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Chocolate Pie

Chocolate Pie is so simple to make from scratch with just a few ingredients. It’s decadent and delicious and my absolute favorite to satisfy chocolate cravings.

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Pies are the most requested dessert for holidays and celebrations in our family. My kids always prefer pie to birthday cake and I have to say I totally agree that pie is always the answer. If you are a cake lover, you’ll have to try these Kahlua Cupcakes for a decadent dessert.

slice of chocolate pie with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

There’s no such thing as too much chocolate in my book. This chocolate pie is the perfect dessert for any occasion and easy enough for any day of the week. The hardest part is waiting on it to chill!

ingredients chocolate pie

Ingredients Needed:

  • Baked Pie Crust ~ Homemade or store bought. Graham cracker crust or Oreo crust works too.
  • Sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Egg Yolks
  • Bittersweet Chocolate
  • Espresso Powder ~ optional
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Sweetened Whipped Cream or Cool Whip for garnish

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Prepare and bake the pie crust and allow to cool to room temperature before you make the pie filling.

bowl of egg yolks, chopped chocolate with knife

  • Separate the eggs placing egg yolks in a medium size bowl. Beat the egg yolks and set aside.
  • Coarsely chop the chocolate. Set aside.

step by step making chocolate cream pie

  • In a heavy bottom saucepan, add sugar and cornstarch, whisking to combine.
  • Whisk in about half of the milk.
  • Place over medium heat and cook, whisking often about 2 minutes.
  • Add remaining milk and whisk continually until mixture comes to a boil. Cook 2 minutes.

step-by-step tempering eggs - chocolate pie

  • Remove from heat.
  • Pour about 1 cup of filling into egg yolks, whisking quickly to combine.
  • Add egg yolk mixture into filling in the pan and return to medium heat.
  • Bring filling to a boil and cook 2 minutes, whisking continually.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Whisk in butter, chocolate and vanilla extract.

chocolate pie in crust -overhead shot

  • Pour into prepared pie crust.
  • Cool to room temperature, about 2 hours.
  • Refrigerate until completely chilled about 4 hours.

overhead of chocolate pie topped with whipped cream

  • Top with sweetened whipped cream and shaved chocolate if desired.

slice of chocolate pie

Recipe Notes and Variations:

  • Crust:  I used a homemade pie crust and baked it the day before. After it cooled, I covered it with plastic wrap and stored in on the counter top. A graham cracker crust or Oreo crust works great with this pie.
  • Chocolate: I have made this pie with semi-sweet chocolate (I’ve even used chocolate chips) and cocoa powder. If using cocoa powder, use 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, mixing it in with the sugar and cornstarch.
  • Extra Filling: This recipe fills a deep dish crust. If you have filling leftover, just pour into small bowls and chill.
  • Store: Chocolate pie can be covered and refrigerated up to 3 days.
  • Occasions: Chocolate pie is perfect for any holiday including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter and 4th of July celebrations. It also makes a great birthday dessert for pie lovers.

More Pie Recipes You Will Love:

  • Peanut Butter Whatchamacallit Pie is so good and if you love the candy bar, this pie will be your new favorite.
  • Brownie Pudding Pie is so decadent with a brownie bottom, chocolate pudding and whipped topping for an epic chocolate dessert.
  • Coconut Cream Pie comes straight from my mama’s recipe box and this recipe has been in our family for generations, it’s so good!
  • Peanut Butter Pie is a classic just like your favorite diner and a must-try for peanut butter lovers.
  • If you are looking for an old-fashioned chocolate pie recipe with meringue, this one from Back to My Southern Roots is so delicious.

slice of chocolate pie with cool whip

This Chocolate Cream Pie is rich and dreamy without being overly sweet. It is always the first pie to disappear from our holiday desserts table.

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Yield: 8 servings

Chocolate Pie

Slice of chocolate pie with cool whip

Chocolate Pie is so simple to make from scratch with just a few ingredients. It's decadent and delicious and my absolute favorite to satisfy chocolate cravings. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 baked pie crust
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • sweetened whipped cream for garnish
  • shaved chocolate, optional garnish

Instructions

  1. Separate the eggs placing egg yolks in a medium size bowl. Beat the egg yolks and set aside.
  2. In a heavy bottom saucepan, add sugar and cornstarch, whisking to combine.
  3. Whisk in about half of the milk. 
  4. Place over medium heat and cook, whisking often about 2 minutes.
  5. Add remaining milk and whisk continually until mixture comes to a boil. Cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  6. Pour about 1 cup of filling into egg yolks, whisking quickly to combine. Add egg yolk mixture into filling in the pan and return to medium heat. Bring filling to a boil and cook 2 minutes, whisking continually. Remove from heat.
  7. Whisk in butter, chocolate and vanilla extract.
  8. Pour into prepared pie crust.
  9. Cool to room temperature, about 2 hours.
  10. Refrigerate until completely chilled about 4 hours.
  11. Top with sweetened whipped cream and shaved chocolate if desired.

Notes

  • Crust:  I used a homemade pie crust and baked it the day before. After it cooled, I covered it with plastic wrap and stored in on the counter top. A graham cracker crust or Oreo crust works great with this pie.
  • Chocolate: I have made this pie with semi-sweet chocolate (I've even used chocolate chips) and cocoa powder. If using cocoa powder, use 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, mixing it in with the sugar and cornstarch.
  • Extra Filling: This recipe fills a deep dish crust. If you have filling leftover, just pour into small bowls and chill. 
  • Store: Chocolate pie can be covered and refrigerated up to 3 days. 
  • Occasions: Chocolate pie is perfect for any holiday including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter and 4th of July celebrations. It also makes a great birthday dessert for pie lovers.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 418Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 130mgSodium: 154mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 3gSugar: 32gProtein: 8g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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5 Comments

  1. LOVE THIS PIE!! I made this for our Thanksgiving and everyone loved it. The espresso powder gave the pie a unique flavor – a really rich, full bodied flavor.
    Thanks for sharing, this was easy to make and super delicious!

  2. It doesn’t get better than chocolate and pie, my two favorite things. This recipe is perfection, and I will be making this one again at Christmas! I can’t wait!

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