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Tuxedo Junction

Recipe By: John Sunvold
Year Submitted: 2024
Winner First Place
Sponsor: Karo Syrup


2 ¼ C All Purpose Flour
½ t. salt
1 T. sugar
1/3 C cold water
½ cup cold butter cut into ¼ inch pieces
3/8 C. cold lard or shortening cut into ¼ inch pieces
1/2 C Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1.5 T Heavy Cream
8 oz Cream Cheese
3/8 C Sugar
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
1 t. vanilla extract
¼ salt
1 C Karo Syrup (light or dark, or half and half)
3 T melted butter
3 eggs
1 t. vanilla extract
¼ c. sugar
1-1 ¼ C. pecan pieces or pecan halves


Mix Flour, salt, and sugar. Cut in butter and shortening/lard until the fat is the size of a rice grain or less. Add water and blend until a ball forms. Cut in two and form into disks. You will use one disk for the recipe. Chill for an hour, then roll out and put into a pie pan.
–         Melt chocolate and add cream, and blend. Gently spread on bottom of crust.
–         Blend cream cheese, egg, yolk, vanilla, sugar, and salt until smooth. Spread on top of chocolate.
–         Mix Karo, melted butter, 3 eggs, vanilla, and sugar until smooth. Add pecans, then gently pour on top of the cream cheese mixture.
Bake at 325 on low oven rack for 55 minutes (or until center is set like Jello- may take up to 30 additional minutes). Cover crust edge if it is getting too dark.
Garnish and decorate as desired. Top with a favorite whipped cream, if desired.