By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: December 15, 2018 | 08:05 a.m.
Anyone who has been following my columns for awhile now may recognize this as very similar to a recipe from a few years back, but if anything ever did bear repeating, it would be this dessert. Because, besides being one of the very best things I have ever eaten – surprise! The only “cooking” required is a minute and a half melting chocolate chips in the microwave!
As it happened, last week while planning for the cast party for It’s a Wonderful Life – The Radio Play – I was wracking my brain for something really, really decadent and delicious and I just couldn’t think of anything – ANYTHING – better than this. Plus Double Chocolate Cheesecake Pie checks off two of the three boxes on my list of “perfect” things to look for in a recipe. 1) It requires only four ingredients, all of which are readily available and basically non-perishable – so you can keep everything to make it on hand for “emergencies.” 2) It’s such a breeze to put together that I once made enough of them to serve 200 people in just a couple of hours! The only thing keeping this recipe from perfection is that the ingredients – three (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, one can of sweetened condensed milk, a cup and a half of chocolate chips, and two Oreo Chocolate Pie Crusts – are not cheap. However, it does make two pies, and I guarantee you that when you make this you will get raves.
It’s hard to believe that four simple ingredients can produce a dessesrt this special
Preparation is simplicity itself, and with a few tips, you can make them perfect every time. First, when it says “softened” cream cheese, it means exactly that. If you try to rush it by whipping the cream cheese into the other ingredients while it’s cold from the refrigerator, you’ll find yourself with white lumps marring both the look and the creamy, smooth texture of your perfect pie. Don’t melt it, but do bring it to room temperature. I like to take it out of the refrigerator the night before and then when I’m ready to make my pies, it’s just right!
Next, when you go to melt the chocolate chips, add one tablespoon of a good grade of vegetable oil before putting in the microwave, and only heat them 30 seconds at a time, stirring between. It will feel silly the first time, because they will seem still to be hard as rocks, but trust me – they will look unchanged even after they’ve begun to melt, and if you overheat them, they will burn.
Double Chocolate Cheesecake Pies are so decadently delicious that they’re perfect just as they are – and you can have them in the fridge cooling in 15 minutes.
And actually, that’s about it! Just beat together the softened cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and melted chocolate chips with your mixer, pour the mixture equally in the two pie crusts, and pop them into the refrigerator for at least four hours. (I prefer overnight.) This is guaranteed to make you a hero at any gathering from the fanciest soiree to the simplest family meal. It is also very rich, and goes great with a cup of coffee.
I like it plain, but feel free to get creative with a bit of whipped cream, some chocolate or caramel syrup, nuts, even cherries on top. And for Christmas, besides being another of my favorite foods, I just think the fresh raspberries make them look so festive – and a little bit more decadent. Speaking of “looking” the best, if it seems difficult to cut pretty slices – and it will be unless you have them just out of the fridge – use a very sharp, thin knife and wipe the blade between cuts with a paper towel.
Double Chocolate Cheesecake Pies will immediately make you the star of any gathering!
So now you’re all ready to impress – well, everyone! – with your culinary skills and be the absolute star of any holiday gathering, from the simplest meal at home to the most elegant soiree. As for how incredibly easy these are to make, let’s just keep that our little secret. Enjoy!
Queenie’s Double Chocolate CHEESECAKE PIES
- 3 (8 oz.) blocks cream cheese (softened)
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips
- 2 Oreo pie crusts
Melt chocolate chips with 1 Tbsp. oil in microwave for 1-1/2 minutes until melted, stirring every 30 seconds.
Add melted chocolate to softened cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk and beat until well blended.
Pour equally into two Oreo pie crusts and refrigerate until set.
For Christmas, I like to garnish these with fresh raspberries and maybe a dollop of homemade whipped cream. May also garnish with chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, and/or caramel syrup.
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