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Easy Chocolate Pie


This Easy Chocolate Pie is absolutely amazing. With only 5 ingredients itโ€™s almost impossible to ruin and I bet you already have the ingredients on hand! This no bake pie can also double as a freezer pie! Make ahead and thaw when ready to eat!

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When I was a child, we used to do Thanksgiving with my Mom’s brothers each year.

We’d gather up with all the cousins at one of our homes and celebrate the holiday.

The cousins would play for hours, doing things I can’t even remember now and the adult would all sit around and chat.

Then at some point, we’d eat.  

I enjoyed spending time with my cousins and loved having the day off of school.

However, Thanksgiving was by far my least favorite holiday.





I was an extremely picky eater and in general didn’t like anything on the Thanksgiving table.

Turkey tasted like poo, cranberry sauce was weird and mashed potatoes were only good when they were real.  

Green Bean Casserole had mushrooms, stuffing was gross and sweet potato casserole was an orange mass I wasn’t willing to try.

My dinner usually consisted of rolls. 

I laugh now as my kids generally eat the exact same thing on Thanksgiving. 






On occasion I can get them to eat turkey too.

However every year it’s rolls for dinner and pie for dessert – sometimes.

Even pie is a picky subject.  

I didn’t like pumpkin, hated lemon meringue and apple was usually the first to go so you had to be fast.

However one year, my Aunt Kathy brought a chocolate pie.

The words chocolate and pie sounded like heaven and the pie looked so incredible.





Her chocolate pie was coveted by all the kids.

We each declared we must have a slice since it was the first time many of us had ever heard of chocolate pie.

I was amazed at such a novel idea and have thought about that pie every Thanksgiving since.

Though I can’t quite remember in detail, I suspect that her chocolate pie was nothing more than chocolate jello pudding in a pie shell.

A simple creamy pie that had all of us kids going crazy for a slice.

That chocolate pie was the most distinct memory I have as a kid at Thanksgiving.





I can’t recall ever seeing that pie again at Thanksgiving but then again, this was 30 years ago and my memories are fuzzy.

Perhaps that pie did come back each year. 

However it never struck me quite so strongly as it did that first year.

It was creamy and delicious and left a lasting impression on my young mind.

Remembering that chocolate pie, I knew I needed to make one for my kids.

This is not my own pie recipe.





It’s the Dean Brother’s Pie and absolutely fantastic.

This Easy Chocolate Pie recipe has 5 ingredients all of which you probably already have on hand.

I have made this Easy Chocolate Pie for years now and every time I make it I think I know what to do. 

And every time I don’t look at the recipe I mess it up.

Now here’s the key to this Quick & Easy Chocolate Pie recipe.

You can’t mess it up.

I have tried. 





I have added too much of one ingredient and not “enough” of another.

I’ve forgotten the 3 layers and whipped it together with 2.

I’ve made it dark chocolate and light chocolate, to thick and to thin.

Despite all the ways I’ve tried to ruin this pie, I can’t.

This pie turns out amazing EVERY SINGLE TIME.

So unless you start adding in ingredients that aren’t on the list, you can’t mess it up.





Which makes it a great pie for anyone just learning how to cook or even the best chef.

The other thing that makes this pie amazing (aside from the taste) is that it’s a make ahead pie!

This Easy Chocolate Pie recipe is a no bake pie that you can make ahead!

You can even put it in the FREEZER until an hour before you serve!  

Maybe I should have called this Easy Chocolate Cream Pie a Chocolate Freezer Pie.

Or No Bake Chocolate Pie.





However I think the best name is Easy Chocolate Pie.

Simple, straightforward and true.

This chocolate cream pie does not include the words jello anywhere and is by far the best chocolate pie I’ve ever eaten.

It has also quickly become a favorite pie among EVERYONE who has ever tried it.

If you love pie, and are in need of an easy and decadent dessert for your dinner, then give this one a try!

Perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas or even family dinner.


Yield: 8 slices

Easy Chocolate Pie

This Easy Chocolate Pie is absolutely amazing. With only 5 ingredients itโ€™s almost impossible to ruin and I bet you already have the ingredients on hand! This no bake pie can also double as a freezer pie! Make ahead and thaw when ready to eat!
Inactive Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour


  1. If pie crust is not ready, bake now.
  2. In a double broiler or in a small pot on low heat, add 1/3 cup heavy cream and 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips. Stir frequently until melted and smooth.
  3. Pour chocolate mixture into baked pie crust and freeze for 20 minutes.
  4. While pie is in the freezer, in same chocolate pan add 1/2 cup of heavy cream & 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips. Mix frequently until chocolate is melted and smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature. If in a hurry, pop into the fridge to cool quickly.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat 1 cup of heavy cream and vanilla until soft peaks form.
  6. Add cooled chocolate mixture to heavy cream and continue beating until thick, creamy and soft peaks form.
  7. Pour this second chocolate layer into pie crust and return to freezer for 20 more minutes.
  8. In another bowl mix 1 cup heavy cream with 1/4 cup powdered sugar. until stiff peaks form. Spread over Chocolate pie.
  9. Top with chocolate shavings or grated chocolate.
  10. Serve immediately or return to freezer.
  11. Remove from freezer and transfer to fridge 1 hour before serving.


