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Chocolate Pudding Pie 2

Recipe By Tessa Arias
December 22nd, 2009

Chocolate Pudding Pie is rich, flaky, perfectly smooth, and easier to make than most pies!

Yield: 6 -8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Chocolate Pudding Pie is rich, flaky, perfectly smooth, and easier to make than most pies!

Chocolate Pudding Pie

Chocolate Pudding Pie

Back in June for Craving Ellie in My Belly I made Ellie Krieger’s recipe for Double Chocolate Pudding Pie. While it was delicious and not too indulgent, when I came across this beauty of a post over at Smitten Kitchen, I knew I just had to make it. The original recipe is from Gourmet (RIP) but unfortunately their pie crust recipe calls for shortening. I’m going to refrain myself from listing all the problems I have with shortening, but if you’re interested I’d recommend reading In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. Not to worry though, Deb over at Smitten Kitchen has created a very useful post on an All Butter, Really Flaky pie dough. Thank you, Deb!

I made this pie for Thanksgiving and by the end of the night there wasn’t a piece left. There’s something about a homemade pie complete with homemade dough that just makes people smile appreciatively. Homemade pudding might have the same effect. This pie would be good any day of the year.

This pie is

  • rich, but not overly so
  • chocolaty, but in a mellow not too sugary way
  • flaky, almost ridiculously flaky
  • perfectly smooth and firm
  • easier to make than most pies
  • worthy of seconds
  • most importantly: worthy of your Christmas dessert table

What are you making for dessert for Christmas?

How to make
Chocolate Pudding Pie

Yield: 6 -8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Inactive Time 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Chocolate Pudding Pie is rich, flaky, perfectly smooth, and easier to make than most pies!


For pastry dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces, 16 tablespoons or 1 cup) unsalted butter, very cold

For filling:

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate (not more than 60% cacao), finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chilled heavy cream


  • bittersweet chocolate shavings (optional)


Make dough:

  1. Gather your ingredients: Fill a one cup liquid measuring cup with water, and drop in a few ice cubes; set it aside. In a large bowl — I like to use a very wide one, so I can get my hands in — whisk together 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar and a teaspoon of salt. Dice two sticks (8 ounces or 1 cup) of very cold unsalted butter into 1/2-inch pieces. Get out your pastry blender.
  2. Sprinkle the butter cubes over the flour and begin working them in with the pastry blender, using it to scoop and redistribute the mixture as needed so all parts are worked evenly. When all of the butter pieces are the size of tiny peas — this won’t take long — stop. Yes, even if it looks uneven; you’ll thank me later.
  3. Glue it together: Start by drizzling 1/2 cup of the ice-cold water (but not the cubes, if there are any left!) over the butter and flour mixture. Using a rubber or silicon spatula, gather the dough together. You’ll probably need an additional 1/4 cup of cold water to bring it together, but add it a tablespoon as a time. Once you’re pulling large clumps with the spatula, take it out and get your hands in there (see how that big bowl comes in handy?). Gather the disparate damp clumps together into one mound, kneading them gently together.
  4. Pack it up: Divide the dough in half, and place each half on a large piece of plastic wrap. I like to use the sides to pull in the dough and shape it into a disk. Let the dough chill in the fridge for one hour, but preferably at least two, before rolling it out.
  5. Do ahead: Dough will keep in the fridge for about a week, and in the freezer longer. If not using it that day, wrap it in additional layers of plastic wrap to protect it from fridge/freezer smells. To defrost your dough, move it to the fridge for one day before using it.

Make pie shell:

  1. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into an 11-inch round, then fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim edge, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang, then fold overhang under and crimp edge decoratively. Prick bottom and side of shell all over with a fork, then chill shell 30 minutes.
  2. While shell chills, preheat oven to 375°F with a baking sheet on middle rack.
  3. Line shell with foil and fill with pie weights. Bake on baking sheet until pastry is set and edge is pale golden, about 25 minutes. Carefully remove weights and foil, then bake shell on baking sheet until pale golden all over, 15 to 20 minutes more. Cool shell.

Make filling:

  1. Whisk together cornstarch, 1/3 cup sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a 2-qt heavy saucepan, then gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly, then boil, whisking, 2 minutes (mixture will thicken). Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Pour filling into cooled shell and chill, its surface covered with wax paper (if you want to prevent a skin from forming), until cold, at least 2 hours.
  3. Just before serving, beat cream with remaining 2 Tbsp sugar until it just holds soft peaks. Spoon onto pie.
  4. Pie (without whipped cream) can be chilled up to 1 day.

Recipe Notes

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    baby crib — January 8, 2010 at 3:58 am

    chocolate pudding has been a hit at home! The kids love it, even my parents love it,too! Thanks for sharing wonderful recipes!

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    jordan — January 15, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    THIS LOOKS AMAZING. I think I might just try out the recipe. Anything with chocolate in it is at the TOP of my list 🙂

  3. #
    Megan — February 26, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Yum, yum, yum! This looks delicious and so rich and velvety smooth!

  4. #
    Rachel — November 20, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Yay! Someone who agrees with me about shortening! This looks luscious. I will definitely add this to my list of “Pies to bake during Winter Break.”

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    Jayme, The Coop Keeper — November 20, 2010 at 5:26 am

    I will absolutely be making this! Thanks SO much for sharing. I do a pie crust that I think is the best I ever had: flour, peanut oil, heavy cream, sugar and a little salt. Can't wait to try this filling.

  6. #
    stellula — November 20, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Just what I've been looking for. I am not a fan of pumpkin pie and have been looking for a chocolate pudding pie to bring to Thanksgiving dinner instead. Looks like I found a winner. Thanks for sharing!

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — November 21, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Looks yummy! Great to see it on PW's website, my pie was on there too 🙂 what a fun experience!

  8. #
    Cindy — November 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I am making pecan pie, german chocolate pie, pumpkin pie and a chocolate custard pie. This recipe looks amazing, may have to try it.

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    Kimberly — November 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Question about dividing the dough in half: will this make two pie crusts or are they put together to become one again?

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