Grandma’s chocolate pie

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There are pies and then there is my grandma’s chocolate pie.

It’s a luscious chocolate custard resting on a flaky, almost salty crust, topped with a springy meringue. For me, it’s la pièce de résistance and whether times are good or times are bad, it’s always welcome and appropriate.

I can’t remember a period in my life when it wasn’t my favorite dessert. My family has always been pie eaters, but we fall into several camps: there are the peach enthusiasts, the pecan lovers and then there are those of us who prefer the chocolate. My mom loves the chocolate best so that’s probably why it’s my (and my brother’s) favorite as well. But that doesn’t explain why Mom doesn’t make it. Nope, only one person can make my grandma’s chocolate pie and that’s my grandma.

When I went to visit her in August, I told her I wanted a chocolate pie. That was no surprise—I always insist that she bake me a chocolate pie when I visit. But this time I was determined to document her making it so I could try and recreate it back here in NY.

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She had all the ingredients spread out on the counter and then I saw it: her recipe card. I hadn’t noticed before that she uses a recipe—I always assumed she baked chocolate pie from memory. The old card was yellowing and splattered with spots. And it called for Oleo as one of the ingredients. What a treasure! Before we started baking, I decided to take a photo of the card and as the light was waning in the kitchen, I took the card out to the front porch to shoot it before she started cooking.

I ended up spending more time than I meant to photographing the card. And as I saw the sun setting, I realized I should probably go back inside to watch her make the pie. Unfortunately, as I walked into the kitchen Grandma was sliding the chocolate pie into the oven. Curses! My original assumption was correct: she did not need a recipe card to make chocolate pie. And I had spent so much time shooting the dang card, I had missed my opportunity observe her crafting a chocolate pie.

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Of course, being a brat, I whined: “Why didn’t you wait?” She replied that she didn’t know how long I’d be taking photos of the card and she had other important things to do, such as baking another pie—this one apple. “You’re welcome to photograph me making that,” she said. She had, however, left me a consolation prize: I could lick the bowl.

I’m disappointed that I missed the chance to photograph her making a chocolate pie but at least I have a photo of her recipe card. I know that it’s not quite the same, but it’ll just have to do, until next time.

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4.88 from 48 votes

Grandma’s chocolate pie

Servings 8
Author Lisa Fain


Ingredients for the pie:

  • 4 tablespoons cocoa or 1 1/2 squares baking chocolate
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch piecrust

Ingredients for the meringue:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.

  2. In a saucepot, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, salt, egg yolks, and milk.

  3. On medium heat, cook while stirring until it bubbles and thickens, about 5 to 10 minutes. If it becomes lumpy, just beat out the lumps. (It will not get any thicker in the oven so cook until it’s as thick as you want it.)

  4. Remove the chocolate filling from the heat and stir in the vanilla and butter.

  5. Meanwhile, as you make the custard, poke holes in the piecrust with a fork and bake it until it’s brown, about 20 minutes.

  6. To make the meringue, beat the egg whites with salt and when they start to get fluffy add the sugar.

  7. Pour the chocolate custard into the baked pie shell and top with the beaten egg whites. Bake it until it the peaks on the meringue are lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Serve warm.

  8. Grandma says: “It’s real good hot, wonderful cold and you can even eat it frozen—then it’s like a popsicle!”

Recipe Notes

All that’s happening in the oven is the browning of the meringue. So be sure and keep cooking the custard in the pan until it’s your desired consistency.

  1. WHAT A COINCIDENCE. Just today I mentioned my grandmother’s chocolate meringue pie, and the fact that she didn’t have a real recipe. i’m making your grandmother’s pie this weekend. I totally adore this one, even more than pecan. and that’s saying something.

  2. Alice Q. Foodie

    That looks delicious! I have family from the South, and my mom has a few of those recipe cards floating around in her “recipe drawer” – I will have to make sure they are preserved as they should be!

  3. deceiverofmen

    yum, i so want to make popsicles out of this.

  4. this looks just like my grandmother’s chocolate pie. thanks for sharing the recipe. while i’m not such a chocolate fan as an adult as i was as a child… it’d be a great treat to bake for my father, to stir his taste memories.

  5. Rosa's Yummy Yums

    A delightful pie! Nothing compares to a family recipe! It looks wonderful!



  6. That’s fantastic. The recipe card was a great find. My grandma’s pie was butterscotch, but I don’t have her recipe.

  7. oh no! that made me sad. 🙁

    i was excited at first because i thought we were going to learn the recipe, but then i was sad that we didn’t. left me hanging! hopefully you visit your grandmother soon. i was looking forward to this pie! i love chocolate and i love good pies.. they’re so hard to find… and the recipe card is good but i know from personal experience that those aren’t always a true depiction. it’s just the baker’s innate ability to make something, you can’t really put it into words.

    i’m actually going to bake a pie today! i’m not kidding, i’m doing it in an hour or so… it’s my “famous” pumpkin pie. everyone loves it, and it’s better than any pumpkin pie i’ve had before… i was gonna post my recipe.. i’ll let you know when i do. :o) french pâte brisée.. organic ingredients. yummy stuff.

    i hope to hear more of your grandmother’s chocolate pie, it looks amazing!

  8. I have never had chocolate pie. In fact, I’ve never even heard of chocolate pie. But with a story like this – and look at that meringue! – I don’t know how I could possibly resist. Chocolate pie here I come!!

  9. Being from the south, I know what you mean aboiut there being different types of pie eaters. I’m a lemon meringue and my husband’s a pecan pie.

  10. Cheri (aka "The Mom Lady")

    I found your site today doing a search for the recipe for Central Market/HEB's Love Dip. Who knew I'd find a fellow Texan in the search?? I live in Katy, which you will well known is just west Houston these days. We've lived all over the world (England twice, Norway, Caribbean (Trinidad & Tobago), New Orleans – sorry but that IS a foreign country in a lot of ways – as well as Chicago twice, Houston four times and a short stint in good ole Bay City) ending up in Katy after repatriating from London back in late 05. And my vanity plate on my car? TEXPAT – cause I'm a Texas expatriate!

    Love reading your blog and the recipes (you did, afterall, have the Love Dip recipe!) and enjoy reading your Texas-isms. Living overseas for almost 20 years, we pretty quickly found our fellow-Texans and kept our "foodie heritage" alive and well. And if we came across a military family, we'd beg, borrow and steal to get actual MONTERREY JACK CHEESE! And I unashamedly admit that I am defined by my chicken fried steak recipe (and chicken finger recipe which is the same except for the meat). People have been known to BECOME ill so they can get that brought to them in pity!

    So, hello, glad to meet you, and looking forward to what you have to share/write in the future!

  11. Any Little Reason

    I think we share a grandmother – mine makes a mean chocolate pie and just like yours, she always gets out the recipe card even though she doesn’t so much as glance at it. My husband (who is not from the South and had never heard of chocolate pie) thought I was insane until he tried hers – now he’s hooked.

  12. OMG! Is your grandmother’s chocolate pie cooked in an iron skillet? Cause those pictures look just like my Granny’s chocolate skillet pie. It’s truly wonderful to have something special like that in your life – a sweet and wonderful, giving woman who makes something so delicious!

  13. Terrific !!!…that 3X5 index card looks like a million ones that are spread out over this fine land. Also, is it me or do all “grannys” have the EXACT same penmanship ?

    Outstanding !

  14. Amy C Evans

    oh, no you didn’t. chocolate meringue pie? really. and your grandmother’s flippin’ recipe for all to see?! you know what you’ve done? you’ve made me want to bake–and eat!–a chocolate meringue pie, that’s what you’ve done! thank you 😉

  15. Amy C Evans

    also, i love the “use three eggs if you wish” on the recipe card. and the general layering of info added at different times and in different inks. and i love your grandmother.

  16. Lisa Fain

    Lori–That is a coincidence! Glad to helo!

    Alice Q. Foodie–Last summer, I photocopied a ton of my family’s cards just in case something happens to them–they’re very precious!

    Deciverofmen–My grandma swears by it frozen–matter of fact, it might now be her favorite way to eat the pie.

    Rebecca–You’re father will love you for it!

    Rosa–Thanks! It IS wonderful!

    Lisa–Oh! That’s such a shame! Does anyone in your family have her recipe?

    T–Well, I got the recipe, I just didn’t get to document the process, so it’s not a total loss! Happy pie baking!

    Joanna–It must be a Southern thing but boy howdy is it good! Everyone needs to have a slice of chocolate pie at some point in their life!

    Mandy–I wouldn’t say no to lemon meringue nor pecan. It’s all good!

    Cheri–Welcome! And what a peripatetic life! Glad you found some recipes and I look forward to seeing you again.

    Any Little Reason–Yep, it’s addictive.

    Lamanda–No, she cooks it in just a regular pie plate, though I don’t see why she couldn’t make it in an iron skillet.

    Mike–I think that penmanship is called the Palmer method, something I don’t think they teach anymore.

    Amy–Oh, yes I did! And go bake and eat some pie, it’s good for you. Don’t forget, the higher the meringue the closer to God!

