Holly and Eggnog Pie

Holly and Eggnog Pie

Holly and Eggnog Pie


This Holly and Eggnog Pie has a unique crust and a creamy filling brimming with the flavors of the season.  It definitely says “Christmas”.  I had made this pie for my friend and I gave it to her 2 days before Christmas.  She loved this pie!

Holly and Eggnog Pie Recipe

Holly and Eggnog Pie

Crust:   1 (15 oz.) package Pillsbury All Ready Pie Crusts

1 egg, separated

6 – 8 drops red food color

6 – 8 drops green food color

Filling:    1 envelope unflavored gelatin

1 ½  cups eggnog

1 cup powdered sugar

¼ cup margarine, softened

2 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened

¼ tsp. nutmeg

½ tsp. rum extract

Allow both crust pouches to stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.  Heat oven to 450 F.  Prepare pie crust according to package directions for unfilled one crust pie using 9-inch pie pan.  Trim dough even with edge of pan.  To make decorative edge, using 2-inch holly leaf-shaped cutter or sharp knife or leaf pattern, cut 16 leaves from remaining crust.  From dough scraps, make twenty-four ¼ inch balls.  Beat egg white in small bowl.  Brush edge of crust with egg white.  Brush bottoms of leaves and balls with egg white and arrange around edge of crust to resemble holly leaves and berries.

Place half of egg yolk in each of 2 custard cups.  Add red food color to one and green food color to the other, mix well.  With small brush, paint green mixture on leaves; paint red mixture on berries.  Bake at 450 F. for 9 to 11 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool completely.

In a small saucepan, evenly sprinkle gelatin over ½ cup of the eggnog; let stand 1 minute to soften gelatin.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until gelatin is dissolved.  Remove from heat; set aside.  In large mixer bowl, combine powdered sugar, margarine and cream cheese.  Beat at low speed until light and fluffy.  Gradually add nutmeg, rum extract, gelatin mixture and remaining eggnog.  Beat on high speed until smooth.  Refrigerate 15 minutes or until mixture mounds slightly when stirred; pour into cooled crust.  Refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours.  If desired, sprinkle with nutmeg.  Store in refrigerator.         10 servings

TIPS:  If desired, cut and paint additional holly leaves and berries to decorate surface of pie.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 450 F. for 4 minutes or until lightly browned.  Position on pie as desired.

Unused pie crust dough can be baked into sweet treats.  Using 2-inch cookie cutters with sugar, colored sugar or a cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 450 F. for 5 to 8 minutes or until light golden brown.

(Recipe for Holly and Eggnog Pie was in Pillsbury Classic Cookbook, Holiday, Keeping in Touch with Family and Friends, 1992 issue)


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