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Hungry Girl Today: 12.14.10
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HG's Candyland Peppermint Pie
Combining the seasonal goodness of peppermint with the year-round goodness of chocolate, this pie is AMAZING. Warning: If you alert your holiday guests that this creamy treat is low in fat and calories, they might fall over and knock down some of your decorations.
4 sheets (16 crackers) chocolate graham crackers
2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
1/2 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup fat-free milk
1 small (4-serving) box Jell-O Sugar Free Fat Free Vanilla Instant pudding mix
3 cups Cool Whip Free, thawed
3 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 standard-sized peppermint candy canes, lightly crushed, divided
Optional topping: Fat Free Reddi-wip
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
To make the crust, crush graham crackers in a food processor or blender (or place in large sealable bag and crush with a meat mallet). Transfer crumbs to a bowl and set aside.
Place butter in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, about 15 seconds. Add to the bowl of graham cracker crumbs and mix until uniform.
Spray a pie pan with nonstick spray. Evenly distribute crust mixture along the bottom of the pie pan, using your hands or a flat utensil to firmly press and form the crust. Press it into the edges and up along the sides of the pan.
Bake crust in the oven until firm, 8 - 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
To make the filling, combine condensed milk, milk, and pudding mix in a large bowl. Mix well. Fold in Cool Whip until smooth. Gently stir in chocolate chips and about 3/4 of the candy cane pieces.
Once crust has cooled completely, evenly pour filling into the pan.
Refrigerate until firm and chilled, at least 2 hours. (Overnight is best.)
Sprinkle pie with remaining candy cane pieces. If you like, top with Reddi-wip just before serving. Dig in!
MAKES 8 SERVINGS
Serving Size: 1 slice (1/8th of pie)
PointsPlus® value 5*
Candy Cane Pie, Average
There's something inherently tricky about minty desserts. They seem light. Maybe it's the crisp, fresh bite. Something about the mintiness sends a message to your brain, triggering the response, "This can't be THAT bad for me!" Wrong-O. Candy-cane-inspired pies pop up a lot during the holidays; the kind your aunt whips up from scratch, the ones that someone picks up from Bakers Square... And these desserts usually involve tremendous amounts of sugar, chocolate, and heavy cream -- not to mention the cookie crusts! Here's the thing: There IS a way to enjoy a creamy slice of minty deliciousness, but you've GOT to use our special recipe and make it yourself (or hoodwink some kitchen-savvy friend into making it for you). Our dessert couldn't be more decadent -- fluffy rich filling, chocolatey pieces, that cookie crust, those minty bits... Look at that -- you're getting everything you wanted this year!
Serving Size: 1 slice
PointsPlus® value 19*
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