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Praline Chocolate Dessert

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
  • Makes
    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 semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Pecan halves

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press onto bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle with pecans.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring butter and brown sugar to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour over pecans. Refrigerate 1-2 hours or until set.
  • In a large bowl, beat filling ingredients until smooth. Spread over praline layer. Refrigerate 1-2 hours or until set.
  • 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 1-2 hours or until set.
  • Loosen sides of pan with a knife. Remove rim from pan. Sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 552 calories, 43g fat (22g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 379mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • Judat
    Apr 25, 2017

    I have made this. A little goes a long way as it's a very rich dessert.I will make it again! It was a Big Hit with our crowd.

  • erinmc
    Jan 18, 2015

    I made this dessert every year for several years. I forgot about the recipe for awhile until last Christmas. My family began talking about our favorite desserts and this one topped everyone's list. I made it again for Christmas dinner. It was just as good as we all remembered.So easy and so so good! Just plan for a whole day to make it since there is a lot of wait time.

  • Dewsmom
    Oct 31, 2012

    I've made this a number of times and it is always a hit. It really isn't very hard to make. Some reviewers used milk choc chips instead of the semi-sweet ones, but I like the darker ones best. One thing to remember is to put aluminum foil on the outside of the springform pan so the butter does not leak out of the bottom.

  • maryvandorin
    May 21, 2012

    I gave some of this dessert to several people and they really liked it.

  • ogamiaqt
    Apr 9, 2012

    Easy, gorgeous, and decadent!!

  • chiana
    Jan 27, 2012

    made this and took some over to my brother.. he called and said how much he liked it, like there was a heath bar inside, then my sister grabbed the phone from him and raved how it was the best thing she had ever eaten, and said she would pay me to make it for her birthday

  • skipperstrucking
    Jan 1, 2012

    I remade this pie and used milk chocolate chips for the ganache. Made the pie alot better in my opinion.

  • skipperstrucking
    Nov 9, 2011

    This a super rich desert. Only takes a thin slice to satisfy your sweet tooth. I really like everything about this pie except the Ganache. I found it to be a little too bitter for my taste. Next time, I will use milk chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet chips.

  • JBLORD-2007
    Nov 28, 2009

    I've made it three times for special gatherings and it always gets rave reviews. It is "lip smacking" GOOD!

  • JennyMelynntoh
    Nov 19, 2009

    This is seriously the best dessert I have ever tasted. YUM! It is very rich though, so I have considered putting it in a bigger pan to spread the layers out, especially the cream cheese.