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Dirt Cup Chocolate Pudding Pie

Dirt Cup Chocolate Pudding Pie | via Pies Before Guys

I’ve always been under the impression that no one buys gummy worms unless you’re 5 years old or your kid is 5 years old. Tbh I don’t know the last time I even had a gummy worm. But guys, they’re actually v delicious. So why am I back on the gummy worm train? Well…

Usually when I make a pie I try to force feed it all to my ultimate pie-tester (the boyfriend). However he seems to think a whole pie is too much for one person. What kind of ridiculous madness is that? Continue reading “Dirt Cup Chocolate Pudding Pie”

Caramelized Pineapple Cream Pie

It did not remotely feel like summer in Chicago this weekend. I woke up to a forecast of 44 and cloudy.

We can only hope summer will make an appearance by August.

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So naturally in protest I channeled tropical weather vibes the best way I know how…pie.

Nothing says summer like pineapple, right?


So sit back, grab your sunglasses, and pretend it’s 80 and sunny.


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Caramelized Pineapple Cream Pie


1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6-8 tbsp melted butter
2 tbsp cold butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla


Make the crust: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Mix until it is well blended and the consistency of sand. Add more butter if needed. Press into your pie pan and chill in the freezer for at least 15 minutes to help prevent crumbling when serving. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow crust to cool completely before filling.

Caramelize the pineapple: Core and peel your pineapple. Cut into 1-2 inch chunks. Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Coat pineapple chunks with sugar and place in hot pan. Cook, turning once and shaking pan often, until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove pineapple and add to the bottom layer of your prepared graham cracker crust. Stir 3 tablespoons water into the pan, and heat briefly. Drizzle the caramel mixture over the pineapple layer.

Make the pineapple filling: Beat the softened cream cheese and butter together until combined. Reduce mixer speed and add powdered sugar slowly until well combined. Beat on high speed for one minute. Add a two heaping tablespoons of the drained pineapple and stir in. Spread this cream cheese and pineapple mixture over your caramelized pineapple base.

Make the whipped cream: In a medium mixing bowl, beat whipping cream at high speed. Gradually add sugar and vanilla. Beat until stiff peaks form. Spread whipped cream over the filling and garnish with a few more slices of pineapple.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes (or freeze for 15 minutes) before serving for cleaner cut slices. Pairs perfectly with this Pineapple Mule for a tropical day. You’ll already have the pineapple, might as well put it to good use 😉


Pineapple Food Pun -

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Nutella Pie

Hap-pie pi day, friends! Hope your day has been filled with lots of pie (sweet, savory, pizza…whatever floats your boat).

No shame: I had pizza for lunch and dinner, plus pie for dessert.

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In honor of Pi Day I have a new *delicious* recipe. But first…there’s some Nutella controversy out there, so let me start with this: I have no illusions that Nutella is “healthy.”

But it’s delicious.

So YOLO, I’m eating it. And I’m eating it in this delicious pie because it tastes good on everything. Continue reading “Nutella Pie”

St. Patrick’s Day Mint Pie

As a kid I looked forward to St. Patrick’s Day solely for the McDonald’s mint shamrock shakes. I’m a fan all things mint—mojitos, thin mints, this pie…

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The problem was…shamrock shakes aren’t sold at every McDonald’s. So it was essentially a month long scavenger hunt. With no clues. 🤷‍♀️

But because people are lazy there’s an app for everything, this year there’s a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake Finder. Kids these days…they don’t understand the struggle of the shamrock shake search.

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So instead of going to McDonald’s, I created a pie version of the beloved shamrock shake. Which basically means it’s a Continue reading “St. Patrick’s Day Mint Pie”

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Pie

Just because Valentine’s Day is over, doesn’t mean I’m going to stop eating chocolate. If anything, I’m going to go to the store and get more right now. It’s on sale.

You can’t say no to a good sale.

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Last week I bought sandals solely because I had a coupon. It’s 30 degrees outside. I don’t need sandals anytime soon.


But it’s Friday, which means we made it through another week of winter. We are that much closer to summertime frozé on the beach. Continue reading “Dark Chocolate Raspberry Pie”

Tart Cherry Pie

I like to optimistically think of February as the end of winter…but this morning I had to dig my car out of a foot of snow. So basically winter is never leaving.

At least February brings a few fun holidays to help us forget about the dreadful weather (aka Mardi Gras & Valentine’s Day).

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Nothing goes better with Valentine’s Day Galentine’s Day than a pie with a bunch of hearts on it and a sassy quote 🙌🏼  Continue reading “Tart Cherry Pie”

Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

It’s almost February which means both Valentine’s & GALentine’s Day. Aka chocolate season. Aka it’s time to throw a bunch of chocolate into some pies (see: chocolate pie crust).

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We all know Banana Cream Pie is delicious—definitely in my top 5 favs. So naturally a Chocolate Banana Cream Pie is right up my alley.

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You can’t go wrong with this beauty: chocolate crust, chocolate filling, banana slices, banana cream, whipped cream, & then *sprinkles*…cause duh. Continue reading “Chocolate Banana Cream Pie”

Chocolate Pie Crust

Happy National Pie Day! It’s the perfect excuse to eat pie for dinner so I hope you’re celebrating accordingly. But can we talk about pie crust for a hot second?

We all know that a buttery, flaky crust is the secret to a perfect life pie. It’s the unsung hero if you will. Now let me blow your mind for a moment…we’re adding chocolate to that masterpiece.


Yes. You heard me right: Chocolate. Pie. Crust. and just in time for Valentine’s Day.

What better way to say, “oh hey, you’re cute” than with a chocolatey pie??

There is none, and that’s a fact.

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This crust goes well with pretty much all pies—duh. But a birdie told me it’s a killer addition to Banana Cream Pie, Pecan Pie, and S’mores Pie.

The best part? It’s just as easy as your favorite butter pie crust recipe, but with some cocoa powder added in.

Chocolate Pie Crust Recipe

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You’ll mix the ingredients together the same way too, cutting into the mixture until only pea-size pieces of butter remain.



Then you’ll bring all the dough together, aiming for the same texture as your every day pie crust. Now get to work!


Chocolate Pie Crust


1 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking powder
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp white granulated sugar
1 stick (1/4 pound) cold unsalted butter (cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup ice
1 tbsp flour to roll dough


Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Stir the flour, salt, baking powder, cocoa powder, sugar together in a large bowl. Add the butter pieces and coat with the flour mixture using a bench scraper or spatula. With a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour mixture, working quickly until mostly pea-size pieces of butter remain (a few pea sized pieces are okay; be careful not to over blend).

Combine the water and ice in a small bowl. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the ice water mixture over the flour mixture, and mix and cut it in with a bench scraper or spatula until it is fully incorporated. Add more of the ice water mixture, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, using the bench scraper or your hands (or both) to mix until the dough comes together in a ball, with some dry bits remaining.

Squeeze and pinch with your fingertips to bring all the dough together, sprinkling dry bits with more small drops of the ice water mixture if necessary, to combine.

Shape the dough into a flat disc, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to give the crust time to mellow.  Once ready to use, remove the pie crust from the refrigerator and roll the out into a large circle to fit the 9 inch pie dish.

Carefully place the pie crust into your pie pan, pressing the dough into the edges. Cut the excess from the edge and flute using your fingers. Freeze for 10 minutes to solidify. Then using a fork, gently poke holes into the bottom of the crust. Bake for 12 minutes or until pie crust is cooked through.

Remove from the oven and set aside to cool before adding the pie filling of your choice.

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