Chocolate Surprise Pecan Pie Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

Crust:
1 box Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box

Filling:
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
Dash salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Topping:
3 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled

photo courtesy of Pillsbury.com
photo courtesy of Pillsbury.com

Garnish:
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon chocolate-flavor syrup

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat oven to 375┬░F. Place pie crust in 9-inch glass pie plate as directed on box for One-Crust Filled Pie. In small bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, the salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 egg with electric mixer on low speed until well blended. Spread cream cheese mixture into bottom of crust-lined pie plate. Sprinkle with pecans and chocolate chips.

2. In small bowl, beat topping ingredients on medium speed just until blended. Carefully, pour topping over pecans and chocolate chips. Cover crust edge with 2 to 3-inch-wide strips of foil to prevent excessive browning; remove foil during last 15 minutes of bake time.

3. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until center is set. Cool on cooling rack at least 2 hours before serving.

4. In chilled small bowl, beat whipping cream on high speed until stiff peaks form. Drizzle each pie wedge with chocolate syrup. Spoon dollop of whipped cream on each pie wedge; drizzle with chocolate syrup. Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.