Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mini Peanut Butter Pies *For Mikey*

I know I posted today already.  I don’t even post every day, let alone twice per day.  But this is special, read on…
Until this week I was only acutely aware of how much you can hurt for someone who you barely know.  Jennifer Perillo of In Jennie’s Kitchen suddenly and unexpectedly lost her husband, Mikey, this week.  My heart aches for her.  The tragedy has struck the whole blogging community and I’m amazed and overwhelmed by the love and ourpouring of support that has been shown.
Jennie posted this recipe for Peanut Butter Pie, which was Mikey’s favorite. She asked her readers to make a peanut butter pie on Friday and share it with those we love.  I wasn’t able to make one on Friday but I did it today.  I am so blessed to be associated with a group of people who care so much for others in their community.  Although I didn’t know Jennie personally, I hope and pray that she is comforted by the support and love of her blogging friends.
Jennie’s story has inspired us all to live in the moment, to not neglect to tell the ones we love that they mean the world to us.  We truly never know if we’ll have another chance to say it. Carpe Diem!Jennie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughters.  I pray that you receive the strength and courage you need every day.  I’m so deeply sorry for your loss.

Mini Peanut Butter Pies Recipe
6 Oreo cookies
2 Tbs. butter, softened
2 ounce cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbs. milk
Pinch salt
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbs. chocolate chips (optional)
Line a small muffin tin with 6 liners. Place an Oreo (or other sandwich cookie) in the bottom.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Add the vanilla, milk and salt and mix until combined. Add powdered sugar in three batches, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Scoop into the prepared muffin tins and refrigerate for 1 hour or until set. I chose to sprinkle the chips on top of the pies instead of folding them in…either way will be delicious.

23 Responses to “Mini Peanut Butter Pies *For Mikey*”

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    Erin — August 13, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    Your pie looks wonderful! Very well written post.

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    Kate@Diethood — August 13, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    Beautiful tribute, Cassie… wishing you and yours all the best. ♥

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    Peggy — August 13, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    Your pie sounds so delicious! And an amazing cause – it never ceases to amaze me how close knit the blogging community is.

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    Bev Weidner — August 13, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    I know. I know. I'm behind too, as my post will be up tomorrow. Horrible…

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    Christine's Pantry — August 13, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    Beautiful, and such a lovely tribute!

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    Anne@frommysweetheart — August 13, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

    Cassie… I just read about this today on another post and sent a note to Jennie, though I don't know her either. You are right about this food community….and I pray she takes comfort in knowing that even total strangers are supporting her. Your post was lovely to read.

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    Tiffany — August 13, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

    This mini version is such a great idea! And very sweet of you to post in honor of Mikey.

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    BonnieBanters — August 13, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    Just darling pies and they look delicious! A lovely tribute to Jennie and Mikey. (I didn't know them personally either, but heard about through the blogging community…so sad.)

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    The Culinary Lens — August 13, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

    I did not know Jennifer or her blog but I have been so impressed at the outpouring of support. The food blogging community is a wonderful place and I am glad to be slowly becoming a part of it.

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    Kim Bee — August 13, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

    Wonderful and thoughtful post Cassie. Very well said.

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    kitchenarian — August 13, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    Lovely post. Your mini pies are heavenly.

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    Ann — August 13, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

    A gift of love is never too late. This was a beautiful post…

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    Dulce Dough — August 13, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

    Such a lovely tribute and reminder, Cassie. The outpouring of support for Jennie has been so amazing. I don't think any of us will ever look at a peanut butter pie quite the same. We will always be reminded of Jennie and Mikey, and we will remember to hold those we love a little tighter.

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    Angie's Recipes — August 14, 2011 @ 2:08 am

    A very beautiful tribute. And those mini peanut butter pies look fanscinating.

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    CJ @ — August 14, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    I love that the blogging community comes together when someone we may have never even met, has a hardship. Your mini peanut butter pies look awesome!

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    Lizzy — August 14, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    Oh, your mini pies look fabulous! So nice of you to join in the tribute for Mikey, Cassie~

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    Quay Po Cooks — August 14, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

    Lovely mini pies for Mike and I am sure Jennie will feel your support and care. I am sure it helps to make the pain of loosing Mike easier to bear for her. The blogging community is one BIG loving and caring family!

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    Skylar Wolfe — August 15, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    Lovely post, all of these are so wonderful to read

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — August 15, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    What a very beautiful tribune to Mikey. Your mini peanut butter pies look fabulous!

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    Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} — August 17, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    A beautiful tribute Cassie. There were so many pb pie posts I didn't get to them all. Still in pain for this woman I've never met.


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