“Made this for Father’s Day and I was lucky to get a sliver…it disappeared fast!” ~Toni
OmG! How good is this? I’ll tell you, it’s super good. Do you remember my Cold Brew Icebox Pie? This no bake pie is along those lines, only…bourbon. And chocolate. Oh my. *Fair warning, brown sugar bourbon pie is an adult treat, as in, it’s a cocktail in pie form, so it’s not for the kiddos.
This is an easy peasy option for entertaining because you can whip up the pie in the morning and it will be ready to serve it to eager friends after dinner. Just make sure you have the few simple ingredients on hand, and some good bourbon.
The simple crumb crust is made with those super thin, dark chocolate Nabisco Famous Wafers. If you can’t find them, you can use another dark chocolate cookie, even Oreos will work.
How to make chocolate curls
The big, cigar like curls of dark chocolate seemed especially appropriate for topping this decadent pie.
Pretty much any way you break up chocolate, it’s going to be good. You can make easy chocolate shavings by taking a vegetable peeler to a bar of chocolate. Microwaving the chocolate on 50% power for 15 seconds helps soften it. But if you want to go all out with chocolate curls like I did, you’ll need to fully melt some chocolate, along with a bit of shortening or coconut oil…
- Chop 3 ounces of chocolate and add 2 teaspoons of coconut oil (you can also use shortening like Crisco)
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave, start with 1 minute, then stir. Add short bursts of 15 seconds if needed. Stir until smooth.
- Spread the melted chocolate out thinly on the back side of a baking sheet. Use an offset spatula or spreading knife to get it thin and even.
- Refrigerate the pan just until the chocolate is set but not hard…your finger should leave a print in the chocolate. Check in 5 minutes.
- Starting at one end, test the chocolate by scraping a sharp edged spatula tight against the pan in a smooth motion, creating a curled roll of chocolate. If the chocolate is too soft to curl, put it back in the fridge for another couple of minutes. If it’s brittle and breaks, let it sit out for a couple of minutes and try again.
- Try not to over-handle your curls, they melt on contact with warm fingers, so move them with a toothpick or a fork.
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Brown Sugar Bourbon Pie
- 3/4 of a package of Nabisco Famous Wafers (If you're using pre-made crumbs, it will be 1 1/2 cups of crumbs)
- 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 3.4 ounce package Jello Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix. Note: be sure to get the instant, not the cook and serve, style
- 1 1/2 cup cold heavy cream, divided
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 4 Tbsp dark brown sugar
- dark chocolate curls
- Lightly spray a 9 inch pie dish.
- Crush the wafers in a food processor or with a rolling pin. Make sure to get them nice and fine.
- Measure out 1 and 1/2 cups of crumbs, and toss with the melted butter until well blended. Press the crumbs evenly into the 9 pie plate, I like to use the bottom of a metal cup measure to help me get them evenly and firmly patted down. Refrigerate.
- Whip 1 cup of the cream and set aside.
- Blend the bourbon and brown sugar together, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. You may want to let it sit for a few minutes. Then blend that into the remaining half cup of cream.
- Whisk the pudding mix with the bourbon infused cream. Whisk for 2 minutes to allow it to thicken. Fold in the whipped cream until no streaks remain. You can gently whisk the mixture if that helps.
- Pour the filling into the crust and smooth out the top if necessary. Refrigerate for 6 hours, or overnight, before serving.
- Garnish with chocolate shavings or curls.
- Keep the pie chilled when not serving.
- I worked on this recipe a few times before getting it just the way I liked it, but it’s possible the bourbon will be too strong for you, and if it is, feel free to reduce it.
- Cut down the calories in the recipe by using whole milk for the non-whipped portion of the cream.