Tuesday, April 10, 2012

To Die For

This Easter weekend my contribution to the family dinners GB and I attended was to die for. I have never made a dessert like this. While meandering around Pinterest I often pin drool-worthy desserts. One of these desserts is from The Sweet Life. I live for chocolate and peanut butter combinations, as do my family, so I knew this would be a hit. 

I gathered all of the ingredients and set to work. 

Graham Crackers
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Reese's Mini Cups
Cream Cheese
Peanut Butter 
Cool Whip (I used the off-brand)

First, I crushed 9 whole graham crackers, or one sleeve. 

I had to use the nifty ninja. 

Next, I tossed in 1/3 cup of sugar. 

Then I added 1/3 cup of melted butter. 

After it was fully mixed I pressed the grahams into a pie dish. The blogger suggested using a springform pan - but I don't know if I own one or not. I should know that, right?

I popped the crust into the oven at 350° for 8 minutes. It was perfectly browned. 

The next portion is to make the middle layer. I melted an entire bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips. The bag I purchased was 2 1/2 cups and the recipe called for 3 cups. 2 1/2 cups is PLENTY. 

This is the first time I have used condensed milk. It is very creepy. 

I added 2 tsp of Vanilla and 1/4 tsp of salt. 

 This is the point where things get 'Smashley.' The instructions call to mix all of the ingredients for the 'fudge layer' together. The fudge ingredients are chocolate, condensed milk, vanilla, salt and Reese's miniatures. There was no way I was going to unwrap all of those Reese's cups so I just added a few. 

Reading through the instructions again, I now realize I was supposed to press the Reese's cups into the melted fudge. Oops! I'll just call it some added fun. I chose not to press the cups into the fudge. It's just too much! (Notice the peek of Mac N' Cheese on the corner of this photo. That was GB's contribution to Easter dinner.) 

 Now time to work on the mousse. I mixed together room temperature Cream Cheese (1 block), 1 cup of peanut butter, and 1 cup of powdered sugar. 

Next I folded in 3/4 of a tub of imitation cool whip. 

When that was all done I topped the mousse on the fudge. 

Next I chopped Reese's and threw them on top of the pie. 

Now we must discuss how this beautiful pie tastes. I wish I had my camera on me when my family dug in. This pie has the power to instantly silence the loudest people on the planet. This pie is so rich and decadent. Those words do not even describe the treat accurately. I advise you - drink milk and eat slowly. For even the biggest dessert eaters, take a small piece. The original blogger calls this pie "not for the faint of heart." I could not have said it better than myself. 

Indulge. Then tell me all about it! 

1 comment:

  1. yours turned out wonderfully! I love that you said it has the power to silence--so true :)