Last year Handsome and I didn’t think about the fact that most eating places are closed on Christmas Eve. I was hosting Christmas day and had tons of cooking to do and didn’t feel like making anything for dinner. We got out of church that evening and then went searching for any place open. After stopping at five different places (all closed) we finally ended up at a Panda Express (and had to eat under the scowls of the workers as they tried to rush us out the door).
So this year we knew we had to think ahead! We planned a wonderful dinner:
Now, after all that goodness it wasn’t like we needed dessert, but a holiday meal isn’t complete in my book without one. But after all that cooking (and still making things in advance for Christmas day) I had in mind something delicious, but easy. Nutella pie fit the bill. No baking. No effort. Almost no time spent making it.
- 1 (13 ounce) jar of Nutella
- 1 (8 ounce) bar cream cheese (softened)
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 5 tablespoons white sugar
- 24 oreos
- 1/3 cup melted butter
1) Put a metal bowl and electric beaters into the freezer (in preparation for making your own whipped cream). Make sure the bowl and beaters spend 15-20 minutes in the freezer.
2) Run the oreo cookies through a food processor or crush them finely. Mix oreo crumbs with the melted butter and press into a 9 inch pie pan. This makes the crust. (you can use a premade crust of your choosing too, but I think making it yourself makes it taste ten times better)
3) Take metal bowl and beaters out of freezer. Add the heavy whipping cream and beat on high. As peaks form add the vanilla and slowly add in the sugar. Beat until the mixture turns into a thick cream (think cool whip – in fact, you can use cool whip instead, but I promise making your own whipped cream makes all the difference).
4) In another bowl mix the Nutella and cream cheese until well blended, and then fold in 80% of your homemade whipped cream. Spread this mixture into the pie pan. Cover the top with the rest of the whipped cream and stow in the fridge.
5) Refrigerate overnight. Eat. Be amazed.
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