Granny’s Cocoa Cream Pie


My Granny’s Cocoa Cream Pie always makes an appearance at holiday gatherings, it’s just one of those special holiday treats that everyone looks forward to! Bonus: this creamy cocoa cream pie is so easy to whip up.

She lived through the Great Depression, and I grew up begging for any stories she would tell me of those days. While she always thought it was funny for a young girl to want to know about that time in history, she would still tell me what I wanted to know.

So, I would dig in her cellar/basement; finding all kinds of goodies. I loved everything that was old and had a story. I still do, that’s why I love old simple recipes. They have stories and life in them. This oldie was my granny’s, and she made the best pies! It’s simple and tasty.

Let your nostalgia run wild with this simple and delicious chocolate pie that will most likely bring back memories of your grandma’s baking.


1/2 cup cocoa

1/4 cup cornstarch/or arrowroot powder (or 1/2 cup all purpose flour)

3 egg yolks

1 1/2 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

9 ” pre-baked pie shell


Servings 6

Preparation time 15mins

Cooking time 120mins



Mix cocoa, cornstarch, beaten egg yolks; sugar and salt, then add milk gradually, while stirring in a pot over med-high heat.

Cook until thick, beating it smooth. While stirring, mix in the vanilla. Cream pies take some time to thicken, so stir… and stir (10 to 15 minutes).

Using a heavy bottom pan really helps. Just keep it up until it thickens. Pour into a pre-baked pie shell.

Put in the fridge to chill for several hours before serving.

Add whipped cream, cool whip, or a baked meringue for the topping if you like 🙂

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