Chocolate Kahlua Pie: Happy New Year!

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How was your New Year’s Eve? Ours was delightful! We spent the evening with a group of friends back in south Florida where we lived for so many years . Our group had dinner in a private room at a local steak house. After dinner we reconvened at one couple’s home and spent the remainder of the evening enjoying conversation, sipping champagne, and sampling an array of desserts. Of course, we also toasted the new year at midnight.

My contribution to the dessert spread was a frozen chocolate kahlua pie. It is an easy recipe which is  I one reason I decided to make it. Since we were staying at my brother’s home, I didn’t have access to all of my kitchen equipment. Making this pie was easy even in my bachelor brother’s kitchen (which is used sparingly.) The other reason I made this particular dessert is that it’s quite yummy! It’s cool, creamy, and light, almost like a chocolate mousse, so it’s the perfect end to a rich meal. Most everyone likes chocolate, so this pie is always a hit. It was a hit on New Year’s Eve, too!

If you need an easy dessert to take to a get-together or if you’re hosting a dinner party, try this delicious frozen pie. It can be made ahead and left in the freezer until you need it. I recommend taking it out about 20 minutes before you want to serve it so it’s easier to cut. It contains kahlua, but not a great deal so there is very little alcohol in each slice. I’ve never tried making the recipe without the kahlua, but it might work even without the kahlua if the alcohol content is a concern for you. Perhaps a touch of vanilla could be added or even mint extract for a chocolate-mint version.

Here’s the procedure I followed to make the pie at my brother’s home:

  1. Gather the ingredients: semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk, cream cheese, sugar, kahlua, cool whip, and a graham cracker or chocolate crumb crust. (I usually make my own crust, but because I was not home when I made this, I bought a ready-made crust.)

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2. Heat 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/3 cup milk over low heat or in the microwave until  the chips are completely melted. Blend the milk and melted chocolate well. If you use the microwave, heat for 15-20 seconds at a time and then stir and repeat until melted.

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3. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and mix until dissolved.

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4. Add 3 ounces of cream cheese. I suggest cutting the cream cheese into small cubes. Return to heat until cream cheese is melted and blends completely into the mixture. The mixture will thicken slightly.

 

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5. Add 3-4 tablespoons kahlua. Fold in 3 1/2 cups cool whip.

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6. Pour kahlua mixture into the crumb crust and cover with a layer of cool whip. Put into the freezer until ready to serve.

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7. I usually garnish the top of the pie with chocolate curls, but didn’t have the equipment this time.

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Frozen Kahlua Pie

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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 Ingredients:

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup milk

2 Tablespoons sugar

3 ounces cream cheese

3-4 tablespoons kahlua

16 oz container of cool whip

Cookie crumb pie crust (home-made or store bought graham cracker or chocolate crumb crust)

Directions:

  1. Heat 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/3 cup milk over low heat or in the microwave until  the chips are completely melted. Blend the milk and melted chocolate well. If you use the microwave, heat for 15-20 seconds and stir, then repeat until melted.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and mix until dissolved.
  3. Add 3 ounces of cream cheese. I suggest cutting the cream cheese into small cubes. Return to heat until cream cheese is melted and blends completely into the mixture. The mixture will thicken slightly.
  4. Add 3-4 tablespoons kahlua. Fold in 3 1/2 cups cool whip.
  5. Pour kahlua mixture into the crumb crust and cover with a layer of cool whip. Put into the freezer until ready to serve. Remove pie from freezer approximately 20 minutes before serving.
  6. Optional: garnish pie with shaved chocolate curls.

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