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Gooey Chocolate-Caramel Fantasy

2 cups crushed oreo cookie crumbs

1/3 cup butter, melted

30 caramels

1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping

1/4 cup whipping cream

2 cups chopped pecans

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate pieces

1/4 cup whipping cream

 

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together chocolate cookie crumbs and melted butter.  Press onto bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate.  Bake in a 350˚F oven for 10 minutes.  Cool slightly on a wire rack.

 

In a heavy medium saucepan, melt caramels in caramel ice cream topping over low heat, stirring often.  Stir in the first 1/4 cup whipping cream.  Remove from heat; stir in nuts.  Spread over crust.  Cool, cover and chill for 1 hour.

 

For topping:  In a heavy small saucepan, melt chocolate.  Remove from heat, stir in remaining whipping cream.  Drizzle or spread over caramel-pecan mixture.  Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.  

 

Makes 12 servings.