I made these Mini Chocolate and Nutella Pies for my daughter’s birthday party, but they would be perfect for Valentine’s Day too! These mini pie cups are filled with Nutella mousse and topped with chocolate curls.
My daughter, Vanessa, was finally able to have her birthday party last weekend. She had her birthday party all planned with everyone invited and then had to cancel because we had the stomach flu in our house. She was disappointed, of course, but she was very gracious about it and knew that she could have her party another weekend. Her original plan was to have me buy an ice cream cake. But then I made these mini Nutella and Chocolate Pies and she decided to have these instead!
The girls were all very impressed and said they were delicious. I even had enough that I was able to send one home with my friend when she dropped her daughters off at the party.
To make these Nutella and Chocolate Pies, I made mini pie crust cups. I got the idea from these Banana Cream Pies. Take 2 refrigerated Pillsbury pie crusts and unroll them on a silicon mat. Cut out large circles using a scalloped cookie cutter or even a small bowl. My cookie cutter was 5 inches wide. I had to knead and re-roll the scraps to get 6 out of each crust. Put the crusts in greased muffin tins, leaving an empty space between crusts. Press them into the bottom and on the sides. Ruffle and then flatten the tops so they lay flat. Prick the bottoms with a fork. Brush lightly with beaten egg white and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
The filling for these pies is the same as the filling I used in this Nutella Chocolate Torte. To make the filling, beat softened cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add Nutella, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Fold in a container of whipped topping. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Once the pie crust cups are cooled and ready to be filled, spoon Nutella mousse into a pastry bag and pipe mousse into the pie crust cups.
Drizzle with melted chocolate chips and top with chocolate curls. Make chocolate curls by softening a extra large Hershey’s bar in the microwave for a few seconds. Then, use a vegetable peeler, held at an angle, to make the curls along the edge of the chocolate bar. I used a spoon to gently drop the chocolate curls on the pies.
Since the birthday party was a sleepover, my weekend was full of happy, giggling girls. It was bittersweet for me. As they sat around the family room talking up a storm, I was brought back to the times when Christine had all of her girlfriends around the house. Sure, things were busy, the house got messy, no one got enough sleep, more food was consumed than I imagined and it took time and effort BUT I can’t even tell you how fast that time went by. Now, Christine and her friends are graduating, moving out and starting their lives away from mom and dad. So, I spent the weekend, cherishing the time with Vanessa and her friends because I know, in the blink of an eye, they too will be all grown up.
Here are a few more Nutella recipes to try: