Monday, June 11, 2012

Awesome Chocolate 'Freezer Pies' For Summer


When you hear the word, 'pie', what do you think of? For a lot of us, it's the apple pie cooling in the mom's window. They smell and look good, but not all of us have a knack for baking. Also, you can't leave an oven on unattended, which might cut into time you need for something else. A freezer, on the other hand, doesn't need that type of supervision. Here are a couple of recipes for ice cream 'freezer pies' you can make and go about your business.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

1 18-oz fudge ice cream topping, slightly warmed
1 ½ vanilla ice cream, softened
1 chocolate graham pie crust (an Oreo crust might work too)
2 cups creamy peanut butter

Using slow speed, mix peanut butter and ice cream for 1 minute. Now, pour it into the pie crust and put in the freezer for 3 hours or until firm. Spoon the fudge topping over the pie, add as much whipped cream as you want and serve!

Here's another 'bake-free' pie. It's a 'mud pie' you can actually eat! Without getting into trouble, anyway.

Double-Layered Mud Pie
1 quart coffee ice cream
1 12-oz jar hot fudge ice cream topping
1 6-oz chocolate cookie crumb pie crust (Oreo or perhaps chocolate graham)
1 12-oz bag miniature chocolate chips
1 8-oz container whipped topping, thawed.
½ of 1 18-oz package of crushed Oreos, divided up
¾ cup chocolate syrup (for garnish)

Put the crust in the freezer until firm, about half an hour. Put half of the ice cream into a bowl and let it soften for about 10 minutes. Then, mix in the chips and spread over crust in an even layer. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 2 hours. You will be freezing it for 8 hours, all told.

Meanwhile, microwave the topping for 30-60 seconds or until just hot enough to pour. Set 2 tablespoons of the cookies aside and stir the rest into the topping. Take the pie out of the freezer, spread the topping mixture over the pie, cover and freeze for 2 more hours. Then, spread a second layer of softened ice cream over the topping, cover and freeze for 2 more hours. Spread the whipped topping, freeze for two more hours and serve.

There, now you have a couple of recipes for 'freezer pies'. This way, you can make a great dessert without doing a bit of baking. Enjoy!

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