No-Bake Chocolate Candy Cane Pie

No-Bake Chocolate Candy Cane Pie

Although we are only a few episodes in, I am so hooked on the new show State of Affairs. Have you seen it?

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I stayed up super late the other night trying to finish an episode. Well, I have a really bad cough now that rattles the whole house so I was also trying to let the Robotussin kick in and not wake up the baby. I just so happened to be glued to the TV while I hacked my head off. So bad that I had to keep rewinding what I had just seen so I could actually hear the actors. Classic.

Well, I love Kathrine Heigl in it. I’ve loved her since I first watched ‘My Father The Hero’. I loved her through all the Grey’s drama as well. I think Izzy was annoying but she played that well. (And I still cry when I watch the episodes when Denny and George die). Anyway, I love her as Charleston, a CIA anaylst who develops and reports to the president about national security threats every day, through the President’s Daily Brief. Of course there is your run of the mill national security drama, with a health dose of relationship and personal drama mixed in as well. Such a good mix of drama.

Anyway, I suggest that you should check out State of Affairs if you haven’t seen it. Just like you should try out this pie. Yum.

It’s the perfect wintery treat as it is packed full of candy cane goodness. Oh man, I love candy canes in the winter. Do you decorate your Christmas tree with candy canes? I used to when I was younger. Now I just eat them. I’d totally toss some on the tree but I’d be afraid the dog would knock the tree over trying to get one. Dumby.

The pie is super easy to make. Just some mixing and you’ll have it all together in a short while. The BIGGEST thing is to wait until the heated marshmallow and candy cane mixture is cool. like really really cool. I probably should have waited a few more minutes. It really seemed cool enough but things got a little melty when I folded in into the whipped cream. It worked out well but just be really, really sure that it is really, really cool.

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Also, isn’t Charleston a kick ass name?

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No-Bake Chocolate Candy Cane Pie

Makes 1 Deep Dish Pie

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 8 ounces chocolate cookies (I used a ‘dutch chocolate cookie’)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted plus a little extra for greasing the pie plate

For the Chocolate Layer

  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

For the Peppermint layer

  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candy (I used 8 candy canes)
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Process

  1. Butter the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, finely process the cookies until you produce a fine crumb. Add the melted butter and mix to combine. Using your fingers, press this mixture into the pie plate and up the sides. Place in the fridge to harden.
  3. To make the chocolate layer, bring 3 tablespoons water to a boil. In a medium mixing bowl, mix the water and chocolate chips, stirring constantly until all the chips are melted and smooth. Cool to room temperature.
  4. In a large, chilled mixing bowl, whip the cream with the sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold in the chocolate mixture with a rubber spatula. Spoon into the crust; chill.
  5. To make the peppermint layer, break the candy into chunks. In a blender, pulse the candy until you have a fine powder. Combine the marshmallows, milk , and candy cane powder in a saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the marshmallows are melted. Cool to room temperature. (I suggest that you put the pot on a kitchen towel and into the fridge, stir every few minutes)
  6. Whip the remaining cream to stiff peaks. Fold in the marshmallow mixture. Spoon onto the chocolate mixture. Chill or freeze for at least 4 hours.

Inspired by The Houston Chronicle

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Peppermint Fudge

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What happens when you have to stop by someone’s house last minute on Christmas Eve or on Christmas? What makes a great hostess gift? It should be festive! Something easy for you is the best. Hmm, do you rip the centerpiece off your own table to bring? You can’t re-gift an opened box of chocolates. So you make this last minute Peppermint Fudge to have on hand to gift, or just eat yourself.

Family Fun Magazine has some really cute holiday baking ideas that will have both you and everyone you are celebrating with so merry! The peppermint fudge sounded too good to pass up. Plus it had peppermint candies in there so I had to end my holiday baking season with peppermint as I’ve been addicted with the mint and chocolate combo this year.

If you can use a microwave and mix things in a bowl you can make this fudge. This is the perfect recipe to whip up yourself or to make with your kids.

Peppermint Fudge

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces of while chocolate chips
  • 14 ounce can of condensed milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups coursly crushed peppermint candies, such as candy canes

Process

  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper. There should be excess parchment hanging out of the pan, which provides handles for removal.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combined the white chocolate chips, condensed milk, and salt. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, stiring at 30 second intervals. Add the peppermint candies and mix to combine.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan.
  4. Chill for firm and set, about 2 hours. Remove from the pan and then cut into 1″- square pieces.