  17. What Mike said about penmanship! That card took me straight to my Grama’s kitchen. She could have written that recipe out herself! I’m gonna give this recipe a humble try. One of my Grama’s most memorable phrases was, “We don’t have any butter, but we have Oleo.” I loved this post! 🙂

  18. Lisa's Mom

    Since it’s my birthday week, nothing better than seeing a picture of my mother’s chocolate pie. I tried to make it for Lisa’s brother Jacob’s wedding as one of the 11 pies and two huge Mountain Mamas that we made instead of a groom’s cake. Alas, as usual, it wasn’t up to Mother’s, though she was kind and said that her’s was runny, too, sometimes.

  19. Two Thumbs

    Wow! Even without the pictures that looks and sounds DELICIOUS!!

  20. debianne

    My Grandmother lived at Possum Kingdom Lake – whenever we visited she made a chocolate and vanilla meringue pie. I have a copy of the recipe she wrote out for me…it calls for butter, the size of a small egg!
    Such great memories.

  21. Anonymous

    Looks just like my NaNa’s chocolate pie. Is she also from Texas and if so where? I miss this pie so much since having gone gluten free, so thanks for the yummy look!

  22. I think I need to make a chocolate pie! And you should have your grandma write that recipe off for you — it’s not quite the same of having her card with all the spots and stains, but I’ve got several in my grandma’s handwriting, with spots and stains I’ve put there, and it’s almost like have Grandma in the kitchen with me.

  23. This is just incredible. The pie looks just like the one’s my mother in West Texas has cooked for us for 50 years. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Anonymous

    Up in New England, where I’m originally from, the chocolate pie is the cream variety. A regular pie crust, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream. My Irish grandfather made a fantastic one. Homemade pudding, very dark chocolate, and real whipped cream.

    Chocolate pie is my favorite, though I love all kinds of pie. I’ll be sure to try your grandma’s, it looks devine. Thanks for sharing this with us. 🙂


  25. Just like Mike said, I think all grandmothers have the same writing. It looks EXACTLY like my grandmother’s writing, except her recipe is for strawberry cake. Delicious!

  26. Jim and Heather on Meerkat

    Lucky, lucky you to have a grandmother to share this with… What a giant smile that brings to me 🙂 and that smile could only be bigger if I had a piece of that pie in front of me…

  27. Anonymous

    Hey, I know that pie!!!!! You know what–I love the shot of the recipe card, too. If you don’t mind, send it in with the next batch…


  28. I love the picture of the pie in her hands. So moving.

  29. That pie looks good!

  30. heidigoseek

    I was looking for a pie to make for a good friend of mine who helped me recently. He will love this, I just know it. It’s usually the simple recipes that get it right.
    Been lurking around for a while…definitely my favorite blog. Thanks:)

  31. McMGrad89

    The salty slightly salty crust is almost a must to make a good chocolate pie. It's the same reason we like things like caramel popcorn and nuts. Okay, I am going to go back to snacking on the bag of peanut m&ms' in my desk drawer. Hope the kids don't see.

  32. Lisa Fain

    Kkryno–Grandma still says Oleo–I had to ask what that was!

    Mom–Happy birthday! Glad seeing the pie made you happy!

    Two Thumbs–It’s divine!

    Debianne–How descriptive–I love it!

    Anon–Yes, my grandma is from North Texas.

    Janna–She’s always asking what I want for my inheritance, so I think I’m going to ask for those recipe cards!

    Basics–You’re welcome–it’s a Texas treat!

    Mares–Chocolate cream pie is definitely what you find up here–rarely do you see a chocolate meringue pie.

    Sara–The grandma penmanship! I wish my handwriting was as pretty as hers.

    Jim and Heather–Her pies have brought millions of smiles.

    Kim–Will do!

    Tea–She was a real trooper–I made her stand in the yard and model for hours!

    Kevin–Indeed it is!

    Heidigoseek–Aw, thank you! And anyone that loves chocolate will love this!

    McMrGrad89–I agree, it’s the crust that makes this pie.

  33. I don’t think I’ve ever had chocolate pie!!

    I love recipe cards, though—I photocopied some of my mom’s from both grandmothers, but it’s not the same as the crumbling, stained ones, with all that sweet grandmother handwriting.

  34. Rachete

    My grandmother makes great chocolate pie too. This has brought back some good memories. 🙂

  35. Darlene

    WOW that looks sooo ummmy yummmy good ….My mom makes a pie kinda like that one it is called a fudge pie ( bigg emphasis on the fudge part) we like it hot with a big glass of ice cold milk ….if we have a reunion with mom’s family and she does not bring at least three she is almost thrown out of the family ….lol and if someone is pregnant in the family then Aunt Minner ( my mom) has to make the lil mommy to be a pie for the mommy and then one for anyone else who might be around . lol thanks for sharing !!!

  36. Nandoism™

    Another Texan living in NEW YORK and bringing back Old Southern Cooking! Yay! I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m a new reader and I’m totally hooked!

  37. I always joke that the pie gene skipped a generation with me, both my mother and 6 yr old son hold it in the highest esteem. My mom uses my ‘lil guy as an excuse to drop by with pie. Truth is I enjoy it too. 🙂

  38. ummm! this is simply delicious. i really like pies and i agree mums/granmas pies are always the best. i am so craving this right now!

  39. Jessica AKA Pickles

    Wow. I’ve spent the past 2 hours looking through every page of this blog.
    1. the pictures are AMAZING… great job
    2. the recipes look awesome ( being a fellow Texan that grew up on these favorites I know what looks legit as should any other Texan)
    3. I’m soooo happy to have found them now. I’m at the moment in Norway as an exchange student and I missed the tastes of home.

    I’ve got you booked on my reader.

  40. Kimberly

    I’m a born and raised Texan living the the Northwest, and love your blog! Your recipes remind me of my childhood and make me so hungry!

  41. I swear that could be right from my Mema’s recipe file!!!

  42. ~Madeline~

    I love the photo of your Grandmother holding the pie. It’s very endearing and makes the pie look even more appealing. I like to call those, “magic hands.”

  43. Daziano

    Oh my!! This pie looks just spectacular!!! It reminds me of chocolate crostata!!!

  44. Sarah McColl

    I had totally forgotten about chocolate pie. I loved the version in my elementary school cafeteria, but i have a feeling this will be a MORE than adequate stand-in! I cannot wait to make this, Lisa, thank you (and Grandma!).

  45. Scribbit

    I am making this tomorrow. That’s a promise.

  46. I’ve never heard of chocolate pie either. Looks delicious and I think I’ll give it a try tomorrow when I pick my granddaughter up from nursery. She’s three and loves making things with me.

    Hope I’ve translated the ingredients correctly. I assume it’s plain flour and not self raising.

  47. I can just imagine what that recipe card looked like! My grandmother used to write “oleo” on her recipe cards, too.

    I can’t wait for this recipe! I love chocolate and coconut cream pie, and yet I’ve never made either.

  48. Dawn Colclasure

    I am soooo glad I stumbled upon this blog. That pie looks delicious and I’m going to try the recipe.

  49. Farmer Jen

    Your Grandmother’s writing looks just like my Mom’s did on her recipe cards. Wonderful story and amazing looking pie. I’ve always wanted a homemade chocolate pie recipe. Thank you so much. I love your blog. It brings back fond memories of my college years in Austin.

  50. ahhh…heaven. I always had chocolate pie for my birthday when I was growing up in my Grandmother’s home. I have been thinking about making one for the past couple of weeks…Bless your heart!

  51. O my goodness! That looks amazing! I definitely need to set aside some time so I can try it out. Looks like a dorm-ready recipe, which is always a plus *laugh*.

    PS, your Grandmother’s handwriting looks just like my maternal grandmothers!

  52. mysweetestday

    aw, i love family recipes! :]

  53. PaniniKathy

    Oleo! What a find – definitely a recipe worth saving. Looks absolutely delicious!

  54. Biff Loman

    That looks like a piece-a heaven on a plate right there.

  55. fulgdevara

    that looks sooo gooodddddd

  56. Farmgirl Susan

    Your stories are as scrumptious as your recipes! Would you believe I’ve never tasted – or even heard of – chocolate meringue pie? What a deprived life I’ve led. This recipe looks like the perfect way to remedy a very pathetic situation. : )

  57. Anonymous

    Your story rings so true for me. My grandmother made the best banana creme pie! I would visit her and that would be my breakfast, lunch and dinner. She would always make one just for me. Little did I know that when she passed away so did her recipe and technique. I have yet to find a banana creme pie to match hers. Thank you for sharing and taking the time to at least capture her recipe card and thank you for allowing me to recall some really fantastic memories….

  58. Anonymous

    Being a good ol' Texas boy,I have had my share of chocolate pies.My grandmother made the best pie,of course.They were so good my cousin & I would always beg her to make us each one to take home,which she did with much love.Well now thats gone,God bless her,I have tried to carry on the pie making with her recipe but of course its just not the same.My wife says it could never be because its missing all that love.

    I stumbled across your blog today & find it real enjoyable,thanks & I look forward to reading it in the future.

  59. Lisa Fain

    Maggie–Aren’t recipe cards a treasure?

    Rachete–Glad the post brought back such great memories.

    Darlene–A tall glass of milk is the perfect beverage to accompany pie.

    Nandoism–Welcome! Enjoy!

    Shauna–That sounds like the way I always say I don’t have a sweet tooth, though in fact it’s apparent that I do have at least a bit of one.

