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Contest-Winning German Chocolate Pie Recipe

Contest-Winning German Chocolate Pie Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Recipe Note

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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Michelle User ID: 9229638 270128
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2017

"Great pie, easier to skip steps 1 and 2 by substituting graham cracker crust (a chocolate one if you can find it). I toasted the coconut but not the pecans. I think that was a mistake as the pecans got a little soggy after sitting overnight. In the future I'd also reduce the amount of pecans by 25%. Also I forgot to add vanilla and it was fine.

Tempering the eggs with the hot liquid is a MUST. About 3-4 tablespoons worth I used and whisked well. Even with that I had a little cooked egg, but not too much."

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!"

cindiak User ID: 221828 229100
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2015

"So worth the time to make it. Toasting the pecans and coconut is a must - it makes a big difference. It was delicious!"

[email protected] User ID: 6757410 228312
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2015

"Excellent! Messed up the original crust, but used a graham cracker crust and the pie came together just fine!"

christina0830 User ID: 4235825 213937
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2014

"Family loved it!"

BarbKLong User ID: 1981764 132475
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2014

"My son loved the pie. I think it was even better the next day. He gave it five stars."

lasm80 User ID: 1457308 154537
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2014

"Perfect, that all I can say.."

Debbmarie User ID: 7853167 101643
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2014

"Does this pie need to be kept in the refrigerator or can it be left at room temperature?"

gaylene2 User ID: 3368539 147795
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2014

"My husband loved this recipe. He was oo-ing and ah-ing all through his bites!"

rjhorner User ID: 351096 60014
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"I made this pie for my birthday and it was excellent."

nikita1 User ID: 1246206 158633
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"This pie took a bit of time to put together but WOW it was so worth it. Everyone loved it and couldn't get enough of it. Will make it again for a special event. In one word it was AWESOME!!!!!!!"

keilaree User ID: 6263432 68570
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"I simply must make it again! The entire family requested it after I just made it for the first time 2 weeks ago!"

Monarchsmomma User ID: 1811632 207237
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2010

"This pie is very good! It does take time to prepare, but is worth the trouble. I might add more pecans next time. Thanks for a wonderful pie"

tinahall99 User ID: 1590317 147793
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2009

"Perfect! The only hard part is tempering the eggs so you don't get lumps. I learned to use eggbeaters in the top layer to avoid little pieces of egg whites. I make this every year for our german family Thanksgiving and I often make it for customers of my pie business."

buffetfan User ID: 4035139 154535
Reviewed May. 24, 2009

"I love German chocolate. My favorite cake growing up and what I always had for my birthday was a German chocolate cake. This pie looks great. I write a recipe column for my local paper and had a request for German chocoalte pound cake, so I went to the store to buy the German chocolate and was mad when I found out that the same package of Baker's German's chocolate 4oz and a Baker's Semisweet chocolate 8oz. are the same price. Why would that be?"

Highsawgal User ID: 3297926 69115
Reviewed May. 24, 2009

"Won gold medal with this pie at Senior Olympics. Everyone loves it!


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