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Black Forest Mini Pies

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Black Forest Mini Pies
  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 40 min
  • Servings 12
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Crumbled chocolate chip cookies serve as the crust for these muffin-sized mini pies that showcase layers of chocolaty pudding, cherry filling, grated chocolate and whipped cream.

Ingredients

Pudding

3/4
cup sugar
1/3
cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/4
cup cornstarch
1/4
teaspoon salt
2 1/2
cups whole milk
4
egg yolks
2
tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1
teaspoon vanilla

Crust

2
cups chocolate cookie crumbs
3
tablespoons butter, melted

Cherries

8
oz frozen pitted dark cherries
2
to 4 tablespoons sugar
2
teaspoons cornstarch
2
teaspoons water
1
teaspoon lemon juice

Toppings

1
cup whipping cream, whipped
Grated chocolate
12
pitted dark cherries

Directions

  • 1 In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar, cocoa, 1/4 cup cornstarch, the salt, milk and egg yolks with whisk until thoroughly combined. Cook over medium-low heat about 15 minutes, beating constantly, until thickened. Once pudding has thickened, use immersion blender, regular blender or food processor to blend in 2 tablespoons butter and the vanilla. Scrape pudding into bowl; cover top with plastic wrap, making sure plastic wrap comes in contact with pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours.
  • 2 Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 12 regular-size muffin cups. In small bowl, mix cookie crumbs and melted butter. Press crumb mixture evenly into muffin cups, making sure to coat bottom and sides of each cup. Bake 10 minutes. Cool. Once cooled, place cookie cups in freezer until ready to use.
  • 3 In 2-quart saucepan, mix Cherries ingredients. Cook over medium-high heat until cherries release their juices and mixture thickens to pie-filling consistency. Remove from heat; cool.
  • 4 Assemble pies by layering cherries, pudding, whipped cream, grated chocolate, and 1 cherry on top of each. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving time.
Tips  

Expert Tips

To make quick work of this recipe, substitute boxed pudding for the homemade, and use cherry pie filling for the cherries.

To make this even more reminiscent of Black Forest Cake, stir in a tablespoon or so of kirsch (cherry brandy) into the cherry filling.

Placing plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding ensures that the dreaded pudding skin will not form. Any extra pudding and cherries can be layered into jars to make pudding parfaits.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
382.5
Daily Value
Total Fat
18.4g
28%
(
Saturated Fat
7.8g
39%
)
Cholesterol
44.3mg
15%
Sodium
274.9mg
12%
Total Carbohydrate
53.5g
18%
(
Dietary Fiber
2.7g
11%
,
Sugars
35.6g
)
Protein
4.7g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
3.50%
4%
Calcium
8.40%
8%
Iron
13.10%
13%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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