Rich Chocolate Pie

filed under: Pies + Tarts on July 9, 2014

Easy Chocolate Pie is one of my favorite go-to desserts! Only 4 ingredients separate you from this decadent dessert! We love this easy peasy dessert over the holiday and often make it in addition to Apple Crisp and Snickerdoodles!

Rich Chocolate Truffle Pie!


How to Make Chocolate Pie

Heat chocolate and heavy cream until smooth and creamy and then add the sugar and vanilla. (I like McCormick Vanilla in this recipe) Stir well. Pour into prepared shortbread pie crust then finish with homemade whipped cream. You can certainly heat the chocolate using the double broiler method vs. the microwave. (Video below)

Chocolate Pie

How to Make a Shortbread Crust

There is no need to buy a shortbread crust (although you could) when you see how easy it is to make! To make the shortbread crust you will need:

  • shortbread cookies
  • butter
  • sugar

I added sugar as optional in the recipe because it is not essential to the recipe, just something we like. It really depends on what type of shortbread cookie you buy! We like Walkers, but if you use a different brand they may not be as sweet and might need a little sugar to create the perfect crust.

For even more chocolate, try using an oreo base crust for a chocolate flavor explosion!


Easy Chocolate Pie!

Tips for Chocolate Pie

Be sure to let the pie chill for the recommended time. It really helps the flavors infuse and create a creamy consistency.

When you have so few ingredients in a recipe it’s a good idea to be sure you are using the best quality ingredients you can! I like good semi-sweet chocolate because we are adding sugar to it, sweetening it, and the chocolate flavor really does shine. You can also use milk chocolate, but taste as you go. (If too sweet and a pinch of salt)

You can also make this chocolate pie recipe into mini-truffle tarts! Press spoonfuls of your shortbread crust into mini-muffin tins then bake for about 12 minutes and then fill with the chocolate pie filling when the crust had cooled. The perfect bite-size appetizer for parties! (Why would I cook the appetizers and not the pie? You need to be able to remove the mini tarts from the pan and baking solidifies the crusts. If your homemade crust is very crumbly you can add a bit of melted butter.)

Seriously rich chocolate pie!

When I offered this dessert to my husband, he said it was “too rich” and “too chocolatey” and I was all, “Who are you?  We don’t say such things in this house!”

And he was all, “Are there any Strawberry Shortcake Cups left?”

And I said, “Shame on you!  This is CHOCOLATE!”

And he looked at me in disbelief. “I don’t LIKE chocolate.”

I cried, “I feel like I don’t even KNOW YOU!”

And with that, a part of me died. But then I realized that there is more for me so WOO HOO! Game on.

Crowd Pleasing Chocolate Pie

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5 from 5 votes
Rich Chocolate Truffle Pie!
Chocolate Pie
Prep Time
8 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
8 hrs
Total Time
18 mins

Easy Chocolate Pie is one of my favorite go-to desserts! Only 4 ingredients separate you from this decadent dessert!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate pie
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
Shortbread Crust
  • 2 cups shortbread cookies, crushed (plus extra for topping)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, optional
Chocolate Pie
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1/4 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: Whipped cream for top of pie and extra shortbread cookies to sprinkle.
Shortbread Crust
  1. Mix shortbread crumbs, butter, and sugar in a medium bowl.

  2. After it is well combined, press into the bottom and barely up sides of an 8-inch pie plate. (Can use a 9-inch, the crust will be thinner) Set aside.

Chocolate Pie
  1. In microwave dish combine chocolate chips and 3/4 cup of the heavy cream.
  2. Microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.
  3. Cool to room temperature.
  4. Stir in sugar & vanilla. Set aside.
  5. In a stand mixer, beat the remaining cream until soft peaks form (3-5 minutes). Remove bowl from stand mixer and fold in chocolate mixture, 1/3 at a time. Carefully spoon into crust.

  6. Refrigerate at least 8 hours before serving

Recipe Video

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  • Esmeralda says:

    Can this recipe be made GF?

  • Mary Jo Carlson says:

    I love cooking and baking, so I am going to make this for a Book Club gathering this Saturday. I’ll let you know how well it’s received.

  • Chris Yule says:

    Need crust recipe

    • Kathy says:

      5cups shortbread crushed up add 1/4 cup of butter to liking. Mix, dump in pie pan and tap down with a glass. Bake at 350° for 20min. Let cool. Follow filling recipe directions to finish pie.

  • Lisa gogol says:


  • Kathy randall says:

    I would like more frosting recipes made with granulated sugar. That’s what my mom did when I was young learning to bake. The flavor is much better. Any recipes? Thanks

  • Margo Easton says:

    I am a huge chocoholic, but this pie was way over the top. I made it because I have been long in search of a chocolate pie that had the deep, rich chocolate taste of my mother’s pie. When I saw this recipe, I thought I had succeeded at last, but this was too much. This was more of a solid fudge, rather than a rich, creamy consistency. There must be a happy medium between this and that Amish chocolate pie.

  • Wanda says:

    My husband and I love this pie! He is scared to death that I will lose the recipe.

  • Eli says:

    Can dark chocolate be used instead of the semi sweet?

  • Karen says:

    I’m trying to find the shortbread cookie pie crust recipe. It take me to more pies.

  • Helen says:

    I made this pie and brought it into work. People raved about it. Some could not get enough. Everything was perfect, from the smooth chocolate to the wonderful shortbread crust. You are right about only using Walkers shortbread cookies. Great recipes! Highly recommend.

  • Deborah says:

    I saw the hyperlink for the “shortbread cookie crust recipe” but, when you click on it, no go. Could someone please supply this recipe as it sounds awesome! Thanks!

  • Rebekah L Cain says:

    Looks and taste amazing

  • Lesley Moffitt says:

    Recipe for shortbread crust please!

  • Pat Monaco says:

    OMG, I have been looking for an easy chocolate creamy pie. So glad I came across this recipe.

  • Jackiesdelights says:

    Crust not shown is:
    2C fine shortbread cookies
    1/4 C melted butter
    Mix well and press into the 9” pie dish and chill

  • Marique Henderson says:

    Love ! Love your baking.
    Thank you very mutch 💙

  • Patsy says:

    You have awesome recipes plus the food you show looks delicious!!

  • Sharon says:

    Can you use a regular pie crust for this recipe?

    • Amanda Rettke says:


  • Stephanie T. says:

    Made this for Christmas with a gluten free pastry pie crust, oh my yum! Thank you!