feel comfortable with but I may strongly suggest that my friend give it a go so that I may savor it again.  I had Crack Pie more than once on my trip.  And I would eat it every day if I could.  Thank you, Christina Tosi for your brilliant mind and pastry skills.  My muffin top salutes you!