A couple of weeks ago, Jennie of In Jennie’s kitchen lost her husband, Mikey suddenly to a heart attack. While I don’t know her personally, I’ve visited her blog a couple of times and my heart broke for her. She invited us to celebrate Mikey’s life with his favorite peanut butter pie.
Hearing about such a tragedy only reminded me of how lucky I am for each day I get to enjoy with my loved ones. Whether it is via email, facebook, phone or in person, I’m thankful for each “touch” I get with them. Too often I get wrapped up in the busy days, stressful moments and minute problems to appreciate all of the good things.
When I finally got some time in the kitchen this week, I wanted to support Jennie, even if I was little late. Since she was talking about her husband’s favorite pie, I thought I should make something with love for my husband (who, we all know, dislikes peanut butter). I know that the combination of chocolate chip cookie and cheesecake is one of his favorite things, so I created a spin on that in pie form. The chocolate chip cookie crust, creamy cheesecake filling and rich chocolate glaze were all made with love.
In light of Jennie’s loss, the blogging community has come together in an incredible way. As she is now left with two young children, she will need more than just emotional support. A fund was started by Bloggers Without Borders to help raise money for Jennie and her family. Bloggers throughout the community are offering cookbooks, photos, baked goods, site redesigns… anything to auction and raise money towards the fund. Some auctions that I have found:
- Madison is currently offering an amazing baked good basket that you could get any time between now and the end of the year
- Jen is auctioning an incredible gift basket
- Julie is auctioning adorable decorated cookies
- Katie is auctioning a doTerra Pure Essential Oil Beginner’s Trio Kit
- Deb’s brownies or cookies (your choice)
- Deb’s print (your choice)
1 1/2 cups chocolate chip cookie dough
1 8-ounce package reduced fat cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1/2 cup fat free sweetened condensed milk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees and spray a 9-inch pie plate with non-stick cooking spray
Press cookie dough into bottom and around sides of prepared pie plate; bake for 10 minutes
While crust is baking, beat cream cheese with whisk attachment of electric mixer for several minutes or until light and creamy
Add sweetened condensed milk, egg and vanilla and beat until well combined
When crust is ready, pour cheesecake mixture into pie crust
Bake 15-20 minutes or until filling is firm; set aside
Combine chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup in a small pot over low-medium heat and stir constantly until mixture is completely melted
Stir in vanilla and remove pot from heat; pour glaze over pie
Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight
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Are you hosting an auction? If so, leave your link in the comments below!