Rocky Road Pie -- Chocolate Pie Recipe
Warning: Throw Your Diet Out The Window!
The good news: The following no-bake pie is good. Real good. However, it's an extremely rich, decadent work of art that doesn't fit into any diet plan whatsoever. This is the type of dessert you serve for special occassions, like a birthday or Christmas, or the end of an extremely bad day. But it's not something you want to eat every day of the week or else you might end up gaining a thousand pounds.
Don't say I didn't warn you!
If you look at some of my other recipes, you'll see that I'm a classic "trial and error" cook. I'll often come up with an idea for a recipe and then when it inevitably goes wrong, will go with the flow and just turn my dish into something else -- something better! This was the case when I tried to make brownies for my housemates in college. We didn't have enough cocoa powder so the brownie mix was a sickly sand color. I ended up adding some instant coffee mix to the batch to give them a mocha flavor and voila! -- I had a delicious dessert. The same thing happened when I forgot to add eggs tom my brownie mix and they turned into goopy balls. I baked them for a little longer and "Brownie Blobs" were born. My friends seemed to love them.... or else they did a really good job of pretending as they scarfed them down.
These stories might not instill much confidence in you when it comes to following one of my recipes, but rest assured that I would never serve guests anything that I didn't think tasted delicious myself. That said, I was quite pleased when I "stumbled" onto my Rocky Road Pie, which turned out to be a wonderful no-bake pie recipe. I'df originally been trying to make cream cheese fudge, but I didn't like the consistency. I felt it was too soft for fudge and the cream cheese made it taste more like a cheesecake than anything. Therefore, I went out and got some marshmallows and nuts, and added them to the mix ... and before I knew it, I'd put together a yummy Rocky Road Pie that tasted a lot like my favorite chocolate cheesecakes.
I'm all for healthy eating, but this pie tastes best if you go all the way, meaning you use the full-fat cream cheese and the proper amount of confectioners' sugar. You can use low-fat cream cheese if you want, but it doesn't taste quite as good.
This recipe works best if you serve it in small quantities because it is quite rich. It's also a great filling to put in tiny tartlet shells.
Ingredients For Rocky Road Pie
2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs, chopped fine
1/2 melted butter
1/3 cup sugar
Rocky Road Pie Filling
1 8 oz. brick Philadelphia brand cream cheese
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder or 2 squares unsweetened chocolate (light or dark)
1/2 mini marshmallows
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Cooking spray, such as Pam
Directions For Making Rocky Road Pie
First make the chocolate crust: chop the chocolate graham crackers as fine as possible, until they're the consistency of sand. Add the melted butter and sugar and stir until everything is completely mixed together. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray, such a Pam, to keep the food from sticking. Spread mixture evenly over the pie plate, making sure to fully coat the bottom and sides. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 10 minutes, watching to make sure it doesn't overbake and crack. Remove and let cool.
For the filling: Allow the cream cheese to warm to room temperature so that it's softer and easier to work with. Add the vanilla, then gradually add the confectioners sugar; gradually add the cocoa powder (or melted chocolate squares), continuing to stir until everything is mixed together well and it forms a thick, chocolate cream. If necessarily, add a couple of tsp of water to soften. Add the walnuts and marshmallows, thoroughly mixing them in.
Spread evenly over the pie crust, though it's okay if it looks lumpy -- it is "rocky" road pie after all! Cover with plastic or tinfoil and let chill overnight. If desired, add some more marshmallows on top before serving.