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In some families, dessert is the best part of the meal. Whether your family loves chocolate or goes wild about fruit, one of the easiest desserts to make is pie.

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We celebrate National Pie Day on January 23. The Pie Council is encouraging pie lovers to teach someone to make a pie curing the month of January in honor of National Pie Day.

The Pie Council has partnered with Paramount Pictures and its new film, "Labor Day". The film, which will be released on Jan. 31, features a pie making scene sharing the message of passing down skills from one generation to the next.

According to the Pie Council, apple pie is the favorite pie of 36 million Americans, followed by pumpkin pie in second place and pecan pie in third place.

In our family, everything is better with chocolate. If your family loves chocolate too, here's a pie to help you celebrate National Pie Day the chocolate way.

Mom's Chocolate Chip Pie

2 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 cup (6 ounce pack) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
9-inch unbaked pie shell
whipped cream or ice cream (optional)

Preheat oven to 325. Beat eggs in large bowl until foamy. Add flour, sugar, and brown sugar and beat until well blended. Blend in melted butter. Stir in chips and nets and pour into pie shell. Bake pie at 325 for one hour. This recipe can be doubled to make two pies.

Note: If using a frozen pie shell, use deep dish style and thaw before filling. If using frozen shell, place on cookie sheet and add 10 minutes

If apple is your favorite pie flavor, you'll find plenty of recipes on the Crisco website. Choose from traditional apple pie, All-American apple pie, apple pie with a touch of orange or one of the other great apple pie recipes.

Caramel pecan pie is a wonderful variation to traditional pecan pie. The gooey caramel adds just the right touch of sweetness to the pecans. If this sounds like the pie to end your family dinner on National Pie Day, you'll love the fact that it can be on your table in under an hour.

Caramel Pecan Pie

Single Crust Classic Crisco Pie Crust, recipe at the website
3 large eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1 - 12.25 ounce jar Smucker's Caramel flavored topping
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups pecan halves

Heat oven to 350. Prepare recipe for single pie crust. Roll out and place in 9-inch pie plate. Press to fit without stretching dough. Trim even with pie plate. Flute edges.

Beat eggs slightly with fork in medium bowl. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Stir in topping and butter until blended. Stir in pecan halves. Pour into pie crust.

Bake 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

If you run into any problems when baking your favorite pie, you can always call the Crisco pie tip hotline at 1-877-FOR-PIE TIPS. The hotline is staffed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Whatever your family's favorite meal, plan to enjoy pie for dessert to celebrate National Pie Day. Your family will thank you.

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