Okay. This is a mostly no-bake dessert (and it is delicious). The crust (if you make it from scratch) needs to cook for five minutes in the oven so that it holds together well. But the ending will definitely be worth it. Serve it straight from the freezer for your Fourth of July picnic–or anytime. Everyone will rave about the creamy, rich goodness!
- 24 Oreo (or store brand) cookies
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 (8 ounce) container of whipped topping, thawed
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy)
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 package (4 ounces) cream cheese (reduced fat)
- 1/2 cup milk
- For the crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, crush the Oreo cookies until crumbled. (If you do not have a food processor, use a rolling pin atop a large Ziploc bag with the cookies inside.) Put aside half a teaspoon or so of crumbs.
- Pour crumbs into a medium bowl and add the sugar. Melt the butter in a small bowl in the microwave in 20-second increments, and then pour into the bowl. Stir until combined.
- Lightly grease the pie pan and add in the crumbly mixture. Push the crumbs into the dish and up the sides in a thin and even layer. *If you do not want to make a crust, you can purchase a chocolate graham cracker crust from the grocery store.*
- Cook crust in oven for five minutes. Allow crust to cool before adding in pie filling.
- For the pie: Allow the cream cheese to soften at room temperature. Beat thoroughly with mixer along with powdered sugar.
- Mix in peanut butter and milk. Beat for a few minutes until very smooth.
- Use spatula to fold in the whipped topping.
- Pour pie filling into crust. Sprinkle leftover cookie crumbs on top. Stick in freezer for around two hours, and then enjoy!
Other great summer picnic recipes include:
- pasta salad
- lemon garlic shrimp
- chocolate chip cookie cheesecake filled brownies
- marinated grilled shrimp
- molasses marinated flank steak with watermelon salsa
Looking for Winston-Salem Fourth of July festivities? Here are a few:
- The Old Salem Independence Day celebration: A full day of activities for the whole family. $21 for adults, $16 for children.
- July 4th Red, White and Blue Party: At the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem. Celebrate with a patriotic tattoo, a picnic, popsicles, and more. Free with membership or $7.
- Tanglewood Park Fireworks: The park will open for picnics around 5:00 p.m. before the fireworks begin around 9:30. $5 per car and $10 per bus or motor coach.
- Independence Celebration at Historic Bethabara Park: Enjoy patriotic music, historical demonstrations, games, re-enactments, and more. Begins at 1:30 p.m. Free admission.