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Easy Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

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This Creamy Old Fashioned Chocolate Pie Recipe is silky, rich and a chocolate lover’s dream. it has a buttery, deep-dish pie crust that is filled with chocolate pudding, then topped with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings. An easy no-bake dessert!

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Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie

This chocolate pie recipe has been a labor of love, and it’s all paid off. This is made with a rich dark chocolate pudding and topped with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings, it’s pure decadence.

The chocolate pudding melts in your mouth, and when you get a bite of crust, pudding and whipped cream together it’s simply the best. No special occasion is needed to enjoy this pie, but it does make a perfect addition to the Thanksgiving table or a summer BBQ.

You’ll Love This Pie

I’ve made quite a few homemade pudding recipes in the past, but this recipe is definitely one of the easiest I’ve made and a great recipe for beginner bakers. Plus the chocolate pudding is so amazing, it will satisfy even the most intense chocolate craving.

  • It’s made without egg yolks and without gelatin, it’s super easy to work with.
  • Only 7 basic ingredients for the pudding
  • It’s cooked on the stovetop, then poured into a blind- baked pie crust.
  • The chocolate pudding is silky, smooth and thick.
  • Melted chocolate gives this pudding a deep, rich chocolate flavor
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Basic Ingredients

You’ll need one 9-inch pie crust prepared and blind-baked– try my easy, no-fail crust recipe. It includes instructions for blind baking.

For the Pudding

  • Granulated sugar
  • All-purpose flour– helps to thicken the pudding
  • Cocoa powder
  • Whole milk- whole milk is best to make a thick consistency.
  • Dark chocolate bar- You’ll want to use high quality chocolate. I often use Ghirardelli 60% Cocoa as it’s readily available.
  • Unsalted butter
  • Pure vanilla extract

For the Topping

  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Powdered sugar
  • Dark chocolate
  • Crisco shortening
A white pie plate filled with chocolate pudding, topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

How to Make Chocolate Pie

Step 1: Prepare your pie crust.

You need a 9-inch pie crust, prepared and fully baked. Cool your pie crust completely before filling.

Step 2: Make the Chocolate Pudding

  • Prepare your ingredients: Chop the chocolate ahead of time and have your sieve and bowl ready to go. Once the milk starts to bubble, things move very quickly.
  • Heat the dry ingredients: In a medium saucepan, combine the flour, sugar, and cocoa powder and whisk together. Heat for 2 minutes on medium to medium-low heat, whisking occasionally.
  • Add milk: Slowly whisk in the milk, pressing the whisk into the bottom edges of the saucepan to break up any clumps.
  • Cook to a boil: Continue whisking the pudding until it starts to thicken and lightly bubble, approximately 10-15 minutes. The mixture will start to coat the outside of the pan as it thickens. Ensure it’s thicken before moving onto the next step, so you’re pudding will not properly set.
  • Add chocolate: Slowly add the chocolate and continue whisking until the chocolate is completely melted. Cook for 2-5 minutes, ensuring the pudding is bubbling and thick, stirring occasionally.
  • Add butter and vanilla: Remove the pudding from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract and butter and whisk until the butter is melted and combined.
  • Strain: Strain the pudding through a fine sieve, three times, rinsing the sieve in between each time. This will prevent your pudding from having a grainy texture. Don’t skip this step. Pour the pudding into a heat proof bowl and cover with clear plastic wrap (placing directly on the surface of the pudding), then poke a few holes in the plastic wrap with a toothpick.
  • Cool: Allow the pudding to cool on the counter for at least 1 hour before refrigerating. Refrigerate 2-4 hours until the pudding has cooled and is firm. Pour in the prepared pie crust. Prepare the whipped cream prior to serving.

Step 3: Assemble the Pie

  • Once the pudding is ready, pour it in your baked pie crust and refrigerate it until it sets and it’s completely cooled.
  • Top with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
A slice of chocolate pudding pie covered in whipped cream and chocolate, a few bites are missing showing the inside of the pie, and a gold fork still has a piece of pie sitting on it

Tips For Success

  • Use a high-quality dark chocolate bar. Chocolate bars melt down so much smoother and are less oily than chocolate chips. You’ll want to use high quality chocolate.
  • Strain the pudding. It’s important to catch the clumps of dry ingredients that did not dissolve. I strain the pudding 3 times, rinsing the sieve in between. Do not scrape the bottom of your saucepan, those clumps that are sticking to the bottom are no good.
  • Cool the pudding before pouring it in your pie crust: This prevent a soggy pie crust.
  • Cover the top of the warm pudding with saran wrap: This prevents a skin from forming of of the pie. Use a toothpick to poke a few holes, allowing some of the air and condensation to escape.

