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Chocolate Cream Pie

4.5 stars based on 38 votes


My father is one of those people for whom dessert is not really dessert unless it’s chocolate. He used to keep a stash of Hershey kisses in the back of the freezer — where my sister and I could never reach them — and, every night after dinner, he would line a bunch of them up on the arm of the sofa and relish them one by one while he watched TV. We all have our quirky food habits, right?

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This year for Father’s Day, my sister and I are treating him to something a little fancier than chocolate kisses — a decadent Chocolate Cream Pie. With a chocolate cookie crust, silky chocolate pudding center and pillowy whipped cream topping, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream. I’ll be honest, it’s a bit of a project — most pies are — but I promise it’s worth it.

Chocolate Cream Pie

Servings: 8-10


For the Crust

  • 28 Nabisco Chocolate Wafers (or 1-1/2 cups finely crushed crumbs)*
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

For the Filling

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, best quality such as Ghirardelli
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, best quality such as Ghirardelli
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Topping

  • 3/4 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, grated or shaved


For the Crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine the chocolate wafers, sugar and butter in bowl of food processor fitted with the blade attachment and pulse until the cookies are finely crushed. Press the mixture firmly into a 9-inch pie pan (spread it with your hands first, then use the back of a spoon or bottom of a measuring cup to press and even out). Bake for 10 minutes until crisp.

For the Filling

  1. Combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt in a heavy medium saucepan. Whisk gently until combined.
  2. In a bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the milk and egg yolks. Add the milk mixture to the saucepan in a slow and steady stream, whisking until the mixture is smooth. Cook over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the mixture starts to bubble and thicken, 6-8 minutes. Immediately turn the heat down to a simmer and cook, whisking constantly, for one more minute until thick. (The constant stirring and low heat prevents the eggs from scrambling. Be sure to scrape the whisk against the bottom and edges of the pan where the mixture is more likely to overheat.) Off the heat, immediately whisk in the chopped chocolate, butter and vanilla extract.
  3. Pour the filling into the crust and smooth the top. Press a piece of saran wrap directly over surface of the filling to prevent a film from forming; chill in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight.

For the Topping

  1. (Up to 3 hours before serving) Place the heavy cream in chilled mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, whip on medium-low speed until the whisk or beaters begin to leave tracks in the cream. Add sugar and whip until the cream holds medium, silky peaks. Go slowly towards the end; if it gets grainy or curdled, you’ve gone too far. Spread the whipped cream over the filling, leaving some of the chocolate filling showing around the edges. Sprinkle with the grated chocolate and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. *Nabisco cookies available in the cookie aisle at most major supermarkets. Sometimes they can be hard to spot. At my local Giant, they’re on the top shelf near the Oreos.

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    I do not remember who shared with me about this website, but I am SO very grateful! I have tried several different chocolate cream pie recipes to recreate the pie I always order at my favorite restaurant. THIS RECIPE!!!! Even better than the one I order! It is easy-honestly!- to put together and SO VERY DELICIOUS!

    - Carmen Dean on September 15, 2017 Reply
  • For this chocolate cream pie, is there anything I use in replace of the egg yolks? I want to make this pie for my daughter but she has severe egg allergy. Please help. Thank you

    - Janis on August 28, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Janis, there’s no real substitute for the egg in this. You could either buy a pudding mix at the store or use this egg-free version. Hope that helps!.

      - Jenn on August 29, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I followed the instructions to the letter and extremely pleased with the outcome. Waiting the full 8 hours to let it setup is key. Thanks for sharing another 5 star recipe…

    - Scott F. on July 27, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve made this pie several times now and always had rave reviews. Once I brought one to my dad and told him he could just eat a piece and maybe freeze individual slices for later. He called me late that night demanding that I NEVER bring him another one of those pies because he ate the whole thing. It’s rich, thick, and absolutely yummy. Thank you!

    - Jess on July 5, 2017 Reply
  • I made the pie yesterday and cut a piece today, did not set up, was runny. Looked over recipe again and only put in 4oz bittersweet. Could that have been the reason?? I did everything else correctly.

    - Pam Rupp on June 4, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Pam, Sorry you had a problem with this! I don’t think using 4 instead of 5 ounces would make that much of a difference; I’m assuming you used the 2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate called for in the recipe? If not, that’s likely to be the problem. If you did use the unsweetened chocolate, the runniness may have meant that the pie was a little undercooked. Keep in mind, that when sliced, this is not firm like cheesecake, but softer like pudding (but it shouldn’t be runny).

