Okay, time for a not-so-healthy but extremely delicious dessert. Velvety-smooth Kahlua cream cheese filling is baked on top of a buttery, chocolate cookie crust and then topped with a tangy sour cream layer to provide some balance to this indulgent-tasting dessert.
With my mom’s birthday often falling on the same weekend (and sometimes the same day) as mother’s day, the middle of May always meant having lots of pie around the house, specifically Marie Calendar pies. While there are still frozen Marie Calendar pies you can buy in the store, I’m talking about freshly made ones from the restaurant. Every year my mom would get a fresh Strawberry Pie for mother’s day and a Kahlua Cream Cheese Pie with a chocolate crust for her birthday. As a kid I always preferred the strawberry one, as the coffee and slight alcohol flavors were not up my alley. However, as I have grown up and grown into a coffee addiction, I crave the Kahlua one every May.
Unfortunately a few years ago all the Marie Calendars closed around our house, so my mom had to go without her traditional birthday pie. And that just seemed so wrong. So I started researching Kahlua cream cheese pie, and while there are a bunch of recipes out there, none of them were quite right. Most were chocolate cheesecakes with just a splash of Kahlua and none of them had the tangy sour cream topping that truly takes this cheesecake over the top. So I started mixing and matching various recipes, until I finally came up with the closes version I could to Marie Calendars. And let me say, it’s pretty darn good 😉
Last weekend Bry and I were lucky enough to get to celebrate my mom’s birthday in Denver, so naturally I knew I had to make this pie. However, I was so excited about making it and making sure I took pictures so that I could share it with all of you that I cut the pie into 8 much-too-big slices rather than 12 more appropriately sized ones. It was so good that most of us still finished our slices; however it is a really rich dessert so we were all left feeling Thanksgiving-level-full.
While not a “healthy” recipe, it’s one that brings back a lot of lovely memories. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with an occasional indulgence, especially when shared with people you love.
So here’s a toast to my mom’s birthday for inspiring this sinfully delicious treat!
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This looks great! I can’t wait to try it. Happy Birthday and Mother’s Day to your Mom!!!
Thanks Marco! I’ll be curious to see what you think of it. And thank you :)!