For the second layer, I've skipped the whipped part and just melted the chocolate with all the heavy cream and that turned out delicious too! So don't panic if you mess it up. This pie is delicious no matter how you make it!

Nutritional Information is estimated, not exact.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 683 Total Fat: 57.3g Saturated Fat: 35.4g Cholesterol: 164mg Sodium: 52mg Carbohydrates: 38.6g Fiber: 0.3g Sugar: 28.6g Protein: 5.6g

Recipe by: The Dean Brothers



Originally Posted: November 19, 2015

Text & Photos Updated: November 16, 2018


21 thoughts on “Easy Chocolate Pie

  1. Janelle, I just wanted to let you know;
    I couldn’t wait to make this, it sounded so delicious. When I got home from the store with what I thought was all of the ingredients, I was deviding up the 1 pint of heavy cream when I realized the recipe called for 3 cups but the pint I bought was only 2 cups. I needed to go back to the store to buy more cream. Just wanted to give a heads up to prevent other people to do the same. I’ll be making it tonight. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Janet EXCELLENT point. I’ll make a note above to buy the LARGE Heavy cream. ๐Ÿ™‚ Come back and tell me what you think!! I can’t wait to hear your review!! Oh…and can I come over and have a slice too?!

  2. I tried this recipe using heavy whipping cream since that’s all they had at the store. My second and third layer never got thick. I had to keep it in the freezer for hours before putting top layer on. Any suggestions?!

    • Hi Janelle! Love your name and that it’s spelled correctly! I’m so sorry to hear that it never set up! I’ve only had that happen to me once out of the countless times I’ve made this pie. For me it was the heavy cream. You were correct to purchase heavy whipping cream – I’ll update the recipe to show that as I call it heavy cream but many do call it heavy whipping cream so I’ll clarify for others! The one time I used a unique heavy cream I purchased from a local cheese factory and it took HOURS to freeze. So it could be your heavy whipping cream. However I’ve tried walmart brand, target brand (my favorite) and name brands and have had success with them all.

      The other reason it may not have set up – again a bit of a crazy theory – is that your freezer isn’t super cold. MEANING….when you put ice cream in your freezer is it easy to scoop out or is it rock hard? If it’s easy to scoop then your freezer is on a warmer setting than mine. My freezer is set so that ice cream is hard but scoopable, but certainly not soft serve easy. I’m so sorry to hear that this didn’t turn out quite as well as promised! Crank your freezer to a colder setting and try it again! That may just be the solution!

      Thanks so much for leaving feedback! I hope it tasted good despite not setting up!

    • Yes it does! If you are traveling with it, I would put the whipped cream topping on it and then freeze it that way it’s a frozen pie when you travel. Depending on how far you are traveling, it should do fine. If it’s several hours, you’ll need to pop it in the freezer again before serving to firm it up. If it’s close by then it should travel just fine! Enjoy!

  3. I couldn’t wait to make this pie. When I beat the second layer it was like it curdled or something. It kind of reminded me of making home made butter where the liquid separated from butter. It tastes good though. I also used heavy whipping cream.

    • Hi Kathy! I’m so sorry that you didn’t have success with your second layer! If it curdled then your chocolate sauce was too hot. Next time let it come to room temperature or chilled before you mix it in with your heavy cream. I’m glad it tasted good though! I’ve made this dozens of times and never had that issue when the chocolate is at room temperature or colder. Hope this helps!

  4. I made this to bring for a Mother’s Day BBQ today and it was SO good. I made an Oreo crust for it which just added to it. Thank so much…it was a hit!

  5. I would love to make your easy chocolate pie, it looks delicious. My question is can I store it in the refrigerator instead of freezer?it s only the two of us so will last longer than one day holiday.

    • Hi Sherry! Of course you can! The pie will be softer, but absolutely amazing. And really how soft the pie is will 100% depend on the temperature of your fridge! I’ve done it both the fridge and freezer and it’s delicious either way!

    • It does have a few steps to it with the freezing between sections, but the filling itself is very easy. Just the same thing over and over again with the same few ingredients and the same pot so no extra dishes. I hope you try it as it is 100% worth it.

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