      - Jenn on June 6, 2017 Reply
      • 2 stars

        I am going to try this recipe again tomorrow, even though it didn’t set, the filling was delicious!! Should the pie shell be cooled before adding the filling? Thanks ! Pam

        - Pam Rupp on June 9, 2017 Reply
        • Hi Pam, No need to cool the pie shell before adding the filling. Hope it turns out this time!

          - Jenn on June 9, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made the chocolate cream pie for the first time this last weekend for my son-in-laws birthday. Chocolate Cream pie is one of his favorites. I was so nervous because I have NEVER made any type of cream pie or the chocolate crust. I followed your recipe to a tee and it turned out PERFECT! It held together and looked amazing. Thank you thank you for this wonderful recipe. I have used many of your recipes and each one has been fail proof! Keep up the good work!!!

    - Connie Got on April 17, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hello Jenn,

    I will be making this to take for Easter at my boyfriend’s parents house. I have made several of your recipes so far (e.g, banana ice cream, ceasar salad..etc) and they have been consistently so amazing that I have full confidence that this will be a hit too (typically I never try a recipe for the first time when I’m taking it to a gathering and if I do, I always have a “backup” dessert made).

    I wanted to ask whether it would be okay to substitute the bitter sweet and unsweetened chocolate in the pudding cream for semi-sweet chocolate that I have at hand? I suppose I would have to eliminate a T or two of sugar if I did that but not sure whether that would affect the final outcome (would I have to add cocoa powder too if I make this sub?)

    Thank you !!


    - Malak on April 11, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Malak, so glad you’ve enjoyed the recipes you’ve made! I think if you want to go the route of the semi-sweet chocolate that, yes, you’d need to reduce the sugar by a few tablespoons. No other modifications would be necessary. I’d love to hear how it turns out!

      - Jenn on April 12, 2017 Reply
      • 5 stars

        Hi Jenn,

        Happy Easter !! I ended up buying bitter-sweet and unsweetened chocolate and following your recipe to the t. This was a huge hit and the recipe is now in my True-and-tried recipe book. It was not too sweet although very very rich and my boyfriend even suggested that I make him chocolate pudding (his favourite dessert) using the recipe for the filling (which I will be doing). The crust cut perfectly and it did not crumble, which I was worried it might in my case. I would not change a single thing in this pie. Thank you so much, Chef for another amazing recipe!
        P.S: given your sanctuary expertise on French baking, I would absolutely appreciate if you could share your recipe for (strawberry?) French macaroons… this is one of the things I have always wanted to make but so far been too intimidated to give a try. I know I would be confident making those in the presence of your recipe !!

        - Malak on April 17, 2017 Reply
        • So glad you enjoyed the pie! And, unfortunately, I don’t have a proven recipe for French macaroons, but I will add it to my list of recipes to potentially develop. Thanks for the suggestion as I’m always looking for new inspiration!

          - Jenn on April 17, 2017 Reply
  • Hello Jenn,
    Was curious to know how many chocolate bars do you use for the chocolate cream pie? More specifically, how many bars(squares) for the unsweetened chocolate and how many bars for the bittersweet?
    Thanks, Diana

    - Diana on April 8, 2017 Reply
    • Ghirardelli bars are 4 oz each – so you’d need 2 bars bittersweet and 1 bar unsweetened (but you’d have leftover of both).

      - Jenn on April 10, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    What an amazing recipe! This is my husband’s favorite type of pie. I surprised him with it and he was in heaven. He used to make it with the store bought crust and pudding and everyone loved it. I followed the recipe as is but I used the organic chocolate graham crackers and measured it out. The only other two minor changes I made were adding another tablespoon of confectioner’s sugar to the topping and adding a teaspoon of peppermint extract instead of vanilla. I can’t wait to make this again. We waited for six hours for it to chill and it came out wobbly but firm. Thank you for this amazing recipe.

    - Huong on March 15, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This pie is amazing! I love that the flavors get even better by letting it sit overnight, making it a great make ahead dessert. Thank you for sharing your recipes Jenn! You are such a talented chef!

