Almost Summer Pie

Almost Summer Pie

Hiya! I’m actually going to be digital-free until Monday night, so I’ll be back to see you all later. But I had to share this recipe anyway. Yay for setting posts to automatically publish!

This looks like a cheesecake. But it’s not. It’s something very, very special.

Hey, it’s almost summer! This time of year, baking blogs undergo a shift as fruit actually becomes available. Like, good fruit. Not the stuff that looks really pretty and tastes like nothing.

Almost Summer Pie

This is a partially no-bake dessert that incorporates fruit notes with strawberry jam, but that hasn’t gone all out yet with fresh fruit. Can you use fresh fruit? Or homemade jam? Sure. But I didn’t. I was more about savoring these last few weeks of spring, when school is still in session and we have a whole summer to look forward to.

Almost Summer Pie

Anticipation is, after all, much more fun than whatever you’re looking forward to. Like my birthday. I retain the childish hope every year that my birthday will be the best day ever. Somehow, a normal day will stretch out idyllically, full of amazing meals and fun outings and sunshiny skies. Gotta tell you, that’s not exactly how it goes down. Looking forward to something is usually just better than whatever happens.

Unless we’re talking about food. I anticipate a meal at my favorite restaurant, and almost always, it’s just as amazing as I thought it would be. And I have to say, a trip to Baskin Robbins rarely disappoints. So there are some certainties in this cold, cruel world.

Almost Summer Pie

I’d like to say that when school lets out in a few weeks, I will be embarking on a fantastic summer. But I’m afraid to have expectations that are too high. I’ll be working on a book over the next few months, getting in some pool time, walking the DC streets in the peak of the summer heat, and ferrying my children to and from camp. I’m expecting ice cream. I’m expecting some nice days. I hope that’s not out of reach!

Almost Summer Pie

This dessert is definitely in reach, which is kind of unfortunate if you’re trying to avoid awesomeness. I’m not, so it’s all good. The base is a graham cracker crust that I’ve tricked out with chocolate chips and cocoa. On top is a magical filling, made up of pudding mix, condensed milk, and Cool Whip. It’s pretty great. The whole thing gets rounded out with strawberry jelly and a generous sprinkling of mini chocolate chips.

Almost Summer Pie

If you’re into cool desserts, especially ones that nobody’s ever tried before, this is it. It’s creamy, it’s easy, and most importantly, it tastes delicious. And it’s the perfect transition toward summer, as we all anticipate what comes next.

We all need something to look forward to, but if you can, make the present count as much as the mythical future. It’s all part of your life! A life that includes fantastic pie.


Almost Summer Pie


1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free)
1/2 cup water
3.4 oz. box vanilla pudding mix
4 oz. Cool Whip
3/4 cup strawberry jam
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a 10-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, melt the butter and mini chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Add the graham cracker crumbs, cocoa, and brown sugar, stirring until the crumbs are sandy.
  3. Press the crumb mixture into the pan and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.
  4. Make the filling. In a bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk and water, stirring until smooth. Add the pudding mix and beat for a minute or two.
  5. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and chill for five minutes.
  6. Remove the bowl from the fridge and fold in the Cool Whip. Pour the mixture into the springform pan (on top of the baked crust) and chill for one hour until set.
  7. Spread the strawberry jam evenly over the chilled pie in a thin layer. Sprinkle on the mini chocolate chips.
  8. Keep the pie in the refrigerator, chilled, until you're ready to serve. Slice into wedges.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. Heather

    I love sweetened condensed milk recipes! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Mir

      Thanks, Heather! Me, too! So easy and fun!

  2. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    Mir – I’m also looking forward to the summer. It’ll be nice to have some time to myself. You’re writing a book? That’s fantastic. This dessert is really different. I love the flavor combinations!
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    1. Mir

      I’m trying to, Erin! If I can tear myself away from the pool. Thanks much!

  3. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    This pie looks amazing. I want it ALL year. And a no-tech weekend? !!!!!!????? I’d never survive! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      It was rough, Dorothy. I feel a little crazy for doing it. But I made it! Thanks much!

  4. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I hope you enjoy your digital break – sometimes it is needed, isn’t it.
    This looks like my kind of pie. I wish it felt like nearly summer here. it’s so cold today.
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    1. Mir

      I’m so sorry it’s cold! That’s the downside of where you live…I couldn’t. Even though it’s lovely!

  5. Sam@SugarSpunRun

    Looks lovely Mir! That’s so neat you’re working on a book!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Sam! I’m trying to up my work ethic this summer!

  6. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Working on a book?! Um, elaborate, please! Also yayyyy school is O U T. I’m all about queuing my posts recently, too. We are busy folk. Maybe I’ll see you while I’m in NW this summer!
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    1. Mir

      It’s kind of a baking book with a twist, Medha. It’s got a strong narrative/humor piece to it. I hope it’ll be fun to do! It would be fun to run into you, for sure! I’m in NW a lot. 😉

  7. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    I love when a blog shifts to no-bake and freezer treats!
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    1. Mir

      Me, too. So much cooler and not on the counter, either!

  8. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Hope you had a good weekend, Mir! I tried to take as much blogging time off as I could this past weekend (which wasn’t a ton) but it was a nice break! Love the looks of this pie. And can’t wait for summer!
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    1. Mir

      Taking time off is so important, Gayle. Hope you cam back refreshed and all charged up!

  9. Harriet Emily

    What mouthwatering images, and a delicious recipe! This pie has definitely got me excited for summer. I will definitely have to try making it! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Harriet Emily! It’s surprisingly addictive, and I’m not even a strawberry jam kind of girl!

  10. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, love the name .. almost summer pie. . love it!!! and a book?!!! Congrats, that’s AWESOME!!!!!! I love this pie. . the graham cracker and mini chocolate chip crust, the filling and the strawberry jam topping. . delicious!!! and don’t worry about setting expectations too high for the summer. . just enjoy it!! and hey, aren’t there always sunshiny skies on birthdays?! love it!
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    1. Mir

      I hope it’s awesome, Alice! I’ve got to buckle down and get everything done in a couple of months, and there’s PRESSURE. But I’ll try to work in pool time as well!

  11. mira

    Love using condensed milk in desserts! This one looks amazing! I hope summer comes pretty soon, but this week it is all rain here 🙁 Pinned!
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    1. Mir

      Raining in late May? Not okay, Mira! You’ve gotta find a new climate. I insist! Thanks for pinning!

  12. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    I am absolutely all about no bake summer pies, and this looks like a must try!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Jocelyn! I am definitely attacking my no-bake arsenal these days for desserts!

  13. Manali @ CookWithManali

    love no bake pies! this looks amazing Mir!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Manali! I’m trying to bake less and freeze more!

  14. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    Mir, that’s so cool that you are writing a book! I can’t wait to see the finished product! And this pie looks just heavenly!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Rachelle! I’m trying to be productive. It’s an uphill battle!

  15. Lisa @ Wine & Glue

    HAHAHAHA!!! That’s always how I feel about my birthday. #neverhappens Love this pie!
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    1. Mir

      Why is that, Lisa? Maybe it’s part of being a mom? Or of wanting ONE DAY where you don’t plan dinner? You’re not alone, sister!

  16. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

    What an AMAZING looking pie! Loved the no-bake version! YUMMY!
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    1. Mir

      No-bake is so essential this time of year, Anu. I’m glad you like it!

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