1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer cookies
2 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
4 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 1/2 cups milk
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
White chocolate shavings, for garnish
Crushed pretzels, for garnish
For the pie crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Add the cookies, sugar and melted butter to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the cookies are crumbled and the everything is well combined.
Press the crumbs into a 9-inch pie plate, making sure to evenly distribute them up the sides. Use a dry measuring cup to smooth out the crust if necessary. Bake until set, about 5 minutes. Cool completely before filling, about 20 minutes.
For the chocolate filling: Put the sugar, cornstarch, egg yolks, cayenne and salt in a large saucepan, whisk to combine and place over medium-high heat. Slowly whisk in the milk, bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until it coats the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate, butter and vanilla until the chocolate is melted and incorporated.
Spoon the filling into the cooled pie crust. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes, then refrigerate for 3 hours. Garnish with shaved white chocolate and crushed pretzels, and serve.
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