Praline Chocolate Dessert

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Preparation time: 25 minutes plus chilling
Cooking time: 10 minutes plus cooling

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 14-16 servings


•2 cups cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs
•1/2 cup butter, melted
•1 cup chopped pecans

•1-1/2 cups butter, cubed
•1 cup packed brown sugar
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract

•2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
•1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
•1/3 cup packed brown sugar

•1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
•1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
•Pecan halves


•In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle with pecans.
• In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring butter and brown sugar to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Pour over pecans. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until set.
• In a large bowl, beat filling ingredients until smooth. Spread over praline layer. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until set.
• For ganache, place chocolate chips in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Spread over filling. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until set.
• Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; remove sides of pan. Garnish with pecan halves. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 14-16 servings.


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