Creamy Chocolate Delight with Pecan Meal Crust

 
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There are many names that this dessert goes by but no matter what you call it it doesn’t change the fact that it is ah-maz-ing! It’s much lighter than cheesecake, it offers a delightful delectable sweetness, it boasts a creamy chocolate flair and it’s something I like to refer to as My Favorite Dessert.

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Reasons to Love This Recipe:
1. It’s light but still decadent. If you are craving a delicious dessert but are not wanting a super heavy after-impression, this recipe is perfect.
2. It’s not too sweet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s sweet. But there is a difference between satisfyingly sweet and make-your-teeth-hurt sweet and this recipe is the former.
3. It’s easily scaled. This recipe will make (1) 9-inch pie. If you are needing to feed a crowd, double the recipe to fill a 9”x13” pan or make (2) 9-inch pies.

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Recipe:
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Crust:
2/3 cup Farm Fresh Pecan Meal
3 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter

Filling:
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, powdered sugar
2 cups whipped cream
1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding
1 1/2 cups cold milk (I used 2%, but you can use whole or skim too if you prefer more or less richness)
1 tablespoon baking cocoa

Directions:
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Crust:
1. Preheat oven to 350*F.

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2. In a small mixing bowl, combine farm fresh pecan meal, melted butter and flour until all components are mixed.

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3. Pour combined ingredients into a glass 9-inch pie pan. With your fingers, form the crust in the bottom and half way up the sides.

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4. Bake for 20 minutes and set aside to cool completely.

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Filling:
1. For the first layer, beat together softened cream cheese, 1 cup of the whipped cream and powdered sugar. Layer on top of the cooled crust.

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2. For the second layer, whisk the cold milk with the pudding mixture. Beat until the pudding is thick enough to dollop. Layer on top of the cream cheese mixture.

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3. For the top layer, whisk together the whipped cream and the cocoa. Spread evenly on top of the pudding mixture.

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4. Chill overnight to allow to completely set-up. Serve and enjoy!

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