Friends are Sweeter than Pie

“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”                                                                                                                                              -Tennessee Williams

My daughter had a friend over today to play, and of course, we made pies.  I discovered a simple idea on Pinterest that suggested using cookie cutters to make mini pies.  Even though Valentine’s Day is past, I used a heart shaped cookie cutter to make little pies.  The girls had fun taking turns cutting the hearts out and then filling them with cherry and apple pie filling.  Then we used a fork to pinch the edges together and brushed the pies with a little butter and sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top.

They turned out really cute and were very tasty.

Later in the day, I made two pies to bring to a dinner party at the home of our friends Allison and Thomas Lee.  Allison organized a reunion of some good elementary and high school friends to honor our friend Catherine and her husband Stephen who were in town visiting from London.  Allison, Catherine and I became friends when we were barely out of diapers, and we remained close friends throughout elementary school, high school and college.  Now we are all moms and enjoy getting together when we can to share stories about our families and to reminisce.

Allison’s husband Thomas cooked a delicious dinner and for dessert, I cooked Baby Finney’s apple blackberry pie (this is becoming one of my favorites) and a peanut butter chocolate pie with a chocolate crust.  The pies were a hit and the conversation and old stories were even sweeter.

Salud to old friends!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie Recipe

Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust

2 packages chocolate graham crackers

1 stick of butter

1/2 cup sugar

Pulse graham crackers, sugar, and softened butter in cuisinart until well mixed.  Press mixture in 9 in pie dish making sure to get the sides covered.

Peanut Butter Filling

1 cup confectioners sugar

1 cup creamy peanut butter

3 ounces cream cheese

1 1/2 cup heavy cream

Beat together sugar, peanut butter and cream cheese until smooth and fluffy.   In another bowl, whip cream beginning on low speed and increasing to medium.  Slowly add spoonfuls of the whipped cream to the peanut butter mixture.

Pour filling into pie dish and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Add whipped cream and drizzle chocolate on top of pie just before serving.

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