Chocolate Pie With Cocoa

Chocolate Pie With Cocoa
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Ratings (22)
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 8 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
449 Calories
19g Fat
64g Carbs
7g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Top this easy, creamy chocolate pie with whipped cream or whipped topping. Use a homemade prebaked pie crust or a graham cracker or cookie crumb crust.

The pie filling is a custard-like combination of cocoa, flour, egg yolks, and butter. The pie is finished with a fluffy fresh whipped cream topping. Feel free to use a tub of frozen (thawed) whipped topping on this pie.


  • For the Shell: 
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker (finely ground into crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 6 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • For the Pie Filling: 
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup water (divided)
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or margarine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • For the Topping: 
  • 1 cup heavy cream (or whipping cream, chilled)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (confectioners)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: grated or shaved semisweet or bittersweet chocolate

Steps to Make It

Heat the oven to 400 F (200C/Gas 6).

In a bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs with the 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and 6 tablespoons of melted butter. Mix well.

Pat the crumbs firmly into the bottom and up the sides of a pie plate.

Bake the pie crust for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely before filling.

Make the filling: mix cocoa and flour in top of a double boiler over hot water and whisk in about half of the 1 cup of water, just enough to make a smooth paste.

Blend in the 1 cup of granulated sugar and the beaten egg yolks and add remaining water and milk. Cook over low heat, stirring until the mixture is thick; add the 2 tablespoons of butter and vanilla.

Pour the filling into the chilled pie crust. Chill thoroughly.

Make the whipped cream: in a medium mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the chilled whipped cream until fluffy and almost stiff.

Sift the confectioners' sugar over the whipped cream and add the vanilla. Beat until the cream forms stiff peaks. 

Spread the whipped cream over the chilled pie or serve individual slices of pie with a dollop of whipped cream. Return the pie to the refrigerator to chill until serving time. If desired, sprinkle with grated or shaved chocolate. 

Tips and Variations

Alternatively, use a ready-made purchased crumb crust or prebaked and cooled pastry crust for the pie.

Brown Sugar Pecan Graham Cracker Crust: Replace the 1/4 cup of granulated sugar with brown sugar. In the food processor, pulse 6 whole sheets of graham crackers with 2/3 cup of pecan halves (toasted if desired) until crumbs are fine. Combine in a bowl with 6 tablespoons of melted butter; mix well and bake as directed.

Add 1 teaspoon of espresso powder to the cocoa powder.