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Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie Peanut Pie Extreme

Recipe By: Helen Fields
Year Submitted: 2018
Winner Third Place


Pie Crust Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter-flavored shortening, very cold
4 tablespoons butter, very cold
3 tablespoons water, ice cold
3 tablespoons vodka, ice cold
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Small amount of flour for rolling dough

Pie Filling Ingredients:
5 tablespoons creamy peanut butter; divided use
1/2 cup coarsely ground roasted, salted peanuts
6 tablespoons salted butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup dark corn syrup
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup coarsely chopped roasted, salted peanuts
1/3 cup whole roasted, salted peanuts


In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and sugar. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles cornmeal. Cut in butter until mixture pieces are pea sized. Stir together water, vodka, and vanilla in a small bowl. Quickly work 5-tablespoons liquid into dry ingredients. If needed, add additional liquid a teaspoon at a time. Form dough into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30-minutes.

Unwrap dough and roll out on lightly floured board. Place rolled dough in 9-inch pie dish, flute edges and return crust to refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remove crust from refrigerator. Melt 3-tablespoons peanut butter in small bowl in microwave and brush onto inside of crust. Press ground peanuts into peanut butter. Place in oven and bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven and lower temperature to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a medium bowl in microwave melt butter and remaining 2-tablespoons peanut butter. Stir in sugar, salt, and corn syrup until well blended. In small bowl lightly whisk eggs and vanilla; pour into butter mixture. Add chopped peanuts and stir until blended. Pour mixture into prepared pie crust and sprinkle whole peanuts evenly over top.

Place pie in center oven rack and bake about 45-minutes, or until center is almost set and crust is golden. Remove baked pie to wire rack to cool completely before serving.