Chocolate Ice Box Pie {4 Ingredients}

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I’m not sure that the weather realizes that it’s almost November. Somebody really oughta tell it that it’s a little late this year. We are just now seeing the leaves change. And the temp? We haven’t had many cold snaps and just the other day it was close to 90 again. Welcome to good ole Tennessee!

I’m mostly ready for the bugs to leave us alone. I’ve had to set up one of my Fruit Fly Traps. After seeing about five of them near the sink I told the hubby that it’s time to get one made up and set out. After a couple of hours we counted them to find out that the five we thought we had was really closer to 50. Um, ew!

 

I’m sorry y’all. It appears that our family has a thing for desserts. You might have noticed that by my last three recipes. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- dessert is my best bribing tool. Why wouldn’t I make it?! Though sometimes I find it hard to keep up with demand. Trying to get better at it since I’ve discovered its power. 

This pie has quickly become a hubby favorite. Requested many times and made just as many times because of how easy it truly is. Y’all know me and my few ingredient recipes. This one?

Just four ingredients.

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The first is none other than a pie crust. Easy to make yourself if you’re in the mood. Easier to purchase at the store when you’re not in the mood.

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The next two ingredients include some very tasty staples that totally make me want a s’more right now. An 8 ounce chocolate bar and pile of jumbo marshmallows. You melt them down until they are good and combined. The original recipe didn’t call for anything to help them along, but I have been using a tablespoon or so of milk.

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After they combine, they look like this. Ooey, gooey, yummy goodness.

You let this mixture cool a little and then fold in a tub of whipped cream. Pour this mixture into your pre-baked pie crust and refrigerate a little while.

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Oh goodness y’all. It’s sooooo good.

I think a lot of its charm comes from how easy it is. Do you feel that way? When things are easier all of the sudden they are that much more amazing? It’s like getting things free. You give me something FREE, I’m going to be uber excited about that thang.

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You have to try it.

You just do.

Chocolate Icebox Pie 5 Chocolate Ice Box Pie {4 Ingredients}
Chocolate Icebox Pie
Chocolate Icebox Pie 5 Chocolate Ice Box Pie {4 Ingredients}
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Ingredients
  1. Pie crust (pre-baked)
  2. 20 large marshmallows
  3. 1 (8 oz) chocolate bar
  4. 1 (8 oz) tub whipped topping
  5. 1 tbsp (or so) milk
Instructions
  1. Melt marshmallows and chocolate bar with milk over low heat or in a double boiler. Cool partially.
  2. Fold in whipped topping.
  3. Place in pie shell.
  4. Chill.
Adapted from The Four Ingredient Cookbook
Pennywise Cook http://pennywisecook.com/

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Incredibly Easy Cheesecake

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  Overheard almost any night during dinner at my house are these words, “Momma, what’s for desert?”. It’s not a stretch for me to bust out a granola bar or a yogurt and pass something like that off as desert. Hey, I’m not Betty Crocker ok? I really enjoy making desert, but I simply just don’t make it that often. I think I should consider making it more often because if we’re being honest here, it’s such a great bribery tool!

“Moooooooom, I haaaaaaaaate carrots.”

“Well honey, you can eat them or you won’t get any desert.”

BOOM! I immediately feel like a boss. Yeah, desert can do that to a mom. The upper-hand can be yours with a proper desert offering.

Like say this cheesecake? Ok, ok. I must make a confession here. I have only ever made cheesecake the quick and easy way. You know the kind with whipped cream and cream cheese and not real baking involved. It’s good stuff. It’s just not real cheesecake. It doesn’t have that super creamy taste like you get with a real cheesecake.

I do understand that I’m hatin’ on every cheesecake I’ve ever made up until this point, but I’m ok with that.

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 So this cheesecake here. It’s the real deal. But it’s actually easy to do. Mix some easy ingredients together and letting her go in the oven for a while and you have a foolproof cheesecake. So creamy and yummy that your kids will eat anything you feed them in order to have some of this! Well, most anything. Maybe not brussel sprouts. I have never been able to get any of my kids near those things. 

There are really just 4 ingredients plus your graham cracker crust. You can buy that thing and save some time or whip it up yourself. 

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 My daughter was eating her a slice the other night and she requested strawberries on top. Unfortunately I was out, but I had some strawberry jam so we used that. You know what? It worked and it tasted just fine. We work with what we got around here.

