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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Chili's Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie

This recipe is a replica of the dessert that you can get at the Chili's restaurants from Real Mom Kitchen. My dad put it best when he said, "With a name like that it is better to not question what is in it." Is this dessert healthy? HA HA HA HA HA HA... no. But! It is delicious. My hubby isn't a big dessert eater and he said that this was fabulous. I got lots of compliments about it at the dinner party I took it to. Just don't think too much about the ingredients and what parts of your body they are going to and you'll be just fine!

The only thing I changed in this recipe was that I used roasted peanuts instead of walnuts. We are very allergic to walnuts and so that option wasn't going to fly for us. The peanuts definitely give it a peanut butter undertone but it was a good compliment to the rest of the bar. You could also do chopped almonds or pecans if you want to turn over a pretty penny to purchase them!

The picture and recipe are courtesy of Real Mom Kitchen and can be found here.

From Real Mom Kitchen

  • 1 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • caramel sauce
  • hot fudge sauce
  • more chopped walnuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a jelly roll pan (this is the bakers half sheet size -  it’s like 11 1/2 inch x 16 1/2 x 1 or you could use 2 9×13 inch pans.  The pie may be a little thicker and may take a little longer to cook).
  2. In a large bowl, combine sugar and melted butter; beat with electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla; mix well.
  3. Combine flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Add to the sugar mixture; mix well.
  4. Stir in nuts, coconut, and chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  5. Bake 40+ minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Serve warm, or reheat individual servings in the microwave (10 seconds for a serving). Top with ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce and hot fudge sauce then sprinkled with chopped walnuts. Or just eat them like a brownie or bar cookie.  They are also excellent that way too.  Makes 24.

*NOTE!!! I used 2 9x13 inch pans to cook mine and it took about 35 minutes for them to cook. I did, however, bake them one at a time because my oven wouldn't fit both pans. Just be careful about the cooking time. I would start with 30 minutes and go up from there.

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