Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie

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Ditch the frozen pie crust and boxed pudding mixes. You can make a Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie without breaking the bank.

Chocolate Cream Pie | Jessica Fisher

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Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Ditch the frozen pie crust and boxed pudding mixes. You can make a Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie without breaking the bank.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, chocolate cream pie, chocolate pie, chocolate pudding, chocolate pudding pie, pie
Servings: 8
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1 batch Gramma John's Pie Crust
  • 2/3 cup sugar plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • additional chocolate chips or shavings for topping
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 ° Prepare the pie crust according to recipe directions. Pat into the pan. Line the crust with parchment paper and fill with beans. Bake until edges begin to color, about 15 minutes. Remove paper and weights and continue baking until golden brown.

  2. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the 2/3 cup sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt.
  4. Whisk in the milk, stirring well. Cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly until mixture begins to thicken, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Whisk in the chocolate chips and vanilla until well blended. Allow mixture to cool slightly.

  6. Pour cooled mixture into baked and cooled pie shell. Cool to room temperature and then chill for several hours.
  7. Prior to serving, whip the cream and the remaining tablespoon of sugar in a medium bowl until soft peaks are formed. Serve with pie.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Thank you for hosting. I’m sharing my chocolate french silk pie. Last year I made several pies for Thanksgiving, but this is the one people wanted first and finished up.

  2. Oh, man, this has my mouth watering!! And it looks so easy. My family may be thanking you tonight. 😀

  3. yum, chocolate cream is one of my favorite pies! Thanks for hosting.

  4. Hands down we are a family that likes their pumpkin pie. However, since we’ll be having my mil joining us for Thanksgiving Dinner this year, I’ll be making a gluten-free pumpkin pie, too. Dh makes everything else. 😉

  5. This recipe could NOT have come at a better time! My husband wants a chocolate pie for Thanksgiving (which his momma always makes, but she won’t be able to join us this year) and I was up a creek since I’ve never made one. Then I checked your blog. Woo hoo! Thanks Jessica!

  6. kelly d says

    did you read my mind jess??sat down with my thanksgiving(simplified)meal plan yesterday. after checking with my 7 peeps(kids) 4 of them voted for chocolate cream pie..checked you out to see if you had any better recipes and here you were!!!my hubby will thank you..one of his favs too!!thanks for all you do..btw, i am awaiting my cookbook delivery today(i am such a nerd..i keep tracking my package on amazon..lol)

    • Jessica Fisher says

      I’m a nerd right there with you. How fun that everyone will be making chocolate cream pie this year. I had a slice for breakfast. Yummy!

      • kelly d says

        just wanted to let you know I love your book!!sat down and read as much as possible until my 4 year old realized i was sitting still lol!!we made a batch of your chocolate chip banan bread with oatmeal and its in the oven now!!love to have great smells in the house when the kids get home from school!!thanks again!!cant wait to read some more after work tonite.i get off work at @2:30 am..which is my quiet reading time!!:)i can already tell i will be using soo many oif these recipes!!

  7. Merri says

    I dont have a blog or a link but here is my favorite pie!!!

    Zucchini Sugar Cream Pie

    Zucchini: Peel enough to make 1 1/2 cups
    Cook 5 minutes in microwave

    Combine in blender:
    1 Cup sugar
    3 Tablespoon flour
    1/2 Tablespoon melted butter or margarine
    1 Cup evaporated milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 egg

    Pour into an unbaked pie shell – top with cinnamon

    Bake: 425° for 15 minutes
    350° for 10 minutes or until done (It will set a little after its out of the oven) It also freezes well.

    • Jessica Fisher says

      Zucchini? Wow, that’s a new one for me.

  8. Meagan says

    This pie will be on my Thanksgiving menu for sure!

  9. this pie sounds amazing!!

  10. Yuko says

    It looks yummy! Could you tell me what it means by “fill with beans”. or “pie weight”? so I bake the crust with aluminum foil cover with dry beans on top?
    Thanks! Definitely making it this week!

    • Jessica Fisher says

      Yes, you need some kind of weight to hold the crust in place while it bakes. Otherwise, the crust shrinks back from the sides of the pan and slides into a puddle in the bottom. You can use dried beans or buy specially designed “pie weights” for this purpose.

  11. Brooke Kingston says

    Jessica, my five-year old son Charlie and I made this together for Sunday dinner. We had so much fun with the awesome pie dough recipe. It was easy to handle and turned out beautifully after Charlie pressed it into the pie tin. We have a trick from my grandmother that works well for a flaky pie crust: add a pinch of baking powder to the dry ingredients before mixing!

    The chocolate cream is TO.DIE.FOR delicious. Charlie watched while I cooked, and he loved licking the wisk! Thank you for giving us a fun and memorable baking project…this recipe is a keeper for sure!!

    • Jessica Fisher says

      Thanks for such great feedback. Love it. I am tempted to make it again this week, but we already have three desserts planned. LOL

  12. Momstarr says

    Do you use semi sweet or milk chic. chips?

    • Jessica Fisher says

      I have used semi-sweet and dark when I make this. I imagine milk would work fine, too.

  13. I had a few dozen broken mint chocolate shortbread cookies (I’ll try again next year, lol!), so I used those to make a crumb crust for this pie. Added some mint extract instead of the vanilla. Fabulous. I’ll have to try it again as written. I’m making mini ones in muffin tins for our New Year’s Eve party too. Thanks for sharing the recipe. So easy too!

    • Jessica Fisher says

      That sounds yummy! I’ve made it with the mint extract, but that cookie crust sounds amazing!

  14. Nia says

    Hi Jessica,
    The photo of the sliced pie makes it appear the pie is so firm that it stands alone and doesn’t fall over like a pudding pie would do. Does yours always come out so firm? Mine didn’t and I’m just wondering if I did something wrong.

    • Jessica Fisher says

      I don’t think it always does. It has to do with how long it cooks down to thicken. I think moisture in the air can affect it as well.

      • Nia says

        Thanks, I feel better about my outcome. This pie is delicious, no doubt! So happy you shared the recipe with us. Thanks again 🙂

  15. Kari says

    I made this for thanksgiving. It tasted awesome but it never really ‘set’. I put saran wrap over before I put it in the fridge so it wouldn’t get that skin in top. Should I have not done that?

    • I have found that you need to keep cooking it until it thickens, even if it’s longer than you would expect. I’m sorry it didn’t set up this time round. 🙁 The plastic wrap trick is fine. My husband likes the skin. Go figure.

  16. Rebecca says

    Does anyone know if the chocolate cream part would work if I used rice milk? My son is allergic to dairy. I have a pie crust recipe that I use and I can make coconut whipped cream, but I would love to be able to make the filling from scratch.

    • One of my workshop participants used almond milk recently. I’m thinking rice milk should work just as well. Let me know how it goes!

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