    Meeta–Grandmas indeed make the best pie!

    Jessica AKA Pickles–Welcome! And being in Norway you are far from home! Good luck cooking, give a holler if you have any questions.

    Kimberly–Thank you!


    Madeline–That is the perfect term!

    Daziano–I’m not familiar with chocolate crostata–I’ll have to research that.

    Sarah McColl–Your elementary school had chocolate pie? Wow! I don’t think we were allowed to have desserts at mine, thus the appeal of bake sales.


    WWaite–I love hearing about you and your granddaughter baking together–she’ll treasure those memories forever. And yes, the flour is not self rising

    Bee–You should try making them–they’re not that difficult.

    Dawn–Hope it works for you!

    Farmer Jen–I talked to my grandma, and she did say it was the Palmer method that made all of them have the same pretty handwriting. And thank you!

    Diane–Yep, it’s the perfect pie for birthdays. Good report cards, too!

    Rob–I hope it’s dorm ready!

    Mysweetestday–Aren’t they the best?

    PaniniKathy–I know! All of her recipes call for Oleo!

    Biff Loman–It is indeed heavenly!

    Fulgdevar–Thank you

    Farmgirl Susan–Seriously? You’ve been missing out if you’ve never had chocolate pie.

    Anon–I hear you on the breakfast, lunch and dinner front! And good luck in your search for a banana cream pie up to your standards. I wish I could help but I don’t have a recipe, sadly.

    Anon–Ah yes, love is a crucial ingredient!

  60. It Is What It Is

    I love it… My grandmommie (mom’s) specialty is pecan pie but then I’m from GA. I’ve linked you on my blog (hope that’s ok). I’m impressed… but I advise against visiting here if you’re hungry.

  61. Brandon Jones

    I litterally stumbled onto this site by accident but I am so glad that I did! You write so beautifully that I couldn’t help but continue reading and your photos are so enticing that I could almost taste them. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes in my kitchen, although I’m sure they won’t be as tasty as if you had made them! Brandon from Nacogdoches, TX

  62. Grandma Jean

    Yes, Lisa’s grandmother did learn by the Palmer writing method; unfortunately she did not master the quality of Lisa’s Grandmother Fain. The chocolate pie tradition began as a reward for good grades or encouragement when a child could do better. It morphed into a birthday tradition as well. Fifty years ago the recipe was featured in a women’s magazine, source forgotten.

  63. Your photos are fabulous – such good perspective! I especially like the one of your grandma holding the pie. With the holidays coming up, I’ll have a good reason to try your recipe. Great post!

  64. Chrissie

    That pie looks so good. My granny used to make them every Sunday. Loved it. Her recipes look just like that card except they were folded up pieces of paper.
    Take care

  65. Margaret

    You know, all Grandmas probably do have the same handwriting because they used to teach penmanship in elementary school. All the letters were usually arranged on the top part of the wall, around the schoolrooms, all in cursive swirls, first the capital letter and then the “little letter.” There were also penmanship workbooks to practice in. I went to a lot of schools across the US and almost all had those letters going around the top of the walls.

  66. San Francisco Photos

    WOW, I love this blog and the photos are so complimentary to the look of this blog! Congrats on the blogs of note and keep up the great work!

  67. Enviro Pirate

    My mother and grandmother use a similar recipe. Mom sometimes tweaks it a bit and makes peanut butter pie instead. Both are equally delicious.

  68. An Ugly Girl

    None of my grandmothers are really pie bakers. I don’t have the traditional, dessert-smelling grandma, it seems. Still, I want to be the pie baking grandmother one day. =D That recipe sounds utterly delicious.

  69. Sarcasm is just one more service I offer.

    My grandma makes a chocolate pie too and try as we might it never comes out quite the same when anyone else in the family tries to make it. I will definately give your recipe a go and see what happens. Thanks :o)

  70. What a beautiful blogger you are!

    Also, I just talked to Texas. She says she is just as homesick for you.

  71. hope you dont mind. I love the down home feel of your blog. I’ve added you to my blogs I’m following

  72. yellowspringscrochet

    Wow, that looks delicious!

  73. Anne Stesney

    Love the new design, Lisa. And I don’t blame you for being a brat. I’d wanna see that delicious pie come to life as well.

  74. Oh my gosh, my hubby is literally going to go wild when he sees this. His mom used to bake this pie for him, and when she passed away, the recipe went with her. Every time we have pie, he talks about this combo of choc and meringue. Everyone always tells him to eat it with whipped cream, but he prefers the meringue. Ooooh, you are going to make him soooo happy!

  75. Adam Hart

    Looks tasty

  76. This pie looks amazing! I’m looking for Thanksgiving recipes for our website next month. Sweet potato pie, stuffing, pumpkin pie…
    any suggestions?

  77. What is it about Grandmothers? My baking talents comes from mine, I just wish she was of sound mind to know the amazing things she has passed down. The picture of your grandmother’s hands holding the pie? PRICELESS!

  78. I tripped over your blog under the Blogs of Note at Blogger…your grandmother’s pie recipe looks absolutely wonderful! I may have to try it this weekend IF I can convince my daughter to help me.

  79. Margot Is Your Hero

    It looks delish.

    Your so lucky you get your grandma to still make you the pie. I wrote a blog recently because one of the best things my Oma made while she was alive was something I swore I hate and never even tried.

    I finally baked it myself after she had passed, a whole new thing to mourn.


    This looks absolutely divine. Can’t wait to try it.


    This looks absolutely divine. I can’t wait to try it.

  82. the filipina mistress

    I’m seriously salivating here. Everything looks delicious!

    I might just pass by the bakery later today. LOL…

    Just started reading your blog. Keep up the good work!

  83. Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe

    You are a rock star!

    That photo is amazing. I would love nothing more than to sit with grandma and learn how she bakes a pie. That is a treasure.

  84. Christina

    Making this today for a friend’s birthday–it looks great!

  85. Isle Dance

    Amazing posts.

  86. Stephanie

    I just made this and it is heaven! Just like my birth Mom use to make only BETTER! Thanks to your Grandma!

  87. Michelle

    I have some of these yellowed cards from my grandmother. I’m so glad now that I’ve never re-written them! They look remarkably alike, in fact!

  88. She sure is strange!

    OMG, just made this with dark chocolate cocoa powder and slightly less sugar(2/3 heaping cup). Oh lordy that’s good pie!! We skipped the meringue part, neither of us like it that much. Still heaven though!


  89. I never heard of chocolate pie before I stumbled on Hazel Smith’s recipe. I made it because it was so easy, just for kicks, and gave the second one to my son’s friend who is always letting him stay overnight. Yours is way more serious and looks fabulous!

  90. Hmmm it sounds heavenly. I have to admit to liking pecan pie, although I used to pick off the pecans because I only like the texture and taste of the filling and crust!

  91. Anonymous

    I couldn’t take my mind off this pie for a few days, and today I finally made it!! It was great, especially the crust!! Next time, I am going to skip the meringue and just add fresh whipped cream. Thanks for the recipe.

  92. Crafty Chick

    I have no business baking something like this, but as soon as I saw your pictures I had to try it – will let you know what I think later! Love the photos.

  93. chocolate is always an appropriate choice, the different “pie eater camps” are very strong in my family as well

  94. This recipe prompted me to make my first ever pie and boy, was it worth it! Delicious! Wouldn’t your grandma be tickled to know that people from all over the country were making her pie?

  95. Milwaukee Girl

    Cute! I’ll have to try the pie. A few years back I used my Grandma’s recipe and had to ask a stranger what the heck Oleo was!

  96. Every time you talk about your grandma, she just sounds awesomer and awesomer! The pie looks SO DELICIOUS. Now I want pie for breakfast, thanks Lisa 😉

  97. My husband (from Austin) will die when I make him a chocolate pie. I may have sneered when he told me about chocolate pies in the past – I was thinking of big gooey slices at the cafeteria. But this sounds really good, I can’t argue with chocolate custard with meringue on top. And thank you for the link to the piecrust recipe. I look forward to trying to overcome my piecrust disability.

  98. oh I saw these and I am hungry

    greetings from gemany

  99. I made your pie after thinking about the picture all day and it was so yummy!

  100. Roshni Mitra Chintalapati

    That looks so good! I’m waiting for when you actually do get a chance photographing her making the pie!

  101. Sparky ♥ ∞

    Wow, my mouth is watering! Having grandma cook a good pie brings back happy memories. I lost my gran in 1981 and I miss her baking.
    Sparky ♥ ∞ (Patterson, Georgia)

  102. This must be a Grandma thing. Her chocolate pie was my birthday cake for many years. It sounds like they had the same recipe. Since I tend to burn PB&J, I think I'll have my wife try out your (her) recipe.

  103. I baked two apple pies yesterday.
    I think they were a hit…
    Cause they are all gone!

  104. I too am a homesick Texan. That is a good title. The food looks delicious. I just noticed the page on the “blogs of note” section.

  105. just discovered your blog.. the pie looks delicious. Congrats!

  106. Lisa~
    Ahhh pie! Fabulous pie! Is there anything better? Of course I’m in the apple and pumpkin camp, but peach in the summer! Oh and my blueberry cream pie is to die for. Funny story to that one. Guess you could say I’m the savior in the family for that pie.
    Now if only I could persuade you to send me a piece of chocolate. I’ve never had it.

