Start to finish: 5 hours (more if you are spreading out the steps)
1 refrigerated pie crust
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1 pint chocolate ice cream
25 miniature peanut butter cups, chilled and coarsely chopped , divided
3/4 cup cold heavy cream
3 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Let the pie crust sit at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes before starting. To blind bake the crust, transfer it to a 9-inch pie pan. Gently press it into the pan, into the corners and up the sides. Fold the edges underneath themselves to form a thick rim that hangs just over the edge of the pie pan. Crimp the edges attractively. Place the crust in the freezer and chill for 30 minutes to one hour (you can also leave it overnight if you want to get this step done ahead of time).
Before you take the pie out, preheat the oven to 375 F. Prick the crust in several places with a fork. Line the inside of the crust with parchment paper, then fill it with dry rice or dried beans. Bake the crust for 20 minutes, and then carefully remove the parchment paper with the grains or beans inside. Return the crust to the oven and bake for another 18 to 20 minutes, until the crust is golden. Remove and let cool completely on a wire rack.
Take both ice creams out of the freezer and let soften slightly. In a medium-size bowl, combine the vanilla ice cream with 3/4 of the peanut butter cups, blending until they are well combined.
Scoop half of the chocolate ice cream into the cooled crust, spread it evenly, and smooth the top with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. (See Cooking Tip at bottom). Turn the vanilla ice cream with the peanut butter cups on top of the chocolate ice cream and spread that out evenly, trying not to disrupt the bottom chocolate ice cream layer. Scoop the remaining chocolate ice cream on top, and smooth out that layer. Return the pie to the freezer to firm up completely, at least 3 hours and up to 5 days. If you are storing the pie for more than a few hours, cover the top tightly with plastic wrap.
Just before you are ready to serve the pie, place the cream, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer to blend the cream until firm peaks just form. Scoop the whipped cream attractively over the top of the pie. Let it sit for 10 minutes to soften just slightly before cutting. Use a sharp knife that has been dipped into a cup of hot water and then wiped dry to cut slices of the pie. Do this dip and wipe between each slice.
Cooking Tip: To make sure your layers are even and unblended, place the pie in the freezer for about 30 minutes between each ice cream layer addition. That allows each layer to firm up before more ice cream is added. Keep the softened ice cream in the fridge while the pie is freezing between stages.
Nutrition information per serving: 465 calories; 263 calories from fat; 29 g fat (15 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 60 mg cholesterol; 231 mg sodium; 48 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 34 g sugar; 7 g protein.
Katie Workman , Associated Press