Chocolate Pudding Pie Recipe – HOMEMADE!

A homemade silky smooth chocolate pudding becomes the filling for the most delicious chocolate pie.  Forget pudding from a box!  Once you’ve made your own chocolate pudding pie, no other will compare!

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Hello, Rachel Cooks readers!  I’m Melanie from Melanie Makes and I’m thrilled to be back this month sharing another sweet treat.  I promised you delicious pie and cake recipes and this Chocolate Pudding Pie is one of my absolute favorites.  To me, everyone has a signature recipe that they’re known for.  Something that if you could only request one thing for them to make again and again, you know exactly what it would be without hesitation.  This pie?  This is my mother-in-law’s signature recipe.

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I’ve loved this pie since the very first time a slice was set in front of me.  Way back when my husband and I were first dating and I went home with him to his parent’s house the first time.  Even now, when my in-laws come to visit, my mother-in-law knows that the key to my heart is this Chocoalte Pudding Pie and she usually offers to make one for us to enjoy.  I have yet to turn down this offer and usually request that she makes two pies – one for me and one for the rest of our family!

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Your favorite frozen deep dish pie crust – I love the ones that you can find at Aldi and always stock up when they’re available – is baked and then filled with the most luscious chocolate pudding filling.  The pudding for this pie was actually a recipe created by my husband’s grandmother and is absolutely divine!  When a slice is topped with clouds of whipped cream and chocolate shavings, it won’t take long for you to see why I refuse to share!

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Chocolate Pudding Pie

Chocolate Pudding Pie

Yield: 8 slices
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

A homemade silky smooth chocolate pudding becomes the filling for the most delicious chocolate pudding pie. Forget pudding from a box! Once you’ve made your own, no other will compare!


  • 1 frozen deep dish pie crust
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 6 cups whole milk (no substitutions)
  • whipped cream and chocolate shavings, for garnish


  1. Prepare the frozen pie crust according to package instructions. You’re simply baking it to prepare it for the filling. Allow to cool completely.
  2. In a large saucepan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and cocoa. Whisk in milk and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens and begins to boil, 15-20 minutes.
  3. Let mixture cool for 3-5 minutes and then pour into prepared pie crust. Allow to cool at room temperature for one hour and then transfer to refrigerator to cool completely.
  4. Prior to serving, top pie with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate shavings.


  • This does make extra pudding....enjoy it with a spoon! :)

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 433 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 19mg Sodium: 180mg Carbohydrates: 68g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 47g Protein: 8g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.
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Can’t wait long enough for the pie to set up before enjoying a bite?  Never fear!  This recipe usually provides a bit of extra filling that’s perfect for a decadent snack before enjoying your slice a pie a few hours later.  This is what a I typically give to my children so I don’t have to share any of my pie!

CRAVING MORE PIE RECIPES?  Make sure to check out these: Cherry Lime Galette, Rustic Four Berry Pie, Fresh Blueberry Pie, Yogurt Tart with Oat Crust, or Hot Fudge Ice Cream Pie and German Chocolate Pecan Pie from Melanie Makes.

Melanie Bauer

Melanie Bauer lives in Cleveland, Ohio and is the Melanie behind Melanie Makes where she works to make everyday eats a bit more interesting. She thinks every dessert can be made better with chocolate ganache and believes menu planning is a must for a more enjoyable week. You can find her at or on Twitter @melaniemakes.

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  1. Tried this recipe last night and had the same problem with it not setting and turning into soup. I made a second batch today making sure to let the pudding mixture simmer while consistently stirring for 5 minutes. It’s cooling now. Fingers crossed it sets this time.

    Rating: 2.5
  2. Very, very disappointed. You have many people that tried this pie and told you it never set up. You answered you would test it yourself ASAP. It’s been over a year and you never answered, nor have you corrected the recipe in any way. This does not readers much belief in your credibility. Shame on you.

    • Hi Tara!
      I have indeed tested this recipe multiple times (which is why it is still posted without changes). I made it yet again last night after my kids went to bed and today we enjoyed a perfectly delicious, not soupy pie. It does make a bit of extra filling depending on the size of your pie crust, but I’d like to meet the person who complains about extra chocolate pudding! The key is that this recipe has be followed exactly. Whole milk needs to be used and you need to be patient and cook it until it is thick, and then be patient again while the pie cools completely, since the pudding will continue to thicken as it cools.
      Let me know if you have any more questions about the recipe or my credibility. Thanks!

