Don’t let the name fool you, this Texas Trash Pie is anything but! This pie is crazy delicious, simple to make and has a little bit of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy going on inside.
Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away and this Texas Trash Pie might just be the best new pie to add to your Thanksgiving dessert menu.
I know the name is a bit of a turnoff, but please trust me on this one. This Texas Trash Pie is loaded with chocolate chips, caramel bits, pretzels, graham crackers, coconut, pecans all mixed together with a glorious can of sweetened condensed milk. It reminds me so of seven-layer bars with everything going on inside.
Up until about two weeks ago I’d never even heard of Texas trash pie, and I don’t even remember what I was searching when I happen to come across it. The name was so intriguing that I had to give it a try, right?
This pie is quick and simple to throw together! And for all of you who dread making homemade pie crust, don’t worry I got your back! This pie starts with a pre-made frozen pie crust . . .easy peasy!
Where did Texas Trash Pie come from?
Texas Trash Pie was created in Round Top, Texas, by the Royer family. The Royers moved to Round Top in 1987 and took over the 40-seat Round Top Cafe. They popularized the cafe all through word-of-mouth marketing. Their beloved Texas Trash Pie led the way! Its name implies the combination of every ingredient in the kitchen, but rest assured, this delectable pie is anything but trash.
List of ingredients:
- chocolate chips
- graham crackers
- shredded coconut
- caramel bits
- pecans pieces
- sweetened condensed milk
- Combine the chocolate chips, pretzels, graham crackers, coconut, caramel bits and pecans in a mixing bowl. (*Note to self – don’t use a purple bowl when you want to take step-by-step photos 🤦♀️).
- Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the ingredients and stir until combined. Can we just take a moment to look at that bowl of absolutely deliciousness!
- Pour that delectable filling into a frozen pie crust, put it in the oven to bake and then the magic happens. It’s ooey, gooey, and insanely good!
This pie is rich and decadent! I know you might be thinking it’s a little too over the top for you, but sometimes you’ve just got to get on board when it comes to gooey, sweet and decadent desserts, even if the name does sound a bit awful.
I promise that once you bite into this pie, you’ll be so grateful you made it and you’ll be the rockstar of your Thanksgiving dinner.
A few helpful hints:
- I highly recommend using semisweet chocolate chips. This pie is rich and sweet, so using semisweet chocolate chips instead of milk, helps offset some of the sweetness.
- I am not usually a fan of nuts in baked goods, but the pecans really work in this pie. They help offset some of the sweetness and add a little crunch. You can add up to 1 cup of nuts if you’re a huge fan, or scale it back a bit if you’re not.
- Be sure and cook this on the second to lowest rack in your oven. This will help the bottom of the crust brown up a little more.
- Keep an eye on the pie and if the top starts to get too dark while it’s baking, loosely cover the top with a piece of tin foil.
- This pie is phenomenal served plain, but would also be delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
How to Store Texas Trash Pie
To keep Texas Trash Pie fresh, cover it with plastic wrap and keep cool in refrigerator. I like to warm my piece up just slightly in the microwave to get the filling ooey and gooey.
I can’t wait to share a few more Thanksgiving recipes over the next couple weeks. I’ll also be reposting some I’ve shared before that you may or may not have ever seen. If you have a favorite Thanksgiving recipe, I’d love to hear about it!Print
Recipe Source: Southern Living