Chocolate Meringue Pie

chocolate pie

Today’s recipe is an old family recipe for Chocolate Meringue Pie.  It actually belonged to my grandmother and I am lucky enough to have the recipe written in her own handwriting!
Chocolate Meringue Pie
It is also so fun to have this photo of my Grandma Zola in her little kitchen in Southern California. I so remember that kitchen but didn’t remember how tiny it was. I love seeing her cast iron skillets hanging on the wall!!

That’s my mom’s handwriting where it says Excellent. Guess my mom really likes it. After making it for the FIRST time this week I can see why.
Chocolate Meringue PieI love pie, lots of different kinds of pies but I think there is nothing quite like a homemade chocolate pie.  Add a topping of meringue and you’ve just about got perfection.

I’m excited to be joining TidyMom and Whirlpool for the 4th Annual Love the Pie Party and entered to win a new Whirlpool Gold® Induction Range

Check out her blog for lots and lots of amazing pie recipes – after you drool over this one of course!  You can enter too!

This recipe calls for a pre-baked pie crust.  You can use a frozen one and just bake it up first or use your favorite pie crust recipe.  Be sure and check out my Perfect Pie Crust Tutorial
Chocolate Meringue Pie

The chocolate filling is a mixture of sugar, whole milk, cocoa, vanilla, flour and egg yolks.
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Mix the sugar, cocoa and a pinch of salt together and put them into a pan.
Chocolate Meringue Pie
Add in the milk and egg yolks and stir until smooth
Chocolate Meringue Pie
Then cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil and thickens. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Chocolate Meringue Pie

Allow the filling to cool before you put it into your baked pie crust.
Chocolate Meringue Pie
Now it’s time to make the meringue – do not be afraid. It really is easy.

You will need the 3 egg whites leftover from the pie filling, some sugar, a pinch of salt and a little vanilla. Beat the egg whites until stiff (they will fork a peak) and then add in the sugar, vanilla and a pinch of salt. You then cover the top of your pie with it. The trick here is you want to make sure that the meringue is totally sealed around the edges of the pie crust – no holes or filling peeking out!
Chocolate Meringue PieThen the pie goes back in the oven for another 15 minutes or so until the meringue is nice and golden brown.

Chocolate Meringue Pie
I let the pie sit for a bit so it is easier to cut and then it’s time to eat a piece!!
Chocolate Meringue Pie
That would be a piece or two.
Chocolate Meringue Pie
Like I said, nothing better than a homemade chocolate pie, especially when it is your grandmother’s recipe and it’s covered in meringue!
Chocolate Meringue Pie
What’s your favorite pie??
Leigh Anne

Chocolate Meringue Pie
Serves: 2 pie crusts
  • 1 C sugar
  • 3 heaping Tbsp cocoa
  • 2 rounded Tbsp flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1½ C whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 9 inch prebaked pie crust
  • 3 egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • few drops of vanilla
  1. Mix sugar, cocoa, flour and salt together in a pan.
  2. Beat egg yolks and add into milk.
  3. Add milk mixture slowly to dry mixture. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  4. Cook on medium heat stirring constantly.
  5. Bring to a boil and when thickened remove from heat and add vanilla
  6. When completely cool pour into baked 9inch pie shell.
  1. Beat 3 egg whites and pinch of salt until stiff.
  2. Add 3 Tbsp sugar and few drops of vanilla.
  3. Spread on top of pie and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Be sure to seal meringue to edge of pie crust so no air can get in.

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Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    So very glad you gave us a peek at the recipe in your grandmother’s handwriting! And that picture!!! We see where you get the cooking “bug” from! I’ve tried an old fashioned chocolate pie before but it always comes out a little runny-can’t wait to give this one a try! Lovely pictures, as always!

  2. Kathy says

    Great picture and recipe written in Grandma writing. I’m going to give this one a try next week for Thanksgiving. I recently started going through my Mom’s things and came across an old notebook from my Grandma with recipes that she either cut out of newspapers or magazine’s and some written in her writing also, it was such a treasure to find this.

  3. Tiffany says

    I can’t believe this recipe was posted today. I made a chocolate meringue pie last Saturday and I was not happy with the results. So, today I thought I would try a new recipe and checked your blog just to see what was new, and out of all the recipes you could have posted today’s recipe was a chocolate pie! What a coincidence. :) I’m looking forward to it!

    • says

      Tiffany, I guess it was just meant to be. It was a last minute decision yesterday to make the pie and post it!! I had something else planned but decided I needed to make a pie!!

