Preparation time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 8 servings
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
3 teaspoons shortening, divided
1 graham cracker crust (10 inches)
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 cups fresh strawberries, halved
1/2 cup seedless strawberry jam
In a microwave, melt 3/4 cup chocolate chips and 2 teaspoons shortening; stir until smooth. Brush over crust. Refrigerate until firm.
In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, sour cream and vanilla until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Arrange strawberries over pie. In a microwave, heat jam until melted; brush over the top. Melt remaining chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over pie. Refrigerate until chilled. Yield: 8 servings.