Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe with Butter Crust

Looking for an easy-to-make pie that your whole family will love? This homemade chocolate cream pie recipe is the ticket! From the buttery crust to the silky smooth filling to the sweet & fluffy whipped cream topping, this dessert is a dream!

Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

My family tore this pie up as soon as I served it and I couldn’t be happier about that. Even the one who doesn’t usually care for sweets couldn’t resist! This is the perfect make-ahead dessert for a family treat, potluck, bake sale, or just because mama has a sweet tooth.

You will need to allow the chocolate pie filling to set for at least 4 hours so be sure to prep it in advance. 

What is a Cream Pie?

I was mistaken about the difference between a cream pie and a custard pie for years. Those terms were used interchangeably for me until I learned that they are not actually the same at all.

A cream pie is made with a base of eggs, sugar, and cream (or milk). The filling is cooked on the stove and then poured into a pre-baked cooled crust.

A custard pie is made with a similar base, however the uncooked filling is poured into an uncooked crust and baked together in the oven.

chocolate cream pie with whipped cream on a cooling rack

Ingredients

Homemade Pie Crust

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3/4 teaspoon Redmond salt
  • 1 ½ tsp sugar**
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter (in chunks)**
  • 7 tablespoons cold water**
      Egg Wash
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TBSP ice water

Chocolate Pudding Filling

  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 TBSP Corn Starch
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 ½ cups milk (whole milk is best)
  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate bar (chopped) or chocolate chips 
  • 6 TBSP Butter
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

Whipped Cream

  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 TBSP powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
Homemade chocolate cream pie topped with whipped cream and chocolate in a white pie pan

Instructions

STEP ONE: Make the Crust

Start by making the crust. To make my traditional pie crust, follow the recipe here. You can use a store-bought crust, a homemade graham cracker crust, or an Oreo cookie crust. 

For this Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe, you need to have a fully cooked and cooled crust. 

STEP TWO: Combine & Simmer

Combine dry ingredients in a medium saucepan. Then add the egg yolks, milk, and chopped chocolate. Stir together and bring to a simmer. Stir constantly to avoid scorching. Heat for about 8 minutes (until thick and starting to show big bubbles). 

STEP THREE: Remove from Heat & Add Other Ingredients

Remove the pan from the heat and add in the butter and vanilla. 

STEP FOUR: Pour Chocolate Mixture Into Cooled Crust

Once the butter and vanilla are incorporated well, pour the rich chocolate filling into your cooled crust.

Chocolate pudding pie filling

STEP FIVE: Allow to Set

Once the filling has cooled to room temperature, cover and move it to the fridge for 4-6 hours (or overnight if you can wait that long).

STEP SIX: Top with Whipped Cream & Chocolate

Make some homemade whipped cream by adding cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla into the bowl of a stand mixer and whipping until medium peaks form. You can see detailed instructions here. Then plop it on top of the cooled chocolate cream pie. 

Chocolate pie slice held above the pie pan

Shave or chop a little extra chocolate and sprinkle it over the top to garnish.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

Ingredients

Pie Crust

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon Redmond salt
  • 1 ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter (in chunks)
  • 7 tablespoons cold water
  • Egg Wash

Pie Filling

  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 TBSP Corn Starch
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 ½ cups milk (whole milk is best)
  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate bar (chopped) or chocolate chips 
  • 6 TBSP Butter
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

Whipped Cream

  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 TBSP powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Instructions

STEP ONE: Make the Crust

Start by making the crust. To make my traditional pie crust, follow the recipe here. You can use a store-bought crust, a homemade graham cracker crust, or an Oreo cookie crust. For this Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe, you need to have a fully cooked and cooled crust. 


STEP TWO: Combine & Simmer

Combine dry ingredients in a medium saucepan. Then add the egg yolks, milk, and chopped chocolate. Stir together and bring to a simmer. Stir constantly to avoid scorching. Heat for about 8 minutes (until thick and starting to show big bubbles). 

STEP THREE: Remove from Heat & Add Other Ingredients

Remove the pan from the heat and add in the butter and vanilla. 

STEP FOUR: Pour Chocolate Mixture Into Cooled Crust

Once the butter and vanilla are incorporated well, pour the rich chocolate filling into your cooled crust.

STEP FIVE: Allow to Set

Once the filling has cooled to room temperature, cover and move it to the fridge for 4-6 hours (or overnight if you can wait that long).

STEP SIX: Top with Whipped Cream & Chocolate

Make some homemade whipped cream by adding cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla into the bowl of a stand mixer and whipping until medium peaks form. You can see detailed instructions here. Then plop it on top of the cooled chocolate cream pie. 

Shave or chop a little extra chocolate and sprinkle it over the top to garnish.

Enjoy!

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