Peanut Butter Pie with Caramel and Chocolate Ganache {Take 5 Pie}


I don’t even try to explain to my kids why they seem to have less Halloween candy the day after they go trick or treating.  It has to be those darn bread ruining elves that have found another hobby.  I would surely never steal candy from a baby.  Borrow?  Maybe.


And during this past Halloween I discovered a candy bar that will forever be known as my downfall; as most chocolate bars are.  It’s a Take 5 Bar from Hershey’s.  It is pretzel with caramel, peanut butter, peanuts, and dipped in chocolate.  The only thing that could possible improve this is the news that is the perfect health food loaded with vitamins and only 5 calories.  I’m not holding my breath.


I am banking on the health benefits of peanut butter and antioxidants from chocolate.  Please don’t take that one thing away from me.  And pretzels are low fat, are they not!?  See.  Health food.

This Peanut Butter Pie with Caramel and Chocolate Ganache with a pretzel crust aka TAKE 5 Pie may be harder to pass off as healthy.  This pie also incorporates a long standing obsession I have with cheesecake.  What.have.I.done.

Peanut Butter Pie with Caramel and Chocolate Ganache {Take 5 Pie}
Recipe type: Dessert
  • Crust
  • 1½ cups crushed pretzels
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • Peanut Butter Layer
  • 1 - 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup caramel sauce, homemade or store bought
  • Chocolate Ganache Layer
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In a small bowl mix the crushed pretzels, sugar, and melted butter. Press into a pie tin and bake for 8 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter, and powdered sugar in a medium until fluffy. Stir in the peanuts Set aside.
  4. In another medium bowl whip the cream and vanilla until stiff. Stir in a quarter of the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture then gently fold in the remaining whipped cream.
  5. Once the crust is cooled spread the peanut butter filling you just made into the crust. Chill for an hour.
  6. Pour the caramel sauce over the chilled pie. Set aside.
  7. In a microwave safe bowl heat the chocolate chips and heavy cream for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until the chocolate is melted. Whisk to combine if necessary.
  8. Pour the melted chocolate over the caramel layer on the pie, spreading if necessary. Chill for another hour or overnight then serve.
  9. The pretzels are crushed best in a food processor but can also be done by hand. Total time includes chill time. © Budget Gourmet Mom



Some other pies that you might fancy {and by the way, I know all of these people. Luckeeeee}

Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue | Completely Delicious 
Mini Blackberry Pies | Sweet Basil
Coconut Cream Pie with Chocolate Crumb Crust | Barbara Bakes
Super Simple Pecan Pie | A Bountiful Kitchen
Caramel Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel | Cafe Johnsonia
Apple Toffee Galette | Two Peas in their Pod
Snickerdoodle Pie | Mountain Mama Cooks
Pumpkin Pie with Dulce de Leche | Everyday Southwest
Dazzleberry Pie | Frieda Loves Bread
Maple Buttermilk Pie with Meringue | Vintage Mixer
Lemon Meringue Pie | Taste and Tell


  1. This looks amazing, can’t wait to make it! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. I need a slice! I mean NEED!

  3. Oh. my. gawwww. I love you.

  4. Holy moly, this looks amazing!!! I’m putting it on my list to make for Christmas this year! I LOVE peanut butter pie.

  5. What a luscious pie! Pie is my favorite part of Thanksgiving. I’ll look forward to checking out all the posts. Thanks for the link love.

  6. Holy crap. Get in my mouth. Now.

  7. Whaaaat? Holy Mother of sweets, Gimme that pie! Wow!

  8. That is one glorious pie!

  9. This sounds amazing & the perfect dessert for my husband. I may just have to make it for Thanksgiving.

  10. omg omg omg. I love Take 5. This pie is killin me. like…about to have a heart attack over the wonderousness that it is.

  11. Holy yum! I need another dessert for Thanksgiving and I don’t have to look any further!

  12. Love it !!

  13. For the crust, is the butter melted first? Thanks! Looks amazing!

  14. Stunning pie, Krista! Love PB + choc + caramel – and all in one, even better!

  15. Mmmmm! This looks so good, and easy to make! LOVE IT! I added a few of my fav pie recipes to your link up too! 🙂

  16. Oh, crap. You just HAD to remind me about the Take 5 bar. It’s all your fault! All I need is another pie recipe in my Thanksgiving repertoire. As much as I love a hot, buttery roll for Thanksgiving, it’s the pie that wins me over….

    You’re so sweet. 🙂

  17. KRISTA!!!!! Girl…now I am craving this pie something fierce. Take 5’s are one of my favorites, next to 3 Musketeers. Pie form? It’s going to be necessary to make this very very soon. I will be dreaming about it until I do. My stomach thanks you (but my tooshie doesn’t) haha Happy Thanksgiving week!


  18. Krista!! This pie is unbelievable. Thanks also for the link love!

  19. Take 5 bars are one of my all-time faves! Do you find they’re harder to find? I do…and that’s maybe a blessing…


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