  107. I’m chocolate pie North Texas gal. I could swear we’re related somehow. One homesick Texan to another, HUGS! Keep up the great bloggin’!

  108. …the handwriting is even the same….eerie. 🙂

  109. Can she make a Lemon Meringue Pie?? Bet she can! Chocolate and Lemon…not together…Those are my favorites! Lemon is my husband’s favorite. Your grandmother bakes like me! I’m a southerner,too…Tennessee!

  110. Wow! Look at all this reaction to your grandmother’s pie. Does she knew she’s an internet superstar? It certainly is a great looking pie.

  111. Anonymous

    I had to laugh. My Mema makes a chocolate creme pie–at least that’s what we call it, but it looks just like that one. Yes, we’re a Texan family. Mema lives in Beaumont. Makes me wonder if it could be the same recipe. I’ll have to get a copy of hers to compare. . .

    She’s made this pie for years. And told each of her grandchildren that she makes it JUST for that one. With seven kids, she’s got quite a few grandchildren. I’m a great grand. But my Daddy still firmly believes that Mema makes that pie just for him every Thanksgiving.


  112. Paula Hennig

    Cute story! Love the pic of your Grandma holding the pie. Makes me miss watching my grandmother bake!

  113. elizabethcarroll

    Just found your blog the other day! Fantastic – love the recipes and the photos!

    You picked NY over Texas? The atrocity! 😉 My parents moved from the Bronx and Queens to Texas years ago so I have a taste for both!

  114. SWEET JESUS!!!!! I JUST MADE THIS PIE AND IT ROCKS!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Seriously people, make this pie…it is so easy and so yummy. P.S. I went fancy and used valrhona cocoa powder, yum!

  115. Ricardo Candeias

    Wow a chocolate pie, now that’s to die for, I just love beautiful and tasty deserts like that. I would love and authentic recipe for Real thick American Pancakes.
    Well I’ve done some however I always thought real American ones were thicker. Maybe I am wrong. Keep cooking my fried. Maybe you would like to try some of my continental recipes.

  116. My husband’s family is from west Texas and he always begs me to make chocolate pie like the kind he grew up eating… well, my family hails from the midwest and are just transplanted into Texas, so I wasn’t raised on southern foods… .I think I’ll make his Thanksgiving with this put!

  117. Judy B. Houston Texas

    A few years ago, as I was going to an Antique Show in Round Top, Texas, I pulled into a hill side home with a large sign posted, Garage Sale. It seems the owner, an elderly lady, was giving up her home to live in an assisted living facility. All of her life long personal belongings were displayed in the yard, etc. Even an old “wringer washing machine”. Since I love to cook/bake, I headed for her kitchen wares. Tucked among some dishes was a large zip-lock bag chock full of hand-written recipes on index cards (yes, stains and all) plus other recipes she had clipped from magazines, boxes, etc. My heart tugged at this and I bought the entire bag for a whopping 25 cents. I went through the contents once, and after seeing your blog and your grandmother’s chocolate pie, this evening I’m finding that little bag and will relish going through it for the “Little Lady’s” cherished recipes with a new perspective. Better yet, I will make some of her recipes in her honor.

  118. Kristina

    I baked this pie today! And it was WONDERFUL. It did’nt look lite the picture so much though… I might not have cooked the custard long enough. Or maybe the ingredients are different here in Ireland from Texas. =) But it tasted so very good. Thank you for a great recipe and a great blog!

  119. heidigoseek

    Made it and it was fab-u-lous. I really want to freeze it next time. I screams “future fudgesicle” to me:)

  120. i am totally going to make this for my grandma’s 94th birthday this saturday! she calls herself a chocoholic. hee hee.

    your grandma sounds super spunky and fun!

    your new-ish site design looks awesome!

    thanks for the story and the recipe.

  121. This is like my mom’s chocolate pie. She made them often when I was growing up. I haven’t had one in years and now I’m a homesick Tennessean. It’s amazing what you take for granted when you’re growing up and then move away and certain things take on a whole new importance.

  122. ShabbyInTheCity

    Me too…my grandmother made them and she was diabetic…I never appreciated her enough.
    Chocolate meringue pie is the world’s best food hands down!!!!

  123. her hand… the pie… it’s beautiful. and it makes me sad/heartsick/jealous/happy all at the same time.

  124. Louis Tamasi

    I still have all my mothers and grandmother’s recipes preserved in the recipe card book I gave mom when I was in 1st grade. Many of the recipes are “secret” recipes that have been handed down over the generations, some even coming from old Hungary originating with my great-great-grandmother. It’s always wonderful to preserve these bits of family history.

  125. The chocolate pie looks delicious.It looks exactly what i remember my Grandmother and my Mother making. I’m also a homesick Texan. I grew up in a place not far from Stephenville.I now reside in Kansas but my heart’s still in Tx.I love your site keep up the great work

  126. Style For Miles

    After a fruitless search for a pineapple pie recipe (one built off of a classic cream pie base), I stumbled on to this recipe. It looks fantastic. I’m going to give it a shot. By the looks of it, it looks just like my Grandmother Nanny’s recipe: rich and chocolatey. Thanks for giving “Yankees,” as my family calls pretty much any non-Texan, a glimpse of great Texan cuisine.

    Only one complaint, though – oleo is NOT butter. It’s margarine. In East Texas, where my family’s from, butter and oleo are not interchangeable. Searching on the web, I found this: “Until 1952, U.S. law required that margarine producers use the name “oleomargarine” to describe their product.”

  127. Anonymous

    I’m on a limited budget until my second job kicks in and I have been searching the internet (mainly food blogs) for recipes to make using ingredients that I already have or cheap, inexpensive meals that don’t have a lot of ingredients to buy and I stumbled across your blog and clicked on your “Chocolate Pie” recipe. I made this tonight and was very impressed. It tastes delicious. There are a few more recipes that you have posted that I am saving (some for non-working night meals and some for quick meals). Thank you.

  128. Amy C Evans

    I am SO making this pie to celebrate today’s holiday, National Pie Day! I just blogged about it too. Many thanks to you and your wonderful grandma. XO + pie, Amy

  129. architheque

    “Add 2 T of sugar for every egg white.”

    I’m going to guess that’s -before- you “pour the chocolate custard into the baked pie shell and top with the beaten egg whites,” instead of after?

    Or does the sugar get sprinkled -over- the egg whites after they’ve been poured in the pan?

    I want to make sure I get it right. 🙂

  130. Nirav V. Patel

    Thanks for helping me cook a great Valentine’s dinner. It was my first attempt at making a chocolate pie. Missing Texas in Pittsburgh. +nirav

  131. Suzy Thompson - Texas DFW Homes

    This is very very similar to my grandma’s chocolate pie. I know hers is equal parts cocoa and flour though. She’s the only one in the family that makes it and she’ll be 99 next month, so I better ask her if she has that written down!

  132. Hello fellow Texan! I can only imagine how you miss it. I love chocolate pie and family recipes. There’s nothing like great food to carry on family traditions and create memories that last for a lifetime.

  133. I stumbled upon this recipe while searching for a not-so-sickeningly sweet chocolate pie recipe. Thanks for sharing! I made this pie according to directions, but used my mother’s crust recipe. Other than my egg whites weeping a bit (personal error), this was a really tasty pie that fulfilled my desire for something less-sweet.

    I really loved the chocolate custard, and how easy it was to make… that is, I didn’t have to run out for heavy cream or anything… I had all of the ingredients in my house. I think the next time make this, I’m going to chill the custard in crust and later add a whipped cream top, just to sweeten it up as an alternative.
    Again, Thanks for sharing!

  134. I made this pie and yummo!! Thanks for the recipe, I’ve been wanting to make a pie like this for a long time now! Can’t wait to try it again 🙂

  135. Anonymous

    I’m going to try this pie today and husband is in love with chocolate pies i’ll let you know if he like’s it or not my mother has my great great grandmother’s reciepe box it’s in excellent condition and it even smells like it has been a kitchen were somebody cooked constantly. Good luck ( keep that reciepe close to you heart Kim, North Caroina

  136. I love grannies….and I love the pic of your grandmother’s hand and the pot holder…I bet those pot holders have served your granny very well through quite a number of years. As a TEXAN currently living in France I search the supermarches for anything closely resembling the ingredients I need for good ol’ home cookin’….and today I just happen to have everything for grandma’s pie. Go Granny! Go TEXAS! Go PIE! Thank you!


  137. Larry (born in Big Lake)

    That chocolate pie looked just like the one my Granny made. When we would go visit her from Florida, she would be up and have one baked before breakfast. My grandparents lived outside of Coleman.

  138. Anonymous

    What an absolutely wonderful, delicious treat ! If there was a rating system here, 5 stars would not be enough. Thanks for sharing this terrific recipe.

  139. I made this recipe for our Easter dessert using the crust from the pecan pie recipe. It was delicious, almost dangerous! Very, very nice. I will be making it again. Thanks!

  140. JeannaMO

    I see you have a ca-zillion comments here. But I’m in Missouri and believe it or not THIS IS MY CHOCOLATE PIE RECIPE TOO! I got it from a lady who worked at our law firm until she was 86 years old!

