A Pie for Mikey

I don’t know Jennifer Perillo personally, I just read her blog and follow her tweets. But that did not make her devastating loss any less real for me. My heart ached for her and her girls, and still does.

The food blogging community is an incredibly generous and compassionate group of people, and as a tribute to Jennifer and her family we come together to make Peanut Butter Cream Pie for Mikey.

Even if you are not able to make the pie with us, please stop for a moment and tell the ones you love just how much you love them. Hug them tight and don’t let go for as long as they will let you. Forgive past transgressions, because in the long run, they really don’t matter.  Have a friend you haven’t talked to for awhile because of something silly? Call them. Grab your children, hold them tight and tell them you will always love them. . . no matter what.

Tomorrow is not promised, so live your life now.


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Peanut Butter Cream Pie
This is a pie for Mikey and a call to live your life like there is no tomorrow. This recipe is adapted from and dedicated to Jennifer Perillo.
  • 8 ounces Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookies
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a food processor, pulse the cookies until you have fine crumbsPour the crumbs into a small bowl, then mix the melted butter into the crumbs until all are moistened with butter. Add the chocolate chips and mix well.Press the crust into the bottom and partially up the sides of a springform pan. Place the crust into the refrigerator while you make the filling.
In a mixer on high speed, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Place the cream into the refrigerator while you finish the rest of the filling.
On medium high speed, beat the cream cheese and peanut butter in a mixer until it becomes light and fluffy. Reduce the speed to low, and gradually add the confectioners sugar. Scrape down the bowl as needed.Add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, beating just until everything is well incorporated.Fold in about 1/3 of the reserved whipped cream. Carefully fold in the remaining cream, until no streaks of cream remain.Pour the filling into the springform pan and chill for at least three hours.

Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: Total time: 3 hour 30 mins Yield: 1 pie

Garnish your pie with melted chocolate drizzles, chocolate chips or more whipped cream if you would like. Just be sure to share it with people you love.


Cheryl D Lee on Foodista

5 thoughts on “A Pie for Mikey”

  1. Love the idea of using Lorna Doone cookies; I didn’t’ have any chocolate wafers so made a standard graham cracker crust but I’m using this idea for something down the road. Either way, the message is the same; nice to meet a fellow traveler on this path!

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