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Praline Chocolate Dessert Recipe

Praline Chocolate Dessert Recipe

A cookie crumb crust, lusciouslayers of praline and cream cheese, and a chocolate glaze make this rich dessert a showstopper. It's worth the extra effort and freezes well, too. —Korrie Bastian, Clearfield, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling YIELD:14-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • PRALINE:
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, cubed
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • FILLING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • GANACHE:
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Pecan halves

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle with pecans.
  • 2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring butter and brown sugar to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Pour over pecans. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until set.
  • 3. In a large bowl, beat filling ingredients until smooth. Spread over praline layer. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until set.
  • 4. For ganache, place chocolate chips in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Spread over filling. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until set.
  • 5. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; remove sides of pan. Garnish with pecan halves. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 14-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 552 calories, 43 g fat (22 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 379 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.