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Butterscotch Pudding Pie with Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust

slice of Butterscotch Pudding Pie on a white plate

One of my (many, many) favorite things about living in NYC is the food. I’ve never experienced food the way I’ve had it here. If you’ve ever spent any time here, you’ll likely agree. From the nicest restaurants, to the pizza, to the neighborhood spots, to the food trucks, there is certainly no lack of amazing food.

And part of that is all the amazing bakeries here. I have visited so many yet still have a pretty lengthy mental list of more to visit someday.

A while back, Quinn and I stopped for a treat at Sugar Sweet Sunshine. After much deliberation, I chose their Chocolate Chip Pudding. Now, this is no ordinary pudding. No, it’s far more than that. It’s a combination of crumbled chocolate chip cookies, whipped cream, and butterscotch pudding. And it’s amazing.

A chocolate chip cookie crust, my favorite homemade butterscotch pudding, and whipped cream combine for an irresistible dessert!

Ever since I had that fabulous pudding, I’ve not been able to stop thinking about it. I knew I wanted to recreate it somehow but wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to do it. Then, the idea of this pie grabbed hold of my brain, and I absolutely had to make it.

I started with a chocolate chip cookie crust. It’s simply a variation of a chocolate chip cookie baked into a tart pan or pie pan. I am quite fond of my tart pan, as is evident on the pages of BoB. But, in my experience, this type of crust works better in a tart pan, although it will do okay in a pie pan. It just may a bit trickier to serve.

I can't get enough of this pie! It's an amazingly delicious combination of chocolate chip cookies, butterscotch pudding, and sweetened whipped cream. - Bake or Break

Next comes butterscotch pudding. I used the same pudding recipe I shared with you last week. Then, that’s topped with sweetened whipped cream. And sprinkles, because this is the kind of dessert that practically demands sprinkles.

Once you put all of that together and let it chill for a bit, you will have the pleasure of experiencing what is now one of our all-time favorite desserts. It’s so sweet and soft and creamy and full-on fantastic that you’ll have a hard time getting your fill of it!

Butterscotch Pudding Pie with Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust

Yield 8 to 10 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes

Butterscotch Pudding Pie is an amazingly delicious combination of a chocolate chip cookie crust, homemade butterscotch pudding, and sweetened whipped cream.

slice of Butterscotch Pudding Pie on a white plate

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 & 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

For the filling:

Instructions

To make the crust:

  1. Grease a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom.**
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix well.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Transfer the dough to prepared pan. Press evenly onto the bottom and up the sides of the pan.
  6. Place the tart pan in refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  8. Remove the crust from refrigerator. Use a fork to poke holes over the surface of the crust (just the bottom, not the sides).
  9. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.

To make the filling:

  1. Make the Butterscotch Pudding according to the directions. Instead of transferring the pudding to a bowl to cool, transfer it directly into the baked crust. Place plastic wrap over the pie, pressing it gently and directly onto the pudding.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Make the Sweetened Whipped Cream according to the directions. Spread onto the chilled pudding layer. Garnish with chocolate sprinkles.

Notes

*While vanilla in whipped cream is just lovely, keep in mind that it will make your whipped cream a bit less white. There will still be plenty of vanilla in the crust and the pudding if you choose to omit it from the whipped cream. Clear vanilla extract exists, but it is an imitation vanilla. **You can use a 9-inch pie pan, but I have found that a tart pan works better when it comes time to serve a pie with this kind of crust.

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    7 Comments on “Butterscotch Pudding Pie with Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust”

  1. YUM! This looks amazing. I love love love that idea for the crust!

  2. This sounds like the ultimate comfort food, it ticks all the boxes! Love that crust, I do a variation of it with my chocolate chip shortbread.

  3. Chocolate chip cookie crust + butterscotch pudding, sounds amazing!

  4. I miss the food. Not gonna lie.

    So instead I have to just try to make MY cooking to that level! Like with this amazing pie you made-seriously. whoa. YUM attack!

  5. If you want the vanilla flavor, but want WHITE whipped cream, go to a store where they sell cake decorating supplies. They have bottles of clear vanilla flavoring that won’t tint your whipped cream. Being a cake decorator who makes her own frosting, I always have it on hand.

  6. one thing I really don’t do enough in NYC is try out bakeries! I’ve never heard of the one you mentioned, but it’s apparent I need this pudding pie!

  7. I made this fun and unique tart for a big tea party, with great results. Here are my notes:

    THE CRUST:

    – Greased a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom using refined coconut oil
    – Dough looked just like cookie dough; was not too sticky and was easy to press into the pan, however, I observed that the amount of dough seemed overwhelming. Would use maybe only ¾ of the recipe next time.
    – Baked this at 350F for over 20 minutes watching it like a hawk – it was way too moist and dough-y after the prescribed baking time, and it took a long time to get a nice brown that would assure me my crust was actually cooked. When it came out, the pan was completely full of cookie. As it cooled, it sank a little and I also pressed down the bottom a bit. The crust was just as firm as I could have dreamed, however, and even though it looked very shallow, it held the pudding perfectly.

    THE PUDDING:

    – Love that this is made from scratch, very easy to make. It thickened up with no problem and I covered it with plastic wrap to chill overnight.
    – In the morning, the plastic wrap came up cleanly and didn’t take any pudding with it!
    – The tart ring popped off easily, but I couldn’t coax it off the removeable round (can’t win every time). I think this is because of the great volume of crust and how hard it had to be pressed into the pan.
    – I made the whipped cream topping with almost 3 tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar and 1.5 teaspoons of vanilla – I didn’t feel that the vanilla really affected the color, it was perfectly white enough for me.

    TOPPING:

    – Melted 3 oz chocolate chips + 1 tbsp refined coconut oil, spread on a large metal baking sheet with a spoon, and let it chill for about 5-6 minutes (my layer was thick). I used a chilled bench knife to make beautiful chocolate curls and quickly transported them to a frozen plate, which I kept in the freezer until it was time to serve the tart that afternoon.

    RESULTS:

    – Delicious!
    – SO HARD TO CUT, but the audience reported that the crust was NOT overcooked.
    – Filling dessert that made 8 nice slices and was very positively received.
    – Crust was too thick around the edges (some guests were too full to finish their crust edges, which were huge).

    NOTES:

    I recommend cutting back on the amount of dough used for the crust, and if you want it to pop off the removable round, consider trying a parchment paper round and try not to press the dough too firmly into the pan. Using less dough would also increase the likelihood that it bakes in the recommended time.

    Overall, this dessert was delicious and very easy, and the presentation was beautiful! The dough really showed off the fluting of the pan and held its shape well. I just think it needs a little less of it. 🙂

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