Chocolate Pie

Chocolate Pie

I love pie!  I often think of summer as the season for pie, because there are so many that you can serve cold, which is perfect for family picnics, Sunday socials, holiday events, or for a bit of snacking while you’re sitting on the front porch.

Of course, as a dessert fiend, I have many pies that I love to eat, but when pressed, I’d have to say that Chocolate Pie is my ultimate favorite.  Some people also call it Old Fashioned Chocolate Pie or Southern Chocolate Pie…but whatever you call it, it is definitely a classic! It has the perfect mix of dark decadence and sweet yummy goodness.  And the textures of the foamy meringue, chocolate pudding center, and flaky crust make this pie a melt in your mouth, delicious treat.

Chocolate Pie Slice

Believe it or not, the pie is actually a lot easier than you may think.  The thing that most people find difficult is mixing in the eggs properly, so that the pie does not come out with small lumps of egg in it.  But I’ve addressed how to prevent this problem in the directions below.

Chocolate Pie

Chocolate Pie


3 eggs, separated

1 1/4 cups sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/3 cup cornstarch

3 cups milk

3 tblsp. butter, softened

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/4 cup sugar

9-inch baked and cooled pie shell


To make filling: In a medium bowl, whisk the 3 egg yolks until thick. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, salt, and cornstarch. Stir in about one cup of the milk. Place over medium high heat and with a large whisk, gradually add the remaining milk, whisking constantly until well blended. Bring to a low boil. Cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Add a small amount of the hot mixture to the egg yolks, stirring well, then add the egg mixture back to the cocoa mixture in the saucepan. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla. Pour into the cooked, cooled pie shell.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Make your meringue: Add the egg whites to a large mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until they are foamy. Gradually add the 1/4 cup sugar. Increase speed to high and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.

Spread immediately on hot filling and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown on top.

Chocolate Meringue Pie

Southern Chocolate Pie

Do you agree with me that summer is the season of pie?  If so, please tell me your favorite pie by commenting on this post.

And I invite you to share your favorite pie recipes and other ideas at this week’s Friday Favorites linky party!



  1. My hubby is a pie lover, too and he would dive right into this one! I tend to make refrigerator pies in the summer. One of my favorites is a creamy lemony one from the Luby’s cookbook – super simple with only a few ingredients.

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