Sunday, March 24, 2013

Jimmy Carter Peanut Butter Pie

Jimmy Carter was the United States' 39th President and is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. By the time he left office, I was less than 3 months old, so obviously I don't have any memories of his Presidency. Most people associate Jimmy Carter, outside of his Presidency, with his work with Habitat for Humanity, and peanuts. 

Before his career in politics, Carter was a peanut farmer in Plains, Georgia. Today, there is an AMAZING peanut statue in the little town of Plains, right in front of a convenience store off of Hwy 45. I didn't take this picture; I've been through Plains once, but it was for a business trip and I didn't have my camera with me. 

Anyway, back to the peanuts. As a Southerner, peanuts are pretty important to me. Plus, they're DELICIOUS. It's a tradition to eat boiled peanuts (plain or Cajun-style) here, and we also LOVE our peanut butter desserts, from bark to fudge to peanut butter balls and bars. Of course, peanut butter makes AMAZING pies, too - I posted a recipe for my Mile-High Peanut Butter Pie, which has a gooey brownie layer, topped with a creamy peanut butter filling. 

This pie is a little different. It's simple, quick and easy to make, and is FULL of peanut buttery goodness. It's a no-bake, chilled pie, so it's PERFECT for hot summer weather, too. There are recipes EVERYWHERE for this pie, and it's actually commonly called "Jimmy Carter" pie. I'm sure the President loves this one, and you will too!

Jimmy Carter Peanut Butter Pie

1 8oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1 8oz container Cool Whip
1 chocolate cookie pie crust

With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy and well-blended.

Add the peanut butter and milk; beat until combined.

Fold in all of the Cool Whip except for 1/2 cup; reserve this for topping the pie later. Add the filling to the crust.

Cover and chill for 2-3 hours or until firm. If you're REALLY in a hurry, you can freeze the pie for about 15-20 minutes instead. Top with the reserved 1/2 cup of Cool Whip and garnish as desired.


  1. You know there's a [Jimmy] Carter Family Favorites cookbook, right? And it's not just peanuts.

    I ran across it when I was looking for the other Carter Family's cookbook. I mean, I guess it's an obvious way to find it, but I still find it slightly amusing. (I'm afraid the Jimmy Carter family does a better cookbook, but my Maybelle Carter family cookbook is signed by June Carter Cash.)

    1. Lucky you on having a signed copy of the Maybelle Carter cookbook!!!