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A slice of cocoa cream pie on a plate with a fork.

Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe (Easy & Rustic)

This easy and rustic chocolate cream pie is the best recipe for a beginner baker. An impressive dessert that pairs well with almost any meal.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Cream Pie, Cocoa Cream Pie, Cream Pie
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 8 Slices
Calories: 281kcal
Author: Jessica Sowards


  • Pie Plate
  • Dry Beans Rice or Ceramic Pie Weights
  • Parchment Paper
  • Heavy Bottom Sauce Pan
  • Whisk


  • Pie Crust
  • 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Corn Starch
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 2 Cups Whole Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract


For the Crust

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Roll out and place the pie crust in the pie plate. Crimp edges if so desired.
  • To prevent the pie shell from shrinking inward as it bakes, line it with parchment paper and fill the inside with dry beans.
  • Bake the pie crust for 20 minutes.
  • Remove pie shell from the oven, and take out the beans and parchment paper.
  • Poke holes in the crust with a fork and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the crust is nice and golden brown.

For the Filling

  • While the crust is baking, start assembling the pie filling.
  • Into a heavy bottom pot add cocoa powder, corn starch, egg yolks, sugar and salt. Stir this together until blended.
  • Turn the burner to medium heat and continue to stir.
  • Gradually add in milk.
  • Whisk constantly, and cook until thickened. This can take approximately 10 minutes. 
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla, stirring until incorporated.
  • Allow the pudding to cool slightly and pour into the crust.
  • Cool completely by chilling in the fridge for at least 4 hours before serving.


  • Dry beans are fantastic for blind baking the pie crust.
  • This recipe is perfect to make a day ahead!
  • Can use dark or regular cocoa powder. 


Serving: 8Slices | Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 2mg