    - Linda on March 13, 2017 Reply
  • Have you tried making the pudding with non-dairy alternatives, such as almond, soy or rice milk? I sometimes find that puddings and custards don’t set properly with these, but need to use them do to lactose intolerances.

    - Mary on February 28, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Mary, I haven’t tried this with a non-dairy alternative. There’s a lot of milk in the recipe, so I’d be a little concerned about the results. I would suggest looking for a tried and true chocolate pudding recipe made with a non-dairy alternative. You can use that as the filling.

      - Jenn on March 1, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    It was delicious. My whole family and friends enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing;-)

    - Bernadette on February 18, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This pie is to die for. I am not allowed to make only one as it disappears too quickly. I always have to make two. Thanks, Jen

    - Mike K. on February 15, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi! Can I make this two days in advance before an event?

    - Mikaela on December 22, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Mikaela, Yes it keeps very well. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on December 22, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this pie for Thanksgiving this year instead of your fab pumpkin pie. I was amazed at the response – everyone loved it. The chocolate filling was so creamy, the chocolate flavor was right on target – This will now be my go to “can you bring a pie” pie. Thanks for having this recipe on your site.

    - Cindy Seim on December 8, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Was a bit nervous making this for a group of foodies…..Would it set? Would the crust be crumbly? Sliced into it nervously, but I should have known – your recipes are always perfection! It was the perfect consisitancy, smooth and creamy, and together with the slightly crunchy crust, it made the perfect bite. This one is a keeper!

    - April on December 1, 2016 Reply
  • 1 stars

    I am a huge fan of yours! Ive made at least 25 recipes of yours and they are all awesome! However, this pie flopped on me. I made exactly as written however forgot the 2 ounces of chocolate in filling. My filling seemed like it was thickened when cooked but Thanksgiving day when cutting it, it just looked like pudding.?! Not sure what happened The crust also didnt cut nicely it was more crumbly. Any ideas?

    - Denise on November 24, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Denise, So sorry you had trouble with the pie. The cream filling is much like chocolate pudding but thicker — you should definitely be able to slice it into clean, albeit “wobbly” slices. The crust is a cookie crust (much like a graham cracker crust) so it does crumble a bit but it should still hold together for the most part. Did you allow the pie to cool for the entire recommended time (at least 8 hours or overnight) in the fridge?

      - Jenn on November 25, 2016 Reply
  • Hi. I was wondering if whipping cream is the same as heavy whipping cream. I bought whipping cream for this recipe. Is that the same? I also saw heavy cream in the store, but could not find heavy whipping cream. Please let me know. I’d like to, make this for Thanksgiving.


    - Denise Ksen -Smith on November 22, 2016 Reply
    • Also does the pie pan need to be buttered?

      - Denise Ksen -Smith on November 22, 2016 Reply
      • No, it’s not necessary for this recipe.

        - Jenn on November 23, 2016 Reply
    • Yes, Denise – they are basically the same. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on November 23, 2016 Reply
  • This recipe sounds great. I only have semi-sweet chocolate on hand. Do you think that would work?

    - Lori on November 20, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Lori, I think it’d be a bit too sweet with only semi-sweet chocolate. I’d probably reduce the sugar by a few tablespoons if you want to try it. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on November 20, 2016 Reply
  • Hi Jenn,
    As I was making this pie for the first time today I was wondering if you can skip the pudding in the bowl and go directly into the cool pie crust?
    Thank you,
    Donna Davenport

    - Donna Davenport on September 6, 2016 Reply
    • I think that would probably work Donna!

      - Jenn on September 7, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    how do u make enough chocolate pie filling for 2 pies

    - peggy claborn on March 19, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Peggy, Just double all the ingredients necessary for the filling. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on March 20, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Chocolate lovers heaven!! Doesn’t get any better than this. First time ever made a pie and don’t believe will ever top this one.

    - Anna on March 16, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve made it the last few Thanksgivings and a few other occasions… always a huge hit. I can’t bring myself to waste my time on apple pie anymore. The chocolate custard is very rich and chocolatey and perfect

    - Alexis on March 12, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was out-of-this-world delicious!! I love that it needs to be made a day ahead; makes the day of the party easier. I was going to make a regular pie crust but am so glad I followed the recipe and made the chocolate wafer crust. I wouldn’t change a thing . . . Another winning recipe Jenn. Thanks so much!!

