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Bake-along: Paradise Pie for Pi Day 3.14

This is a fun, quick, and easy recipe and turns out a dessert in perfect portions for small to medium groups or individuals! For a shopping list of ingredients and tools, jump over to the previous post.

Paradise Pie (via KeyIngredient)

Crust:
3 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/3 cup chocolate chips

FILLING:
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup crushed walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Melt butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl (15 second increments). Mix together graham cracker crumbs and sugar, then add in melted butter. Combine well.

Put mixture into a one-quart casserole dish. Spread evenly. Press firmly into bottom of dish. Top evenly with chocolate chips.

Bake for 5 minutes, or until chocolate is melted. With rubber spatula, spread melted chocolate out smoothly. Set aside.

Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add milk, oil, and vanilla and mix on low, until smooth. With mixer still on low, add chocolate chips, coconut, and walnuts. When thoroughly mixed, pour filling over crust. Bake, uncovered, at 350°F, for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick comes out clean.

(Optional) Toppings:
Spoon 2 tablespoons butter on ovenproof plate and place in oven until butter melts. Remove plate from oven and place large piece of warm pie right on top of the melted butter. Top pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Top with hot fudge & caramel toppings. Sprinkle with walnuts.

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Upcoming Bake-along: Paradise Pie March 14

Pi Day is coming up and I have a small-portion dessert to help us celebrate! Gather these ingredients and tools and get ready to bake up a tasty treat! Video link for bake-along will be posted later this week.

Copycat Recipe Chili’s Paradise Pie

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (separated into 2 1/3 cups)
1/2 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup milk
1 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Optional toppings:
Vanilla ice cream
Hot fudge
Caramel sauce
1/4 cup chopped or crushed walnuts

Tools (Amazon affiliate links):
Measuring spoons
Measuring cups (liquid and dry)

Stand mixer/hand mixer/spoon or rubber spatula
1 quart casserole dish
Toothpick
Rubber spatula
Oven

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DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you’ve ever stayed at a Doubletree hotel, chances are that you’ve enjoyed one of their tasty chocolate chip cookies. I asked around for a decent copycat recipe to try and was sent to The Little Kitchen’s recipe.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a Doubletree cookie, so I couldn’t do a side-by-side comparison for flavor, but these are some pretty tasty cookies!
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Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup rolled oats
2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 large eggs
2 cups semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (I used 1 bag of regular sized chips and 1/2 bag of mini chips)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Pulse oats in a food processor until semi-fine or fine. Since I don’t have a processor, I used a hand chopper.

In a small mixing bowl, add the oats, flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix thoroughly together with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.

To a medium bowl, cream together the butter and both sugars. Add vanilla extract, lemon juice, and eggs. Mix until you have a smooth mixture. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl with a spatula at least once.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix with a spatula, being careful not to over-mix. Drop in the chips and nuts and mix until both are evenly distributed. Be careful not to over-mix or the cookies will have a cake-like texture.

Use a large cookie scoop (I used a regular tablespoon) to scoop dough into a lined baking sheet. Place dough balls close to each other for easier storage. Freeze or refrigerate for at least 2-4 hours (I left mine in the freezer overnight).

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Remove dough balls from storage and place on a new baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place dough 1 1/2” – 2” apart. Bake for 13-14 minutes or until desired doneness. Let cool on a the baking sheet for a few minutes to harden a bit before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.