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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Chocolate Icebox pie

My mom made icebox pies often. She almost always made them in the 13x9 size. Hers were usually chocolate but she also made lemon. She used a crust on the bottom, pudding in the middle and then the top layer was Dream Whip or Cool Whip or whipped cream, whatever she had. Mom says she liked them because they were easy to make a day ahead. I remember we all liked to eat them.

I made icebox pie just about like my mom did. My hubby is not crazy about whipped topping so I leave that layer off the dessert. But I do keep a can of aerosol whipped cream in the fridge and it is easy to add to the top of my serving and anyone else who wants it.

Super Easy Crust
1 Cup Flour
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup chopped nuts like almonds, pecans or walnuts - nuts are optional
Just mix these ingredients and pat into the bottom of a pie pan.
If you are making a big 13x9 dessert, double the crust ingredients.
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until just lightly browned. cool

Chocolate pie filling - this makes enough for one round pie, if you want to make a big 13x9 then double everything.

3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup milk
3 egg yolks, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1.In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, flour, and cocoa powder. Mix well. While stirring, slowly pour in milk. Mix until smooth.
2.Cook cocoa mixture over medium heat, stirring almost constantly. Continue until mixture thickens, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat.
3.In a heat safe bowl, slowly pour about a cup of the hot chocolate mixture into the beaten egg yolks , whisking rapidly until yolks are incorporated.
Whisk chocolate egg mixture back into the saucepan. Bring back to a low simmer and simmer for about a minute, stirring often.
Stir in vanilla extract and butter or margarine. Pour filling into baked pie shell. Chill before serving. Store in icebox-refrigerator.

If you don't want to make the pie filling, you could use a Jello type mix. I think the from scratch pudding just tastes much better.

and if you don't want pie, then how about cake?
This is Nina and her little sister in law, Hannah. Hannah likes manatees and Nina has been baking her a fancy birthday cake every year. So this year's cake a very big manatee and it says "happy birthday Hannatee" Aren't they clever?


  1. Thanks for sharing the icebox pie. I think it sounds delish. That manatee is really something too. Clever girls for sure.

  2. Love the cake! hahaha Now the silly Veggie Tale song "Barbara Manatee" is going through my head. Thanks!

    My mom used to make those desserts too. I haven't made one in a very long time. So yummy! I think ours had a cream cheese and whipped topping layer instead of just plain whipped topping.

  3. I haven't made that icebox cake in ages! My crust is just like yours but my recipe calls for boxed instant jello pudding. I'm sure yours is sooo much better! I'm going to try it! yum!

    the cake is adorable...and so are the girls! :)

  4. Hi Rhonda,
    I love the recipe! I haven't seen that recipe for a long time. I will make sure I come back and make that some time soon. What a cute cake, I love it.
    Hugs, cindy s

  5. What a yummy and easy recipe. I, too, think the from-scratch is much better tasting than the boxed kind. Love that manatee cake! And, yes, they are very clever girls.

  6. I would like to try your recipe!

    I love the manatee cake too! Nine is very talented.

  7. The pie sounds really good, and what an awesome birthday cake! Now that's creativity. :)

  8. Thank you for the icebox pie recipe! Those girls are very clever to make a manatee cake! Love the Hannatee name too! :D

  9. Hi Rhonda,
    This looks so good. I am going to make a Buttermilk Pie soon. I have just about got all the boxes unpack. A small house sure is easier to keep. :) Miss Candi said tell Theo she is sending him some mail this week. :)

  10. I'd like to try making that manatee cake...can you tell me how you did it? Thank you.

  11. Hey - I am definitely happy to discover this. cool job!


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