    I have to tell you also that I make this filling, pour it into a bowl and serve scoops of it over hot regular old baking powder biscuits! We ate “puddin’ -n- biscuits” when I was little growing up in Florida, but my mom used “boxed cook puddin'”. Preferring scratch cooking, I now use this recipe when I want “puddin -n- biscuits! You have to try it. But, serve it warm! Cold doesn’t do it justice!

  141. Anonymous

    I'm going to make the pie this weekend. I've been searching for a good chocolate pie recipe for my book discussion group when we read "The Help" by Kathryn Strockett. A chocolate pie is mentioned in the book, with hilarious results. Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe.

  142. This is the best chocolate pie recipe ever! It tastes just like what my grandma used to make!

    Lizzy – another homesick Texan.

  143. Anonymous

    Ok Texan,

    I found your blog accidentally, while looking for a chocoalate pie recipe. It is amazing with all the recipes on the net how few there are for plain old chocolate pie. And I am stunned, after reading through these posts, that there are people who have never heard of chocolate pie. What a shame.

    Well, I tried another recipe first and it failed. I am a fairly decent cook and chocolate pie was a request from my husband, so in my eyes, failure was not an option. I was determined to get it right. When I tried your recipe he said, "You got it". Thank you so much for posting your story and your recipe. To my surprise the story was as good as the pie. Funny how home cookin' can be as good as a good story. At least it can when it's southern.

    Now, on your next trip home, if you could video your Grandma making her crust (I KNOW they're homemade) and post it on youtube, that would be great. My crusts taste good, but are NOT pretty! I need a Grandma's help!

    Thanks Texan, for the recipe that will stay on my frig!


  144. wyldtxn53

    Wow, now that I have discovered this site, I can't seem to leave. I guess nothing I need to do will get done today. Great posting! The pie sounds divine but the recipe card was the piece de resistance. I love looking from my mother-in-laws 1950's Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. She has recipes clipped inbetween the pages from friends and newpaper articles. It's a treat to use it. My mother still has a cookbook that her mom used where you were told to use a pinch of this and a handfull of that! Speaking of my mother, she made a sinfully rich chocolate pie which was made with honey not sugar. She can't remember the recipe any longer and I was wondering if anyone out there knew of one. She made hers with a graham cracker crust but a regular crust would be fine too. I love it one person in the family reigns supreme over a recipe. My Aunt "E" makes the most incredible coconut cream pie you ever put in your mouth and no one else in the family will even try. We all fight over getting her to make one when we get together. The problem is we all want OUR OWN INDIVIDUAL PIE not just a piece. Now I really need to go do something productive!

  145. Anonymous

    Just finished baking this delectable chocolate pie. Thanks to you and your grandma!

  146. Groucho

    Dear Lisa,

    I discovered ur blog while looking for chocolate pie recipes. I was thrilled to find this one! Tried it right away and it turned out great. Thanks!

    I am an Idian, living in India, following the recipe of home sick Texan's recipe to success. Makes me thankful for internet and blogs!

  147. Anonymous

    I made this pie last night. At first i thought I didn't do it right, but a few more minutes in the oven and it looked GREAT!!..and best of tastes AMAZING!!! thanks so much for posting this!…I will be following you on your baking journeys 😀


    -Naz (from Toronto)

  148. Anonymous

    I stumbled on this looking for a recipe to use up a glut of Baker's chocolate in my freezer.. made it three days ago and it disappeared into my kitchen…though there are only three of us currently home. so I made another yesterday that turned out even better! (I used cocoa).

    thank you! and your grandma!

  149. Elizabeth

    Greetings from San Antonio. I stumbled across your blog looking at the bacon jam recipe. The chocolate pie recipe is the one that definately caught my attention. I swear we could be related. Aside from a minor difference in the amount of milk and butter, this is the same recipe that has been passed through my family for at least four generations. Thanks for posting it. I definately want to try out some of your other recipes and you've managed to convince me that I need to check out the Central Market here!

  150. I would like to tell you THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart because growing up both of my parents had to work long hours to [put food on the table which meant I learned to cook at a very young age my grandma showed me everything I know I love to bake but, before she died I din't have a chance to get her pie recipes. When I tried this my eyes watered up it was like I was sitting in her kitchen eating her chocolate pie. I am 25 & I have 2 boys 7 & 3 they are always "helping" me bake which we know that means they fight over the spoon & bowl. If you have recipes for sweet potato & pecan pie that you would ike to share i would be very grateful & thank you again for letting that piece of life come back to me

  151. I echo the sentiments of others here, "Do we have the same Grandma, or what?!" The recipe sounds, and looks, just like the one my grandmother used to use too.
    Thanksgiving's just around the corner and my Grandmother was always responsible for the chocolate pie. Every year her first comment upon arrival was, "I don't think it turned out this year. It's just not gonna be as good." Every year it was FABULOUS!
    She passed about 15 years ago, and to this day when we make this pie, you have to say her statement! It doesn't matter which of us bakes the pie, it won't turn out without "THE Statement".
    I have fallen in love with your site and recipes. I am a Texan living in the Seattle area for awhile. No Tex-Mex up here either. Your recipes have encouraged me to cook my heritage again. Thank you so very much for taking the time to share with ALL of us.

  152. wyldtxn53

    Kevon, I LOVED your pie story. We go through that same scenerio with my Aunt and her "famous" coconut pie. It's "never as good as the last one" and yet we are all fighting one another over getting an extra piece. We are lucky enough to still have her with us and I have no idea if anyone in the family has the "courage" to ever try and duplicate the type of PIE PERFECTION she has given us for so many years. We are all so lucky to have such good food memories!

  153. Anonymous

    Hello 🙂 I've been visiting your blog for over two years now but never tried any of you recipes till now (I look at recipes far more than actually cooking them). Your chocolate pie was one of the first things that caught my eye and I've had it in my 'to try' folder for ages. I finally did make it and it was gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing such a lovely recipe. The best part was it was so easy and quick to put together and looked so attractive! I am looking forward to trying out your other pies.

    p.s. please thank your grandma for that wonderful pie crust of hers

  154. Anonymous

    I made your grandma's recipe today for my family. It is beyond delicious! My grandma was the "pie maker" in the family and she would have loved this! My meringue didn't turn out the greatest, but I don't have a lot of experience yet with meringue. Thank you for sharing her recipe. 🙂


  155. curlies1415

    THANK YOU so much for this receipe and the wonderful story that goes along with it. I wanted to try and make my grandmother's pie and stumbled onto your blog and love it! I don't know if this is strange, but the story of your grandmother made me cry. I lost my grandmother in 04 and still miss her so much! she was famous for a lot of things but most for her chocolate pie, i tried many times to learn how to make it and i didn't pay close enough attention and now she is gone and it was really not written down anywhere. she could make two pies in about 20 min, sounds like your grandmother is the same way. this receipe sounds close and can't wait to make it today. thanks again so much!

  156. That recipe card brought a tear to my eye. It could have come right from my grandma's recipe box – bless her soul. How I miss her and wish I'd gotten so many recipes from her.
    I made this recipe, and it was just as wonderful as hers. Delicious and nostalgic. Thanks.

  157. Anonymous

    My Grandma passed when I was 19. I have several of her recipe boxes full of recipes…she was a cake baker by trade but just a wonderful cook in general. My husband's grandmother made a chocolate pie like this and I had her come and we baked several chocolate pies over a weekend. She stirred and stirred her cocoa and flour until there were no lumps what so ever….smooth as silk. I am making one tonight for my hubby!!

  158. stellatex

    Hell. Yes.

  159. wyldtxn53

    First reply to Stellatex..when I read your comment I just burst out laughing..short, sweet and to the point! Second.. last time I posted I mentioned my Aunt Marie's Coconut Cream pie and I just wanted to share with everyone that I went back to Kentucky for Christmas and BLESS HER HEART she made me a pie of MY VERY OWN! I had to whine a lot first but I got one and it was a BIG SLICE OF HEAVEN. (several slices actually!)We are all blessed to have these amazing food memories! Happy New Year to everyone and happy eating too!

  160. Geraldine Boyer-Cussac

    Just did this and enjoyed it a lot! I was always scared of making it for some reason and this recipe gave me the courage to try, and it's so easy and delicious I wonder why I had never made it before! Thank you!

  161. Does this chocolate pie need whole milk?

    I'm gonna make it tonight, I keep skim on hand but will happily buy whole for this if needed.

  162. Lisa Fain

    I think she's made it with skim milk before. Definitely 1%.

  163. Thanks for the recipe! March 14 is a chocolate holiday in Japan and it's Pi Day here in the US. What a perfect way to celebrate both holidays!

  164. I'm a Texas ex-pat living in upstate New York..just made this for my book club as we are reading "the help"… boy it was easy, but I can't imagine whipping the merengue without a mixer.. like back in the ole days…
    it should be yummy!

  165. Anonymous

    I have fond memories of chocolate fried pies at a little diner in Snyder Plaza in University Park (Dallas). Your grandmother's chocolate pie filling and the blueberry fried pie crust would be heavenly!

    Transplanted Texan in Missouri…

  166. Great pie! I just made it today and it was chocolaty goodness! I used whipped cream because it was easier and it went so well. I highly recommend making this pie! The only problem is that I can't eat dinner after that much chocolate.

