Friday, January 16, 2015

Gluten Free No Bake Chocolate Cream Cheese Pie

This is my husband's favorite pie.  It has been for years.  He loves the rich, creamy chocolate with the crunchy chocolate wafer crust and melted chocolate on top.  Who could blame him?  I love it too!  I get rave reviews whenever I make it, so of course I had to revamp it to make it gluten free.  It was a very easy fix, and I thought if you had made the Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Dipped "Oreos" from my last blog post, than maybe you had a few cookies left so you could make the crust for this Gluten Free No Bake Chocolate Cream Cheese Pie.  The crust is the only part you have to bake.  This pie is a snap to mix up and it sets up in the freezer after you put it together.  Enjoy!

Gluten Free No Bake Chocolate Cream Cheese Pie
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Recipe from:  Goodies Gone Gluten Free
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1 pkg. (4 oz.) German's Sweet Chocolate
1 pkg. (4 oz.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1/2 cup milk
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. sugar (optional)
8 oz. tub Cool Whip, defrosted on kitchen counter (or any frozen non-dairy whipped topping)
1 chocolate wafer crumb crust (9") - recipe below

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. for crust.  In a food processor process 10-12 gluten free Oreo-type cookies, with the cream filling removed until they are a fine crumb (alternately, you can crush them in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin or kitchen mallet).  Melt 3 tablespoons of butter and mix with cookie crumbs.  Press buttered crumbs into the bottom and up sides of a 9" pie plate and bake at 350 degrees F. for 10 minutes.

While the crust is cooling, heat all but 3 squares of the chocolate with 1/4 cup of the milk in large microwavable bowl at high 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.  Stir until completely melted.  Beat in cream cheese, sugar and remaining milk.  Gently fold in whipped topping until smooth.  Spoon into crust.  Freeze until firm.  Remove from freezer.  Let stand 30 min. at room temperature until pie can be cut easily.

Melt remaining chocolate about 15 seconds, and drizzle over pie.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Dipped "Oreos"

A special treat I used to buy myself every once in a while was the Oreo Chocolate dipped cookies.  What could be better than an Oreo smothered in chocolate?  I'll tell you what is Oreo dipped in mint chocolate!  Then Trader Joes came out with their Peppermint Chocolate dipped Joe Joe's and I was in heaven.  That was my absolute favorite.  When they came out with their Gluten Free Joe Joe's I was hopeful at Christmas time they would have a gluten free Peppermint Chocolate Dipped Joe Joe.  My hopes were dashed when they never materialized.  What does a gluten intolerant person do with dashed hopes over a food they love?  We bring them back to life by making our own versions!
Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Dipped "Oreos"

 Although Trader Joes only comes out with their version at Christmas, I certainly think this a cookie that should be available all year around!   I served these Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Dipped "Oreos" last night at a meeting at our house and someone immediately said, "Oh, those are from Trader Joes.  They are so good you guys, you have to try them."  When I told them I had made them they couldn't believe it, especially after she tasted it.  With great excitement she proclaimed they tasted exactly like the Trader Joes version. She couldn't believe they were gluten free either.

I had some left over candy canes from Christmas that I crushed and put on top, but they certainly don't need them.  These Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Dipped "Oreos" taste just as good without them!  They are the easiest thing to make too.  I used a  Great Value brand gluten free chocolate sandwich cookie from Walmart, but I know Glutino makes a really good cookie too.  There are a lot of gluten free Oreo-type cookies out there and I'm sure any of them would be good.  I have yet to see Oreo come out with a gluten free version, which is surprising since so many gluten free companies seem to come out with really good Oreo-type cookies.  Anyway, I hope you try to make these.  They couldn't be any easier to make or tastier to eat!

Recipe from:  Goodies Gone Gluten Free
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5-7 gluten free Oreo-type cookies (Walmart brand, Glutino, etc.)
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 tsp. of Peppermint extract
1 candy cane or peppermint candy, crushed (optional)

Melt chocolate chips in a small microwave safe bowl for 1 minute at 50% power.  Stir and microwave again for 30 seconds at 50% power and stir.  If chocolates chips are not completely melted, put them in another 30 seconds.  Once melted, stir in Peppermint Extract.  Dip cookies with a dipping fork or regular fork.  Make sure cookie is thickly covered on both sides, then let excess drain back into the bowl while holding it on the fork.  Place cookie on parchment or waxed paper lined tray.  Crush peppermint candy in a baggie with a kitchen mallet or rolling pin and sprinkle a bit onto top of each cookie.  Place cookies in the refrigerator to set for about 20-30 minutes.