Chocolate Cream Pie With Peppermint Whipped Cream

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Ingredients:

  • 1 chocolate cookie crust
  • crushed peppermint candies, chocolate shavings, Optional

Ingredients for Filling:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 cups half-and-half
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups (12 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Ingredients for Peppermint Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped
  • 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies or candy canes

Directions:

  1. Beat egg yolks in medium bowl; gradually Stir in half-and-half until blended. MIX sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder and salt in large heavy saucepan. Gradually, stir in egg yolk mixture until blended.

  2. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and comes to a boil, about 12 minutes. Boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat immediately. Stir in chocolate, butter and vanilla, until melted and smooth.

  3. Pour into piecrust. Press piece of plastic wrap onto surface of filling to prevent a “skin” from forming. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours or overnight.

  4. To Serve: Fold crushed candies into whipped cream. Spread over filling. Garnish with additional crushed candies and chocolate shavings, if desired.

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