While the background of the name Tarheel Pie debatable, there is no question this is one awesome chocolate dessert. It's theorized that since North Carolina, where this Southern recipe originated, was known for its exports of tar, pitch and turpentine, her inhabitants were called "tarheels." This was originally a derogatory term that has become a label of pride for North Carolinians.
And isn't that is a good attitude? My dad,who was coincidentally married in the Tarheel State, says that if someone tries to insult us, it's just better all around if we don't give them the pleasure.
1 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 stick margarine, melted
1 cup chocolate chips
1 unbaked (9 inch) frozen pie shell, thawed
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, stir together the pecans, flour, sugars, eggs and vanilla.
2. In another medium bowl, pour warm margarine over chocolate chips and stir. Quickly blend the sugar mixture into chocolate chip mixture. Pour into pie shell. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until set.
3. Cool completely before slicing.
Makes: 8-10 servings
Can make ahead Can freeze.
Active time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 30-40 minutes