Tap. Tap. Tap.
Nope, not my birthday or anniversary. Nope, not Ur-anus day! Sheesh, that was yesterday.
There are hints all around you!
It's Pi day, Pi day, gotta get down on Pi day!
Sooooo not sure that Ur-anus and Nutella Peanut Butter Cookie pie and a reference to Rebecca Black should ever be scribed in the same post, but guess what? It's my blog so I say, that's how I roll.
We take pie and Pi seriously in this household. Ser-i-ous!
As a secondary function, it does happen to be Einstein's birthday as well and I can say with assured conviction, after Li'l Man inadvertently checked out an adult biography on Einstein last fall to do his 4th grade biography, that man, while brilliant, was an utter shit-bag of a husband and father.... so chocolate pie seems doubly fitting.
Note to self: Make absolutely sure to check biography level for next kidlet report. We started with Evil Kneevil (my husband's idea) and I so did not need to learn from my 9-year-old that as a kid, "He liked to throw money at whores." Also did not need said grade-schooler to elucidate on the many mistresses, including ones related to him, that Einstein had.
So I digress because this post is all one big fat whopping excuse to mix Nutella, chocolate, smashed peanut butter cookies, cream cheese, butter, sugar, and whipping cream into one mass of disgustingly delicious, crumbly, creamy goodness.
It was for the kids, I pinky promise! Ahem...
- 22-24 Shortbread Peanut Butter Cookies (Nutter Butters/Mother's Peanut Butter Gauchos)
- 1 packet (9 large) Graham Crackers
- 1/2 cup Butter, melted
- 8 oz package of Cream Cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1-1/4 cup Nutella, divided
- 1-3/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream, divided
- 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
- 2 tbsp Peanut Butter
- Non-Stick Cooking Spray
Crumb Crust: Spray two mini-muffin pans with non-stick spray. Break up graham crackers and cookies in food processor and grind until fine crumbs. Melt one stick (1/2 cup) butter in microwave. Add melted butter crumbs and whirl a few more times in processor. Press 1 heaping tablespoon into each muffin opening. Press crumbs gently along bottom and sides. Put pans in freezer to chill. Be sure to eat a spoonful or three of this just to make sure it's good enough for your family.
Filling: Whip 8 ounces cream cheese in mixer. Add 1/2 cup sugar and mix. Add 1 tablespoon vanilla and 1 cup Nutella and blend well. Scrap sides of bowl. Add 1/2 cup cream and mix. Add last 1/2 cup cream and whip on high for 3-4 minutes until thick. Put all of filling in quart ziploc bag and snip corner of bag.
Assembling Tartlets and Pies: Pipe filling into 24 mini tartlets, filling them high. There will be extra crumb crust and filling, so feel free to improvise. Any extra you have, you can squirt into the cavernous pit called a teenager's mouth. Place all tartlets and pies in freezer for 1 hour. Use knife to pop out of muffin pans. Be sure to pop one in your mouth for quality control.
Dark Chocolate Nutella Ganache Melt chocolate chips on high in microwave for 30 seconds, and then in 10 second increments until melted. Add 1/4 cups cream and 1/4 cups Nutella and stir until smooth. Throw in in microwave for additional 15 seconds if needed.
Whipped Cream: Take remaining 1/2 cup cream. Whip on low for 2-3 minutes then on high for 3 or more minutes until stiff peaks form. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and whip one more minute. Young kids and inpatient tweens are always very good testers for whipping cream readiness.
Peanut Butter Drizzle: Place peanut butter in small bowl. Melt 10-20 seconds in microwave or until smooth and thin.
Drizzle with ganache and peanut butter to taste. Top with whipping cream. Keep refrigerated.
Happy Pi and Pie Day, y'all!
* Credit Where Credit is Due: While I did substantially change the recipe because I am like that--can't seem to ever just follow a recipe--I did want to give a major shout out to EatLiveRun.com , aStepInTheJourney.com, and Lauren's Latest for my inspiration!