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Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

(Family Features) - I've often thought that if the Easter bunny hung around to see what's for dinner, perhaps he wouldn't high-tail it after hiding his colored eggs!

Of all the entertaining possibilities spring presents, gathering family and cherished friends for a festive Easter dinner is tops on my list. My Easter tradition includes surprising my guests with a knock-your-socks-off special dessert. This year, a sublime Chocolate Banana Cream Pie will be eagerly anticipated. I'll keep mum about how easy this impressive pie is to make: The chocolate chip cookie dough crust is filled with banana slices and creamy pudding spread with whipped topping. I crown each serving with a swirl of chocolate syrup and some mini chocolate chip morsels.

Serve this spectacular, jaw-dropping dessert while wearing your halo, as the cookie dough crust contains zero grams of trans fat. Once Easter-egg-hunters spy your pie, they won't stray far!

Love baking with the kids but don't have time? Gather the kids, use refrigerated cookie dough and enjoy a spring-themed cookie baking and decorating session in your kitchen:

  • Let kids use fun, seasonal refrigerated cookie dough with pre-cut Easter shapes.

  • Place and bake the pre-cut bunnies, chicks and tulips on a baking tray, then bring out the icing and sprinkles for some decorating fun.

  • Tint vanilla icing pastel colors for decorating, or look for spring-colored sugar and sprinkles to put a crowning touch on baked cookies.

  • Let kids nestle decorated cookies into Easter-grass-lined baskets and give as gifts to family and friends.

Check out other festive desserts and baking ideas that make any spring occasion memorable at VeryBestBaking.com

Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the NestlĂ© Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com.
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Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

  • 1 package (18 ounces) Nestlé Toll House Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Dough, softened
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk
  • 1 package (4 ounces) banana cream or vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Chocolate Flavor Nestlé Nesquick Chocolate Syrup (optional)
  • Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels (optional)

    1. PREHEAT oven to 350 F. Grease 9-inch pie plate.
    2. PRESS 3/4 package cookie dough* onto bottom and up side of pie plate.
    3. BAKE 18 to 24 minutes or until golden brown; flatten down with back of spoon to form pie shell. Cool completely on wire rack.
    4. BEAT milk and pudding mix according to package directions in small bowl; refrigerate 5 minutes. Spread pudding over cookie crust. Top pudding with bananas; spread with whipped topping. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until set. Drizzle with chocolate syrup; top with morsels. Cut into wedges.
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Calories: 450g     Total Fat: 18g
Cholesterol: 40mg     Protein: 6g
Carbohydrates: 66g     Sodium: 510mg

(Makes 8 servings)

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
* Bake up remainder for an additional treat the kids (and grownups) will love!

SOURCE: Nestlé USA, Inc.

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