Coffee Toffee Pudding Pie

Have you ever needed to make a dessert quickly and don’t know what to do?! Here’s a simple recipe that you can adapt to whatever you happen to have handy in your cupboard or fridge.

img_5455A New Year’s Day lunch invite prompted me to create a simple and yummy dessert using only the ingredients left over from the holidays! Here’s the deal:

These are the ingredients I had on hand, but you can use whatever your cupboard has to offer: a Pillsbury Pie Crust (the one remaining frozen crust leftover from Christmas), a jar of Stonewall Kitchen Coffee Caramel Sauce, Jello Instant Chocolate Pudding, a 3/4 full container of Cool Whip, some confectioner’s sugar, a block of cream cheese, vanilla extract, milk and some Heath Toffee Chocolate Crunch Bits. img_5445I baked and cooled the pie crust according to the box instructions.

img_5446If you don’t happen to have a frozen pie crust, you can substitute some crushed up cookies mixed with melted butter! (or, this dessert is yummy without a crust!) Before it cooled, I added a layer of Heath Toffee Bits and drizzled some of the Stonewall Kitchen Caramel on top. That allowed the flavors to melt into the warm crust a bit. Don’t have Heath Toffee Bits on hand? Use some crushed up candy left over from Christmas (or Halloween for that matter!) Peanut butter cups with some PB added to the cream cheese, chocolate kisses or Santas, peanutty bars, even candy canes will give the dessert some yummy crunch! Or, you could use some frozen or fresh raspberries and substitute a raspberry puree for the caramel. The possibilities are endless!

img_5451While that was cooling, I creamed one 8 oz brick of light cream cheese until smooth. (OK, lets be real.

img_5448Using LITE cream cheese made me feel a little better about breaking my NY resolution on DAY 1.) Then I dumped in the confectioner’s sugar and a tsp of vanilla extract.

img_5447After beating that mixture until smooth, I folded in a cup of thawed Cool Whip.

img_5449I layered that into the prepared, cooled pie crust, then added a second layer of bits and coffee caramel sauce.

img_5452BTW, if you don’t happen to have a jar of caramel sauce on hand, you can make your own-try this super easy, super delicious recipe I Pinned using sweetened condensed milk! I put that back in the fridge to cool and made my chocolate layer using the box of Jello instant chocolate pudding mix and 1 1/2 cups of 2% milk. LOL-see, this really is a healthy dessert : 0

img_5453I smoothed the pudding onto the cream cheese layer, then added dollops of the remaining Cool Whip around the edges.

img_5454Finally, I drizzled some caramel and added handfuls of Heath Chocolate Toffee Bits until it looked like this:

img_5455When it was dessert time, the pie cut easily but messily- but isn’t that the way gooey, yummy, chocolatey good desserts should?!

img_5463Total time in kitchen, about 20 minutes. Total time to devour dessert?

img_5461About 5 minutes! Have a Happy New Year everyone- I hope you’ve made some sweet resolutions that you can keep too! xoxo Susan

 

 

 

 

 

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