Treat your guests to a morsel of chocolaty decadence after dinner.
Step 1: Pulverize cookies Pulverize the chocolate sandwich cookies in a food processor and then mix the pieces with the melted butter to form a dough.
TIP: There will be 3 cups of cookie crumbs after grinding. If not, grind a few extra cookies to equal 3 cups.
Step 2: Press dough into pie pan Press the dough into the pie plate to make a crust and place it in the freezer for 3 hours.
Step 3: Melt chocolate and sprinkle pecans Melt 2 ounces of the chocolate in a double boiler, stirring constantly. Then coat the inside of the pie crust with the melted chocolate, sprinkle it with pecans, and set it in the freezer to harden.
Step 4: Melt remaining chocolate Melt the remaining chocolate and butter in the double boiler.
Step 5: Mix eggs and sugar Mix the eggs, granulated sugar, corn syrup, and salt with the mixer set on high speed. Beat until the batter falls from the beaters in ribbons -- approximately three minutes.
Step 6: Fold chocolate into batter Fold the melted chocolate and butter mixture into the batter with a spatula and then pour it into the pie shell.
Step 7: Bake on 350 Bake the pie at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 to 40 minutes, until a crust forms on top and the filling is set.
Step 8: Remove pie and cool Remove the pie from the oven and allow it to cool on the wire cooling rack. The pie must be thoroughly cooled before serving.
TIP: If you need the pie to cool quickly, allow it to cool on the rack for 30 minutes and then put it in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Step 9: Top cooled pie Top the cooled pie with whipped cream and drizzled chocolate sauce. Cut and serve a big, heaping piece to your favorite person, even if that person is yourself.
FACT: The Mayans used cocoa beans in religious rituals and as currency.