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Chocolate Pie Recipe

Chocolate pie is a creamy, chocolatey, and wonderfully traditional dessert recipe topped with a light and fluffy meringue.

A Classic Dessert

Chocolate Pie sliced and on a plate.

Chocolate pie has always been a classic dessert all over the country. It’s perfect for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, and really anytime.

Pies are always a hit at potlucks, office parties, and any special occasion.

As kids, we would travel to Tennessee each summer to stay with my grandparents and my grandmother would always have a chocolate pie ready for us when we arrived.

Of course, we were only allowed to have a slice after we’d eaten our dinner or had something nutritious.

But, I can remember sneaking into the kitchen and shaving off little tiny slices to eat, hoping no one would notice.

I’m sure that by the time dinner arrived, I’d shaven off about half of the pie because it was just so good and I couldn’t resist.

Chocolate pie is not only a classic and traditional pie but one of my favorites because it sure brings back a lot of memories.

Two slices of chocolate pie on white plates.

What Ingredients Do I Need To Make Chocolate Pie?

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Unsweetened cocoa
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Pie crust
  • Cream of tartar

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

A slice of chocolate pie with meringue on a white plate.

How Do I Make The Chocolate Pie Recipe?

  1. Bake the pie crust and set aside.
  2. Add the flour, unsweetened cocoa, and sugar to a medium-sized bowl and whisk together. Try to get all of the lumps out of the mixture.
  3. Pour the milk into the bowl, as well as the egg yolks (save the whites), and vanilla extract, and mix well with a hand mixer.
  4. Place the butter in a skillet on medium heat and let it start to melt.
  5. Add the chocolate mixture into the saucepan and cook until thick.
  6. Pour the chocolate pie filling back into the bowl and beat if there are any lumps.
  7. Transfer the mixture to the baked pie shell.
  8. For the meringue, add the whites to a large bowl.
  9. Next, add the cream of tartar and beat until fluffy and stiff peaks form.
  10. Pour the sugar into the meringue and beat until shiny.
  11. Add the meringue to the pie and smooth it out to the edges.
  12. Bake at 350-degrees until the meringue is golden brown.
  13. Allow the pie to set up for at least one hour before serving.

How To Make Chocolate Pie

Cocoa, flour, and sugar in a glass bowl.

Start by adding the unsweetened cocoa, sugar, and flour to a medium-sized bowl and whisk, trying to get rid of any lumps.

Pouring milk into a bowl with cocoa, flour, and sugar.

Pour the milk into the bowl.

Ingredients for chocolate pie in a glass bowl.

Next, add the egg yolks and vanilla extract to the bowl and beat.

Be sure to save the egg whites in a bowl to use for the meringue.

Melting butter in a saucepan.

Add the butter to a saucepan on medium heat.

Ingredients for chocolate pie in a saucepan.

Next, pour the chocolate filling ingredients into the saucepan and stir occasionally.

Cook until thick.

Chocolate pie filling in a glass bowl.

Pour the chocolate pie filling back into a clean bowl and beat one more time to get rid of any lumps.

The chocolate pie filling actually makes delicious pudding, as well.

You can forgo the pie crust and scoop the pudding into a pudding cup and top with some whipped cream for another delicious dessert.

Chocolate pie filling inside of a cooked pie shell.

Pour the pie filling into the baked pie shell.

How To Make Meringue

Egg whites and cream of tartar in a glass bowl.

Take the egg whites that you set aside earlier and add one more egg white.

Sprinkle the cream of tartar into the bowl and beat until stiff peaks form.

Cream of tartar is not required, but it will help to get a little more oomph out of your meringue.

Meringue with sugar on top, in a glass bowl.

Once you get stiff peaks, add the sugar and beat again until the meringue is shiny.

Chocolate pie with meringue in a pie dish sitting on the counter

Spread the meringue on the top of the pie and bake at 350-degrees for 10-to 15 minutes or until it is golden brown.

Allow the pie to set up for at least one hour before serving.

Be sure to refrigerate the pie.

A slice of chocolate pie with meringue on a white plate.
Two slices of chocolate pie on white plates next to the pie.

Chocolate Pie Recipe

Check out the recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start cooking! I love this recipe and I think you’ll love this one, too. 

Then, share your comments below and share a picture of your chocolate pie recipe on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share it with us.

Yield: 8 pieces

Chocolate Pie Recipe

Chocolate Pie sliced and on a plate.

Chocolate pie is a creamy, chocolatey, and wonderfully traditional dessert topped with a light and fluffy meringue.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients

Pie Crust

  • 9" pie crust store-bought or homemade

Pie filling

  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour, heaping
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa, heaping
  • 1-1/4 cups milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Meringue

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Instructions

Pie Filling

  1. Bake the pie crust until lightly golden brown.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl add the sugar, flour, and unsweetened cocoa and whisk together.
  3. Pour in the milk, vanilla extract, and egg yolks (save the whites in another bowl). Beat with a hand mixer until well combined.
  4. Add the butter to a skillet on medium heat.
  5. Next, pour the chocolate pie filling into the pan and cook until thick.
  6. Pour the pie filling back into a clean bowl and beat again to get rid of any lumps.
  7. Pour the filling into the cooked pie shell.


Meringue

  1. Grab the bowl with the whites and add one more egg white.
  2. Add the cream of tartar to the bowl and beat until stiff peaks form.
  3. Pour the sugar into the bowl and beat again until the meringue is shiny.
  4. Spread the meringue over the pie. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until the meringue is golden brown.
  5. Allow the pie to set up for at least one hour before serving.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1397Total Fat: 54gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 904mgCarbohydrates: 212gFiber: 6gSugar: 114gProtein: 19g

Nutrition is approximate.

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That looks soooooooooo good right about now. I don't make many meringue pies, I should really change that!

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Thanks, Carlee! We love meringue!