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Chocolate Caramel Crunch Pie

If you're looking for an incredibly easy, decadent Thanksgiving pie, look no further! This is my spin on a pecan pie, with a no-bake filling of dulce de leche, walnuts, dark chocolate, and some orange zest for balance.

Chocolate Caramel Crunch Pie



Prep Time

35 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  • 9 whole graham crackers
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 28 ounces store bought dulce de leche (such as Trader Joes)
  • 1 1/2 cups toasted walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest (from half an orange)
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chunks (such as Scharffen Berger 70%)
  • 1/2 teaspoon flake salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • unsweetened chocolate to grate


  1. As seen on: Giada's Holiday Handbook, Season 2, Episode 3. Thanksgiving Feast.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Break the graham crackers into small pieces and place in a food processor. Pulse to blend into fine crumbs. Add the cocoa powder, butter and salt and pulse, in 2 second intervals, until combine and the consistency of wet sand. Press the mixture into and up the sides of a 9 inch pie plate. Bake for 8 minutes or until toasted and fragrant.
  4. Scoop the dolce de leche into a medium bowl. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the walnuts, zest and chocolate chunks. Pour into the prepared pie shell and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until chilled all the way through and set.
  5. Just before serving, whip the heavy cream and vanilla in a medium bowl using a hand mixer until soft peaks form. Sprinkle the flake salt on the caramel pie, top with the whipped cream and grate the unsweetened chocolate over the top.



Nutrition Serving Size
per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
38 grams
5 grams
16 grams
Saturated Fat
10 grams
46 milligrams
196 milligrams
1 grams
30 grams
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1 comment

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    Mary Elizabeth Guyton

    Can’t wait to make for my family Thank you üíú

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