  167. Well, I found your site because like you, I one day "took notes" while my grandmother made her wonderful chocolate pie. (I didn't think to take pictures) But later she wrote me a letter about our day and included the recipe that I treasure and it brings tears everytime I see it. However, I cannot get my pies to thicken like Grandmothers. Nor does mine taste just as hers did. My Grandmother has since passed away. I am getting ready to attempt one today and I always look online to check other recipes to make sure Im doing it correctly. Today I think my Grandmother led me to yours! Thank you and God Bless our precious Grandmothers.

    Patti in Austin, Texas

  168. I've tried tons of recipes for chocolate custard pies, but have never found one that is this delicious! Most of the ones I've tried come out tasting very similar to having used a boxed pudding….needless to say, I've never been very impressed with chocolate pie recipes.

    I used a mixture of 2 Tbs dark cocoa powder and 1 bar of semi-sweet bakers chocolate. The pie came out absolutely amazing!

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  169. This was the perfect chocolate pie recipe! I just wanted to comment that I followed the recipe exactly and it came out wonderfully! Thank you so much!

  170. Anonymous

    Such an amazing recipe! It turned out perfectly and everyone loved it.

  171. Anonymous

    WOW! I have never made my own chocolate pie before, but am a connoisseur of pie eating and chocolate meringue is one of my favroites!! This recipie was pretty easy to follow and tasted AMAZING! thank you!

  172. sbramlage

    Thanks for sharing your chocolate pie recipe. I made one yesterday using store bought pudding…what a mess. So glad I found yours. It looks and holds up wonderfully.

  173. Anonymous

    Oh my gosh, hats off to your grandma! I just made this pie for my husband 3 hours ago. There's only one slice left.

  174. I made the pie filling today! I halfed the recipe as I was using it for cookie filling. It was so easy to make! And delicious!

  175. Anonymous

    OMG your grandmothers handwritting is just like my grandmothers I have been trying to make my grandmother's Chocolate pie for 2 years and I thought I might look up a recipe to see if I am missing something. The pie has won both years and this year I will conquer the pie.

  176. Anonymous

    Just made this pie. MMmmmmm!!! Fantastic! I am going to double it next time. My pie plate was too big. My boys are LOVING this recipe thank you for sharing!

  177. I just made your Grandmother's chocolate pie and I have a few suggestions. Less sugar, it's way too sweet, bake the crust 15 not 20 minutes (I check my oven's thermostat on a regular basis, it's right on the money, and the final baking needs to be a bit longer unless you like a runny filling.

  178. I made this pie as well and the center juggles even after 20 mins of baking.. needless to say I don't want to burn the meringue so I ma hoping it will cook some more while cooling.
    Not sure what I did wrong, I did double the recipe and I used store brought pie crust.
    I will try again and a gain though the slice you show looks heavenly.

  179. Lisa Fain

    Keysha–The chocolate custard cooks in the pan, not the oven. All that's happening in the oven is the browning of the meringue. So keep cooking the custard in the pan until it's your desired consistency.

  180. My lovely Lisa,
    My pie was splendid once it cooled.
    I do believe I should have cooked it longer in the pot and I am glad you added tips to the recipe. It was great and was a nice solid pie when I sliced it after it cooled.
    Quiet as kept I just had a leftover slice from the 2nd pie I left at home. Thank you for sharing your grandmothers recipe with us.

  181. Anonymous

    That recipe card looks exactly like my mom's! Love this pie.

  182. Thank you. I made this for a boy who doesn't normally care for pie and had never heard of chocolate pie. I used 1% milk, and the recipe worked perfectly.
    I also left out the meringue and whipped some cream for those who wanted it. We had it chilled, and it was a hit and very filling. Thanks again!

  183. is there something missing from the meringue ingredients? My egg whites and salt never got fluffy

  184. Lisa Fain

    Crystal–Nothing's missing. Water and humidity can affect the eggs, so maybe that was the problem. Sorry they didn't fluff!

  185. I love this recipe! I am from Oklahoma but living in Germany, most of my family is from Louisiana, to say the least I've grown up with some amazing food! Today I was craving a chocolate pie and decided to try this recipe and it was amazing! The crust was also very lecker (tasty) and extremely easy! I will defiantly be keeping this recipe to use again!

  186. Anonymous

    Wow just made this pie and it looks delicious…..always bought box mix but when my friend and I were looking at pie receipes yesterday we found this one ..can't wait to taste it ..Thanks for sharing .. From Newfoundland Canada

  187. lady fairy

    Low on groceries with a guest coming for dinner, I did an internet search looking for a quick chocolate pie recipe without any strange ingredients, and yours looked the most promising.

    It has been less than 24 hours since my making this pie, and there is one piece left. AND I doubled the recipe to make a deep-dish.

    Thank you and your grandmother for an amazing pie.

    Also– I added 1/2 teaspoon of coconut extract in addition to 1/2 of vanilla. It gives the ever so slightest hint of coconut– an almost buttery, tropical aftertaste. For what it's worth.


  188. The handwriting on the recipe card looks almost like my grandmother's…. I would love to try to make this in honor of her!

  189. Anonymous

    My Grandmother was so wonderful and I miss her everyday. When I need to feel her close to me I put on one of her old aprons and get to baking! This Pie was a staple and it cured any illness, sadness etc. Unfortunately we were unable to find a recipe and so I am grateful to stumble across this! Can't wait to try it out!

  190. Anonymous

    Taste like what my mother used to make…WONDERFUL


  191. Matthew

    I just wanted to say that this recipe has brought joy to so many. I make this pie repeatedly and people always request it. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  192. Anonymous

    I just made this pie for the 1st time and it was fantastic. My Aunt said this was just like the one her grandmother used to make. We love it. thank you so much for sharing.

  193. I just made this pie and it's simply amazing. I've made several chocolate pies, and was astounded how simple this was to make. And the taste was so fantastic. Thanks so much for the crust recipe link too, I'd never made a pie crust with oil before and now this is the way I'm going to make all my pie crusts.

  194. I was inspired to bake this after watching the film 'The Help' Not sure I got measurements right, had to convert cups to GB ounces and the mixture was a bit thick, but looks and tastes good so the more I make it the better it should get

  195. I've not made a pie with this recipe (YET. The hub is not a "cream" pie fan) but OMG is the filling the bomb!! It's the best damn chocolate pudding/custard I've ever had! Your grandma's recipe rocks, and I'll make a pie out of it eventually 🙂

  196. you really should have your grandmother make her own small cookbook just for her grandkids. My mother did this just before she passed away a put a small history of herself in the back. My brother typed it up on the computer and it is a wonderful gift she left behind. Just like this is a wonderful PIE.

  197. Jennifer Gibbs Kambourian

    Yummy pie recipe!! I made it for today's Thanksgiving, and it was so good! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I LOVE your website–I've tried a few of the recipes, and they are easy to make and taste wonderful. I especially love the personal stories you tell with each recipe. I think recipes, and the relationships and family stories surrounding them, are one of the real pleasures of life. Thank you!

  198. Sheila Durham

    I just made a chocolate pie from my great grandmothers hand written recipe. I either really messed it up or she left something out! I am going to try your Grandma's & see if I have any better luck! My Great Grandmother's tasted great just didn't get thick enough. We really did freeze it & ate it like fudgesicles!

  199. Looks really good! I'm going to try making it! and hopefully post about it!

  200. Garden Hoe

    OMG your grandma rocks. I just made this pie and it is absolutely delicious. For kids used to jello pie pudding and dream whip, this was like a sice of hevean.

  201. oneordinaryday

    What a great post and I love the photo of your grandma carrying her masterpiece. Wonderful recipe!

  202. This pie is absolutely amazing. I made three this weekend, and everyone has loved it. This will be my go to dessert. Thank you for posting this.

  203. Nancy Brewer

    This is IT! This is the chocolate pie my grandmother made. I used meringue powder to add the equivalent of another egg white to make the meringue higher, but the filling was perfect. I never could get the filling right using cornstarch, but this is the right texture and thickens up nicely. Chocolate pie has come back home to Honey Grove, Texas! Thank you so much!

  204. Made it the other day!!! Tasted wonderful!!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  205. Posey Lynn Poole

    I used this recipe today. The chocolate pie was so yummy and was gone in a few minutes!! This is truly a treasured southern recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  206. Oh my gosh I made this pie by the recipe and it turned out just like my Mother made… That is the ultimate compliment as far a I am concerned My Mom was the very best cook in our home town. Thank for shareing I love it I have made the pie 4 times over the holidays and everyone wants more you know it is a very easy recipe. Thanks Mona from Arkansas

  207. Anonymous

    MMMMMMMMMMM!!!!! I absolutely love it Its amazing I'm making it right now so good second one made so far

  208. I did this for an anti-birthday anti-cake birthday party on the weekend. The chocolate pie went so fast I had to fight my way to getting the last piece just so I could taste my handy work. There were so many compliments. Thank you!!!

  209. Anonymous

    I made this pie over the weekend. This pie is absolutely delicious. I have never made a chocolate pie in my life and this was the easiest pie to make. This will definitely be a pie that I make often especially for holidays. I don't believe I will beable to make just one. I have never commented online but the pie was so good I had to let you know. Thank you so much for sharing.