How Long Does the Pudding Take to Set?

You’ll need a few hours. I let it sit on the counter for about an hour until it partially cooled then I refrigerate for 2-4 hours before pouring it in the pie shell.

TroubleShooting Tip: My Pudding Didn’t Set

I have received several comments or emails from people who have made this recipe and their pudding did not set, even after chilling overnight. If cooked properly, following the specified ingredients, this should not have an issue.

It’s important that the pudding is thickened at two stages, once when the dry ingredients are incorporated into the milk and again after the chocolate is added. Each time the mixture should be bubbling and thick. You’ll also notice in the first stage that the mixture is starting to coat the outside of your saucepan.

Your friends will be seriously impressed with your dessert, even if you have an ugly pie crust like mine. Pie crust is my arch-nemesis.

Can I Make This Ahead Of Time?

Yes! It keeps very well in the refrigerator, although I suggest adding the whipped cream right before serving.

You can make the pudding even the day before you make the crust and then pour the pudding into your crust when it’s ready. The pudding will be thick and set but it will still spread with a spatula.

Storing a Finished Pie

Once you’ve assembled the pie, it needs to be kept in the refrigerator. Ideally, it should be covered in an airtight container or with plastic wrap. This is best when served within 3 days of preparation.

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Chocolate Pie Recipe

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Chill Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 8 slices

Description

This homemade Chocolate Pie Recipe is made completely from scratch using a homemade dark chocolate pudding and homemade whipped cream topping!

Ingredients

For the chocolate pudding:

  • 1/2 cup (95g) granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons (31g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon (7g) cocoa powder
  • 3 1/2 cups (828ml) whole milk
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) butter
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) pure vanilla extract

For the whipped cream

  • 1 1/2 cups (355ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup (98g) powdered sugar

For the chocolate shavings (optional)

  • 2 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1/2 tablespoon (21g) Crisco shortening

Instructions

  1. Prepare your favorite 9-inch pie crust and blind bake it. Cool completely.

For the chocolate pudding: 

  1. Prepare all the ingredients prior to starting. In a medium saucepan, combine the flour, sugar, and cocoa powder and whisk together. Heat for 2 minutes on medium to medium-low heat, whisking occasionally.
  2. Next, slowly whisk in the milk, pressing the whisk into the bottom edges of the saucepan to break up any clumps.
  3. Continue whisking the pudding until it starts to thicken and lightly bubble, approximately 10-15 minutes. The mixture will start to coat the outside of the pan as it thickens. Ensure it’s thicken before moving onto the next step.
  4. Then slowly add the chopped chocolate and continue whisking until the chocolate is completely incorporated. Cook for 2-5 minutes, ensuring the pudding is bubbling and thick, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove the pudding from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract and butter and whisk until the butter is melted and combined.
  6. Strain the pudding through a fine sieve, three times, rinsing the sieve in between each time.
  7. Pour the pudding into a heat proof bowl and cover with clear plastic wrap (placing directly on the surface of the pudding), then poke a few holes in the plastic wrap with a toothpick.
  8. Allow the pudding to cool on the counter for at least 1 hour before refrigerating.
  9. Refrigerate 2-4 hours until the pudding has cooled and is firm. Pour in the prepared pie crust. Prepare the whipped cream prior to serving.

For the whipped cream:

  1. Prepare the whipped cream. Place the mixing bowl and whisk attachment in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to chill. Pour the heavy whipping cream into the chilled bowl and use an electric mixer to beat the heavy cream on medium-high speed until soft peaks start to form. Slowly add the powdered sugar and continue beating on high speed until stiff peaks form. Top with chocolate shavings (optional) or dust with cocoa powder.

For the chocolate shavings:

  1. Combine chocolate and shortening in a heat-proof bowl. Microwave at 50% power in 30-second increments until the chocolate is melted and stir until completely smooth.
  2. Using an offset spatula to thinly spread the chocolate over a flat surface, such as a cookie sheet. Refrigerate until the chocolate is firm. Use a bench scraper or the offset spatula to scrape the chocolate off the sheet pan.

