Friday, September 05, 2008

Always true to you

I have this friend who is definitely my partner in crime. The first time we met she got me out of my comfort zone in multiple ways. Each time we got together it was another adventure. I'm still trying to figure out if I'm Lucy to her Ethel or if she's Ethel to my Lucy. Moving away from her was really hard, even though I now get to hang out with her bestfriend/sister in law who now lives around the corner from me. Everytime I'm in town, the first thing I do is call up Sweetcakes and see if she can get together. Last time we were in town, we met for breakfast and as we left she pulled me aside. "I brought you cupcakes." She brought me cupcakes? You can understand why I love her so much, right?

I was actually a little worried about the cupcakes, because breakfast with Sweetcakes wasn't the reason we were in town, we actually had quite a few people to see and parties to go to and those cupcakes were going to have to sit in the car all day. And yet, when we returned home at the end of the day, those cupcakes were in perfect shape. Not a whirl of the frosting was displaced. And they tasted fantastic. Not that I'm surprised, Sweetcakes , is the best baker I've ever met. She makes these fantastic cream pies........And the cupcakes? Cookies and Creme, with oreos actually set in the top.

And they gave me a great idea. You see, a couple weeks ago I noticed Trader Joes had a new product - vanilla marshmallows. I picked them up. But, I had no idea what to do with them. It's too hot for cocoa, and while normally we love to give Thatdog marshmallow and watch him try to figure out how to eat them for hours, but these were expensive and I didn't want to waste them on Thatdog, as funny as that scenario always is.

But marshmallow creme and chocolate pie? It's definitely something I could see Sweetcakes making. And so I melted the marshmallows, added chocolate, and poured it into a crust. Now I can pretend Sweetcakes is around even when she's not! (AND I just found out today I get to hang out with her again this weekend!...There may be serious trouble in store for the rest of this county.)

Cookies and Creme Pie
  • 9 graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup sweetened, flaked coconut, toasted
  • 5 Tbsp butter , melted
  • 2 pkg vanilla marshmallow (from Trader Joes)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 square unsweetened chocolate, grated

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine coconut and graham crackers in food processor until coarse crumbs form.
2. Combine crumbs and butter with fork. Press to bottom and side of 9-inch pie plate. Bake 10 minutes and cool on wire rack.
3. Heat marshmallows and milk in 3-qt. saucepan over low heat until smooth, stirring constantly. Remove saucepan from heat. Cool completely (30 minutes.)
4. In large bowl with mixer at medium speed, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Fold marshmallow mixture into whipped cream with grated chocolate. Spoon filling into cooled crust. Refrigerate pie at least 3 hours or overnight.

Serves 8.
Each serving has:

Calories 327.1
Total Fat 24.9 g
Total Carbohydrate 26.5 g
Protein 3.1 g


  1. Yum. Serious yum.

    I really miss having friends around that I used to cook with. It's hard to replace....

  2. Blank? Her name is Blank? She doesn't even have an alias?

  3. i bought those same marshmallows at TJs, and they sit in my pantry, unopened and unloved.

  4. WeeMo, I think her alias is Sweetcakes, very fitting.