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Lanie’s Chocolate Ice Box Pie

Hubby & I hosted another couple for dinner over the weekend. There were golf and laughter and steaks. The evening began with a margarita match-up (I think we agree both pitchers won) and concluded with tequila whipped cream. I wanted to serve chocolate ice box pie for dessert but had never made it and couldn’t find a recipe I liked. I selected from different recipes for the components, and this is my creation:

Mom’s Graham Cracker Crust

Pulse in food processor:
1 package + 2 graham crackers;
1/2 cup walnuts;
1/2 tsp cinnamon.
Transfer to mixing bowl. Mix in by hand: 1 stick melted butter.
Press graham cracker mixture into pie pan. I use a deep-dish so there’s room to pile in the chocolate.
Bake @ 350* for 12 minutes. Cool completely.

Jell-O Chocolate Pudding

Make cook ‘n serve Jell-O chocolate pudding according to package directions. Use whole milk.
The heating to a boil and constant stirring take awhile, so have a margarita with a friend and be patient.
Pour chocolate pudding into graham cracker crust; place plastic wrap over Jell-O; chill to set.

Tequila Whipped Cream

Whip to thicken: 1 cup heavy whipping cream.
Whip in: 3 Tbs confectioners sugar + 1 Tbs tequila + 1/4 tsp cinnamon.
Whip a little more to thicken; be cautious not to over-beat the cream.
Pile over pie or serve on the side.
Option: Substitute 1 Tbs Jamaican rum for tequila. I make a batch of  “pure” whipped cream (1 tsp quality vanilla; no liquor) and a batch of fancy (tequila or rum) and serve both on the side so guests may choose.


About Lanie Brown, Texas real estate broker

Hi, my name is Lanie Brown. Like to write, cook, bake, decorate and redecorate, celebrate, work real estate. Strive to be a Godly wife, good neighbor, giving friend. Texas Hill Country is my promised land! #sagelanereal

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