How to Make Chocolate Cream Pie…..The Easy Way

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A piece of chocolate cream pie is a dreamy dessert.

Easy Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

Yep, there are lots of good chocolate pie recipes out there….Hershey’s Chocolate Cream Pie recipe, Easy Chocolate Cream Pie with Instant Pudding, Homemade Chocolate Pie…..so many options, it’s hard to choose. Enter Chocolate Cream Pie…..The Easy Way. Problem solved – it’s a keeper recipe you’ll make again and again.

Chocolate pie filling is so easy to make in the mirowave - no scorching!

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My friend, Sam Gatton, shared this recipe with me.

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Pie. Pie. Pie. I have always been in love with PIE! My Grandma Lucille used to make the most wonderful lattice-top baked strawberry pie for my birthday.

It was one of those yummy pies where the filling oozed up through the lattice crust….a sign it was going to be really, really goooood.

If I had to choose between pie and my favorite white layer cake, I would be in a pickle, that’s for sure. I do “love me” a white layer cake when it’s all moist and tender and comes with lots of whipped cream frosting. Oooh la la.

But, there’s something about a good pie that draws me in. Maybe because it’s almost a lost art these days for some of us, or maybe because when somebody makes a homemade pie, you know it’s been a sweet investment of their precious time!

Plus, when that golden brown crust filled with a fruit filling (yes, like strawberry or gooseberry, two of my favs) is staring you down, how can one possibly be expected to resist??? I never ever can and I’m not even ashamed to admit it.

Things to Love About This Recipe –

  • It’s heavenly…..probably the gateway drug that will lead to more pie in your life.
  • It’s easy because there’s no meringue involved – you’re using whipped cream for the topping.
  • The filling is made in a bowl in the microwave – the very best and easiest way to do it!
Chocolate cream pie makes such a special dessert.

How to Make Chocolate Cream Pie….in Just 5 Steps

  1. Make the chocolate filling in the microwave; let it cool. (You’ll never go back to making pie filling or pudding on the stove top!)
  2. Bake a pie crust – either a purchased one or a homemade one.
  3. Make the whipped cream topping.
  4. Assemble the pie; then place it in the fridge to chill.
  5. Slice it. Serve it. Eat it. Go wild over it.

What Ingredients Do You Need to Make Chocolate Cream Pie?

  • Cocoa powder
  • Granulated sugar
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Whipping cream, for the pie filling and the topping
  • butter
  • vanilla extract, for the pie filling and the whipped cream topping
  • Hershey chocolate bars, one for the filling and one to make chocolate shavings
  • Powdered sugar

Helpful Recipe Tips for Making Homemade Chocolate Pie

  • Making the pie filling in the microwave is the best ever way to go. It’s easy to scorch a cream pie filling when you make it on the stove top, no matter HOW careful you are.
  • That’s why making the pie filling in the microwave makes such a difference when you make a cream pie – there’s NO SCORCHING of the pie filling to worry about.
  • Be sure to stir the pie filling every two minutes until it thickens up and BOOM! it’s done. You’ve just made pie filling the super easy way – in the microwave!
  • If you want to use a purchased pie crust from the freezer section of your grocer to bake at home, don’t sweat it. I do this all the time when I’m in a rush.
  • You don’t have to use a homemade pie crust in this recipe, truly. A store purchased one that you bake at home still makes a delicious pie, truly!
  • To make the chocolate shavings to sprinkle over the top of the whipped cream, use a potato peeler on a
  • Yes, this pie filling is actually pudding, as are most cream pie fillings. Soooo, if you ever just want to make this chocolate pie filling to serve to your kiddos as pudding cups, you sure can.
  • Since you’ve already cooked the pie filling in the microwave, it will need to go into a pie crust that is also cooked ahead. Bake your pie crust until it is nicely golden brown on the top and the bottom, then add the cooked pie filling.

If you want to try your hand at making a homemade pie crust, check out this helpful recipe:   Flaky Tender Pie Crust Step by Step.

Learn to make chocolate pie filling in the microwave - it's easy.

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Printable Directions for Making Chocolate Cream Pie

A piece of chocolate cream pie is a dreamy dessert.

How to Make Chocolate Cream Pie….The Easy Way

Yep, there are lots of good chocolate pie recipes out there….Hershey's Chocolate Cream Pie recipe, Easy Chocolate Cream Pie with Instant Pudding, Homemade Chocolate Pie…..so many options, it's hard to choose. Enter Chocolate Cream Pie…..The Easy Way. Problem solved – it's a keeper recipe you'll make again and again.
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Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 8 pieces
Calories: 647kcal
Author: Chef Alli

Ingredients

  • 1 pre-baked pie crust, golden brown (see my the body of post for the link to the recipe for making an awesome pie crust!)….OR purchase a pie crust from the freezer section of your grocery store and bake it at home – this works great, as well.
  • 1/2 cup good quality cocoa powder, I use Hershey's cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt or 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Hershey chocolate bars, 1.55 oz. each, divided use
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In a large glass bowl, combine the cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch, and salt; gradually stir in the milk and cream.
  • Place the bowl of ingredients into the microwave. Using high power, cook the pudding in 2 minute increments, stirring between each one; continue in this manner until the pudding is nicely thickened.
    Carefully remove the hot pie filling from the microwave; add one of the Hershey candy bars, the butter, and the vanilla extract, stirring gently until the pie filling is smooth and glossy; reserve to let the pie filling cool a bit.
    If you aren't going to assemble the pie until a later time, place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on top of the pie filling and place into the fridge.
  • When the pudding has cooled, and you are ready to assemble the pie, spread the pudding into the baked pie crust smoothing it out on top.
  • In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the whipping cream with the powdered sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form and hold their shape when you lift the mixture with a spoon or spatula.
  • Top the pudding in the pie crust with the prepared whipped cream, spreading it out as desired. Top the whipped cream with chocolate bar shavings, if desired.

Notes

 
  • Making the pie filling in the microwave is the best ever way to go. It’s easy to scorch a cream pie filling when you make it on the stove top, no matter HOW careful you are.
  • That’s why making the pie filling in the microwave makes such a difference when you make a cream pie – there’s NO SCORCHING to worry about.
  • Be sure to stir the pie filling every two minutes until it thickens up and BOOM! it’s done.
  • If you want to use a purchased pie crust from the freezer section of your grocer to bake at home, don’t sweat it. I do this all the time when I’m in a rush.
  • You don’t have to use a homemade pie crust in this recipe, truly. A store purchased one that you bake still makes a delicious pie, truly!
  • To make the chocolate shavings to sprinkle over the top of the whipped cream, use a potato peeler on a
  • Yes, this pie filling is actually pudding, as are most cream pie fillings. Soooo, if you ever just want to make this chocolate pie filling to serve to your kiddos as pudding cups, you sure can.
  • Since you’ve already cooked the pie filling in the microwave, it will need to go into a pie crust that is also cooked ahead. Bake your pie crust until it is nicely golden brown on the top and the bottom, then add the cooked pie filling.
If you want to try your hand at making a homemade pie crust, check out this recipe:   Flaky Tender Pie Crust 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best chocolate pie recipe, easy chocolate pie recipe, grandmas chocolate pie, Homemade chocolate cream pie, how to make chocolate pie, moms chocolate pie, old fashioned chocolate cream pie

Nutrition

Calories: 647kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 1178IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 2mg

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