Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream “Cake” Pie

Age. It’s just a number right? My mother firmly believed so. She guarded her age with her life. If anyone asks, tell them I’m 28. What? As a six year old, I dutifully did as I was told, after all, she looked the part. She…

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream “Cake” Pie

Age. It’s just a number right?

My mother firmly believed so. She guarded her age with her life. If anyone asks, tell them I’m 28. What? As a six year old, I dutifully did as I was told, after all, she looked the part. She looked 28 even as she headed into her mid thirties. But as she headed into the big 4-0, I got older and wiser…and I didn’t get it. Why, mom? I would ask. Basta! Just because! she would tsk.

I vowed I would never lie about my age, it was all so silly anyway. I thought my mom should be proud of her age! She always looked younger than her chronological age, and inside, she was truly young at heart.

Until today. I turned another year older yesterday, and the other night, before I said good bye to another year, I think that for the first time ever, I understood. As I head into my late twen-, ok, fine, gulp, late thirties (wow, that kind hurt to type that.), I couldn’t help but think of her.

I found myself joking with friends that I was turning 28.

But I’m not. I’ll own up to it. I turned 38 yesterday.

What do you do to cope? You make yourself a birthday cake. Or a pie. All around the blogosphere, Pie Day is going on, and this ice cream pie with its chocolate creme cookie crust has a filling of ice cream layered with more crushed cookies and topped with miniature peanut butter cups. Just looking at it is sinful. But you’re allowed one sin on your birthday.

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream "Cake" Pie

Serves 8-10 | Prep: 30 minutes, plus freezing

Is it a cake or is it a pie? You decide. It has the layers of a cake, but the crust and filling of an icebox pie.


34 chocolate creme cookies, divided
5 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened
1 cup miniature peanut butter cups, rough chopped


Lightly butter a springform pan.

Crush 24 chocolate creme cookies finely, using a food processor or by placing the cookies in a resealable bag and pounding with a rolling pin. Stir in the melted butter and press into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared springform pan. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Roughly crush the remaining cookies and set aside.

Take 1 quart of the softened ice cream and spread evenly into the chilled crust. Sprinkle the crushed cookies. Return to freezer for 20-30 minutes.

Spread remaining quart of ice cream and spread evenly into the pan. Top with the chopped peanut butter cups. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 5 hours, or overnight.

Remove from freezer 5 minutes before serving. Run a hot knife along the edges and release from springform pan. Enjoy!


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  2. Carianne

    This does look delicious, but I noticed there was a sauce on the pie/cake in the pictures that was not mentioned in the recipe. Was that a caramel sauce? While I feel that the recipe is delicious on its own, I would want to add another flavor to accompany the cookie, pb cup, vanilla ice cream combination and wondered if a sauce would pull it all together. Perhaps a dark chocolate sauce? Any ideas?

    • liren

      Hi Carianne, that sauce is caramel – but I also enjoyed it with butterscotch. Dark chocolate would be great too! But I did find that it was quite sweet and satisfying without it, too! Hope that helps!

  3. Chrissy

    Um, amazing. That’s all I can say! If it could survive the 2 hour trip to my parent’s house, I would totally make it for my mom’s birthday. I’m sure I’ll find another reason to make it!

  4. Meghan

    Hope you had a fantastic birthday, Liren! This sinful looking cake is a perfect way to celebrate!

  5. Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings

    Hmmm, I’m not quite sure how I missed this delightfully sweet post…it may be fate’s way of telling me to skip dessert and lose some weight! Hehe, your cake / pie is super decadent! I am hungry / satiated just by looking at it! Hmmm, does it even make sense to be hungry and satiated at the same time? LOL.

  6. Jean

    Happy Belated Birthday, Liren. I remember the feeling of saying goodbye to another year when I turned 40. You’re beautiful and wear 38 well (you’d never guess!) so I’m glad you prepared this decadent dessert to celebrate. It is outstanding!

  7. Rikki

    Remember when you commented on one of my posts and said we would be good eating partners? Well I already agreed with you, but this cake/pie totally confirmed that. Oh my gosh, Liren!! It looks beyond incredible. I love chocolate and peanut butter cups and ice cream cake and when it’s all mushed into a pie type form, it’s even more delicious. This is the ultimate birthday cake and I really hope you had a wonderful birthday! You are so brave for telling everyone your age [: If there is still cake left over eat a piece for me!

  8. Patty

    Beautiful sinful cake pie Liren, you’re wise beyond your years to allow yourself this small slice of luxury on your birthday;-)

  9. Jen @ Savory Simple

    I hear you. I’m turning 34 this year and that number sounds so… old. I feel like my 20s were just yesterday. But I have to say that I love my life so much more than I ever did at any younger age. I think all of us get better with age :) Have a wonderful birthday! This looks absolutely decadent.

  10. Vishakha

    That cake looks divine! Anyone who’s having that cake must have had a great birthday! Happy belated birthday:) Wish you many more happy cakes and pies in the years to come!

  11. Jenny

    Hello Liren
    Thanks for the peanut butter cup ice cream cake pie recipe.
    I’ll create one for sure, my kids are gonna like it :)
    If you don’t mind, can you submit your peanut butter cup ice cream cake pie photo in ?
    It’s a food photography site full of all DIY food pictures from members around the world. Or perhaps you’d like to submit by yourself? Let me know when you did, so I can share it.

  12. Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot

    I know I already told you, but happy birthday! You age super well Liren! That cake looks amazing! I’ve always had a soft spot for ice cream cake because I always asked for it for my birthdays as a kid.

  13. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    Dang, you look awesome for 38!! Would never have thought you were close to that age!
    This cake looks insanely delicious! I wish I didn’t already have my birthday for the year. I am going to have to come up with another reason to make it!

  14. Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers

    Don’t worry, you don’t look 38. Happy birthday and cheers to more beautiful years Liren! And this pie is already sinfully good with the title alone. Maybe I can make one for myself too because soon, I will also turn older and stepping into the dreaded zone that starts with 4.

  15. Sandra's Easy Cooking

    You don’t look even close to 38, and yes it is just a number!
    Your cake look fantastic, I wish I could make cake like that…but no success:)
    Happy B-Day to you again…

  16. Jamie

    Happy Happy Birthday, darling! And yes, a cake/pie/sinful treat such as this does make the big numbers go down a little bit easier. And as you get older, oddly enough, it gets both harder (to admit to oneself) and easier (to admit to others). So enjoy it while, yes, you are still young and have a second slice of cake/pie/sinful deliciousness. x

  17. jenjenk

    38, seriously?? you look like you’re only 28!!!! that’s just nuts!!! well, happy belated birthday! i wish we lived closer so i could come & steal a slice of this!

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