Chocolate Cream Pie

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Chocolate Cream Pie is an especially good idea.  

Chocolate Cream Pie

And it’s an especially good idea for a number of reasons:

  • #1:  Chocolate Cream Pie is an incredibly easy pie to make, even if you’re not the best pie baker.
  • #2:  It’s a good recipe to cross off the ‘ol bucket list.
  • #3:  Adults love it as much as kids do.

Chocolate Cream Pie

  • #4:  It’s chocolate (duh).
  • #5:  It’s impressive.  It looks like you did something amazing.
  • #6:  People will think you bought it at a bakery (or one of those pie restaurants).

Making Chocolate Cream Pie Filling

How to make Chocolate Cream Pie:

The sweet, creamy base is heated in a saucepan until the mixture begins to thicken.

Making Chocolate Cream Pie Filling

It should look a little something like this.

Making the filling for Chocolate Cream Pie

Unsweetened chocolate is stirred in, where it will melt quickly.

Making the filling for Chocolate Cream Pie

And then you’ve got this!  At this point, you must try with all of your might not to taste a spoonful.  I’m warning you now… your chocolate filling may not make it into the pie pan.  It’s totally addicting.

That creamy chocolate filling- so warm and wonderful just lures you in and is willing you to take a bite!  Don’t do it!  You won’t be able to stop!

Making Chocolate Cream Pie

Scrape that delicious chocolate mess into a baked pie crust.  You can get all fancy here and use your great grandmother’s best pie crust recipe, or you can use the store bought stuff and just bake it.  It really doesn’t matter all that much since the chocolate is the star of the show in this pie.

I’m not afraid to buy the store-bought crust, by the way.  I certainly take the time to make homemade pie crust once in a while, but in a pinch I will buy the store-bought stuff.  It’s decent enough to use sometimes.

Spread it out evenly in the crust and set the pie aside to cool completely.

Chocolate Cream Pie sliced

Add a layer of whipped cream on top (I whip heavy whipping cream with a small amount of added powdered sugar), then shave some chocolate on top (how to do that is in the tips in the recipe below).  Refrigerate it for several hours or overnight, then slice and eat.

slice of chocolate cream pie

It’s a delicious Chocolate Cream Pie!  Enjoy!

Here are a few final reasons why Chocolate Cream Pie is an especially good idea:

  • #7:  You don’t even have to bother with a homemade crust if you don’t want to.
  • #8:  See number 4 again.
  • #9:  Because everyone you serve this to will love you forever.
  • And finally Number Ten:   You can’t stop eating it (wait… maybe that’s not such an incredibly good idea, after all)!
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Chocolate Cream Pie

The best creamy chocolate pie recipe!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 371kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate pie, cream pie


  • One 9-inch pie crust, baked
  • cups granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1 chocolate bar (such as Hersheys)


  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the milk and egg yolks. Gradually whisk the milk/eggs into the saucepan to combine with the sugar mixture. Turn heat to medium and continue to whisk the mixture until the mixture thickens. This is the bummer part because it will take about 15 minutes. Just keep stirring gently (or put a kid on the task to stir for you), until the mixture comes to a full boil and has thickened to the consistency in the photo shown (pudding-like). Remove the pan from heat and stir in the chocolate, butter and vanilla. Whisk until the chocolate is fully incorporated.
  • Pour the chocolate custard into the baked pie shell. Set it aside to cool completely. If serving same day, whip the cream with the powdered sugar and spread it on top of the chocolate layer. Shave curls of chocolate onto the whipped cream. Refrigerate for several hours until ready to serve. If serving tomorrow, place plastic wrap over the pie, then add the whipped cream and shaved chocolate the next day, at least an hour before serving.



  • To shave the chocolate bar: I like to soften up the chocolate a little bit before shaving. I just place it on a paper towel and microwave it for about 5 seconds. Then take a potato peeler and shave the edges of the bar to gather some shavings onto the top of the whipped cream.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 541IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 3mg
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  • Kathy Hackshaw wrote:

    Does it have to be whole milk?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Yes, to thicken up properly it should be whole milk.

  • Cheryl Howard wrote:

    This is the best chocolate cream pie I’ve ever had! I used 1/2 unsweetened and 1/2 semisweet Baker’s chocolate. It was so delicious and I can’t stop thinking about it. I’m going to make it again next weekend for a dinner party. 

  • Lori wrote:

    This looks wonderful, but I would definitely use a Meringue topping instead of a Cream topping!

  • Robbie Zierden wrote:

    Could use Hershey semi sweet chocolate chips for this pie also???

  • Wendy Van den Bergh wrote:

    Apologies if this question has been asked previously, but would it adversely affect the end result if a tot or two of cream liqueur was added at some point…and, if not, could you suggest when to add it? Gorgeous recipe…Thanks so much for sharing it.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’ve not tried that, so I’m not sure!

  • Grace Thomas wrote:

    Chocolate meringue pies are generally a chocolate custard, which for some reason I can instruct how to make perfectly, but cannot make myself.  Will this cream pie take the additional heat of browning the meringue without damaging the pie?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I don’t really know anything about meringue, so I’m afraid I can’t answer that question!

  • Michelle wrote:

    wonderful recipe and delicious pie! i made this for PiDay and everyone loved it.
    I used graham cracker crust.

  • elana wrote:

    Can’t you just use chocolate pudding?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Not the same.

  • Andrea Wadsworth wrote:

    Made the pumpkin cheesecake with the gingersnap crust……..It was sooo good.

    Now husband says make one like that with chocolate!!!!!

    Any ideas. The pumpkin one was so light and fluffy!!!!!


  • Kristie wrote:

    Hi – is there any substitution for flour for the glutton free crowd? Have made this many times and it’s fab! But now need flour free

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Use a gluten-free flour blend, and a GF pie crust!

  • Rufus wrote:

    My favorite pie my mom made when I was growing up was chocolate pie. Only she topped it with meringue. That and cake with peanut butter frosting. Hmmm.

  • Adrija wrote:

    Easy to make and super delicious! Thanks so much 🙂

  • Amanda Haynes wrote:

    I make a banana cream pie and vanilla cream pie similar to this only the recipe calls to bring the sauce to a boil for a few minutes and then whisk a little into the egg yolks and then whisk it back in to the pan. What’s the difference?

  • maddie wrote:

    i made this for christmas dessert at my dads house and he loved it so much i left for my moms weekend and i only got one peice my step mom and him ate the rest we really like it and im definetly gonna make this again

  • Sherrie Cease wrote:

    My grandmother used to make an awesome pie similar to this, but we used the egg whites for a meringue topping.

  • Stephanie D. wrote:

    I have made this pie three times in the last week. Once with an Oreo crust, which was too sweet for me, but my husband loved it! Once with 1/2 semi-sweet chocolate and 1/2 unsweetened chocolate and pastry crust, and once as written with the addition of 1 tsp of espresso powder. I much prefer the pie as written with espresso powder. The espresso powder brings out the chocolate flavor, and makes it that much more divine, though it is pretty spectacular to begin! Kudos on the magnificent recipe! =)

  • Catherine wrote:

    I made this yesterday for Christmas and it was absolutely delicious! Thank you!

  • Neexy wrote:

    Holy ****! This tasted amazing, great instructions, omg!!! Oh, and the boyfriend loved it too, hahaha!!!

  • Jen frank wrote:

    I wondered if you’ve made a French Silk pie? I’ve tried it several times and haven’t been able to get a creamy pie. It’s always a odd consistency and breaks apart when I cut it and last time, it came right out of the shell! Any tips?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’ve always wanted to, but I never have.