Grandma Emma's Fudgy Chocolate Pie


My grandmother's chocolate cream pie was a staple of my childhood. Homemade custard filling with a dense texture. Very rich, not too sweet, and oh-so-satisfying. For convenience, I make this with a store-bought graham cracker crust and top with whipped cream, but she used to make hers with a prebaked pastry crust topped with meringue. Either way, it's delicious. Hope you enjoy!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 35 mins
1 10-inch pie


  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 5 large egg yolks

  • 1 cup milk

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (such as Hershey's®)

  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups half-and-half

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 (10 inch) prepared graham cracker crust


  1. Cream sugar and yolks together in a large saucepan. Add milk, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt; whisk until no lumps remain. Add half-and-half and heat over medium heat, whisking constantly until filling is thickened, about 20 minutes.

  2. Turn off heat when filling starts to bubble; continue to stir for 1 minute. Remove thickened filling from the warm burner. Add butter and vanilla extract, stirring well until melted and well incorporated. Let filling sit to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.

  3. Stir filling well and pour into graham cracker crust, smoothing the top with a spatula. Chill, uncovered, in the refrigerator for 4 hours.

Cook's Note:

Serve with whipped cream or your favorite topping.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

476 Calories
20g Fat
70g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 476
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 157mg 52%
Sodium 382mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 70g 26%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 52g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 127mg 10%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 248mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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