Black Bottom Peanut Butter Mousse Pie or maybe we should call it “Fat Bottom” Pie

Black Bottom Peanut Butter Mousse Pie
Black Bottom Peanut Butter Mousse Pie

Spring has sprung at the Schmautzhaus and, here in the Sierras the weather is bi-polar.  One day it’s beautiful, warm and calling me to open the windows.  The next day the clouds roll in, the lighting and thunder and hail and rain come pouring down and the heater comes back on.greenshoes_newshoots

This is the time of year when I long for warmer days and for our yard to stop looking like an abandoned lot.  But we have a saying here in the mid-Sierras, “It always snows on the Dogwoods.”  So, until the Dogwoods bloom and then it snows on them, winter is not over.  We have had as much as 20″ of snow in April in some years.  You just never know about April in the Sierras.

However, Obie T. Dogg and I did get out last week to scout around for a good place for an outdoor engagement photo shoot.  We found a couple of great locations, including one of my favorite ponds.

Outingdale Pond
Outingdale Pond
Beautiful Spring Day
Beautiful Spring Day

You can see a storm on the horizon and I thought it would be a rainy, miserable day for the photo shoot, but it was wonderfully warm (69-70) and a little cloudy on the day of the shoot.  We couldn’t put the shoot off because the young man was in the Air Force and he was scheduled to go oversees this week.  But, God smiled on the photo shoot and we got some great pictures for this very special young couple.

Engagement Photo shoot
Engagement Photo shoot

And since the trees were beginning to flower, we found another wonderful country road location.

Spring Day and Love
Spring Day and Love

It was a wonderful photo shoot.  I would like to thank this young man and his fiance for their sacrifice and service to our country and for giving me the honor of doing their engagement pictures.  I wish him Godspeed as he leaves his family to serve us overseas. (Yes!Chef! helped me out by becoming my Sherpa and shlepping my equipment around.  He also held the reflector for me.  He is just so versatile.)

Spring being what it is, the storm moved in on Easter Day.  Yes!Chef! cooked a ham with Potatoes Gratin and Green Beans.  Our daughter made the wonderful desert.  And it was as delicious as it looks.  The flavor is full of peanut butter, but it is light as a cloud. And, from what I could tell by watching my daughter make the dessert, it was pretty simple.

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I added a few chopped up salted peanuts to the top for a little saltiness and crunch, although, my daughter used chunky peanut butter in the recipe, so there was some crunch inside the mousse layer.  The graham cracker crust was crispy and the chocolate ganache layer made the whole thing taste like a Reese’s Peanut butter Cup.

Crunchy and peanut buttery
Crunchy and peanut buttery

My daughter got the recipe here.

Black-Bottom Peanut Butter Mousse Pie

Bon Appétit  | August 2006

yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings

active time: 35 minutes

total time: 2 hours


  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 7 whole graham crackers, coarsely broken
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 1/3 cups bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips (about 8 ounces)
  • 2/3 cup plus 1 3/4 cups chilled whipping cream, divided
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 6 ounces (1 cup) peanut butter chips
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (do not use old-fashioned style or freshly ground)


Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish with nonstick spray. Blend graham crackers, melted butter, and 2 tablespoons sugar in processor until moist clumps form. Press crumb mixture over bottom and up sides of prepared pie dish. Bake crust until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine chocolate chips, 2/3 cup cream, corn syrup, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium heat until chocolate softens, about 3 minutes. Whisk until melted and smooth. Spread chocolate mixture over bottom of crust. Freeze 10 minutes.

Microwave peanut butter chips and 3/4 cup cream in large microwave-safe bowl on medium heat at 15-second intervals just until chips soften, stirring often. Whisk in peanut butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cool to barely lukewarm. Beat remaining 1 cup cream and 2 tablespoons sugar in medium bowl until very thick but not yet holding peaks; fold into peanut butter mixture in 3 additions. Spoon mousse over chocolate layer. Chill at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

As I mentioned above, my daughter used chunky peanut butter in the recipe, but smooth would work well, also.  She wanted to rename it Aly’s Fat Bottom Peanut Butter pie because if you eat too much of it, you might get a fat…well, you know what I’m talking about.  I think you and your family will enjoy it anyway.

While I was photographing the dessert for this post, someone (looking suspiciously like my youngest son) tried to enjoy some more of the pie right in the middle of the shoot.   I would have had more photos, but the pie disappeared along with a few prop candies pretty quickly.  Frankly, I think I was lucky to get these few photos.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe and the change in seasons.

Published by

Karen Schmautz


10 thoughts on “Black Bottom Peanut Butter Mousse Pie or maybe we should call it “Fat Bottom” Pie

  1. This looks so good I’m gonna try it soon, with chunky PB! And salted nuts on top! Great modifications as far as I’m concerned. Thanks for sharing! Yum!!!

      1. The pie looks FABU! Tell Ali thanks… maybe I’ll try when in your neck of the woods. I sure CAN’T make it down here as I would eat it all and definitely become a FAT BOTTOMED GIRL! LOL.

  2. This looks so much fun!! For my sake I’m glad you didn’t take any more photos of the pie – I’m practically eating the screen of my laptop already 😉

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