Easy and quick, this creamy pie incorporates the flavors of cinnamon and chocolate.
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1 1/2 cups (about 45 cookies) vanilla wafer crumbs
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 ounces Mexican hot chocolate drink discs
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
4 large Land O Lakes® Eggs (yolks only)
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup Land O Lakes® Heavy Whipping Cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 tablespoon sliced almonds, if desired
*Substitute 3-ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate.
Melt butter and cinnamon in 2-quart saucepan over low heat. Add chocolate; continue cooking 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Stir in milk. Increase heat to medium; continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 6-7 minutes or until bubbles begin to form around edges. Remove from heat.
Combine egg yolks and sugar in bowl; beat at medium speed 1-2 minutes or until pale yellow in color. Sift in cornstarch and cocoa powder; mix until combined.
Gradually add hot milk mixture to egg mixture until completely combined. Add mixture back to saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches 175°F-180°F. (Do not boil.) Continue cooking 6-8 minutes or until mixture has a thick, pudding-like consistency. Pour pudding mixture into prepared crust. Press plastic food wrap onto pudding. Refrigerate 2-3 hours or until set.
Heat oven to 350°F.
Combine crumbs and melted butter in bowl. Press onto bottom and up sides of ungreased 9-inch pie pan. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.
Beat whipping cream in bowl at high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently stir in powdered sugar. Refrigerate until serving time.
Dollop each slice of pie with whipped cream. Garnish with almond slices, if desired.
- Mexican hot chocolate drink discs can be found in speciality food stores as well as in some grocery stores in the Hispanic section (look for it by the refried beans). It can also be ordered on the internet. If you can't find it, we found using semi-sweet baking chocolate worked well too.
- Pressing plastic food wrap onto the top of the pie when the pudding is warm prevents it from forming a skin. You can easily cover up the wrinkle marks it leaves with whipped cream.
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