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Chocolate Cream Pie

Our teenage son, John, has done lots of 4-H baking. His favorite is this old-fashioned chocolate cream pie recipe with a flaky crust. —Mary Anderson, De Valls Bluff, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1-1/4 hours + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 5 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked
  • Whipped topping and baking cocoa, optional


  • In a large saucepan, combine the first 6 ingredients. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Whisk 1 cup hot mixture into egg yolks. Return all to the pan; bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Cool slightly. Pour warm filling into crust. Cool for 1 hour. Chill until set. If desired, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cocoa to serve.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 488 calories, 25g fat (13g saturated fat), 184mg cholesterol, 413mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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    • Margaret
      Apr 15, 2020

      excellent flavor. Very rich

    • Gayle
      Apr 5, 2019

      This old school! I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out beautifully. Just for fun I used all Walmart great value brands for the ingredients. It was rich perfection. Bought a big can of GV whipped topping and let the kids put their own whipped cream on. They loved it. Highly recommend the recipe!

    • farmerscook
      Jun 9, 2018

      Very nice and creamy dessert! I made a double batch! One for pie and one for pudding! I’ve looked for this recipe for many years. It tasted so much like my grandmothers! I did “tweak” the recipe. I added extra cocoa powder (1 1/2 TBS ) and cut the butter in half! This is already in my best recipes file! Thanks for sharing??!

    • kbussey
      May 7, 2018

      I used a graham cracker crust instead of pie crust. This has to be the worst pie I've made. Yes it's chocolaty!My filling did not set. It's a runny mess after being in the fridge overnight. Thankfully I tried the recipe before serving to guests. I won't be saving the recipe.

    • muffbear74
      Feb 12, 2018

      More like a pudding pie than cream but still delicious. Wonderful for chocoholics!e l

    • LorNiles
      Jul 8, 2016

      The chocolate pudding was delightful. It was creamy and oh so good. I cut the amount of margarine in half and didn't feel like I was missing anything. Put it on your must try list.

    • luigimon
      Nov 30, 2014

      This is the best chocolate pie I've ever had!! Family could tell right away that it was homemade and not instant pudding mix. I actually just use a graham cracker crust for it, and it could really make two pies! Sometimes, I'll use the extra stuff to make little cup desserts, layering the pudding and whipped cream. Yummy!!!!

    • Southernmama
      Aug 8, 2013

      Dx'd with Type-2 diabetes and went on low carb diet. I could not believe this pie, being my all-time favorite, was not going to grace our table again. Put the wheels to work and subbed a non-sugar sweetener for the sugar in this recipe and then made a crust from almond flour, a bit more sweetener and butter. I can't begin to tell you how happy I am with the results! Any reservations you have about this pie can be eliminated. The recipe as written is the most requested pie I make. Now I just make it so I can enjoy it again!

    • Southernmama
      Dec 5, 2012

      I was skeptical of adding the water but went ahead and followed the recipe as written. I did not use a deep dish pie shell and had some filling left over. I enjoyed every bite of that. My only suggestion is if you do make this positively lovely chocolate cream pie, please use a deep dish pie shell! Otherwise, you might have to do like I did and eat the extra. My pie is cooling as we speak and I am delighted with the results. Very happy to serve this for tonight's dessert!!

    • tomlee
      Oct 1, 2012

      I made this pie for our church's fifth Sunday dinner and everybody loved it. I spread the whipped cream on top and used som choc. chips to garnish