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Frozen Mudslide Pies & Turning 40

by Milisa on January 21, 2013

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Frozen Mudslide Pies are the perfect dessert for celebrating turning 40.  That’s right, today is my 40th birthday.  It seems hard to believe in some ways, but to stop and think that my oldest son will be graduating this spring, well I guess it makes sense.

To celebrate I am going to be hosting giveaways all week long!  Starting off today with one of my very favorite things, a cookbook.  Not just any cookbook mind you, I have a copy of Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats That Shine by the very talented Shaina Olmanson.   Shaina is the creator: cook, writer, and photographer of the amazing and award winning blog Food for My Family.

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At Food for My Family Shaina’s writing draws you in and the recipes plus stunning photography bring you back for more.  It is really one of my very favorite blogs and although we’ve never met in real life, I am lucky to call Shaina my friend.

Desserts in Jars is filled with 50 great desserts that are as fun as they are delicious.  I used the Monster Cookies Mix for teacher gifts at Christmas, they were a huge hit! I literally want to try every recipe and I had a hard time deciding which to try first.  I went with the Frozen Mudslide Pies.

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When I served these sweet little treats the room first went silent, followed by the sounds of, ” Ummmm, oh man is this good and holy moly this is wonderful!”

Yes, this is definitely a good pick for my 40th birthday, a chocolate-lovers dream!   So come and celebrate with me all week long with some fantastic food and fun giveaways! Giveaway details are found below the recipe.

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Frozen Mudslide Pies

from Desserts in Jars: Sweet Treats That Shine by Shaina Olmanson

Ingredients:

for the crust:

  • 1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

for the espresso ganache:

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

for the chocolate filling:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder

for the whipped cream:

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
  • Espresso powder for garnish

Directions:

1. Make the crust: Mix the cookie crumbs and butter until the crumbs are evenly coated.  Press 2 tablespoons of the crumbs into the bottom of each of eight 8-oz jars and set aside.

2. Make the ganache: Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl.  In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the heavy cream over medium heat just until it boils.  Remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate pieces.  Allow to stand for 1 minute and then whisk in the espresso powder and vanilla until all the chocolate crust.  Refrigerate the jars until the ganache is firm, about 30 minutes.

3. Make the chocolate filling: Beat together the heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, and cocoa powder in a medium-size bowl until stiff peaks form.  Using a pastry bag and tip, preferably, or a zip-top bag with a corner cut off, pipe the filling over the espresso ganache layer.  Cover loosely and freeze for at least 2 hours, until ready to serve.

4. Make the whipped cream: Beat together the heavy cream and confectioners’ sugar.  Pipe a small dollop onto the top of each pie and sprinkle with espresso powder.  Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

Miss

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Watch the trailer for Desserts in Jars!

Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats That Shine by Shaina Olmanson Giveaway

To enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post.

Bonus entries:

  • Follow Food for My Family & Miss in the Kitchen on Facebook.
  • Tweet about the giveaway with something like, “Win a copy of Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats That Shine by @FoodforMyFamily via @missnthekitchen http://bit.ly/YhUavv
  • Follow Miss in the Kitchen on Pinterest.

Leave a comment for each.  Entries will be received through January 28th, 2013.  US entries only.

Disclosure: Giveaway is sponsored by The Harvard Common Press.  All opinions are my own.

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Jeffrey January 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm

This book would fit well in my cupboard! I just starting canning/preserving last summer and now that we are using up our “loot” there are empty jars everywhere with nothing to use them for…Dessert would work well!

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Jeffrey January 21, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Oh yeah, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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Jeffrey January 21, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I Follow Food for My Family & you on Facebook.

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Jeffrey January 21, 2013 at 8:58 pm
Jeffrey January 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm

I follow your Pinterest boards.

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Amy January 21, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Happy Birthday, Milisa! I like what you’re having :D

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Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 21, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!! This looks marvelous. :)

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Shelby | Diabetic Foodie January 21, 2013 at 9:53 pm

What a fabulous birthday dessert! Happy, happy!

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Earen Hummel January 21, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Happy Birthday! This book would be a wonderful addition to my son’s cookbook collection.

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Paula - bell'alimento January 21, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Happy Happy Birthday Milisa!

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Angela Sommers January 22, 2013 at 1:05 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Keep on cooking! I enjoy your blog a lot and love the mixture of country living and kitchen happenings!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 22, 2013 at 1:35 am

Happy Birthday! What a fabulous way to celebrate.

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel January 22, 2013 at 1:55 am

Happy happy birthday!!! Have a fabulous day :) And no need to enter me in the giveaway as I already have this wonderful cookbook.

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Cassie | Bake Your Day January 22, 2013 at 5:35 am

What a perfect way to celebrate. This looks so good! I hope you have a great birthday!

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Autumn@Good Eats Girl January 22, 2013 at 8:01 am

Happy birthday! What a fantastic dessert for your birthday! They look great!

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Autumn@Good Eats Girl January 22, 2013 at 8:03 am

I liked you on Facebook!

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Cindy Brickley January 22, 2013 at 6:23 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! The mudslides look so yummy, I’ll have to get out my jars.

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Cindy Brickley January 22, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I Follow Food for My Family on Facebook.

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Cindy Brickley January 22, 2013 at 6:35 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway with, “Win a copy of Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats That Shine by @FoodforMyFamily via @missnthekitchen http://bit.ly/YhUavv“

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Cindy Brickley January 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm

I Follow Miss in the Kitchen on Pinterest.

