Old Fashioned Chocolate Pie

by Merissa on November 28, 2014

in Recipes

Old Fashioned Chocolate Pie - Little House Living

Old Fashioned Chocolate Pie

I come from a huge family.  My grandparents had seven children, and thirty-three grandchildren.  Every year, right before New Years Eve, we would all get together at my grandparent's house and celebrate the holidays together.  Everyone brought their favorite few dishes and we had a feast!

As a young child, my favorite part of this whole get together was the dessert.  There were always 10+ different types of pies, piles of cookies, sheets of cake, and it was all soo good.  I remember one of my aunts made an old fashioned chocolate pie, every year.  It had a creamy and rich filling, with a crumbly and buttery homemade crust.  If you wanted a piece of that pie, you had to be one of the first in line because it went quick!

Now that I have a daughter, we are starting our own holiday celebrations. Baking is a perfect way to bond with a child and it teaches them basics in the kitchen that they'll need to know when they are older.  I decided to start a tradition of baking my aunt's old fashioned chocolate pie with my daughter this year.  She was a huge fan of both the cooking process and especially eating the pie!

Piece of Old Fashioned Chocolate Pie

Old Fashioned Chocolate Pie



  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 pound butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp water

Chocolate Filling

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 cup flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Crust:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Lightly grease a pie plate.  In a medium-sized bowl, mix together flour, salt, and sugar.   Cut butter into small pieces and add to the flour mixture.  Cut butter pieces into the flour until the mixture is in pea-size pieces.  In a small bowl, combine egg yolk and water.  Add egg mixture to the flour mixture, combine and form into a cohesive ball.  Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Remove from refrigerator and turn out dough onto a clean and floured surface.  Use a rolling pin or a sturdy glass to roll the dough into a circle with 1/8" thickness. Gently transfer pie crust to the pie plate, and press into the plate.

To bake: lay a piece of parchment paper onto the center of the pie crust.  Use pie weights or dry beans to hold the parchment paper down.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until edges are starting to brown.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.

For the Filling:

In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa powder, flour, and salt.  Add in evaporated milk and condensed milk and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.  Continue to boil an extra 2 - 3 minutes, stirring frequently, then remove from heat.  Add in vanilla extract and stir.

Pour filling onto pie crust, and refrigerate for 2 - 3 hours, until the filling is set.

Whole Old Fashioned Chocolate Pie

When you're ready to serve your old fashioned chocolate pie, you can top it with whipped cream and chocolate shavings!


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1 joanne November 28, 2014 at 9:51 am

“Huge family” probably means something different to nearly everyone! For example, when I think of a “huge family” I think of my friend who has almost a few dozen aunts and uncles (about a dozen on each side plus their spouses so I guess that would be over 4 dozen) and over 200 cousins and counting. That’s huge to me 🙂 But I know that’s not the norm in most circles these days.

As for chocolate pie … yum. We made a few french silk pies the other day – they are my favourite pie but we only make them once every year or two because they are loaded with fat and calories. So simple to make with only a few ingredients in the filling. 3/4c butter, 3 eggs, 3oz unsweetened chocolate, 1/2c sugar and 1t vanilla extract. Cream the butter and sugar. Blend in the chocolate (melted) and vanilla. Now beat on high and add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl all the while. Be sure each egg is thoroughly beat in before adding the next one. Spread into a prepared crust. Refrigerate over night. Top with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings.



2 Connie November 28, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Your chocolate pie recipe sounds luscious.. What would you do with the left over cans of milk. I hate to waste precious evaporated milk and especially condensed milk. Love your blog by the way. Thanks for sharing.


3 Amy (Savory Moments) November 28, 2014 at 2:03 pm

This pie looks fantastic! I love when food reminds you of family and special occasions, and also being able to continue the tradition.


4 Sherri rocha November 29, 2014 at 11:52 am

looks so yummy! I’m starting to get on board with the sub stainable living! We are looking into buying some property and build a much smaller home. We have a 5 yr plan as we both work and have good jobs but we are grand parents and want to slow down:) I have this plan in my head on how I want to live it’s just getting everyone on board ! Love to read your post and I’m a follower of yours!


5 Mila November 29, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Chocolate pie !?
Oh, I’m SO in! 😀



6 Julie @ Logger's Wife December 2, 2014 at 7:21 am

I usually make my husband chocolate cream pie with a graham cracker crust as it is his favorite. I have a fairly healthy version I make. Yours looks far from healthy….but soooooo good! 😉

(visiting from the Titus 2 Tuesday link up)


7 Adelina Priddis December 2, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Gorgeous looking pie Andrea! I love family get togethers, especially when there is a lot of family around. Thanks for sharing on Weekend Bites


8 Diane Balch December 5, 2014 at 6:26 am

Your recipe is being featured on Weekend Bites today. Thank you so much for participating in the party. I will be pinning and tweeting the recipe this week.


9 Shannon {Cozy Country Living} December 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Merissa this pie looks simply delicious. I can’t wait to try it:)


10 Renee Nordquist December 26, 2014 at 2:42 pm

I made the chocolate pie and it tastes really good but it was runny, what do you think I did wrong?


11 Winnie November 26, 2015 at 3:56 am

It’s a beautiful pie!! Quite different from the ones I’m familiar with.
I’d love to try 🙂


12 Kristina & Millie December 27, 2015 at 7:43 pm

about to drown in my own drool! this old fashioned chocolate pie looks so delish! i need this right now! thanks for sharing the recipe!


13 Carlee December 27, 2015 at 8:09 pm

A good chocolate pie is on my short list of things I want to make as soon as I have the time. Pinning this recipe to try!


14 Danita Carr December 28, 2015 at 10:25 pm

Oh, yum! Chocolate pie is one of my favorites!! And this recipe looks great! #SmallVictories


15 2dishingdivas.com January 3, 2016 at 5:56 pm

Your pie looks absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.


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