  3. B esides the 6 cups of milk the cocoa would be off & other ingredients!

  4. 6 cups of milk too much! This recipe should never have been put on until Rachel Gurk had tested the recipe & knew there was a mistake in the recipe! Not going here again……

  5. Such a nice post, keep providing good resources.

  6. It didn’t thicken for me either, I believe it’s too much milk and I could definitely use it for two pies as well.

  7. P.S. Are you sure this is supposed to be 6 cups of milk and not 3? I just did a search to find similar recipes and found one that is very similar and has outstanding reviews but it only calls for 3 cups of milk. I’m thinking that is where the problem is and that is why our pies are not thickening and also why we end up with enough to fill two pie shells. Plus, they don’t end up dark and rich like the picture shows. My family was so upset that we had to throw out the pies. They just never thickened. It seems the 6 cups of milk could be a typo and it should have been 3. Just my thoughts.

    • I am SO sorry this didn’t turn out for you! It’s a recipe from one of my former contributors so I haven’t personally tried the recipe (but I will be personally testing it ASAP!). I reached out to her to verify the measurements – I agree, 6 cups of milk does seem like it may be a typo. Again, SO sorry it didn’t work out and I’ll report back.

  8. I made this pie and followed the directions exactly as written. It did NOT turn out like it’s supposed to. First off, the filling is enough for TWO deep dish pies. Secondly, the pudding mixture doesn’t thicken correctly. I am an avid cook and know my way around a kitchen so, this should have been a no-brainer recipe. While my second pie crust was cooking I added, to the filling that was left enough for the second pie, another tablespoon of cornstarch. I then slowly heated this back up to a boil, while stirring constantly and then took it off of the burner to cool for 5 minutes. This came out much better than the first half but still, even after all day in the refrigerator, it never set. The first one was like chocolate soup and the second one was like chocolate gravy. That was seriously the consistency of my pies. What a total waste of milk and other ingredients. Extremely disappointed! :(

  9. Made it. Good. Next time I will make my own crust though. Add a smidgin of salt. Good pie.

  10. This looks so yummy, but I had the same problem with the filling not thickening up. I too followed directions and gave it plenty of cooking time to thicken. The texture wasn’t anything like the pictures. Also, makes almost enough filling for 2 (9-inch) deep dish pie crusts. Flavor was great..

  11. I used to live in Georgetown, TX…home to the Monument Diner and their infamous chocolate pie. This is a dead ringer–can’t wait to try!

  12. This looks so delicious! I saw it yesterday and decided to make it today for a game night dessert. I followed the directions to a T, but the pudding/filling layer never got thick. I have a homemade pudding recipe that uses 6 T cornstarch with 4 C milk…. I think a few more T of corn starch would do the trick, but 6 T with 6 C of milk made for a watery chocolate soup. It still tasted good, but it was a soup :(

  13. What a gorgeous pie! I can’t believe that its made on milk, it looks so creamy! YUM.

  14. Rachel, this looks absolutely delicious- Thanks for having Melanie share her recipe!

  15. Oh yes please. Some of my favorite ingredients in one pie. Very luxurious indeed!

  16. How pretty! Silk pies are the best, so light and creamy :)

  17. I’m having a mid-afternoon slump and Melanie is tempting me with this pudding pie – so evil! It looks amazing and incredibly easy to make dairy-free for our house. Love it!

  18. This brought me back to my childhood. My dad loves chocolate cream pie and so my mom always made him one for his birthday and father’s day ;) So gorgeous!

  19. I have a couple of tweens that adore chocolate pudding pie. I love the idea of making the pudding myself. Great recipe and beautiful pictures. :)

  20. Dear Rachel, your pie sounds like heaven! I don’t think it can get any better than this. A chocolate pudding pie is one of my favorites…haven’t had it in ages. xo, Catherine

  21. this sounds delicious and looks beautiful! I love how simple the ingredient list is!

  22. Pie and popcorn…oh, and stir fry. My life. I want this. I NEED this!

  23. I should have known this was from Melanie – her photography style is all her own (gorgeous)!! What an awesome pie, looks amazing!!

  24. Chocolate pie is my favorite! This one would be perfect for the upcoming Pi Day!

  25. Whoa, Melanie outdid herself with this one! Chocolate Pie is a favorite around this house! Pinned.

  26. so simple with so few ingredients–lots of bang for the buck! delish!

  27. What a gorgeous, gorgeous pie! And yes, if I had this in front of me right now, I’d totally eat that for breakfast!

  28. This looks incredible. I’m a sucker for pudding pies!! Beautiful photos!

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