Grandma's Chocolate Meringue Pie Recipe
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Grandma's Chocolate Meringue Pie Recipe

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My grandmother served chocolate meringue pie after Sunday dinner each week, usually with an apology it was "too runny" or something else was wrong with it. Of course, it was never less than perfect! I've been married for 22 years, and my husband and I have two daughters (18 and 15). When I was expecting for the second time, I had a craving for chocolate and baked this pie often. One morning, as Cecil was leaving the house, there was half a pie on the counter...which I quickly finished! I was so embarrassed I made another one and left just half—I wanted Cecil to think I'd had the willpower not to touch even a piece of pie. It was years before I could tell him what I'd done. How we've laughed about it since!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pie shell (9 inches), baked
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 317 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 227mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, mix sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt; gradually add milk. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir about 1 cup of the hot filling into the egg yolks. Return to saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla. Pour hot filling into pie crust. For meringue, immediately beat egg whites with cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and continue to beat until stiff and glossy. Spread evenly over hot filling, sealing meringue to pie crust. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Grandma's Chocolate Meringue Pie in Country Woman May/June 1991, p29

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mommayor User ID: 6425768 263189
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2017

"Beautiful and delicious! Followed recipe exactly with no problems. Very easy! Will definitely make again."

Arran User ID: 8961737 256201
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2016

"Absolutely Amazing turned out wonderful. For those who didn't get a perfect pie from this recipe did something wrong because I got a perfect chocolate meringue pie!!??"

sherryelaine6 User ID: 1839464 240251
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

"This pie tasted fine; however, it looked terrible. The merengue was flat and there was a lot of weeping on top. Obviously the directions need improvement."

lvarner User ID: 35803 229007
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2015

"This is a nice basic recipe for chocolate pie. It has a good, old fashioned taste and appearance and turns out just the way my grandmother made it!"

SusanWillamsDaw User ID: 8166487 215159
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"I made two chocolate pies today with no problems , but I noticed that after they had sat for a while there was a lot of sweat forming , I didn't know what to do about this . I wonder if refrigeration would help ?"

MISS.TNT User ID: 8031292 27770
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"very easy to make. ....the pie I made using this recipe was AWESOME:))"

BossyBradford User ID: 7384255 11411
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2013

"easy and delicious !"

JoDiggan User ID: 7309651 37293
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2013

"Like other users said, this pie will begin to sweat a little and leave some liquid on top of the chocolate pudding layer...however it was still delicious! I added a small amount of cold, pre-made espresso to the pudding during the first boiling stage and it turned out great! Enhanced the flavor of the chocolate. The meringue compliments it by adding a marshmallow-y flavor. Made it on my boyfriend's birthday and he also found it to be tasty."

carolynstowers User ID: 4001197 12721
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012

"Today I had to make a dessert for dinner and my pantry was running extremely low on ingredients. I searched Taste of Home on line for a dessert I could make. I came up with this wonderful pie. My husband loved it. He said it taste like the pie his mom made when he was a boy. I will add this to my favorite recipes."

cassieconrad User ID: 3750652 11410
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2012

"easy & very delicious. Since my husband was asking when he could have a slice, I'm glad that the pie set pretty quickly. Yum!"

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