Monday, December 19, 2011

Reese's Fudge Pie

Peanut butter, fudge, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Mini's, Nutter Butter crust...this is the combination for a sugar coma, but more importantly the BEST dessert EVER!!
We all know that peanut butter and chocolate are my favorite far. So anytime I come across a recipe that has these two ingredients I have to give it a try. AND lately I've been all obsessed with the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Mini's. They're just so tiny and cute and melty and delicious!! I would call it a pregnancy craving, but I'm pretty sure I was obsessed with them BEFORE I got pregnant. This pie is so decadent, fancy, EASY (nothing to bake!) and sure to impress your holiday guests. In fact, I made this for my hubby's work and his boss took the leftovers home for his dinner party that night! I would say that's a good sign of yumminess!

For the Crust:
15-18 Nutter Butter cookies, crushed
1/4 cup butter, melted

Mix together finely crushed cookies and butter. Press evenly into the bottom of a springform pan.

For the Fudge Middle:
1 (140z) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 t salt
2 t vanilla
1 (8oz) bag Resse's Mini's

Mix all ingredients besides the Reese's Mini's into a medium saucepan. Heat over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Fudge will be thick. Spread over crust. Press Reese's Mini's into the fudge (tops can still be showing.)

For the Peanut Butter Mousse:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 (8oz) cream cheese, room temp
1 1/2 cups Cool Whip, thawed
1/4 cup melted chocolate for drizzle

Mix peanut butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar together in a mixer until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip. Spread over top of fudge. Drizzle with melted chocolate.

Chill for at least an hour before serving.

*Adapted From Cookies and Cups

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Nutella Buttercream

I'm always VERY interested in anything that has Nutella in it. I usually don't like buttercreams, but this one...mmmmm. The Nutella gives it a whole new depth of flavor. And by whipping the butter for SO long, it almost dissolves instantly in your mouth. Buttery, airy, chocolatey, just pure delicious. Put it on a chocolate or vanilla cake - anything really! Or you can just be like me and eat it straight out of the mixing bowl.

1 1/2 cups butter (3 sticks), at room temp
3 cups powdered sugar
2 t vanilla
1 cup Nutella

Cream the butter in the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, about 5 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and mix, gradually increasing in speed, until the sugar is fully incorporated. Add the vanilla and whisk until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes; you may need to stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl a couple times.

When the buttercream is fluffy, add the Nutella. Whisk for another 5-8 minutes until the Nutella is fully incorporated and the buttercream is light and fluffy again.

*From Tasty Kitchen