Valentine’s Day might be for sharing love, but no one said anything about sharing dessert.
These little individual pies are perfect portions of creamy chocolate and fluffy whipped cream on top of a chocolate chip graham cracker crust. Mmmmm….!
I love baking individual sized deserts for small get togethers or holidays because I think something about everyone getting their own personal portion says “I made this specially for you”. I think its shows some extra love.
Plus, it makes you feel like you get to eat an entire pie which is awesome.
But before I get to the recipe I want to first give a huge and humble thanks to the wonderful blogger, Cho Chip Uru who awarded me my very first blog award, the Liebster Award! Her website is covered in the most delicious and tempting recipes, check her out (if you already haven’t had the pleasure to!) at http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/.
Standard Beautiful Explanation Of Award:
A Liebster Blog Award is given to talented and loved bloggers who have less than 200 followers. I think it’s a such a lovely award because it recognizes the passionate work of up and coming bloggers and helps to share and connect delicious content to inspire new work.
I’m so excited and so appreciative to receive a liebster award. I absolutely love blogging and am so thankful to be receiving so much beautiful support from all of you fellow foodies!
Here are the rules to keep this award going:
- Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
- Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
- Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
- Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed. (Some say just 3 or more blogs of less than 200 followers each)
- Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.
Here are the next five amazing blog I’m excited to pass the award on to:
(Also, I’m so sorry if you have more than 200 followers, I had the hardest time figuring out how you’re supposed to know how many people are following you, these blogs I’m passing this award onto are some of my favorite bloggers with absolutely yummy and delicious content!)
1. http://thesmartcookiecook.com/ - this is one my favorites! She has the most adorable and delicious ideas, you can always find something special on her blog.
2. http://naturallysweetrecipes.blogspot.com/- these three sisters have the most beautiful blog! Their pictures are gorgeous and always sooo tempting!
3. http://www.onsugarmountain.com/- Jess has an awesome recipe list of the most yummy recipes. Check out her Nutella Stuffed Cookies for a real treat… yum!
4. http://www.crunchycreamysweet.blogspot.com/- I’m pretty sure Anna has way more than 200 followers (sorry Anna!) but I had to put her site up because I’m obsessed with all of her treats! I haven’t come across one that I wasn’t drooling over!
5. http://thebakerbecky.blogspot.com/- She has the cutest baking ideas! Her latest football cake pops are adorable! And her lemon meringue cupcakes… ooo yum!
Congrats to all of you and thanks for sharing such delicious content with all of us!
And now back to these Chocolate Cream Pies!
This recipe is super simple to make and uses common ingredients that won’t have you racing to the specialty foods store on Valentine’s Day morning trying to find cinnamon infused sanding sugar… Plain and simple and so soooo delicious. I’ve also made these little pies even more tempting… by using fat-free milk and cocoa powder these are irresistible lighter versions of the original (so go ahead, have two!).
You can make this recipe the day before. This way you’re not scrambling home from work to try and bake up something in a rush (we all know how this goes…burnt cookies and soupy brownies sound familiar?). Just make the pie through the chocolate pudding step the day before, and take two minutes on Valentines Day to whip up some whipped cream. Easy!
Mini Chocolate Cream Pies
- 10 graham crackers, pulsed in a food processor until crumbled (or 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 5 tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1 2/3 ounce semi-sweet chocolate, grated using the large holes on your grater
- Cooking spray
- 2 cups fat-free milk, divided
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- To prepare crust, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, butter, and chocolate in large bowl. Press crumb mixture into 6 regular tartlet pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes; cool on a wire rack 15 minutes.
- To prepare filling, combine 1/2 cup milk, 2/3 cup sugar, and next 4 ingredients (2/3 cup sugar through egg) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk.
- Heat 1 1/2 cups milk in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil). Remove from heat.
- Gradually add hot milk to sugar mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Return milk mixture to pan.
- Add chopped chocolate; cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly (about 5 minutes), stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour into prepared crust; cover surface of filling with plastic wrap.
- Chill 3 hours or until cold.
- Combine heavy whipping cream and confectioners’ sugar in a bowl and beat on medium-high speed until the mixture forms soft peaks.
- Top pie with whipped topping and serve immediately.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Crust adapted from The Sono Baking Company Cookbook
Chocolate Cream Pie Filling adapted from Cooking Light Magazine