Pie Crust (makes enough for 3 5-inch pie crusts or 2 9-inch pie crusts
2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening, cut into cubes and well-chilled
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes and well-chilled
4 to 6 Tablespoons cold water
1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted and cooled
1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
2 eggs, beaten
First situate your pie crust into your pie plates. Look how unpretty mine are. They don’t have to be perfect and if you overhandle and warm up your pie crusts, throw them in the refrigerator and let them chill for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
Then, work on the filling. You will not believe how easy this filling is. I mix up the dry ingredients. Lots of chocolate chips and…
some chopped pecans.
Mix it up really good.
Then, add the McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract and melted butter.
Mix until the filling is completely combined.
Fill up your pie plates and bake for 35 minutes if you’re using 5-inch pie plates like I did or about 50 minutes if using a 9-inch pie plate.
Seriously, it’s like a chocolate chip cookie in a pie. Two desserts combined. Done. You know this will be perfect for your holiday party…let’s do it! And just FYI, Curtis’ family loved this pie so much, they kept all of the leftovers. I made two whole pies and brought it over there…we weren’t allowed to even bring a slice home!
Add flour and salt to the bowl of your food processor. Pulse to mix it. Add cold shortening and butter to the food processor and pulse for 30 to 60 seconds until pea-sized shapes of butter and flour start to form.
While pulsing, stream in water 1 Tablespoon at a time. Pulse until ingredients are moistened and dough begins to form and pull away from the sides of the food processor. You may not use all of the water. Remove dough from food processor and divide in half or thirds (depending on what type of pie plate you're using. Mold each half into a circle and flatten. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
Working with each divided pie crust at a time, remove the refrigerator and place the pie crust between two pieces of parchment paper. Roll to about a 1/8 inch thickness, using a rolling pin. Place pie crust on pie plate and cut off excess. Using your fingers crimp the top edge of your pie crust. Place pie plate in the refrigerator.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. To a medium-sized mixing bowl, add flour and sugar and mix with a rubber spatula. Add chocolate chips and mix until coated in dry mixture. Add pecans and do the same thing. Add melted butter and McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract and mix to combine. Add eggs and mix just to combine. Pour pie filling into prepared pie crusts and bake for about 50 minutes if using a 9-inch pie, otherwise if using a 5-inch pie plate, bake for about 35 minutes. Allow to cool for at least 20 to 30 minutes. Serve with whipped cream, optional.