When it comes to dessert, I have a few go-to dishes that I make. Most often, I make brownies (from a box, because that’s how I like them), chocolate éclair dessert or chocolate pudding pie.

Yes, I see a theme there.

A few weeks ago, we had dinner with our friends and their kids. The original plan was to meet at a park, let the kids play and let the husbands grill. But then the forecast called for rain, and then our friend had to go out of town, and I don’t even remember what else happened.

But we ended up spending our anniversary night at our friends’ house, guys and kids outside, women inside. We brought burgers and dessert, and my friend made cheesy potatoes and beans. And we spent a few hours catching up and hanging out.

When we left, Mark said to Annalyn, “I love you, Annalyn. Do you love me?”

“No,” she said. “I love Mallory [our friends’ oldest daughter].”

Apparently the night was a hit.

And so was the dessert I brought: chocolate pudding pie, with a new twist. At least, it was a new twist to me. Instead of the usual graham cracker pie crust, I went crazy and made my own Oreo crust.

I looked up a recipe online and read that I should crush enough Oreos (about 20) to make 1 ½ cups crumbs and mix the crumbs with three tablespoons of melted butter.

It turns out that works best if you don’t buy double stuffed Oreos. Guess what kind I bought.

So I pulled apart a few more cookies and crushed up the non-filling side, then added those crumbs to the mixture. It didn’t help at all.

I pressed the nastiest-looking Oreo mess I’ve ever seen into my pie pan, then went to work on the pudding part of the pudding pie.

I mixed one box of sugar-free instant chocolate pudding, 1 ½ cups milk and a couple of big scoops of fat-free whipped topping. Then I poured it onto the Oreo crust.

After it set up, I got real fancy. I chopped up four more Oreos and sprinkled them on top of the pie. As you can see, I only have a photo of the whole, uncut pie. That’s because it looked beautiful, while the cut and served pieces looked . . . less beautiful.

No matter how it looked and how the crust started out, though, that pie was tasty! I’ll definitely use normal (not doubled stuffed) Oreos next time and maybe go easier on the butter.

But really, you can’t go wrong when you add chocolate . . . to chocolate!

Do you have a go-to recipe for dessert?

This post will be linked to Mouthwatering Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, What’s Cooking Wednesday, Friday Food, Foodie Friday, Food on Fridays and Would You Like Chocolate with That?


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