Creamy Chocolate Mint Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 Pillsbury™ Pet-Ritz® frozen deep dish pie crust
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 package (4-serving size) chocolate pudding and pie filling mix (not instant)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 to 5 drops green food color
  • 2 cups frozen (thawed) whipped topping
  • 2 thin rectangular chocolate and green mints, unwrapped

Instructions

1 _ Heat oven to 400°F. Bake pie crust as directed on package for One-Crust Baked Pie Shell. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

2 _ Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, stir together milk and pudding mix; cook as directed on package. Continue cooking over low heat while adding chocolate chips, stirring until melted. Set aside.

3 _ In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, peppermint extract and 1 to 2 drops of the green food color until smooth. Gently fold in 1 cup of the whipped topping.


4 _ Spread cream cheese mixture in shell. Top with chocolate mixture. Refrigerate at least 2 hours until set. To color remaining 1 cup whipped topping, in small bowl, stir together whipped topping and remaining 2 drops food color. Garnish pie with whipped topping. Chop mints and sprinkle over whipped topping. Cover and store in refrigerator.

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