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Name: Nutcracker Chocolate-Chip Torte
Key Ingredient: Ritz cracker crumbs
Preparation: beat; blend; bake
Cuisine: American
Source: Albertina's Exceptional Recipes
Food Group: sugar
Meals: dinner; party
Courses: dessert
Temperature: room
Effort: easy
Prep. Time: :20
Elapsed Time: :50
Occasion: Christmas
Servings: 8

3 eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups (42 crackers) Ritz cracker crumbs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans

Kahlua Cream

1 cup whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon plain gelatin
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 tablespoon Kahlua

Preheat oven to 350F. Beat eggs and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Stir cracker crumbs, second 3/4 cup of sugar, vanilla, chocolate chips and nuts into the egg mixture. Blend well.
Pour mixture into a lightly greased 9-inch pie plate. Bake 30 minutes. Cool.

To prepare Kahlua Cream: Sprinkle gelatin over unwhipped cream. Let stand 2-3 minutes, then whip until slightly thickened. Add powdered sugar and Kahlua and beat until thick.
Spread over torte or serve individual pieces topped with large dollops of the cream.

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