German Chocolate Pie Recipe

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This German Chocolate Pie Recipe has a layer of gooey coconut pecan filling, a homemade German chocolate pudding and a layer of chocolate whipped cream in a flakey pie crust.

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The beautiful slice of German Chocolate pie shows 3 different layers and it's topped with chocolate shavings.

This pie you guys, can you even handle all the layers? You’ll need an extra big fork to cut through them.

This past summer I traveled to San Francisco for work and while I was there, I called up my friend Dorothy from Crazy for Crust to meet me for brunch. After we stuffed our faces (with the best biscuits ever), we decided to order not one, but two desserts.

Dorothy loves pie and they had a German Chocolate Pie on the menu, so that was an obviously choice. I am sorry to say the pie was a major letdown. It was basically a pile of whipped cream with some coconut and pecans sprinkled on top.

We both agreed we could do waaaay better. So, I set to make my own German Chocolate Pie recipe.

This cranberry colored pie plate is showing a three layer chocolate pie with a slice taken out of it.

This German Chocolate Pie has a layer of gooey coconut pecan filling , a homemade German chocolate pudding and a layer of chocolate whipped cream in a flakey pie crust.

This recipe is not a quick one to make, so be sure to plan accordingly.

That bottom layer is a homemade gooey coconut pecan filling. It’s made on the stovetop with melted butter, sugar coconut, pecans and heavy cream. It’s fairly quick and easy to do. I just just eat this with a spoon.

On top of that is a layer of homemade german chocolate pudding. If you’ve never made a homemade pudding, you’re in for a real treat. For the chocolate, I buy Baker’s Chocolate German chocolate. It’s the only brand I’ve seen available at the store. If you can’t find German chocolate, I would substitute dark chocolate instead.

A gold fork sinking into a layered chocolate pie with pecans and coconut.

The first time I successfully made a homemade pudding, I felt like I could conquer the world. For so long, I was intimated by the process and worried about cooking the egg yolks properly, but you guys, there is nothing to be scared about. I promise, we’ll walk through it together.

Finally, I needed a topping for my German Chocolate Pie. I debated back and forth between a traditional homemade whipped cream or a chocolate whipped cream. Obviously, you can see I decided on the chocolate version. More chocolate is definitely not a bad thing here.

Tips for blind baking a pie crust

Before you can get too far with this recipe, you’ll have to blind bake a pie crust. I am not going to sugarcoat it, I am terrible when it comes to making a pie crust. They’re never pretty.

I usually stick to the traditional Crisco pie crust recipe when I need to blind bake a pie because Crisco has a higher melting temperature, and I am convinced the pie crust will shrink less.

An overhead shot of a chocolate pie with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate shavings in a cranberry pie plate

For this pie, I used a deep dish pie plate, and I used Sally’s suggestion of making dough stripes to add additional height to the edges of this pie.

In order to prevent the crust from shrinking, you’ll also need a set of pie weights. If you don’t have pie weights, I suggest using dry beans. Be sure to line your pie crust with parchment paper and push the pie weights towards the sides of the crust to help prevent shrinking.

There’s two parts to the blind baking process. First with the pie weights, bake until the edges of your crust are baked and start to brown. Then you’ll remove the pie weights and return the crust to the oven to bake it for a little longer to make sure the bottom of the crust is cooked through.

Once you remove the pie weights you might want a silicone pie crust shield to help prevent the edges from over cooking or browning too quickly.

Once its cooked and cooled you can start adding the filling.

A slice of chocolate pie on a white plate drizzled with chocolate sauce, there's a few bites taken out of this pie.

How to make the coconut pecan filling

You might recognize this coconut pecan filling because it’s the same one I used for my No-Bake German Chocolate Cheesecake and it’s super easy to do.

Just combine all of your ingredients on the stovetop and cook until the filling thickens. The liquid will bubble and after it’s been boiling for several minutes, you’ll add the coconut and pecans.

The filling will continue to thicken as it cools as well. You can spread it in the bottom of the pie and let it cool completely before adding the pudding. Or you can store it in an airtight container ahead of time and spread it in the bottom of the prepared crust.

The overhead view of a beautiful slice of German Chocolate pie shows 3 different layers and it's topped with chocolate shavings.

How to make the homemade chocolate pudding

Before you start making your pudding, be sure that you have everything prepared and ready to go. Don’t plan on multi-tasking while you’re making the pudding, you need to be nearby for frequent whisking.

Start by combining the flour and sugar with your liquid ingredients and stir frequently to help dissolve the dry ingredients.

Once it’s warm, but not boiling, take about ¼ cup of the hot liquid and pour it into the egg yolks while you are whisking. You need to whisk continuously to prevent the yolks from cooking when they come in contact with the warm liquid.

