Chocolate Cream Pie

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Chocolate Cream Pie is the perfect easy dessert recipe for summer. It’s cool, creamy, and has intense chocolate flavor.

slice of chocolate cream pie with whipped cream on top on a white plate

Chocolate Pie

I absolutely love the intense chocolate flavor in this pie.  And, it really is easy to put together.

Graham cracker pie crust gets filled with a rich homemade chocolate pudding.  Once chilled, the whole thing gets slathered with whipped cream.

How To Make Chocolate Cream Pie

*Note:  The full printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post.

  • Whisk together milk and cornstarch in a sauce pot.
  • Add sugar and chocolate chips.
  • Heat it up while stirring constantly.

sauce pot with milk, sugar, and chocolate chips

  • Once the chocolate pudding is thick, remove it from the heat.
  • Stir in some butter and vanilla.

butter and vanilla being added to a pot with chocolate pudding

  • Pour the chocolate pie filling into a prepared graham cracker pie crust.

warm chocolate pudding drizzled in a graham cracker pie crust

  • Place it in the refrigerator until it is completely chilled.
  • Top the pie with whipped cream.

a dollop of whipped cream on top of a cold chocolate cream pie

Can This Be Made Ahead Of Time

Yes!  This is a perfect make ahead dessert recipe because of how long it needs to chill in the refrigerator.  I like to make this recipe the night before I want to serve it so it has plenty of chill time.

How To Store

Once the pie has completely cooled, cover it loosely in plastic wrap.  Store it in the refrigerator.

Don’t try to cover the pie before it has cooled.  That will cause condensation/wetness on the plastic wrap.

How Long Will Chocolate Pudding Pie Last

This will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

It is possible to freeze this pie, but I don’t recommend it.  The creamy texture of the chocolate filling and the slight crispness of the crust doesn’t hold up after freezing.

a slice of chocolate cream pie being lifted out of the pie plate

Can I Use A Different Crust

Absolutely.  Some people prefer a traditional pastry pie crust for chocolate cream pie.  This type of crust would need to be pre-baked and cooled before filling.

Another great option would be a chocolate graham cracker crust for even more chocolate flavor.  I’ve even seen some grocery stores carry prepared Oreo flavored pie crust.

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slice of chocolate cream pie with whipped cream on top on a white plate

Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Chocolate Cream Pie is the perfect easy dessert recipe for summer. It's cool, creamy, and has intense chocolate flavor.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Cool Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 17 minutes

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Servings 8 servings
Calories 479 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 prepared graham cracker pie crust
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whipped cream or whipped topping

Instructions

  • Add the milk and cornstarch to a large pot. Whisk until the cornstarch is dissolved.
  • Place the pot over medium heat. Add the sugar and chocolate chips to the pot. Cook, stirring often, for 6-8 minutes, until the liquid starts to bubble and becomes thick like pudding. Remove from the heat.
  • Add the butter and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
  • Pour the chocolate into the pie crust.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, until the filling is completely chilled throughout.
  • Top with the whipped cream.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/8th of the recipe | Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 393IU | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 2mg
Course Dessert
Keyword chocolate cream pie recipe, chocolate pudding pie, how to make chocolate pie
Cuisine American
Author Amanda Finks
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  1. 5 stars
    This was so easy to make. I followed the directions exactly and it came out great. It’s quite delicious! I will definitely make this a regularly used dessert recipe. I will try some of the crust variations in the future for variety.

About Amanda Finks

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Zionsville, IN. I’m an avid cook, travel nerd, & lover of good food! I’m trained in Food Science & recipe development. It’s my mission to bring you the BEST recipes your whole family will love!

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