A dreamy cloud of chocolate filling nestled in a graham cracker crust make this Easy Chocolate Cream Pie an unforgettable dessert! Your first bite of this luscious dessert will make you swoon. Guaranteed. Once it’s gone, your family will be begging you to make it again! It’s just that tasty.
Made from scratch with my Cool Whip substitution, this Chocolate Pie Recipe is suitable for any occasion, from a dinner party to a casual summer gathering. But make it even easier by using a tub of whipped topping!
Why You Must Make this Chocolate Pie
- We had company over for dinner one weekend last month, and that always calls for a special dessert. Chocolate seems to be universally loved so I filled a graham cracker crust with a no-bake filling of cream cheese, powdered sugar, semi-sweet chocolate, and cream. To say they were swooning was an understatement.
- The combination of the silky, rich chocolate filling and the sweet, buttery graham cracker crust just can’t be beat.
- Plus it’s even easier to make if you skip the homemade graham cracker crust and purchase a ready-made crust. And if you’re not opposed to Cool-Whip, it’s a simple substitute for the cream cheese and whipped cream combo in the recipe.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Make a Chocolate Cream Pie?
- If needed, prebake pie shell according to package directions.
- Make the filling and pour into the cooled crust.
- Chill, then garnish as desired.
How to Make Chocolate Cream Pie Filling?
Recipes will vary as some use pudding, some use Cool Whip, and some use real whipping cream. To make this filling, chocolate is melted with cream then cooled so it won’t seize up when it’s mixed into the cool, sweetened cream cheese mixture or storebought whipped topping.
Can Chocolate Cream Pie Be Frozen?
A chocolate cream pie will freeze well for 2-3 months as long as it’s wrapped well so that it’s airtight. My rule of thumb is that if you see a similar version in the frozen foods section, it most likely is freezable.
To defrost, place it in the refrigerator overnight or allow 6-8 hours before you want to indulge. Wait to add any garnishes until after you defrost.
How Long Does Chocolate Cream Pie Last in the Refrigerator?
It will stay fresh for 3-4 days covered loosely with plastic wrap.
Tips for Making This Easy Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe:
- PRO-Tip: Chill this chocolate pie for 4 hours or more to allow it to firm up for easier slicing.
- Buy or make chocolate curls to garnish. My method can be found on this post for Triple Chocolate Cheesecake.
- I used The Pampered Chef Easy Accent® Decorator (affiliate link) to make my whipped cream stars. Makes piping a no-brainer and turns a homey recipe into a masterpiece!
- I try not to ever use Cool Whip as all the artificial ingredients give me a headache. Instead, use the Homemade Cool Whip Recipe which is listed in the recipe. Of course, if you love Cool Whip, it’s a super easy substitute.
- Using a ready-made graham cracker crust from the grocery store is always an option if you’re short on time.
- If you take that shortcut, drop the pre-made crust into a ceramic pie plate to help camouflage the foil pie plate.
More Pie Recipes You’ll Love:
- Salted Caramel Pecan Pie from Crazy for Crust
- Homemade Baker’s Square French Silk Pie from Amanda’s Cookin’
- S’mores Pie
- Sugar Cream Pie
- Coconut Crusted Chocolate Ganache Pie
- Classic Pecan Pie
- Triple Chocolate Layer Pie
- Best Apple Pie Recipe
- Classic Rhubarb Pie
- More of the Best Pie Recipes
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- 1 graham cracker crust (or homemade version with 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, 1 tablespoon sugar and 6 tablespoons melted butter. Mix and pat in pie plate. Bake at 350º for 8 minutes and cool before filling)
- 8 ounces soft cream cheese
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
Cool Whip Substitute (beat cream cheese with sugar and vanilla, then fold in whipped cream) or use 8 ounces Cool Whip:
- 4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup heavy cream, whipped
- If needed, prebake pie shell according to package directions.
- Melt chocolate and cream in the microwave gently and stir until smooth.
- In mixer, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar. Add chocolate ganache and beat gently until combined.
- On low, beat in the cream cheese mixture (or Cool Whip if preferred).
- Pour filling into crust.
- Chill 4 hours. Top with whipped cream and chocolate curls and serve!
The Cool Whip replacement will make a tastier pie, but using Cool Whip is a quick substitution if you're short on time.
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 617Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 260mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 3gSugar: 33gProtein: 6g
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Two Sweetie Pies
Thanks again to my lovely friend, Danielle, for another magnificent recipe! She is my go-to blogger for decadent treats. I promise you will love whatever you try from her blog!!! We share a recipe from each other’s sites every second Monday of the month.
Check out Danielle’s take on this dreamy pie as well as her social media sites! Make sure to check out which of my recipes she made this month, too.