You'll love this old fashioned, homemade chocolate pie recipe! It's luxuriously rich and creamy with a dark, fudgy flavor. You can use a homemade pastry crust, purchased crust, or an easy crumb crust for a no bake pie that's just like grandma's! This classic chocolate cream pie recipe is a snap to make, too!
For this recipe you'll need: evaporated milk, sugar, eggs, dark cocoa, flour, salt, vanilla, butter, pastry or crumb crust
Who Doesn't Love Chocolate?
I think I inherited a passion for chocolate from my dad. He was a chocolate freak. His favorite besides chocolate cake was Hershey's with Almonds. Oddly, he disliked chocolate ice cream and chocolate pudding. Go figure!
He was such a chocolate fan that when we lived in Pennsylvania he used to buy cocoa hulls (that came from Hershey, I think) to use as mulch in his garden. The entire yard smelled like Willy Wonka's place.
I don't know if you can still do that but if you can...you should! It is amazing.
This recipe is one of my favorites. Creamy and rich, chocolate pie just is the best make ahead dessert for summer, ever.
The filling can be made with heavy cream, half and half, or whole milk if you don't want to use evaporated milk. It can even be made with a combination of them but do not make it with skim milk. You will lose the texture completely. I think that the evaporated milk works the best and results in the creamiest, chocolatiest texture so please try that at least once.
It's easy to make this chocolate pie filling in a microwave!
- Mix all of the ingredients together except the egg yolks, butter, and vanilla.
- Microwave on 100% for 3 minutes.
- Microwave on 50% until the mixture thickens.
- Whisk some of the hot mixture into the egg yolks then whisk the egg yolks back into the pudding.
- Microwave on 50% for 2 minutes.
- Stir in the vanilla and butter.
Homemade Chocolate Pie FAQs
Here are the questions I am most frequently asked about this recipe.
Why is my chocolate pie runny?
- The pie filling can become runny for several reasons:
- -You didn't use enough flour/cornstarch.
- -You used cornstarch and cooked it too long so the cornstarch broke down.
- -You didn't cook it long enough.
- -You didn't chill it long enough.
- When your pie filling is done you'll be able to stick a spoon in it and it will cling to the spoon. If you run your finger down the back fo the spoon it will leave a clean "trail".
Can you freeze a homemade chocolate pie?
Nope. I don't recommend freezing a homemade cream pie of any kind. The filling is likely to separate and get watery.
Do you need to refrigerate chocolate cream pie?
Yes. Always keep it tightly covered in the refrigerator before serving. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator as well.
How long before I can put it in the fridge?
After you've filled the pie crust let the pie cool on the counter for about 30 minutes and then refrigerate promptly. Don't keep the pie out of the refrigerator for longer than 2 hours.
How long to store a chocolate cream pie?
You can store any cream pie in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for about 2 to 3 days
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More Favorite Pie Recipes
In the South pastry is just about it's own food group. There's nothing like a good one! Here are some of my favorites...
- Millionaire - so rich and creamy! You'll love this easy, no bake summer pie!
- Chocolate Chess - this is a southern classic. Kind of like a custard pie, kind of like brownie batter, kind of like nothing you've ever tasted!
- Chocolate French Silk - melts in your mouth! This is a classic, y'all!
- Dutch Apple - ok, I know it's not a cream pie but y'all. It's SO good. That crumble, though!
- Coconut - I found this in an old, and I mean OLD cookbook. I've never had anything like it before. It's kind of like pecan pie but with coconut!
- Peanut Butter Pie with Pretzel Crust - this is for all you fans of salty-sweet combinations.
- Texas Flood - ok this chocolate masterpiece is my take on a Mississippi Mud Pie - and you know how competitive we Texans can get!
- Lemon Ice Box - the real deal! This is the old fashioned recipe that you remember made with Eagle Brand just like Grandmas!
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Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe
This whips up quick and easy so it's perfect for potlucks and summer picnics. The dark cocoa makes it the best, most chocolatey chocolate cream pie you've ever had, I promise! Top it with whipped cream or serve it next to some ice cream - it's bound to be a hit!
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Old Fashioned Chocolate Cream Pie
- Whisk milk and sugar until smooth.
- Mix the flour, salt, and cocoa and then carefully whisk into the milk mixture.
- Cook, stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
- Add some of the hot mixture to the egg yolks and then quickly stir the egg yolks into the pudding mixture.
- Heat for approximately one more minute. Mixture will be quite thick.
- Remove from heat and add the butter.
- Stir until melted and add the vanilla.
- Pour into baked pie shell.
- Cover and chill several hours or overnight.
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First published June 2008. Last updated March 1, 2021 to add link to YouTube video.