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Denise Terry January 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I love the idea of serving food, especially desserts in jars! Oh, and Happy Birthday!

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Denise Terry January 22, 2013 at 8:19 pm

I follow you on Pinterest.

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Denise Terry January 22, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I like you on Facebook.

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Denise Terry January 22, 2013 at 8:22 pm

I like Food for My Family on Facebook.

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Cori January 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm

What a delicious way to celebrate a special birthday!

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Angie January 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Happy Birthday Milisa! What a great way to celebrate!

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Kimby | a little lunch January 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Happy Birthday, Milisa! You know the ol’ saying… “Life begins at 40.” ;) These mudslides look like the perfect dessert to kick off your celebration!

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Lana @ Never Enough Thyme January 22, 2013 at 9:50 pm

I’m a day late, but still…Happy Birthday Milisa! I just know that your forties are going to be great. And, oh yes, fabulous recipe.

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Kimberly P. January 22, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Happy belated birthday! My 40th would have been much better if I had had one of these delicious jars of goodness in hand.

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Kimberly P. January 22, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Following Food for My Family and Miss in the Kitchen on FB.

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Kimberly P. January 22, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Following you on Pinterest.

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Emily T. January 22, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Happy Birthday! Dessert is always a great way to celebrate :) I’m really intrigued by the Desserts in Jars cookbook, but I haven’t gotten a chance to actually thumb through it yet…Hopefully that changes soon!

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Debbie January 23, 2013 at 12:23 am

Happy Birthday! I am sending up prayers for you to have the most blessed year yet!

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Debbie January 23, 2013 at 12:24 am

I like you on FB

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Debbie January 23, 2013 at 12:24 am

I like ffmf on FB

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Debbie January 23, 2013 at 12:24 am

I follow you on Pinterest

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linda sch January 23, 2013 at 1:56 am

happy birthday. i’ll be trying these tonight

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Sally Ann Shurmur January 23, 2013 at 2:04 am

Happy, happy birthday (a day late!) These look sensational and I’d love to add the cookbook to my still-growing collection!

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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction January 23, 2013 at 2:49 am

Happy Belated Birthday! These pies look like a great way to celebrate!

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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking January 23, 2013 at 3:25 am

Happy birthday, Milisa! This is a delish looking recipe and a great giveaway. Thanks for sharing both!

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Thriftyredhead January 23, 2013 at 5:08 am

A cookbook junkie. I can’t stop collecting. Canning is also a hobby. Love those canning jars. This book would be a nice fit.

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Thriftyredhead January 23, 2013 at 7:01 am

I follow you on Pintrest.

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Thriftyredhead January 23, 2013 at 7:01 am

I follow you on Facebook.

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Raelena P. January 23, 2013 at 7:18 am

Happy Birthday and thanks for the giveaway!

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Raelena P. January 23, 2013 at 7:20 am

liked both on facebook: Rae Pavey

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Raelena P. January 23, 2013 at 7:22 am

following on pinterest: Rae Pavey

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jacquie January 23, 2013 at 10:10 am

happy 40th.

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Michelle P. January 23, 2013 at 10:21 am

These look so good! I’m pinning these to try. I’ve never seen that cookbook. If I don’t win it, I’m going to put on my wishlist!

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Michelle P. January 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

I’m following both on Facebook now. I’m a new fan!

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Michelle P. January 23, 2013 at 10:24 am

I’m following all of your boards on Pinterest now. You have great recipe boards!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Milisa, hope it was filled with family, friends and great food!

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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles January 24, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Happiest Birthday to you!! These pies look AWESOME!

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Kate Edenborg January 24, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I love desserts and putting them in jars is awesome.
Happy b-day!

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Carolsue January 26, 2013 at 7:49 am

This would be a fun book to win! Crossing my fingers here.

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Carolsue January 26, 2013 at 7:49 am

I Follow Food for My Family & Miss in the Kitchen on Facebook.
Carolsue Anderson

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Carolsue January 26, 2013 at 7:50 am
Carolsue January 26, 2013 at 7:51 am

I follow you on Pinterest as cezovski9

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Amy Tonga January 26, 2013 at 10:06 am

Happy Birthday to you! :) What a nice way to celebrate by hosting a giveaway. :) Wish you good health, happiness and all the best in the coming year! :)

amy[at] utry [dot] it

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Amy Tong January 26, 2013 at 10:07 am

Following Food for My Family & Miss in the Kitchen on Facebook.

amy [at] utry [dot] it

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Amy Tong January 26, 2013 at 10:08 am
Amy Tong January 26, 2013 at 10:09 am

Following Miss in the Kitchen on Pinterest.

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Jenny January 27, 2013 at 11:37 pm

I love mudslides and these look great! 40 isn’t so bad. 50 isn’t yet…..

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Jenny January 27, 2013 at 11:38 pm

I follow you and Food for my Family on Facebook.

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Jenny January 27, 2013 at 11:38 pm

I follow you on pinterest.

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Kim in MD January 28, 2013 at 10:03 pm

This looks like the perfect treat to celebrate your 40th birthday! Happy Belated Birthday, Milisa! :-)

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The Peace Patch January 29, 2013 at 1:43 pm

ohgoodgolly Happy Birthday! Wishing you good health and prosperity and joy in all things…including joyful jars full of yumfulness! Cheers!

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