Then pour that egg mixture back into your bowl. You’ll notice the pudding will start to thicken fairly quickly after you add the eggs but keep whisking just until it starts to buddle.

A gold fork filling with pie filling

Finally, you’ll add the chopped chocolate into the pudding and whisk it until it’s completely smooth.

It’s important that you strain the pudding right away through a fine mesh sieve in order to remove any of the lumps of dry ingredients that did not incorporate. I actually do this twice, washing the sieve in between.

Then you can strain the pudding right into your pie crust. Immediately cover the crust with saran wrap and poke a few holes in the plastic with a toothpick. The saran wrap prevents a skin from forming on the top of the pudding.

Unfortunately, you’ll need to wait for that pudding to cool completely. Pop that baby in the refrigerator for a couple of hours so the pudding can set.

Finally, FINALLY we are ready to add that chocolate whipped cream topping.

I know this German Chocolate Pie is not a quick dessert to make, but at least you’ll know your that hard work pays off when you take that first bite.

If you’re not ready to tackle this pie, I understand. You might want to start with Dorothy’s German Chocolate Brownies.

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The beautiful slice of German Chocolate pie shows 3 different layers and it's topped with chocolate shavings.

German Chocolate Pie Recipe

  • Author: Beyond Frosting
  • Prep Time: 23 hours
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 24 hours
  • Yield: 8 slices

Description

This German Chocolate Pie Recipe has a layer of gooey coconut pecan filling, a homemade German chocolate pudding and a layer of chocolate whipped cream in a flakey pie crust.

Ingredients

  • 1 deep dish pie crust, prepared and blind baked

For the coconut pecan filling

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped

For the chocolate pudding

  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup milk (I used nonfat)
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces German chocolate, chopped

For the whipped cream topping

  • 1 ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Prepare your favorite pie crust and blind bake it. Cool completely.
  2. For the coconut pecan filling: In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the heavy whipping cream, granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and vanilla extract.
  3. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently until the mixture is bubbly and thickened.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in coconut and pecans. Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. The filling will continue to thicken as it cools. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust and refrigerate while you’re preparing the pudding.
  5. For the chocolate pudding: Prepare all the ingredients prior to starting. Place the egg yolks in a separate bowl, whisk and set side.
  6. In a medium saucepan, combine the flour, sugar, and salt and whisk together.
  7. Next, add the milk, heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract to the saucepan. Heat the mixture over medium-low heat, whisking constantly.
  8. Once the mixture is warm (but not boiling) pour about ¼ cup of it into the bowl with the egg yolks and whisk vigorously to temper the yolks.
  9. Immediately pour the egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan and continue whisking over medium-low heat to prevent the eggs from cooking.
  10. Whisk the pudding until it starts to lightly bubble, then add the chopped chocolate and continue whisking until the chocolate is completely incorporated. Cook for 60 more seconds.
  11. Strain the pudding through a fine sieve once or twice, rinsing the sieve in between.
  12. Pour the pudding over the cooled coconut pecan filling 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.
  13. Allow the pudding to cool on the counter for at least 1 hour before refrigerating. Refrigerate 2-3 hours until the pudding has cooled and is firm.
  14. For the whipped cream topping: Chill a mixing bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes. Pour the heavy whipping cream into the chilled bowl.
  15. Use an electric mixer to beat the heavy cream on medium-high speed until the cream starts to thicken.
  16. Slowly add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla extract and continue beating on high speed until stiff peaks form. Spread over top of the pie crust

Notes

There are multiple steps to make this pie. It’s best to prepare the crust the day before filling. You can also prepare the coconut pecan filling in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Allow enough time for your pudding to set and cool before adding the whipped cream topping.

If you can’t find German chocolate, try using dark chocolate instead.

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12 Responses
  1. Tara

    Delicious 😋 I added fresh fruit on top and it was truly heavenly, will definitely be making this again. Does anyone know how long it can last in the fridge?

  2. Karisa

    I made this for my husband’s birthday. He has a German chocolate pie that is is favorite. He said this one is even better!! I was nervous that it would be hard, but it really wasn’t. I am still intimidated to make my own pie crust, so I used a store bought crust from the freezer section. Before I added the chocolate pudding, I spread the coconut pecan up the sides of the crust. It turned out perfect!! We will add this to our Thanksgiving pie list!

  3. Hillary

    Made this for Thanksgiving last night and it was a hit! Four pie options and this one was devoured. That coconut pecan filling could be eaten all by itself, it was SO good! I thought the recipe was daunting but it was easy; made the coconut pecan filling the day before and the rest the day of. It was perfect. The only thing I may do different next time (cause I’m def making this again) is make the whip cream topping less chocolately or not chocolate at all, it was to chocolate for me but that’s a personal preference 🙂 thank you Julianne!

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