Notes

  • Pudding consistency: Be sure that the milk & dry ingredients have thickened and are bubbling prior to adding the chocolate. After adding the chocolate, it should be stirred & melted, and continue cooking for another few minutes until it’s bubbling and thick.
  • Properly cooling: After the pudding has cooled on the counter for 1 hour, it can be transferred to the refrigerator to cool completely or poured into the cooled, baked pie crust and then refrigerate another 2-4 hours until the pudding is firm. Do not pour the hot filling directly in the pie crust.
  • When to add the topping: Add the topping before serving, and only once the pudding has cooled completely.
  • Types of chocolate to use: I’ve also tested this recipe with Baker’s Chocolate Semi Sweet baking bar, a standard Hershey’s Bar and Chocolate Chips. If you prefer a less strong chocolate taste, I’d recommend using a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar
  • Storing: This needs to stay in the refrigerator, ideally in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap. It’s best served within 3 days of preparation.
Nutrition Information:
1 slice
720
50.8g
177.3mg
41.3g
24.8g
75.4g
4.2g
12.9g
75.1 mg
  • Category: Pie
  • Method: Refrigerator
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chocolate pie, chocolate pudding pie recipe, chocolate silk pie

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  1. Jane Waller

    This is undoubtedly the best Chocolate Cream Pie I have ever tasted. I used Semi sweet chocolate and some dark chocolate. You really have to stir and cook long enough to make it thick. I did a full 15 minutes until it was thick just like the directions say. I will make this pie every holiday and more. So happy and proud of this recipe.

  2. Darlene

    Question: Do you actually heat the dry ingredients in the saucepan for 2 minutes and then add the milk? Or is it the other way around?

  3. Erina Pollard

    Hi! I made your pie last year for Thanksgiving and then again for Christmas because everyone raved about it! I’ve always said that I shouldn’t be getting all the praise, I just followed the recipe! So, bravo for such a fantastic recipe, and very clear, detailed, and easy to follow instructions. I want to make it for Christmas Day lunch this year, but I’m hoping to make it on the 23rd when I have help with my kiddos! (I need to be able to concentrate.) I know the recipe says I can make it the day before and add the whip day of, but would you recommend making the pudding on the 23rd? I can bake the pie crust fresh on the 25th and make the whipped cream as well on the 25th. Thank you! Merry Christmas.

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Awesome Erina! I am so glad to hear this! Yes, you can make the filling, place it in a bowl, cover the surface of the pudding with the saran wrap and then fill your pie shell on the 25th. Give it a little time for the pudding to “rest” in the shell so it all stays together nice! As long as your pudding is thickened to the correct consistency, this should work just fine.

  4. Lisa Barger

    Hi! Congratulations on your precious little angel! This pie looks good! Can I use cornstarch instead of flour? Thank you!

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Thanks Lisa! I have not tested it with cornstarch instead of flour, theoretically it should work but as I haven’t tested it, I can’t guarantee any results.

      1. Edna

        Hi, my name is Edna Wiltcher from Canton, MS. I was looking for no bake pie recipes and ran across this one. My question is, can i use semi sweet chocolate morsels instead of the 12oz dark chocolate?

  5. Kate Maxwell

    Hi
    I’m new to baking (but I love it, as I’m an artist and it feeds my creativity), and I want to use a store bought crust until I get a proper mixer. Will this work fine?

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Kate- yes you can- and just blind bake as needed. You’ll likely find that the pudding will fill up the pan.

  6. Gale Watson

    Excellent filling!! I skipped the plastic wrap to avoid the skin, only because i enjoy that particular part. Grandma used to pullit off & let me eat it 50+ years ago, so unless one of my grands are here I just leave it…I have to make two because dark choc cream pie is my favorite, I could (&have) devoured one alone but force myself to share it with hubby, bc it is also one of his fav’s too. Thanks for the pin, really much enjoyed!💞

  7. Mama Mia

    I don’t understand heating the dry ingredients. If you don’t, they mix with the milk just fine with no lumps, eliminating the need to strain it. Other than that it is really great!

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Inevitably you’ll have some dry ingredients that do not dissolve or incorporate into the filling. You want to strain out as much of that as you can so you don’t end up with a grainy pudding. You are welcome to skip heating the dry ingredients but it also takes almost no extra effort.

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