Chocolate Cream Pie


Chocolate Cream Pie

If today wasn’t my husband’s birthday I would have no idea that it’s also Pi Day. But, thanks to him I’m well aware and every year, I have a great excuse to make him a pie. Last year, it was chicken pot pie. This year, it’s silky, dreamy chocolate heaven on a plate!

Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

I’m no baker, so my search for a simple recipe that didn’t include Jell-O or a pre-made crust was no easy task. But, I eventually landed on this recipe, originally from Gourmet magazine, and knew I was in luck. This chocolate cream pie and its crust, baked from scratch top to bottom, was a piece of cake (or, pie) to make and absolutely delicious!

Chocolate Cream Pie

Servings 8 to 10 servings


For crust

  • 1 1/3 cups chocolate wafer crumbs from about 26 cookies such as Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar

For filling

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 5 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate not unsweetened, melted
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate melted
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For topping

  • 3/4 cup chilled heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  • Make crust: Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Stir together crumbs, butter, and sugar and press on bottom and up side of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake until crisp, about 15 minutes, and cool on a rack.
  • Make filling: Whisk together sugar, cornstarch, salt, and yolks in a 3-quart heavy saucepan until combined well, then add milk in a stream, whisking. Bring to a boil over moderate heat, whisking, then reduce heat and simmer, whisking, 1 minute (filling will be thick).
  • Force filling through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, then whisk in chocolates, butter, and vanilla. Cover surface of filling with a buttered round of wax paper and cool completely, about 2 hours.
  • Spoon filling into crust and chill pie, loosely covered, at least 6 hours.
  • Make topping: Just before serving, beat cream with sugar in a bowl using an electric mixer until it just holds stiff peaks, then spoon on top of pie.
  • Enjoy!

Join the Conversation

  1. This pie will make your husband’s b-day extra special! It looks fantastic Georgia.

  2. This sounds incredible. I love chocolate cream pie. I love that you didn’t use the pre-made stuff

  3. Happy birthday to Mark! You guys are an adorable couple and this chocolate pie looks absolutely decadent and amazing. :-)

  4. what a sweet post! this looks so lovely:) thank you for sharing this and i love the picture of the both you. what a lovely couple!

  5. What a lovely birthday treat! You two make a georgous couple, Georgia!

  6. I loved the chocolate pie Georgia and a very happy birthday to ur special guy !

  7. What a beautiful pie! My boyfriend just requested pie for his birthday as well, and I may have to this delicious recipe.

  8. Happy Birthday to your hubby. That chocolate pie looks wonderful. I bet it is delicious with that whipped cream. Now I’m wishing I had some chocolate for dessert. :)

  9. Happy birthday to your husband. That pie looks like the perfect way to celebrate. Can’t wait to try this someday! I love a good, creamy chocolate pie.

  10. Happy Birthday to your husband! What a sweet and heartfelt post and the pie is fabulous for the occasion.

  11. Happy Birthday and Happy Pi Day to your hubby! This looks so good…nothing better than chocolate and strawberries!!! My company celebrated National Pi Day with pies baked by management and directors for all the employees…cute, huh?

  12. Thank you, Wendy! He so appreciates all the birthday wishes. That’s so cute that your company celebrated with pies! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  13. Wishing your husband a very Happy Birthday, I hope you two had a wonderful night out together, you guys are so adorable!

  14. This looks really like a great present :)

  15. I hope your husband had a lovely birthday. :) The pie looks amazing. I love the chocolate crust.

  16. I hope Mark enjoyed his birthday…cause I know he had to have enjoyed that pie!! Chocolate cream pie is truly my all time favorite pie. I mean I love a good apple pie, but come on… Chocolate. Cream. Pie. Enough said!

  17. Oh this pie looks heavenly! Excellent choice for a special birthday. :)

  18. This looks delicious! And congratulations on not succumbing to the Jell-O temptation. :-) We’ve moved away completely from those kinds of foods, but I haven’t mustered the courage to make my own pudding from scratch yet!

  19. The pie looks wonderfully rich and delicious! Happy Birthday to your dear half!

  20. Happy birthday to your husband, you two are a beautiful couple. Lovely birthday pie :D, I bet its really rich and tasty!!
    *kisses* HH
    p.s. Hope you’ve entered my contest daaaaahling, there is a shiny Amazon gift card to be won with your name on it :D

  21. What a sweet post and a big Happy Birthday to your husband…The pie looks so chocolaty good :)

  22. Ooh yum! This sounds great, and Michael has been hankering for something chocolatey. Brilliant photos!

  23. I mean let’s be honest, can anything from Gourmet (please, a moment of silence) be bad?? Hope your honey had a wonderful birthday :)

  24. It looks so tempting and juicy!
    And you two looks so happy :)

  25. The pie looks beautiful. How can you claim to not be a baker? Happy birthday to your husband!

  26. A big happy birthday to your husband! This cream pie looks wonderful. Even if you were looking for something a little less complicated you really can’t tell :)

  27. This looks lovely! I love a good chocolate pie :)

  28. What a tasty looking pie for a lucky hubby! :)

  29. Happy birthday to your Hubby – your chocolate cream pie looks absolutely wonderful!
    :-) Mandy

  30. Your blog is absolutely lovely. What a beauty – the recipes and pictures are inspiring and drool-worthy. Glad I found it!

  31. What a beautiful recipe and a lovely loving post!
    To be loved like this! YUM!

  32. Mmmmm – this looks fantastic. I think I need to find an excuse to make this soon, lol. Maybe I need to make 2 desserts for Easter? If I don’t make a Pavlova I’ll hear about it, but it’s always nice to have some chocolate on deck, too :) Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday and leaving such a lovely comment!

  33. Happy Birthday, Mark! I know my birthday would be amazing if this cake was my birthday cake! Yum!!

  34. if I were to replace with cocoa powder, how much would I put??

  35. I’ve never used cocoa powder, so wouldn’t know how much to add in. I don’t recommend it, though.

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