How to Make Chocolate Mousse Pie

Making mousse for a crowd is so easy when you transform it into a decadent chocolate mousse pie. Don't forget the chocolate curls on top!

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Chocolate mousse is such a phenomenal dessert when you’re craving something chocolaty, creamy and airy all at once. When you’re serving a party of people though, portioning out this dessert into individual dishes and topping them with cream and chocolate curls isn’t so simple.

That’s where chocolate mousse pie comes in. It delivers all the same flavors and textures of chocolate mousse—just in an easy-to-serve pie form. This is one worth adding to your recipe box (and to our growing list of amazing mousse desserts).

How to Make Chocolate Mousse Pie

This recipe for chocolate mousse pie comes to Taste of Home via Keri Schofield Lawson of Fullerton, California. She explains that after making an easy chocolate mousse at home, she thought she’d see how it would work in a pie crust. No surprise: It turned out great! Here’s how to make it.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 chocolate crumb crust (9 inches)
  • Whipped cream and chocolate curls, optional

Go to Recipe

Tools

  • Pie plate: No surprises here: You need a pie plate for chocolate mousse pie. Great Jones makes some of our editors’ favorite pieces of kitchen gear (check out our review of their sheet pans); we’re adding this dish to the list.
  • Hand mixer: You’ll need to whip cream for this recipe. A hand mixer makes this step go fast. Our Test Kitchen loves this Breville model and these other hand mixers.
  • Flexible spatula: To make chocolate mousse, you need to fold two mixtures together. A flexible silicone spatula is just the right tool.

Directions

Step 1: Buy or bake a crust

The base of this chocolate truffle pie is a crumb crust. You can buy a packaged crust right at the store and move right on to step two if you’d like.

You can also make a crumb crust right at home. You’ll need crushed chocolate wafer cookies, melted butter and sugar. Stir these together and press them into a nine-inch pie pan. Use the bottom of a glass or measuring cup to compress the crumbs to form a firm base and sides. Then bake at 350ºF for 10 minutes.

Let the crust cool completely before moving on to the next step.

Editor’s Tip: Crumb crusts are extremely versatile. Feel free to use chocolate graham crackers, sandwich cookies or other creative crumb crust ingredients to make this simple pie crust.

Step 2: Melt the chocolate

Next, combine the chocolate chips (these are our Test Kitchen’s favorite chocolate chip brands) and a half-cup of cream together in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook in 30-second increments until the mixture is smooth.

Then stir in the sugar and vanilla extract and let this mixture cool to room temperature.

Step 3: Whisk the cream and fold

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Next, beat the remaining cream; yep, you’re just making whipped cream here! A hand mixer (or stand mixer) will make this step go easily.

Once you have soft peaks, gently fold the chocolate mixture into the whipped cream, adding a third of the chocolate mixture at a time. Use a flexible spatula and work slowly to incorporate the chocolate into the cream. This ensures that the chocolate mousse pie filling stays light and creamy.

Step 4: Fill and garnish

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All that’s left to do is to take that delicious chocolate mousse and pour it into the crust. Use an offset spatula to make a nice smooth top. Refrigerate for at least three hours. If you enjoyed this recipe, then learn how to make chocolate pudding pie.

You can leave this chocolate mousse pie as-is, but our Test Kitchen team thinks that some sweetened whipped cream and a few chocolate curls (or mini chocolate chips or crushed chocolate cookies) make for the perfect finishing touch.

Want even more flavor? Try this pie topped with Bourbon whipped cream or coffee whipped cream. You can even take a hint from Julia Child’s chocolate mousse recipe and finish with a bit of orange zest or candied orange peel.

How to Store Chocolate Mousse Pie

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This pie can be made a day in advance—perfect for prepping for a party. Just store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. For best results, hold off on topping with whipped cream until right before serving.

If you have any leftovers (though we doubt it!), you can store slices of this pie in an airtight container for two to three days.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is a former Taste of Home editor and passionate baker. During her tenure, she poured her love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa also dedicated her career here to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.