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Dec 16

Peppermint Chocolate Chess Pie

Peppermint Chocolate Chess Pie: the perfect pie for peppermint season!

Peppermint Chocolate Chess Pie | crazyforcrust.com

I am totally not winning the responsible mom award for Christmas this year. I let Jordan watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. She loved it. I sat watching on edge, waiting for the next swear word.

I’d kind of forgotten how many f-bombs are in that movie.

I only had to hum loudly a few times. And make her cover her eyes twice.

#momwin by Jordan’s standards. #momfail by most parenting standards, I’m sure. Oh well, when I was her age I was watching Golden Girls. So, somehow, this seems better.

Christmas Vacation is one of our traditions at Christmas, although it’s never included an 8-year-old before. A tradition we always do? Peppermint hot chocolate. There’s something extra special about adding a dash of peppermint extract or a candy cane stir stick to a mug of hot chocolate. {Or, if you’re me, a dash of peppermint schnapps.}

That leads me to this pie: Peppermint Chocolate Chess. It tastes like a rich and indulgent mug of peppermint hot chocolate…but in a pie. With a crust!

Peppermint Chocolate Chess Pie | crazyforcrust.com

Now, if you think you’re crust challenged, or if you are just scraped for time (who isn’t?) then you can use a Pillsbury crust. Or, if you feel like making the real thing, go for a from scratch recipe. I have a tutorial here for an all-butter pie crust.

I used Pillsbury. This year…I just can’t even fathom Christmas is in a week. I still have 12 book recipes to finish before then. #notgoingtohappen #januaryisgoingtosuck

Anyway.

Peppermint Chocolate Chess Pie. This is a combination of two amazing things: peppermint and chocolate chess. You know about chess pie, right? I made a peanut butter chess version at Thanksgiving. This is my chocolate version. It’s an egg-based pie but it’s baked so it sets. It’s not a custard-like pie, this is more like a brownie in texture.

And it’s really, really good.

And really, really pepperminty.

I used Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Bits. They come in a red bag, in the candy aisle or holiday baking aisle. I know they have them at Walmart. If you can’t find the bits, they also sell the candies (they look like Andes Mints, but in red packaging) in the holiday candy aisle. They just need chopping (one package is about 1 cup). If you can’t find those, you can use regular Andes mints. Or any peppermint bark candy you can find. Ghiradelli, Guittard, Williams-Sonoma, Hershey’s Kisses, Nestle. Anything that is peppermint and can be chopped up and added to the pie will work.

This is one of my favorite pies of all time.

Chocolate + Peppermint = Christmas

Peppermint Chocolate Chess Pie | crazyforcrust.com

Enjoy!

Peppermint Chocolate Chess Pie

Ingredients:


  • 1 pie crust or storebought

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 tablespoon flour

  • 3/4 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch baking pieces (see note)

  • Whipped cream and crushed candy canes for garnish, optional


Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Unroll pie crust and place it into pie plate. Chill until ready to fill.

  2. Whisk butter and cocoa. Whisk in eggs. Add sugar, salt, vanilla, and flour and whisk until smooth. Gently whisk in milk. Stir in peppermint crunch baking pieces.

  3. Pour batter into prepared pie shell. Bake for 40-45 minutes until it’s just slightly jiggly in the center and no longer dull on top. Cool completely before topping.

  4. Serve with whipped cream or Cool Whip and more peppermint crunch pieces and/or crushed candy canes.

  5. I find the Andes Peppermint Crunch baking pieces at Super Walmart. They also sell the Peppermint Crunch patties (like regular Andes mints) at the grocery store in the holiday section. If you cannot find them you can use regular Andes mints, or any peppermint bark candy (like Ghiradelli, Nestle, or any brand you find).


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Sweets from friends:
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Peppermint Cream Brownie Pie by A Kitchen Addiction