While reading through a Fall Recipes magazine, I came across a recipe for a black bottom pumpkin pie. I tried out the recipe, but wasn’t all that impressed with how it turned out. The pumpkin layer was literally like pudding, and when I think of pie, I think of actually being able to cut a slice, rather than having to use a spoon to scoop it out due to the texture. Well, back to the drawing board. I decided to give it another shot, but change a lot of things around.
This time, an Oreo crust was prepared, but in a two 12 cup muffin pans. How about make these little guys individual portions instead of a whole pie? Sure! The waiting process of letting them set in the fridge seemed like it took forever, because I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into them. Well worth the wait. Wow.
For the Crust:
20 Oreo cookies
1/2 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Process cookies into crumbs using small food chopper or food processor. Mix together the melted butter with crumbs. Using a medium size cookie scoop, distribute evenly between 24 lined cups between two muffin pans. Bake for 5 minutes, cool completely on cooling racks.
For the Chocolate Bottom:
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup heavy cream
In 30 second intervals, melt chocolate chips in heavy cream in microwave. Stir until chocolate is completely melted and mixed with cream. Drop 1 teaspoon of chocolate on top of each Oreo crust in muffin pans. Put in refrigerator to set, about 15-20 minutes.
For the Pumpkin Layer:
2 (8 0z.) blocks cream cheese, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tablespoon vanilla
Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl, and beat at medium speed with electric mixer until blended. Using a standard ice cream scoop, distribute evenly between all muffin cups on top of chocolate. Use a spoon to spread evenly. Set in refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours. Top with Maple Whipped topping.
For the Maple Whipped Topping:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup maple syrup
Using electric mixer, beat at medium speed until mixture is thickened and forms soft peaks. Generously spoon or pipe on top of pies.