Contest-Winning German Chocolate Pie Recipe
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Contest-Winning German Chocolate Pie Recipe

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Thanksgiving dinner at our house includes an average of 25 guests and a dozen different pies. This one has all the luscious flavor of German chocolate cake. A friend who tried it told me he wanted it to be his birthday pie from now on.—Debbie Clay, Farmington, New Mexico
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 4 ounces German sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 549 calories, 34g fat (17g saturated fat), 117mg cholesterol, 265mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate; flute edge.
  2. Line unpricked pastry with a double thickness of foil. Fill with pie weights, dried beans or uncooked rice. Bake 25 minutes. Remove foil and weights; bake 4-6 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For filling, in a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Stir in vanilla. In a small heavy saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch. Whisk in whole milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to pan, whisking constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in chocolate mixture. Pour into crust.
  5. For topping, in a small saucepan, combine evaporated milk, sugar and butter. Cook and stir until butter is melted and mixture just comes to a boil. Remove from heat.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg; return all to pan, whisking constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut and pecans. Pour over filling.
  7. Cool pie 30 minutes on a wire rack. Refrigerate, covered, until cold, at least 3 hours. Yield: 8 servings.
Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches): Combine 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 tsp. salt; cut in 1/2 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 3-5 Tbsp. ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
Originally published as German Chocolate Pie in Country Woman November/December 2005, p31

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avassalo User ID: 5935948 264798
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2017

"I love regular German chocolate cake and was intrigued by the idea of a pie. I unfortunately could not find real German chocolate so I had to use semi-sweet squares plus extra sugar. The filling is pudding-like in texture and the frosting layer is nice and thick. Yum!"

Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 257443
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2016

"My cousin and I made this delicious pie for Thanksgiving. It is a very rich pie and I did cut it into smaller pieces. The coconut topping was so scrumptious!"

donnajean72 User ID: 8950895 255311
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2016

"I made this for my boyfriend's birthday because he missed having it at Baker's Square. One bite and he said it was the best pie he's ever eaten <3 that being said, be careful when mixing the topping with the egg....I had to strain the cooked egg out of mine haha. I'm not a chef..."

Jujaju1 User ID: 8652146 251983
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2016

"This recipe lives up to its name.I won grand prize tonight at a cooking contest with it!"

Katydidd76 User ID: 6995720 245652
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2016

"Incredibly delicious. I've made this several times now and it's always a huge hit. This pie is also very good with a graham cracker crust (you can use the premade kind). I've also substituted toasted walnuts for the pecans and that was pretty tasty too. Two forks up and five yummy stars for this recipe!"

Kelly_m14 User ID: 4073352 238583
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2015

"My family and I decided this is a keeper! chocolate, toasted coconut, and pecans, what's not to like? Nothing too complicated and I had no issues with the recipe, but you do end up with a bunch of dirty dishes. Kind of to be expected with any layered dessert though, and I did make my own crust which added to this."

phyllistawater User ID: 8187522 237300
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2015


JWJIII User ID: 8099523 236828
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2015

"VERY Rich, but FANTASTIC!!! Made good Christmas gifts."

kcheekers User ID: 5662753 235564
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2015

"I was so happy with this pie - and so were my dinner guests! Great recipe; I'll definitely be making this one again."

CookingGalFriday User ID: 7033599 230900
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

"Love German chocolate cake! In pie form is delicious! Best of both worlds- chocolate and coconut!"

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