    - Edie De Vries on February 29, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Delicious! I was asked to make a chocolate cream pie for a gathering and I luckily found your recipe. It’s a winner.

    - Julie on February 10, 2016 Reply
  • ***** My daughter made this at Thanksgiving and it was fantastic. She gave me the recipe and I made 4 over the holidays. The last pie, I substituted peppermint extract for vanilla extract. Very good. Thanks for a great dessert!

    - Joe Chocolate on January 27, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    SO good. I don’t cook or bake much, but made this very easily. It was a wonderful treat after Christmas dinner! 🙂

    - collegekid on December 26, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve been making this for months now and everybody loves it! It’s not too sweet and it’s creamy.

    - Desiree on December 24, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made the chocolate cream pie and it came out perfect! It is absolutely delicious. Thank you for the wonderful recipe and the easy directions with pictures.

    - Kathleen on December 2, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Amazing pie recipe!!! This was a huge hit at my Thanksgiving table this year.
    Thanks so much for posting!
    I accidentally misread your recipe and used egg whites instead of egg yolks and it still turned out really well. I plan to make it again for Christmas and will do it the right way 🙂
    Happy holidays!

    - Lana on November 28, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Thank you for such a delicious pie recipe. I especially enjoyed the smooth and silky chocolate taste. Since I am gluten free, I used one box of Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Jo Jo’s chocolate sandwich cookies. Since they tend to be crispier and more dry, I used two tablespoons more of butter when I made the crust. I look forward to trying more of your recipes:)

    - Sarah Taylor-Green on November 27, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Love, love, loved this pie. It’s insanely rich – but worth every gosh darn calorie filled bite. I modified the crust recipe because I wasn’t able to find plain chocolate wafers, but I think it worked out pretty well. I used 3 parts chocolate/mint cookies and 1 part chocolate graham cracker. It was so good. It was a major hit at Thanksgiving.

    - Amie on November 27, 2015 Reply
  • Hi. I was wondering if it would be ok to substitute lactose-free milk and egg substitute. I’m trying to work within my families’ health concerns, often a big challenge in baking.

    - Amb on November 25, 2015 Reply
  • Can this pie (whipped cream and all) be made a day early? Would you recommend stabilizing the whipped cream and adding it to the pie just before serving? Trying to prep for tomorrow and this pie looks like it should really be on our dessert table!

    - Lauren on November 25, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Lauren, It can definitely be made a day ahead — and, yes, good idea with the whipped cream, although you can add it a few hours before serving if you like.

      - Jenn on November 25, 2015 Reply
  • I used a graham cracker crust for your Chocolate Cream Pie, and loved the contrast between the cookie crust and the chocolate filling!

    - Dorothea on November 24, 2015 Reply
  • Has anyone ever folded some of the whip cream into the pie just before putting into the pie crust.
    I am making one for the first time this thsnksgiving

    - Carrie on November 20, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Carrie, The pudding filling is already pretty soft as is and I worry it would be difficult to slice. Hope everyone enjoys it on Thanksgiving!

      - Jenn on November 20, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I went a little heavy on the chocolate and was forced to use a pastry crust. However it was still amazing. It’s now my husband’s favorite thing I make. I made it last Thanksgiving. I’m making it again this year and it’s already been brought up a ton. Thank you! 🙂

    - Jennifer on November 19, 2015 Reply
  • What kind of chocolate can you add to the top of chocolate cream pie

    - ginger naber on August 26, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Ginger, I use bittersweet — but anything would work.

      - Jenn on August 27, 2015 Reply
  • Is there any way to make the chocolate filling the day before and chill in the fridge over night?

    - Joyce on August 13, 2015 Reply
    • Sure, that’s fine.

      - Jenn on August 13, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Jenn….you are the BEST cook! I love your blog and have been thrilled with every recipe I have tried. This was the ultimate Father’s Day pie! My husband and Father in Law went nuts over it:o) A keeper and I will be making this again and again! Thank you!

    - Janet Miller on June 22, 2015 Reply
    • So glad you all enjoyed the pie, Janet! It’s a favorite in my house as well. My son requests it every year for his birthday 🙂

      - Jenn on June 22, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Think I can freeze one of these? If so, should I freeze it with or without the whipped cream?

    - Sarah on June 21, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Sarah, Unfortunately, this pie does not freeze well. Sorry!

