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It’s that time of year again when the kids go back to schIMG_9900ool, which means it’s also time for our annual family send-off dinner for Claire, who heads back to the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. We love to “theme” things up on special occasions and for this meal, Cindy found a Tar Heel Pie. For those of you not in the know, a Tar Heel is the mascot for UNC and you don’t have to be a Tar Heel to enjoy this chocolatey, brownie-like pie. Have a great year at school Claire and GO HEELS!

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We’re not sure why this dish is called Tar Heel pie, but it’s so good that we really don’t care. It’s basically like eating brownie batter in a pie crust and we can’t get enough of it! If you’re in the mood for a rich and delicious dessert, try this pie. Your taste buds will thank you. Your waist will not.

Blended Ingredients

Pour warm, melted butter over 3/4 cup chocolate chips. Stir until smooth. Mix together flour, brown sugar and white sugar, then stir into chocolate mixture

IMG_9751Stir in eggs and vanilla. This will be very thick.

IMG_9760Fold in pecans (or skip this item and look at the next step), coconut and 1/4 cup chocolate chips.

IMG_9762We have a few pecan-haters in our kitchen, so in order to please everyone we added the pecans to one half of the pie crust before pouring the chocolate filling.

IMG_9768Bake in a preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes.

IMG_9785The top of the pie should be set, but may crack slightly – kinda like a brownie. Mmm.

IMG_9870Ooey, gooey goodness.

IMG_9904Top with a dollop of ice cream and enjoy! Go TarHeels!

Here’s the recipe
Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 (9 inch) deep dish pie crust

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

In a large bowl, pour warm melted butter over 3/4 cup chocolate chips. Stir until smooth. Mix together flour, brown sugar, and white sugar, then stir into chocolate mixture. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Fold in pecans, coconut, and 1/4 cup chocolate chips. Pour into pie crust.

Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Top should be set, and may crack slightly, but the pie is best if under-baked.

Nom. nom. nom.