Bready or Not: Cookies and Cream Chocolate Pie

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, no-bake dessert, oreo, pie | 0 comments

Here’s a no-bake, super-easy pudding pie that perfect for summer.

Cookies and Cream Chocolate Pie

You can go hardcore with this and make your Oreo crust from scratch. Me? I’ve done that before, but honestly, I prefer the store version for both taste and ease of use.

Cookies and Cream Chocolate Pie

The chocolate flavor here is great because it’s neither weak nor strong. If you want to amp it up, heck, that’s easy to do with more chocolate topping. When I made this for my folks, my brother thought it was even better with dulce de leche added to individual slices. It made it taste kinda like a Twix with that caramel-chocolate thing going.

Cookies and Cream Chocolate Pie

I used mini Oreos for everything in this recipe. They chop up easily to throw in and I can often get them on sale for about a buck. Plus, my son loves eating the leftovers!

Cookies and Cream Chocolate Pie

This is the perfect pie for a potluck or to stash in the fridge to slice up and cool off on a hot summer day.

Modified from Inside Bru Crew Life.

Bready or Not: Cookies and Cream Chocolate Pie

Cookies and Cream Chocolate Pie

A quick no-bake pudding pie with a mild chocolate flavor.

  • 1 Oreo pie shell (store bought or homemade)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 cups Cool Whip, divided
  • 2/3 cup Oreo cookie chunks
  • 1 - 3.9 ounce box instant chocolate fudge pudding mix
  • 1 cup chocolate milk
  • 10-15 mini Oreo cookies
  • squirt bottle hot fudge or dulce de leche topping (optional)

Set out the Oreo crumb pie shell so it is ready to be filled.

Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar together and fold in about 1/2 cup of Cool Whip. Stir in the Oreo chunks. Spread everything in the bottom of the crust.

Using the same bowl or a new one, whisk together the pudding mix and chocolate milk. Fold in 1 cup of Cool Whip. Spread this as your second layer.

Top off the pie with the remaining Cool Whip. Add mini Oreos around the edge or even crumble some for the top, if you wish. If you have squirt bottles of chocolate or dulce de leche, add some swirls or cross-hatching to the top.

Chill pie at least two hours before serving. Keep refrigerated thereafter.

OM NOM NOM!

 

Cookies and Cream Chocolate Pie

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New Story at DSF

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in anthology:story, Blog, nostalgia | 0 comments

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I have a new and very personal story up at Daily Science Fiction: “The Quest You Have Chosen Defies Your Fate.” This story delves into depression, bullying, and finding the strength to move beyond.

I think of it as emotionally autobiographical. I experienced deep depression starting in junior high became more debilitating when I entered high school. It’s a war that is never truly over, though my recent years have been fairly stable due to my supportive family, my writing regimen, and daily exercise.

If the story resonates for you, if you think it might encourage someone else in the thick of depression, please share it.

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Sunday Quote is glad to be home

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Blog, Quote | 0 comments

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.”

~Neil Gaiman

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Bready or Not: Oatmeal Fig Bars (aka Homemade Fig Newtons)

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, breakfast | 0 comments

These are like Fig Newtons, but better. They are thicker. Fresher. The top has the slightest crunch.

Oatmeal Fig Bars

This recipe is what happened after I thought I was buying dates to use for my breakfast truffles. It took me a few weeks to notice I really had figs in my cupboard. Whoops?

An awesome kind of whoops!

Oatmeal Fig Bars

I doubled the original recipe so I could use as many figs as I could. My immersion blender pulsed the fruit on the stovetop. Everything came together fast and easy. I used the double sided parchment-aluminum foil for easy clean up, too.

Oatmeal Fig Bars

These bake up with golden, crispy tops while the rest of the bar is dense and chewy. These things are hearty. They’d make for a good breakfast or snack for kids or adults, and I imagine they would even freeze well.

Oatmeal Fig Bars

I’m not sure how well they keep beyond a day, though. My husband took them to work and they kinda vanished. All that remained were crumbs and rave reviews.

Recipe doubled and adapted from Alida’s Kitchen.

Bready or Not: Oatmeal Fig Bars (aka Homemade Fig Newtons)

Oatmeal Fig Bars

Make a large dish of delicious homemade Fig Newtons in under an hour! These bars have just-crispy tops and are chewy all the way through.

  • For fig filling
  • 2 cups chopped dried figs, stems removed (16 ounces)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • For dough
  • 3 cups oats (I used mixed rolled and quick oats)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, room temperature

In a small sauce pan, bring figs, water, and lemon juice to a boil. Simmer for several minutes until it starts to thicken. Remove from heat and let it cool for ten minutes or so.

Use a food processor or an immersion blender to process the fruit unless smooth. Be very careful--hot fruit splatter is not fun! Set it aside to cool as you ready everything else.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 casserole pan with parchment paper and apply nonstick spray. Melt the butter and let it cool a few minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Add the butter and eggs and stir until just combined.

Press half of the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish. [Handy tip: use a sheet of wax paper and a heavy glass to compress the layer.] Evenly spread the fig mixture to the edges.

Use your hands to compress the remaining dough into small discs and pieces, and set this on top as evenly as you can. Gently compress it again.

Bake for about 30 minutes, or until lightly browned at edges. Completely cool on wire rack.

OM NOM NOM!

 

Oatmeal Fig Bars

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