      - Jenn on June 21, 2015 Reply
      • 5 stars

        I made this pir this Thanksgiving and froze it the night before for the long car drive then next day. It did wonderfully.

        - Leigh on December 17, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    5 stars! I followed the recipe exactly and this pie turned out perfectly. I cooked the filling for the full 8 minutes while whisking constantly and it set up nicely in the timeframe laid out in the recipe. I chose not to top it with the whipped cream all at once because I planned for us to enjoy it over 2 days. So, I cut the pie and topped it as my family ate it. I didn’t have to do that, though, because my two teenage boys and husband ate the whole thing in less than a day. AND – drum roll – my mother-in-law said it was, “to die for!” YAY! Thank you, Jenn!

    - Caroline Y on May 5, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Pudding tasted great but I would probably add another 1-2 TBSP of cornstarch for a little firmer set if using in an pie. If u just want to make chocolate pudding then leave as is. Overall very tasty!

    - Tammy on May 2, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    You must make this pie!!! I couldn’t find the wafers for the crust so I just bought an Oreo cookie pre-made crust, it was perfect with the filling! You won’t be disappointed with the end result!!

    - Julie spencer on March 21, 2015 Reply
  • DELICIOUS! I made this for our Valentine’s dessert and we loved it.

    - Carol on February 21, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    5 Stars!!! I left a review of your chocolate cream pie 2 years ago, but just wanted you to know it’s still a winner! When my nephew got married, his fiance’ wanted to skip the cake and have rhubarb pies and chocolate cream pies instead. This was the recipe we used for the chocolate cream and it was a huge hit! Thanks!!!

    - Jeanie on January 26, 2015 Reply
  • Hello Jenn,
    I am a neighbour to the north. This pie looks scrumptious. Before I make it I would like to ask a question. I see that you use ghirardelli chocolate. You say the recipe requires unsweetened and bitter chocolate… Which chocolate do you use… Is it 60 percent chocolate for unsweetened and bitter or do you use different cocoa content bars such as 60 for bitter and 70 for unsweetened?

    - Diana on January 26, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Diana, The unsweetened is 100% cocoa. The bittersweet is 60%. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on January 26, 2015 Reply
  • I made this pie last night and after 12 hours in the fridge it’s no closer to setting up. the filling took 10 min to reach the bubble point while I whisked it constantly over med heat.

    What did I do wrong, can in be fixed or is it headed for the trash?

    - Kelly on January 5, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Kelly, The filling should have a thick pudding consistency but it won’t be firm. You should be able to slice it but it will still wobble a bit. Does that sound like what yours looks like?

      - Jenn on January 5, 2015 Reply
  • I just made this and it set well I made one following the recipe exactly and a second one for adults with rum. Both were superb thanks for posting.

    - Tammy on December 24, 2014 Reply
  • 4 stars

    OMG! This was a huge hit at Thanksgiving this year. I made it with my 8 year old daughter – that in itself made it a hit for me.

    I worked with large chunks of chocolate that just melted right in. My girl loved watching the cream swirl from vanilla to chocolate.

    My one question is that the filling was more like a pudding – it didn’t hold up as well as in your photos. Thought I did everything right there. But it’s definitely a pie I’ll make again!

    - David on November 28, 2014 Reply
    • Hi David, So glad you enjoyed the pie! The center is definitely pudding-like but it should set up just enough to be sliced. Did you let it sit for the full 6 hours before cutting it?

      - Jenn on November 28, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I put the crust in @ 375 for 10 minutes and it still seems really crumbly. I’m not sure that it was cooked long enough. How will I know it is actually done? I’ve never made a crust like this before.

    - Jen on November 26, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Jen, It should look dry and set. That said, it’s a crumbly crust by nature and will still crumble a bit if you touch it — kind of like a graham cracker crust. Once you put the filling in and refrigerate, it should bind with the crust and hold it together.

      - Jenn on November 26, 2014 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Loved the simplicity of the recipe and it was done in under 20 minutes. However, I will say if you prefer a darker chocolate tasting pie(as I do), reduce the sugar by half. I regret adding 2/3rd cup sugar cause it did get sweet per my preference.

    - Bidisha on November 8, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I used your recipe the other night for one of our Thanksgiving Desserts! Aside from my burning of the crust (my error in not paying attention to the clock) – the dessert was a hit! My hubby loves chocolate cream pie, and he said that was the best one he’s ever had.