  210. THIS IS IT! My momma's chocolate pie recipe! I looke dall over the internet at Christmas and could not find it. I settled for another, it wasn't good and didn't all get eaten either. Today is my daughters 18th birthday and i thought I would bake a chocolate pie for supper. She wants her birthday cake over the weekend so I will surprise her with a chocolate pie, one of her fav's. Thank you so much for posting this recipe and the blog with it makes is special. Better get to baking! Thanks again

  211. Chocolate Pie and Buttermilk Pie are my most favorite! I have shared this recipe with friends and it is the hit of DC! Thanks for posting.

    A homesick West Texas girl

  212. Anonymous

    Aww! Your Grandma sounds just like mine did! I think it's awesome that you still have a wonderful Gma like that. I love your stories and how you make me feel like I am right there with y'all (yes, I am a country girl y'all ) lol! Thank you for sharing this with us. I am going to make these pies for Thanksgiving (I usually bake around 20-25 pies, yes I looove baking), everyone loves them and know how much love I put into them. I give them to friends and family. Thanks again, and tell Grandma I said "thank you for sharing her special recipes"!

  213. G'day from Australia! On my last trip to the US a dear friends mother made us a traditional pumpkin pie and we loved it. I brought home the recipe and have made so many since. I am just so pleased to fine one of those wonderful cherished family recipes….they are the best. I am going to make your chocolate pie for my family tomorrow, I just know my hubby and son will be in chocolate heaven. I will also send it to my daughter in Michigan…I just know she will love it too. Thank you for sharing your much loved Grandma's recipe with the rest of us. I so appreciate your kindness. (((hugs)))

  214. This was my grandmother's recipe, too. I've tried making it, but it never comes out quite the same as hers. My husband wanted to make me a chocolate pie for mother's day since it's my favorite and when we googled the ingredients we came across your blog.

    I normally wouldn't comment, but it was such a coincidence that I couldn't resist. A couple of weeks ago I was visiting a friend and she showed me your cookbook. She has an autographed copy from her friend, who is none other than your grandma! Now, I'm not sure this is the same grandma (Jean Jernigan.) My friend is Lena Hobbs–she was a neighbor of ours and her dear husband suffers from alzheimers so I help them out a few days a week.

    My husband and I both love to cook and I have plans to buy him your cookbook for his birthday next month. Your grandma was working on getting an autographed copy for me, but I didn't want it to be too much trouble.

    Oh and last weekend we made your poblano mac n cheese for our dinner guests and it was a huge hit–there was nothing left!

    I hope you have a great weekend!
    Aimee Steward

  215. I had to add that my grandmother's recipe also calls for "oleo"–I don't remember her ever calling it "butter."

    Good memories. 😉

  216. I've baked this pie 3 times now! It is a keeper. My family LOVES it. Thank you for sharing it!

  217. Christina

    Your grandma's recipe was a hit! My family absolutely loved the pie. Thanks for the share.

  218. Caitlin Guthrie

    I made 2 of these last night and the filling turned out PERFECT and delicious, the meringue however took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up "weeping" I will have to retry it with a different technique!

  219. Cristi Harris

    This is really similar to my Granny's recipe. It is just a little different. I made this today but substituted cornstarch for the flour. Very yummy. My granny was from Southern Oklahoma so similar cooking styles. Thanks so much for posting.


  220. Anonymous

    I<ve never seen a post with so many comments : )

    I keep coming back to this recipe, it<s the best. The first time I made this for my mom she just looked up at me and demanded where I got the recipe. Her words: This is devine, it<s a real chocolate pie like they used to make em…Thanks for sharing.

  221. This is fantastic! My family loves it. Made one for us and one for church tomorrow. Love that the ingredients are so simple.

  222. Wuesties

    We live in Nashville Tn but my husband is from LakeTravis and I somehow stumbled across your site. This weekend I have made 3 of your dishes since finding your site on Friday and I must say each one is better than the next! The chocolate pie was absolutely to die for served hot with homemade ice cream! My husband and I are thrilled to have a little taste of Texas in TN! Thanks so much!!

  223. Lisa Walker

    This is priceless. And being that chocolate pie has always been my favorite I can't thank you enough for sharing something so personal and awesome.

  224. A couple of years ago I went thru my mom's
    recipe cards and made copies for my siblings and my children. Some recipes are in mom's handwriting and some in both grandmothers' handwritings. Made a recipe binder for each of us as a keepsake, which we all treasure! Donna – Fort Worth, Texas

  225. Megan in Santiago

    Greetings from Chile!

    Thanks for a little taste of our home back in Texas. Super-delicious and easy chocolate pie. I can't wait to check out your other recipes.


  226. Great recipe. Couldn't get my wife a birthday cake today because of Hurricane Sandy, so I made this instead. Amazing!

  227. Stephanie Catoe

    Stumbling across this is very errie. Its almost like finding something I've written. My grandmother, or G MA as I like to call her because it always ensued a laugh from her, cooked very many different pies. Chocolate was always my favorite, and the recipe was written on a stained note card, just as yours is. My grandmother, who basically rasied me, passed away in 2008 and I recieved her "Pie" recipe in her favorite Bible. My mother has tried to make the pie, to no avail of it coming out like my grandmothers…finally 4 years later, I have worked up the courage to try myself. I almost do not wish to suceed but I hope to funnel a little of her out of it. Thanks for this, it was a little ray of sunshine.

  228. Terry Johnston

    The only things I changed in your recipe are: I use three eggs, I use a 12 ounce can of evaporated milk instead of 1 and a half cups of milk, and I use four tablespoons of butter. Your recipe was so close to my mother's but something was missing. It was the evaporated milk! I kept experimenting with it until I got it right. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  229. la femme natale

    I have numerous dietary restrictions and allergies. No gluten, dairy or sugar for me! So I made this with coconut milk, coconut oil (for butter), and swerve (a sugar substitute). It is amazing!! For crust I use 2 tbsp. melted coconut oil, one egg, 1/2 cup almond flour, 1/3 cup coconut flour, salt, and a tbsp. swerve.

  230. bill mizell

    My wife's aunt gave me a similar receipt about 30 years ago and I had good results, but this receipt looks good, I will try it this
    Thanksgiving, Oh by the way I am a MAN and I love to cook the holiday meals and eat them as well.

  231. It's hard to believe that some people have never had chocolate pie, but it's true. When I first came to Utah nobody even knew what I was talking about when I wanted chocolate meringue pie, all they knew was chocolate cream. Not as good. Anyway, I've been trying to get the choc/meringue down for years now, and this is the one. I've tried foodnetwork, Martha Stewart, etc. THIS IS THE ONE. The only thing I will change next time I make it will be to triple or maybe even quadruple the meringue because this recipe doesn't use near enough. The crust and filling are perfect though. Thank you!

  232. My husband's favorite pie is chocolate. His "Aint Honey" used to make him one every year at Christmas and gave me her recipe when we got married. It was written in pencil on a scrap of paper. I cherished having that recipe, but a countertop flood (coffee pot) did it in. Thank you for sharing your grandmother's recipe which is just like Honey's. And my husband will thank you, too!

  233. This was the first chocolate pie I've made, my wifes gma tried to make me one to no avail so I tried this recipe its awesome I made the pie crust which made it that much better. Thanks again now I'm tryin with the chocolate squares :). Godfrey

  234. I made it tonight. Delicious. Unbelievable! I could eat the whole pie. My whole family loved it. Quite easy to make with standard pantry ingredients, I love that!

  235. Nick Ferrara

    Great pie! I made this for a bunch of people who came over for dinner, everyone liked it including someone who is not a big fan of chocolate. Thanks for posting.

  236. I made this with a couple changes. First, I used cocoa mix (as in hot chocolate) instead of baking cocoa cause I was trying to get a hot chocolate flavor. Second, I didn't do the meringue because since it was a hot chocolate pie I topped it with whipped cream and a chocolate sauce drizzle. It was awesomesauce. I ended up making two of them for Thanksgiving and they were gobbled up quick.

  237. Ubermutti89

    I made your recipe, since I do not have my Granny's recipe and it was delicious. Although, my Granny's pie seemed to maybe have more eggs, her's was more like a custard. My only negative comment was that I made 9" pies and it was not enough filling. Next time I will do a 1 1/2 recipe or find use my late mother's 8" pie dishes.
    Thanks for the recipe…Denise in Michigan

  238. Jessica Beyer

    Hello I visited this post last night trying to figure out if I'm making my custard pie right.. any way your post really hit home to me my grandma used to make baked Mac and cheese and Cole slaw and they were amazing. She show/told me how to do it but it was when I was in my teen years but cant remember how to make them. I have had 4 grandparents die with in 4 years and I really wish I can go back and have another chance to talk to her and my grandpa. So if you can I highly recommend you take another trip to her house and make that pie with her.

    Oh I just scrolled up and looked at the date… I am a a few years late…

  239. Anonymous

    Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!
    Its simple and my family loved the pie.

  240. Anonymous

    Hello! This recipe is extremely helpful and the pie was delicious! So chocolaty and scrumptious. It was gone in 2.5 hours! Could you please put a recipe of the apple pie your grandma bakes? Thank you in advance!