I’m still not used to the oven here at our new home and it overcooks things a bit so the top of my cheesecake got a little dark. Keep an eye on yours as well.

Another little side note for you- this recipe made a TON of cheesecake batter and I ended up using the extra for small cheesecake muffins things. Just beware when you’re pouring into the crust. You may not need the entire bowl of batter. 

Be sure to share with me if you make this recipe!

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Incredibly Easy Cheesecake
cheesecake 2 Incredibly Easy Cheesecake
Four ingredients make a simple yet creamy cheesecake!
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Ingredients
  1. Unbaked Graham Cracker Crust
  2. 3 (8 oz) Packages Cream Cheese, softened
  3. 1 c. Sugar
  4. 5 eggs
  5. 1 and 1/2 tsp Vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Cream the cream cheese and eggs together by adding an egg at a time slowly.
  3. Add sugar and vanilla to that.
  4. Pour into the graham cracker crust.
  5. Bake for 1 hour until the center is set. Let cool completely.
Notes
  1. This recipe made a TON of cheesecake batter and I ended up using the extra for small cheesecake muffins things. Just beware when you're pouring into the crust. You may not need the entire bowl of batter.
Adapted from The Four Ingredient Cookbook
Pennywise Cook http://pennywisecook.com/

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No-Bake S’mores Pie

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Fall is here! On our trip these past couple of weekends I noticed the trees a changin’ and they are just beautiful. It was especially beautiful driving through the mountains in Chattanooga. I love looking down on huge valleys just covered in autumn-colored fall trees. Makes the drive more enjoyable for sure!

Along with the leaves falling and cooler weather, campfires are sure to follow! In fact, we’re thinking about having a family night this weekend around our fire pit. The feel of cool, crisp air mixed with a crackling fire and marshmallows just can’t be beat in the fall. And you can bet that some fall treats will be eaten! S’mores are my all-time favorite campfire food. I enjoy a roasted hot dog every now and then. And popcorn in those foil packages are fun, but s’mores are the real deal.

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Even before the weather even pretended to cool off, I got a hankerin’ for a s’more. Somehow, instead of creating just 1 s’more, I ended up creating this pie. That’s ok. I’d rather have an entire pie than 1 s’more anyways.

So this pie is super simple. I wanted to make it a little better for you, so instead of using creams, I opted for a nonfat yogurt. Of course after using an entire bag of chocolate chips, it doesn’t really matter. But hey, at least I make the effort right?

All the prettiness on the top is completely optional. I had just bought the ingredients for my s’more so I had them and thought why not make the pie look pretty? So depending on how pretty you make yours look, you’re talking between 4 and 6 ingredients. Most of which are highly inexpensive and easy to work with. This pie would be a GREAT thing to bring to a cookout get together.

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The one thing that I will point out is that the yogurt does give the chocolate filling a bit of a tang. Clearly this was my sacrifice for making something better for you. My daughter noticed this immediately, but it didn’t bother my husband. If you think you might not like that, try using heavy cream instead. Should taste great and give the same type consistency.

Here’s how to make it:

No-Bake S’mores Pie
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Pennywise Cook
You don’t have to make a fire to have s’mores! Try this easy pie to satisfy your craving!
Ingredients
  • 1 Graham Cracker Crust (reduced fat)
  • 1 Bag Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (12 oz)
  • 1 c. Plain, Nonfat Yogurt (or heavy cream)
  • 1 tub Marshmallow Cream
  • 2 c. Mini-marshmallows- Optional
  • 5 Graham Crackers for Topping- Optional
  • 1 Hershey Bar for Topping- Optional
Instructions
  1. In a large microwavable bowl, place the chocolate chips and 1 cup yogurt. Microwave on 50% power for 5 minutes. Remove and jiggle the bowl getting the chocolate chips to move around without stirring. Return to microwave and heat on 100% powder in 15-30 second increments until the chips begin to melt. Stir until smooth. Place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour- 2 hours.
  2. Chocolate mixture should be cold. Place in a mixing bowl and whip until the chocolate turns a light brown color. Whip for about 5 minutes on high. Pour into graham cracker crust.
  3. Top with marshmallow cream (though you may not need the entire tub). Top with chocolate pieces and graham crackers if you wish and line the outside with mini marshmallows.

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