  4. cara says

    Hi Leigh Anne,

    Quick question, for the milk, what % do you use? Full, 2%, 1%, skim? This looks delish and my kids have been asking for a chocolate pie. Yum!

  5. Laurie says

    Leigh Anne, Great post today with beautiful photos as usual. It’s true that even a small, handwritten recipe card can bring a flood of memories. I think our grandmother’s took the same handwriting class as my inherited recipe cards look so similar to yours! Can’t wait to try your chocolate pie recipe this weekend.

  6. says

    Leigh Ann as I was reading your post this morning my heart almost jumped out of my chest when I came to phrase “Grandma Zola’s Chocolate Pie.” My Momma’s name was Zola and it is not a name you hear often and the grandchildren all referred to her as Grandma Zola. So I could not wait to scroll down to see her picture. I couldn’t believe it when I saw her picture in her kitchen as I have almost the exact picture of my Mom is her kitchen but she is making her famous Enchiladas. I hope you don’t mind but I am pasting her picture in this comment. The grandchildren’s favorite Grandma Zola recipe was her chocolate gravy. I will never forget the time I called her to get her recipe and she told me I don’t have one I just make it so hold on and I will go make a batch and you can write down the recipe. So she went in the kitchen and made a batch of chocolate gravy so I could have the recipe. I would love to talk with her and get her chocolate pie recipe but she is now cooking in heaven. Thanks for giving me this beautiful reminder of my Mom today.
    System won’t let me insert her picture but it will be on my blog today.

  7. Cami Reschke says

    I love the recipe and picture! I really treasure the recipes I have that are written by my aunts, grandmas, etc. I especially love that there’s a bit of chocolate smudge on the page! That’s a sign of a good recipe! :)

  8. Stefani says

    How wonderful that you have your grandmother’s recipe card! This recipe is identical to the one my mom & grandmother used…it is by far my favorite dessert for Thanksgiving & Christmas. :) Thanks so much for posting this – now I can have it pinned! :)

  9. says

    Leigh Anne it’s gorgeous and I love the pictures of your grandma and her recipe!! I need to raid my mom’s recipe box some time!

    Thanks for linking up and good luck!!

  10. maree says

    I have a question, do you use plain flour are self rising flour? The pie looks so wonderful I am going to make it for Thanksgiving!!!

  11. says

    Wanted to thank you for helping me remember the two most important women in my life with the pics of your recipes and cookbook. Miss my grandmothers everyday but today you helped bring them to life for me. Thank you!

  12. Elizabeth says

    Not sure what I did wrong? It looked perfect & then I sliced it & the chocolate had turned to soup. :(

  13. Donna Eaton says

    Thanks for sharing the chocolate pie recipe! I grew up in North Carolina eating my grandmother’s version of the same. I made the pie last night. Fantastic! As great as I remember.

  14. Amy Ayscue says

    Hi Leigh Anne,

    I made it but put the vanilla in before I boiled it. Is that going to affect the pie.


  15. Sarah says

    Everything was great until I took it out of the oven and it had turned into liquid. What did I do wrong? I followed directions to a T but it melted in the oven. I was hoping it would thicken again after I did the meringue but it never did. It did taste very good though : )

  16. Maha says

    Hello. This pie looks really great. I hope mine will turn out like this :) I was wondering if you think almond milk would work for this ? I see you used whole milk. Do you think I would need to add something to it if I use almond milk? Keep baking. Take care :)

  17. says

    I made this tonight!!! I just took it out of the oven & my fiancé is itching to dig in . If it tastes half as perfect as it looks I’ll be pleased! Thanks so much!

    (Ps. I used a homemade graham cracker crust!)

    (PPS. I showed my fiancé the picture/story about your grandma. & mom. Both of us were extremely close to our grandmas. Thanks for sharing your story. It made me excited to try the recipe because I knew it was rooted in love.)

  18. Brittany says

    Does this recipe make one or two pies? Just need to know if I need to double it! This recipe sounds so delicious!!!

  19. Sarah says

    I make a chocolate pie every year for my family. This year, I will make this pie instead, as the recipe seems rooted in love, and I lost my granny at the beginning of this month. Thank you!

  20. Pamelia says

    I was checking out pinterst for recipes and I came across yours. I looks so much like my grandmother Lucy’s recipe and looks like it also. I had wrote it down on a envelope when I was younger cause I always wanted to make it on my own some day. My granny passed away last March and I have so many happy memories of her. She would always let me help.


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