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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  • Melissa Bate wrote:

    I made this for Thanksgiving and it got rave reviews! I’ve been asked to make two for every family gathering from now on! Thank you so much for this amazing recipe!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      You’re welcome!

  • renee wood wrote:

    I made this today and I have to say it was so simple and looks just exactly like your picture. Now I cant wait to eat it

  • Judy wrote:

    I have made plenty of pie’s and without question this is the most perfect pie filling and rich taste I have ever come across….easy instructions very happy

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      How wonderful to hear! Glad you liked it so much.

  • Rebecca wrote:

    sublime. thanks.

  • Angela wrote:

    This was fabulous!! I have never made a chocolate creme pie and I was amazed at how quickly it came together.

  • bandick wrote:

    Another winner! My mom said it was the best cream pie she’s ever had…I love impressing her! 😉 The only tweak I made was using 1/2 unsweetened / 1/2 semi-sweet chocolate, so I could save myself a trip to the store. So good and I’ve eaten too much of it myself!

  • kathy wrote:

    I do cakes, not pies. But I tried this and it was amazing. Good tips and easy to follow directions, thank you.

  • Jennifer good wrote:

    I’ve been looking for a chocolate cream pie recipe like this one! I used to work at a pie shop (with nazi-like, aggressively abusive owners) and their cream pies were the one thing that was actually okay. My mom loves chocolate cream pie so Im excited to make this recipe this weekend! Also making vanilla ice cream and coffee ice cream to go with it. Thanks for the recipe! This recipe reminds me of my old C.I.A days.

  • Izzy wrote:

    This looked amazing. But as I was making the custard it thickend up really quickly and then I added the chocolate and butter but it just turned into this big gloopy mess. Very disappointing.

  • Marcia wrote:

    I just made this pie. It is the best chocolate pie I have ever made! It tastes just like my grandma’s pie (that I’ve never figured out how to duplicate). Thanks for the recipe!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      That’s great to hear!

  • Sarah wrote:

    Looks like an amazing pie and you have a lovely blog!

  • Lee wrote:

    I am dying to know what the pie in the background of the first pic is. Yum!!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      It’s a pumpkin pie!

  • Missy wrote:

    Wow! I made this pie the other night, not only is it easy, it looks heavenly and tastes just as divine! I will be making this again, and soon!

  • Dan wrote:

    Looks divine! I was wondering if I could substitute all the egg yolks for corn starch? Same effect, no?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      no- not the same.

  • Angie wrote:

    Thanks for the great recipe!! I have never seem a chocolate pie made this way and it was good!! I think I may try half semi-sweet or milk chocolate. Hubby liked it but he wants to try milk chocolate since he loves it. Thanks for the great recipe. I will definitely be making it again and again….. 🙂

  • wrote:

    Love this recipe! I made it for my husband he loved it! I will be making this again soon! thanks!

  • Claire wrote:

    I must say that in England pies just aren’t as bit as America. We might try an apple, rhubarb or lemon meringue but reading your amazing and easy pie recipes I think we should get our fingers out over here and make more pies!

    Claire x

  • ashley – baker by nature wrote:

    I absolutely adore chocolate cream pie! This looks so dreamy, Lori… totally craving a slice (or 2) now.

  • Sara Jessica wrote:

    This pie looks like a dream to me, chocolate is the most delicious product ever!

  • Kathryn wrote:

    Woah…this looks so rich and decadent (and easy, woo!). Such a great party dessert!