Preparation time: 25 minutes plus chilling
Cooking time: 10 minutes plus cooling
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 14-16 servings
â€¢2 cups cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs
â€¢1/2 cup butter, melted
â€¢1 cup chopped pecans
â€¢1-1/2 cups butter, cubed
â€¢1 cup packed brown sugar
â€¢1 teaspoon vanilla extract
â€¢2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
â€¢1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
â€¢1/3 cup packed brown sugar
â€¢1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
â€¢1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
â€¢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.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ In a large bowl, beat filling ingredients until smooth. Spread over praline layer. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until set.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; remove sides of pan. Garnish with pecan halves. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 14-16 servings.