6 Decadent Chain Restaurant Dessert Recipes to Try at Home

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While they don’t do much good for your diet plans, restaurant desserts tend to be pretty irresistible — even if you’re already stuffed. Somehow, chain restaurants just know how to do these after-dinner delights best. Maybe it’s the sheer no-holds-barred, calorie-packed decadence that these desserts offer (OK, it definitely is). But to save a few bucks — and a trip out to dinner – why not try making your own imitations of these classics at home?

Try any of these six recipes to get the taste of your favorite restaurant desserts in the comfort of your own kitchen.

1. Chili’s Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie

This recipe takes some time and commitment, but is well worth the investment! Layers of gooey chocolate chip cookie, a buttery graham cracker crust, melted chocolate chips, and cinnamon butter — all topped with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream, caramel, and chocolate syrup. This meal certainly isn’t befitting of a diet plan, but it’s hard to top in rich and delicious dessert flavors. This recipe from Just a Pinch takes around an hour and a half to complete.

Ingredients:

Cookie layer:

  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Crust layer:

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 ¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cinnamon butter:

  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • Chocolate syrup
  • 9 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Caramel syrup

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix the baking powder, flour and baking soda in a medium-sized bowl.

In a larger bowl, beat sugar and butter for about 30 seconds. Add milk, egg, and vanilla. Continue to beat until the mixture turns smooth.

Gradually combine the wet mixture with the dry mixture. Beat until they are combined well. Add the coconut flakes. Set aside.

Melt about 6 tablespoons of butter in the microwave. Add sugar to butter and stir very well for another 30 seconds. Then, add in the graham crumbs then stir again. Press the mixture down on the bottom of a 9 x 9-inch baking pan. On top of the graham crust, sprinkle about a cup of chocolate chips. Make sure the chips are evenly distributed.

On top of the chocolate chips, press down a layer of the previously-made cookie dough. Make sure to cover the chocolate chip layer at the bottom. On top of the dough, sprinkle walnuts, pressing them thoroughly into the dough using your fingers. Bake the cookie dough until the edges of the dough turns light brown (about 40-45 minutes).

To prepare the cinnamon butter, combine sugar, butter, and cinnamon in a bowl.

Serve the dessert by heating up a small skillet at medium heat. Remove the skillet from the heat once hot and add 1 tablespoon of the previously-made cinnamon butter. Cut the pie into nine parts and put one piece of the pie on the hot skillet. Put a single scoop of vanilla ice cream over the pie. Drizzle caramel and chocolate syrup on top of the vanilla ice cream. On top of the syrup, sprinkle some chopped walnuts. Repeat for each piece of pie being served.