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Monday, August 22, 2011

Nicholson's Farmhouse Peanut Butter Pie

I baked and sold Cream Cheese Pound Cakes and was comtemplating what else I might want to do in the line of baking.  I mentioned this to my sister, Debra, and she said that her friend, Sandy, who she worked with had turned her garage into a kitchen and baked for several restaurants in Tallahassee.  She said that she would ask Sandy if she had a recipe that she would share with me.  Sandy gave me her recipe for Peanut Butter Pie that she made for Nicholson's Farmhouse.  She asked me to not share it with anyone and I honored her request.  Nicholson's Farmhouse closed about ten years ago, so I feel sharing it now will be okay. 

Nicholson's Farmhouse was located in Havana, Florida.  It was the homestead of Paul Nicholson.  They moved a number of old homes to the location.  One home was the kitchen and another was a gift shop.  One home was the main dining area and the other three or four homes were dining areas, too.  Their specialty was marinated steaks.  It became a very popular place for those attending FSU football games in Tallahassee.  Over the years, there were many parties celebrated there.  There were weddings, Christmas parties, and even Legislature meetings.

Nicholson's Farmhouse Peanut Butter Pie is worthy of a blue ribbon and I guarantee your family will agree!  The recipe makes three pies, so you can share..........or not!

                                   Nicholson's Farmhouse Peanut Butter Pie

3 graham cracker pie crusts
1 stick margarine, room temperature
3 - 8 oz. pkgs. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, room temperature
1 1/2 cups Jif Creamy Peanut Butter 
3 cups Cool Whip
4 cups powdered sugar

Mix all of the above together and spread in pie crusts.

Topping: 

1 cup milk chocolate chips
2/3 cup half & half

Combine chips and half & half.  Melt in microwave.  It will take approx. 5 min., stirring after 2 1/2 min.  You want it to be slightly thick.  Spread on pies.

Refrigerate pies.

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