    I say, that it was easy to make – just keep whisking – I had no problems whatsoever with the filling working out properly. I subbed 3oz callebaut milk chocolate and 3oz bittersweet because it’s what I had on hand. Either way – everyone loved it and I wanted to come back here and let you know that!

    - Ayla on October 15, 2014 Reply
    • So glad it turned out, Ayla. Thanks for letting me know!

      - Jenn on October 15, 2014 Reply
  • Best tasting choc pie I have ever had. Made it for Easter dinner and everybody couldn’t get enough!

    - nancy on April 20, 2014 Reply
  • I couldn’t get my filling to thicken. I cooked it longer than required. I used all the ingredients listed in the recipe. I am afraid to try it again. Any suggestions?

    - Patty on March 15, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Patty, Happy to help you troubleshoot. Did your filling thicken at all?

      - Jenn on March 16, 2014 Reply
  • I replaced the 2/3 cup of sugar with 2/3 cup of liquid fruit concentrate (Wax Orchards Fruit Sweet). I reduced the milk an equivalent amount. I also replaced the sugar in the topping with Fruit Sweet. Works fine. The kids have a hard time waiting for this pie to set up!

    - Sophia on December 25, 2013 Reply
  • making it now for my hubby who is very non materialistic. Will probably be his best Christmas present- I do not ever add as much sugar as these recipes call for. The sugar is sometimes overwhelming- why add sugar to cookie crumbs? My goal is to make great desserts wo too much sugar. The recipe looks like it will be a hit. TY

    - Linda on December 24, 2013 Reply
  • I made this pie for my wife on her birthday. She has had many chocolate cream pies in her life and said this one was the best she ever had. Absolutely a great recipe! I did use Jumbo yolks instead of large though… 🙂

    - Randy on November 25, 2013 Reply
    • So glad your wife loved the pie, Randy. This is one of my family’s favorite recipes. My son requests it every year on his birthday 🙂

      - Jenn on November 25, 2013 Reply
  • This recipe is so amazingly simple and delicious. I have to double it for everyone 🙂

    - Gianna on November 5, 2013 Reply
  • hey it is really great tell me wat wud b the replacment for cornstarch??i dnt want to put it in the recepie

    - Ummatul Batool on August 20, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Ummatul, you could try flour…u definitely need something to thicken it up.

      - Jenn on August 21, 2013 Reply
  • My family loved this,even my husband who is not a pie eater

    - Carolyn on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • The best chocolate I had eating since I was a kid many years ago.

    - Frank Chapman on January 28, 2013 Reply
  • Thanks for this recipe. I was first attracted to your story because my dad loved chocolate pie. He has been gone for several years, but I know he would have howled at the moon over your recipe. I made it for Thanksgiving with my in-laws and plan to make it for tomorrow’s Christmas dinner with my family. It’s super yummy! Thanks for sharing!!!

    - Jeanie on December 24, 2012 Reply
  • Delicious! I made this gorgeous pie for Thanksgiving Day. I loved the chocolate cookie crust and the pudding was the best pudding I have ever made (even though it could have cooked another minute or two), and using whipped cream. I added banana slices on top of the pudding. My husband and daughter loved it. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I think this may become a holiday tradition!

    - Tricia on November 23, 2012 Reply
  • I just made this for Thanksgiving and it was a hit! It disappeared so quickly that I wish I had made two – I used Oreos because I couldn’t find the Nabisco cookies and it was delicious.

    - Kathryn on November 23, 2012 Reply
  • This is scrumptious. Yet, I did cheat last time and bought a pre-made oreo pie crust. I couldn’t find the cookies. I wiped the crust with egg whites, cooked for 10 minutes, then transferred the crust to a real pie plate to finish.

    - Regina Eberwein on June 29, 2012 Reply
  • I have only made this once. But, it is a big deal for me to make. I’m not that great in the kitchen. But, it was AWESOME! I’m going to try to do it again.
    Make this if you haven’t. Unreal how good.

    - Gobbie on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • This is one of the best pies I have ever tried! Not too difficult to make, either.

    - Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • Loved the sweet pic of your happy father. This chocolate pie looks so good. It is going on “the list” of must-makes!

    - Elizabeth C. in Kansas on May 19, 2012 Reply
  • Chocolate decadence at its best.

