Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie is my new favorite! It’s so rich and creamy, silky smooth with delicious chocolate flavor, and a big pile of whipped cream on top!

To start, you’ll need a fully cooked pie crust. For step-by-step instructions on how to blind bake a pie crust, check out these instructions or this video. This can be done a day ahead. Cool completely and wrap in plastic overnight.

For the filling, it’s just one pot on the stove. The hardest part is separating egg whites from egg yolks, so if you can do that, you can make this pie! To avoid making a mess, I like to stand over the sink when I separate yolks and just let the whites drip down the drain (unless saving for another use).

To activate the cornstarch, the filling needs to come to a boil, but not for long. As soon as it boils, reduce it to a very low simmer and whisk constantly for about 1-2 minutes. Whisking will help prevent the filling from cooking in a layer on the bottom of the pot. The filling may have a few lumps or imperfections in it. This doesn’t bother me, but if you want a perfectly smooth filling you can run it through a blender or use an immersion blender to smooth it out.

As soon as the filling is done, pour it into your crust and cover the surface with a buttered piece of parchment. The parchment will prevent a “pudding skin” from forming on top. After cooling completely and just before serving, remove the parchment and add your whipped cream!

Looking for some other pie recipes? Check out our Bourbon PecanClassic PumpkinDutch Apple,  Key LimePeach & Blueberry, or No-Bake Dulce de Leche, or Grandma’s Apple Pie. So many to choose from! Hope you enjoy!

Chocolate Cream Pie


For Crust:


For Filling:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 7 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons butter


For Topping:

  • 1 cup chilled heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For Garnish:

  • Grated chocolate


  1. In a medium pot, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add yolks and whisk again until well combined. Add milk and half and half and whisk again. While whisking, bring mixture to boil over medium heat. Then immediately reduce heat to low and simmer, while whisking, and cook for about 1-2 minutes. Add chocolate and butter and whisk again until filling is fully combined, thick and smooth.
  2. Pour filling into fully-cooked pie crust. Smooth top with a spatula. Grease a piece of parchment paper with butter. Cover surface of filling with buttered parchment (to prevent “pudding skin” from forming) and refrigerate to cool completely.
  3. Just before serving, beat cream with sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Spoon whipped cream on top of pie. Garnish with grated chocolate, if desired, and serve.


Make-Ahead Tip: The filing can be made a day ahead. Store in a bowl in the refrigerator. Cover surface of filling with buttered parchment to prevent the skin from forming. The crust can also be made a day ahead. Cool completely and wrap in plastic overnight. You can also pour the filling in the pie crust the day before. Just be sure to use the buttered parchment, store in the refrigerator, and don’t add whipped cream until just before serving.


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8 Responses

  1. Absolutely superb chocolate pie, Marie!! You’re so detailed in your explanations which is why I have the confidence to make your recipes.

    You’re the best!

    1. Hi Maureen! Thanks so much for your note! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the pie! Also glad that you appreciate my detailed explanations 🙂 I like to provide any details that can help people avoid mistakes (usually mistakes that I’ve already made lol!). Thanks again for your sweet note — made my day! Big hugs, Marie

    1. Hi Joe! Great to hear! Wow, first pie crust turning out well is a huge achievement! Nice job! I have some more pudding pies coming up — stay tuned for those, plus lots of recipes that aren’t pies 😉 Stay tuned, Marie

  2. Hi Marie fellow Texan here I live in Dallas. You inspired me to make this chocolate pie for Christmas and know it will be delicious. Thank you for your instruction it is wonderful so many chefs don’t do that. I enjoy your videos.

  3. You never wrote when to add the vanilla to the pudding and I just made the filling and realized my vanilla was never touched. 😕 Hope it doesn’t matter too much.

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