Easy Homemade Chocolate Fudge Pie

A family favorite recipe for chocolate fudge pie that we've been enjoying for over 30 years! It's a rich, creamy, fudgy pie that is made from pantry staples!

Updated 05-25-2024

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Hey there friend! If you like chocolate pudding pie, you will LOVE this pie! This homemade chocolate fudge pie doesn't require any special ingredients...in fact you probably have everything in your pantry already to bake one of these chocolatey, gooey pies that your whole family is sure to enjoy!

Chocolate Fudge Pie Recipe using Pantry Staples

My mother in law shared this recipe with me when Mr DIY and I got married, and we've been making it ever since. It's so easy to make using simple ingredients, and we all love the rich, fudgy taste!

In fact, to prevent my kids and Mr DIY from fighting over the last slice, I like to get up early in the morning and enjoy the last piece with a cup of coffee for breakfast! 😋 I call this the perks of doing the work!!

Pantry staples

You'll see from my well-used cookbook above that the recipe for this pie doesn't call for anything crazy...these are all pantry staples. For me, the exception is evaporated milk and pie crusts. I try to stock up on the refrigerated rolled pie crusts when I'm at the store. I have made my own before, but the store-bought ones are great in a pinch or when you feel too lazy to make pie crust! They can be kept in the freezer and brought out whenever you're craving pie..or quiche..or chicken pot pie 😉 I've also made this chocolate pie with ready-made pretzel pie crusts, and if you're a chocola-holic, try it with chocolate cookie pie crusts!

Easy Substitution

I had everything on this list to bake the pie except for the evaporated milk. I did a little Google research and discovered that you can substitute half and half (or even heavy cream) for the evaporated milk! I always have a carton of half and half in my fridge for my coffee, so that's what I used.

I make a few tiny alterations to my mom's recipe, as you'll see below. You'll also find a printable recipe card after the recipe as well as tips to make this dessert fit for summer and all your patriotic celebrations!

Tools needed

You'll need a pie plate, a medium size bowl, a whisk and a spatula to mix up the filling for this chocolate fudge pie.

Ingredients for Chocolate Fudge Pie

  • unbaked pie shell (prepare and set aside)
  • 1-1/4 cups white sugar
  • 4 T cocoa
  • 1 T flour
Whisk the above ingredients together in a bowl until no lumps remain. Then add the following:
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Scrape all that gooey, chocolate filling into a prepared pie shell and bake at 350° for 45 minutes*

*Note: my oven bakes hot, so I adjust the temperature to 345° and lower the baking time to about 38-40 minutes. You don't want to overbake this pie! Once the edges are pulling away from the crust slightly, it should be ready.

About halfway through baking, I top with a piece of tin foil with a circle ripped in the center to protect the crust from getting too brown.

Let the pie cool down!

You're going to want to dig in right away because your house will smell amazing! But let the pie cool down first (it sets and tastes better that way). Once it's cool to the touch, I pop it into the fridge to chill faster.

My favorite way to enjoy this rich chocolate pie is with a healthy spoonful of homemade whip cream, but it's equally delish with vanilla ice cream.

Turn this pie into a Patriotic dessert fit for company

With the simple addition of berries, this chocolate pie takes on a patriotic vibe! Set out bowls of berries and let your guests add their favorites!

If there happen to be any leftovers, which is rare, I love to sneak a slice for breakfast with a cup of coffee! It's so creamy, fudgey and delicious!

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  1. Such an easy recipe.
    Husband has quite the sweet tooth so I know he is going to love this.

    Tip: Save your foil and use a foil pie pan. I just go to Dollar Tree for foil pans & get the small & larger sizes. Just cut out the center and you have a nice rim to put around your pie to cover the crust.

    No 'print' link so I just printed out your hand written version.
    Thank U 4 sharing this easy peasy recipe.
    Enjoy your day, stay safe & stay healthy

    1. Thanks Colleen, and that's a great tip to use the foil pie pans!


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