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Berry-ful Summer Pie

June 23, 2013

Oh, summer.

After yearning for your arrival for the past eight long months, now that you're here I feel like I can't bask in your glory (and warmth) enough. I want to spend long hours watching my kids play at the park, go on sunset walks as a family, marvel at the magic of fireflies, sit out on the deck laughing with friends, relax in our hammock with a good book, and much, much more.

Truly, summertime means spending quality time doing what you love with the ones you love. And nowhere in that description does spend forever standing in the kitchen cooking or slave over long, complicated recipes fit into the mix.

Nope, summer is about finding the tastiest and easiest salad recipes, BBQ recipes, 4th of July recipes and more and being able to throw them together without spending any extra valuable minutes in the kitchen.

When it comes to desserts (because with me, it always comes to desserts), I love being able to pull together something that includes the delicious fresh fruits of the season with my true love, chocolate. That's why now is the perfect time to whip up a favorite recipe passed to me from a friend, the quick and delectable Truffle Berry Pie.

Is there anything that screams summer more than juicy berries and tasty chocolate? I'm telling you, this cheesecake-esque fruity dessert is just so easy to make and just so yummy to eat!

Truffle Berry Pie

Ingredients

1 refrigerated/frozen pie crust (or make your own from scratch)
1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
1 tbsp. butter
1 8-oz. package of PHILADELPHIA Original Cream Cheese, softened
¼ cup powdered sugar
1 pint whole strawberries, rinsed and stems removed
1 cup mixed berries, such as blueberries and raspberries
½ cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

Directions
Bake pie crust according to directions; set aside. In a saucepan combine the chocolate and butter, heat and stir over medium-low heat until melted. Add the cream cheese and continue to heat and stir until combined. Remove from heat and stir in the powdered sugar. Spread in baked crust.

Arrange strawberries and mixed berries atop the filling, placing strawberries stem ends down. Cover; chill for 4 hours.

Let pie stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Spoon COOL WHIP into the center of pie and slice to serve.

Whether you are bringing this to a potluck or serving it at your backyard BBQ, your family and friends will take one bite and think that this is a complicated, time-consuming dish. Telling them that you spent only a few minutes preparing strawberries and melting chocolate and cream cheese... well, that's up to you!

This summer, be sure to browse the large number of recipes available at KraftRecipes.com to find a huge selection of snack, meal or dessert ideas that are creative, delicious, fun and perfect for a tasty, carefree summer.

For more recipes and ideas, visit my blog at www.thanksmailcarrier.com.

Berry-ful Summer Pie
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