Sweet and Spicy Peanut Butter Pie

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Sweet and Spicy Peanut Butter Pie
 
Makes 1 (9-inch) pie
Ingredients
Crust:
  • 9 cinnamon graham cracker sheets
  • ¾ cup honey-roasted peanuts
  • ¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Filling:
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1¼ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
Topping:
  • 2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • ¼ cup honey-roasted peanuts, chopped
  • ⅓ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons water
  • 1½ teaspoons creamy peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce
  • Garnish: ground red pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. For crust: In the work bowl of a food processor, pulse together graham crackers, peanuts, brown sugar, and red pepper until coarsely ground. Add butter; process until finely ground. Firmly press mixture into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch cast-iron skillet.
  3. Bake until crust is set and puffed, about 10 minutes. Using the bottom of a measuring cup, gently flatten crust. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. For filling: In a large bowl, beat peanut butter, cream cheese, and hot sauce with a mixer at medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add confectioners’ sugar; beat on low speed until combined, about 1 minute. Add whipped topping; beat at medium-high speed until smooth, stopping to scrape sides of bowl, about 1 minute. Spread filling into prepared crust. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  5. For topping: Spread whipped topping onto pie; sprinkle with peanuts. In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar, 1½ teaspoons water, peanut butter, and hot sauce until smooth; drizzle onto pie. Garnish with red pepper, if desired.