Autumn is the season for baking, especially pies. Tradition calls for fruit-filled, nut-laced or custard-based pies. But our craving is for chocolate.

Chocolate – unabashedly and unapologetically decadent – is the main ingredient in these sinfully delicious, classic pies, perfect for polishing off any fall feast or supper.

Cappuccino Chocolate Pie

This luscious, rich pie is a no-bake recipe, perfect for casual entertaining!

  • Crust:
  • 3/4 cup very finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules**
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup pasteurized refrigerated real egg product
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Garnish:
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate-covered expresso beans, finely chopped or pecan halves, if desired

Combine all crust ingredients in bowl; mix well. Press firmly onto bottom and up sides of ungreased 9-inch pie pan. Set aside.

Melt chocolate chips, 1/4 cup whipping cream and coffee granules in saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes or until smooth. Set aside.

Combine 1 cup sugar and 3/4 cup butter in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add melted chocolate mixture. Continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Gradually add egg product and vanilla. Continue beating until light and fluffy. (Mixture may look slightly curdled.)

Spoon mixture into prepared crust. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until set. Garnish with whipped cream and espresso beans, if desired. Store refrigerated.

*Omit coffee granules, if desired.

Source: Land o'Lakes 

Toll House Chocolate Chip Pie

The sweet, creamy richness of a brown sugar base combined with chopped nuts and delicious chocolate morsels. Serve warm with whipped or ice cream.

1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell

2 large eggs

½ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup packed brown sugar

¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter, softened

1 cup (6 ounces) Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

1 cup chopped nuts

Sweetened whipped cream or ice cream (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 F. Beat eggs in large mixer bowl on high speed until foamy. Beat in flour, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat in butter. Stir in morsels and nuts. Spoon into pie shell. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between edge and center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired. Makes 8 servings.

Note: If using frozen pie shell, use deep-dish style, thawed completely. Bake on baking sheet; increase baking time slightly.

Source: Nestle Toll House, verybestbaking.com

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