  241. Anonymous

    Im going to make this for my husband tonight. He loves his grandmothers chocolate pie but she doesnt measure anything so I cant make it like her. I think its awesome how many people responded to this and the story was touching so im convinced this is the recipe to use. It may never give him the same satisfaction he gets from his grandmothers but its better than pretending my attempts at trying to copy hers were anything close. lol

  242. Courtney Champion

    Can I use store bought Graham cracker crust

  243. Lisa Fain

    Courtney–Yes, you can use a store-bought graham cracker crust.

  244. Melissa French - The More With Less Mom

    I am so excited to try this traditional recipe, I wanted something with simple ingredients. I did the math and this is really cheap to make. I linked to this in my thrifty Thanksgiving post. Thanks!

  245. Anonymous

    Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and this pie will definatly be on my table…thanks for all the memories from a Dallas girl

  246. Jennifer Miller

    Made this pie today.. just like my grandmothers recipe, so good!

  247. Anonymous

    Hi Lisa,
    Your grandma and my mother just may have crossed paths. This recipe is identical to my late dear mother. She was fantastic at baking pies. It sounds like your grandma was a fantastic baker as well. If you have funds wouldn't it be nice to open a bakery in NY in honer of your grandma. I plan to order your book. Thank you for sharing these recipes with us.
    Frannie Daniels

  248. Nomannic

    Thank you so much! My family loved it. I'm working on a dairy-free version, because I can't drink milk. Would you mind if I posted that version to my blog (giving credit of course)?

  249. Anonymous

    Thank you so much – this is just like my mother's chocolate pie. Nothing like chocolate pie to bring back childhood memories. Thank you again!

  250. Cheryl in Ohio

    Thank you so much for sharing your story and your grandma's amazing recipe. I have tried in the past to master a receipe from an Amish cookbook which resulted in my pie filling becoming pudding cups instead.

    However, your receipe is not only fantastic but so easy to make. My family was singing praises to God for your grandma 😉

    Thank you again for sharing, I'm so excited to try other "Texan Favorites" and I hope you have a blessed day!

    Thankful in Ohio!


  251. Anonymous

    This is just wonderful! A slightly salty, flaky homemade crust and this was just decedent! Added this to my favorite recipe book and it will be my only chocolate pie from here on out!

  252. I have saved a few of those handwritten recipe cards from baking with my grandmother. It is a treasure to have her handwriting now that she is gone and the biggest compliment when family says this is just like like Grandma's. Learning and recreating her favorite recipes helps everyone remember being in her kitchen as kids and feel her with us when we get together.

  253. mustangsherry

    Lisa, is there a big difference between using the cocoa powder or the block chocolate? I saw one poster say they preferred the cocoa powder.

    Also, I grew up in California where meringue pies were judged on how tall the meringue was — the taller the better. There was a truck stop in town known for their meringue pies and I'll swear the meringue was 4" tall! I never cared for the meringue part and would scrape it off, but I've since had Southern chocolate pie with the thin layer of meringue and it's wonderful. I've never made a chocolate pie but I'm going to make this one soon. Precious picture of your Grandma's loving hands…

  254. Lisa Fain

    Mustangherry–The chocolate flavor is deeper with the block, I think.

  255. Anonymous

    Oh thank you for sharing. My grandmother also made a wonderful chocolate pie. Unfortunately I did not get the recipe, but I will surely use/make your grandmothers recipe. Helen Parsons – VA

  256. Anonymous

    I was looking for a chocolate pie recipe because my husband has been begging for me to make one like his Grandmother for 30 years. I just couldn't handle the thought of screwing up his vision of the perfect pie. Well this one won his heart because he said it tasted just like his grandma's chocolate pie. Thank you so much! I'm over 50 years old and this was my very first chocolate pie. It was fabulous and I do mean fabulous. He hugged me and thanked me for bringing back childhood memories!

  257. Anonymous

    Made this for a friend's birthday & my dad's birthday my dad told his wife this is the chocolate pie I like best! Lol It was enjoyed by all. Loved everything about it! I hope my dad didn't ruin it for himself with the wife!

  258. I just made this. It looks amazing. My Mom is 93 and she wrote her recipes on cards also. I saved some and plan on copying them and giving as Christmas Presents this year. She will soon be 94 and can't bake or cook like this anymore but her legacy lives on. Thanks for sharing this post and the love you have for your Grandmother.

  259. Anonymous

    Deeeeelicious!!!!! I added about 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar to my meringue just to make it hold together/peak a little more.

  260. Anonymous

    I found your blog while searching for a chocolate pie that would approximate my husband's childhood favorite. When I saw the picture of the recipe card, I said "I think we have a winner." I showed it to him and he said, "that's the one." Made it this weekend and it was perfect! Thanks for sharing!!

  261. Matt Woodfin

    I love your stories. This reminds me of my grandmas chocolate pie.

  262. Anonymous

    I made this pie for Thanksgiving. It was absolutely delicious!

  263. That looks like my granny's recipe card! Handwriting and all! <3 Love this!

  264. Hi Lisa! Your blog is absolutely amazing and I can't wait to try this beautiful recipe. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 I was wondering where the recipe for the pie crust is? Have I missed something? Thanks so much!

  265. Lisa Fain

    Tash–I've linked to one in the ingredient list, but you may use any pie crust that you wish.

  266. Another displaced Texan here, another Texan whose grandmother made the best chocolate meringue pie. I got the recipe from my mom a few years back and the memories that pie unleashed when I made it brought me such joy. My grandmother has been gone for a decade now, but making her signature recipes, especially her chocolate pie, brings her back to me for a little while. Thanks for the reminder. (Now if I can just find her recipe for what she called Mississippi Mud Cake…)

  267. Michelle Bassett

    Hi Lisa, chocolate pie was my father’s absolute favorite. Daddy passed away a year ago at 84 of cancer, this past Christmas, when making pies I made a chocolate pie for Daddy and was curious to see who would eat ‘daddy’s pie’ now that he’s gone. It was the first one gone as everyone knew the worst thing to daddy would be for no one to eat that pie! This was also the first year my meringue was PERFECT which I attribute to his heavenly supervision.

    • Lisa Fain

      Michelle–What a beautiful story! How wonderful that your daddy’s memory lives on through his favorite pie.

  268. It has been 7 years.
    7 years of me searching google for ‘’grandmas chocolate pie Texan/Texas’’ or ‘’grandma chocolate pie’’ every 8-10 months and looking for this exact recipe.
    This is the ONLY thing I can make well. I ABSOLUTELY love it.
    As of late, I lost this recipe. I forgot about it, I won’t lie. Tonight will be the first time I make it in three years and I. Am. So. Excited. It’s going to remind me of my late teens, it’s going to remind me of my little tradition of looking up your grandmothers recipe yearly and then baking a perfect pie, it’s going to remind me of so many things.
    I hope this page never disappears because if it ever does, so do so many of my own memories.

    • Lisa Fain

      Aminah–I’m so glad you’ve found the recipe again! Enjoy!

  269. Thank you so much for posting this recipe. My mom used to make this for me when I was a child and I got a taste for one the other day but remembered it was the one thing I never asked her to show me how to make. She passed away last year so I had no one to ask. I stumbled upon your recipe and it sounded like my mom. Thanks so much for posting the picture of the original recipe! I made it today and it was delicious!

    • Lisa Fain

      DJ–I’m delighted that the recipe helped you reconnect with the memory of your mom. What a sweet story!

  270. Shirley Thompson

    5 stars
    I missed your previous postings of this recipe but happily found it today. My Mother was born in Abilene, TX, & her Mother (my Grandmother) lived there for many years. My Mother made an incredible chocolate pie, but she didn’t have a recipe written down. Sadly, she died in 1999, & I foolishly never asked for her recipe. The photos you have posted looked exactly like my Mother’s chocolate pie. Oh happy day!

    BTW, do you use a 9″ pie pan for this recipe?

    So many of your recipes remind me of my Mother’s & Grandmother’s Texas/Southern cooking. Thank you!

    • Lisa Fain

      Shirley–This makes my day! I’m so pleased this recipe reminds you of your mother’s and you can now recreate a beloved dessert. A 9-inch pie pan is what we use. Enjoy the pie!

  271. Caroline

    5 stars
    This looks like my grandma Eva’s chocolate pie AND her handwriting.
    We lost her several years ago (I miss her every single day). The closest I’ve found to hers was at Babe’s Chicken in Garland. That first bite was so identical, I burst into tears and made a big fool of myself.
    I can’t wait to try this recipe, thanks so much for the bittersweet memories.

    • Lisa Fain

      Caroline–You’re welcome. Food has the power to connect us to those whom we’ve loved and lost, and I hope my grandma’s chocolate pie recipe tastes much like your beloved grandma Eva’s.

  272. 5 stars
    My mom would make this pie for me. She lived her entire life in Denison. I would complain about the merengue as I thought it looked like (and being a child) and tasted like calf slobber, so that’s what I called, haha! But your grandmother didn’t make the merengue a mile high! I bet that was much better, with more of a toasted marshmallow flavor. I tried making my mom’s pie after she passed, but it wasn’t her recipe (no idea where it went, I never found it when going through her estate). I’m going to try this version as it sounds about right. Thank you for documenting this!

    • Lisa Fain

      Dena–The meringue is definitely my least favorite part of the pie so I’m glad she didn’t make it a mile high. Thank you for sharing your memories and hopefully this one is closer to your mom’s version! My grandma’s only one county over from Grayson, so I reckon it’s pretty close!

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