    - Mike on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • The first time I served this pie it was gone in 5 minutes! I had to make another one the next week so my daughter could experience the wonderful flavors!

    - Mary on March 2, 2012 Reply
  • I made this for my anniversary feb 26. It was SOOOO good and perfect. I added mini chocolate chips. My hubby loves mini chocolate chips in his chocolate cream pie. I also served it with fresh raspberries. DELICIOUS. TY for this recipe.

    - Rebekah on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Jennifer, Since I saw the original post of this recipe, I believe I have made this dessert every month, and in December I made it 8 times for different parties and as take alongs to others homes. It’s silky smooth and delicious. I also always think of your Dad and the love that went into this dish for him. Maybe that’s why it is so wonderful!

    - Susan Pfund on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • i am loving this recipe! i must try it

    - Rosalinda on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • This is absolutely AWESOME!

    - Judee on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Hello.

    Here is my owl cake using your chocolate cream — mmm, delicious! Enjoy!

    - anka on February 29, 2012 Reply
  • I’ve been cooking for over 12 years now, but deserts always scare me. I bit the bullet and made this recipe. I’m so happy I did! I think it’s a great beginners desert because it was so easy to make. And the cool creamy chocolate was just what I needed to curb my pregnancy cravings. Thanks for sharing your recipes with us!

    - Leah on February 25, 2012 Reply
  • Thanks for your help! 🙂

    - Sherri on January 31, 2012 Reply
  • I use all butter in my crust to, i have heard of people putting Vodka and cold water in to make a flakier crust any tips for flakiness?

    - Sherri on January 31, 2012 Reply
    • Sherri, Ice cold water, keep it dry and crumbly, don’t overwork the dough and always let it rest. Never tried Vodka but heard it works.

      - Jenn on January 31, 2012 Reply
  • I was wondering, when you make a traditional pie crust do you use all butter or part butter,part shortening?

    - Sherri on January 30, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Sherri, I prefer all butter. Shortening gives you a little insurance that it will be tender and flaky, but as far as taste, butter is the way to go 🙂

      - Jenn on January 30, 2012 Reply
  • I made this for friends this weekend. Had to use oreos (minus the filling) for the crust and it worked out fine. All I can say was that my guests were speechless, except for the moaning…they were pretty close to heaven. They are still dreaming about it.

    - Heidi on August 31, 2011 Reply
  • I made a chocolate cream pie over the 4th weekend.. I used the recipe from Cook’s Illustrated which called for an Oreo cookie crust as well, but my family prefers a good old fashioned pie crust.. light and flaky. I haven’t made one in years.. and the Ghirardelli Chocolate just can’t be beat for the price range!

    - Susan Orton on July 7, 2011 Reply
  • My dad would have loved this pie! I think I’ll make it and eat every bite — just for him, of course. 🙂 Major droolability on this one.

    - Maureen on June 17, 2011 Reply
  • Jennifer,

    I’ve enjoyed several of your recipes and thought I’d tell you about a work-around I’ve used for the chocolate pie crust when I’ve been unable to find the chocolate icebox cookies. I take Oreo Double Stuf cookies and put them in the food processor, processing until they are crumbled. If the mixture needs a little more moisture, I add a tablespoon or 2 of melted butter. The filling compensates for the sugar and most of the liquid and the cookies are readily available.

    - Once Upon a Chef Reader on June 16, 2011 Reply
  • Dad is looking good! So’s the pie…

    - Sister of the chef on June 16, 2011 Reply
  • Yummm! I might need to pass this on to my daughters to make this for me for Father’s Day!! I might eat the whole pie.

    - John Valenty on June 16, 2011 Reply
  • A tip for the mixture to help eliminate the eggs from cooking is called tempering, which simply calls for some of the hot mixture to be added to the beaten egg yolks slowly while whisking until the mixture gains temperature that is close to hot liquid-check the side of the bowl for temperature.
    Stirring the mixture is still wise as Jenn points out, but this will help stabalize the eggs quite a bit.

    - Todd Johnson on June 16, 2011 Reply
  • Thanks for sharing these beautiful times with us!

    - Nor on June 16, 2011 Reply
  • you described MY father who is now in heaven…but he would say there is NO better than hershey kisses 😉

    - kathy bethune on June 16, 2011 Reply

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