Fudge pie made with cocoa takes about 10 minutes to put together and 30 minutes to bake into the most delicious pie you’ve ever had!

A slice of fudge pie topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

If you ask my family what they want for dessert, hands down every single one of us will say something chocolate. Chocolate Chess pie, chocolate cake, chocolate something—which doesn’t mean we don’t like other desserts too. Give me a good Creme Brulee any day!

But overall, we crave chocolate. Which probably helps explain the preponderance of chocolate recipes on this site and why we love this fudge pie so much!

I admit I’m a chocoholic. If it’s chocolate, I’ll probably eat it. And side note, if you love chocolate to, be sure and try this Chocolate Silk Pie from my friend Stacey.

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I like a mixing bowl that’s deep so my batter doesn’t splash out the sides, and this set is perfect! And of course you need a pie plate for serving this pie–you can’t go wrong with this classic Pyrex and it’s so inexpensive!


The ingredients for this delicious chocolate fudge pie are basic and stuff that you probably have in your pantry and fridge right now. As a matter of fact, after you make this fudge pie once, you’ll probably make sure that you always have these ingredients handy so you can make it again on the spur of the moment!

  • Pie crust – refrigerated or homemade works best
  • Sugar
  • Cocoa
  • Butter – unsalted
  • Flour
  • Vanilla

With that combination, how can you go wrong?

**Cook’s Tip: If you want to make homemade pie crust, this recipe is super easy. Otherwise, I suggest using the refrigerated pie crusts. I don’t suggest using a frozen pie shell and you can see why in my tips below.

I love that this is a chocolate pie with cocoa, so you don’t have to bother with melting chocolate, or even remembering to buy chocolate. I may not always have baking chocolate in my pantry, but I ALWAYS have cocoa!

This fudge pie recipe comes together in about ten minutes, bakes for about thirty—and then all that luscious, gooey, chocolatey goodness is ready to eat.

My friend Frank said on Saturday, “That’s about the best chocolate pie I’ve ever eaten!” And I would have to agree.

How to Make Fudge Pie

Step 1. Start by melting 3/4 cup of unsalted butter in a large bowl in the microwave. Let that cool for just a few minutes, then stir in 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar.

Step 2. Use a hand mixer or whisk to dissolve the sugar, and keep in mind the sugar won’t dissolve completely until baking. The mixture will feel slightly grainy, which is perfectly fine.

Step 3. Add 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/3 cup cocoa, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 3 eggs to the sugar. Beat or whisk all together until batter is smooth.

**Cook’s Tip: I prefer to use a hand mixer but I have just used a whisk at times as well. This old-fashioned fudge pie recipe is a KISS pie—you know what that means!

Step 4. Pour the batter into a 9-inch pie crust and bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set.

**Cook’s Tip: A frozen 9-inch pie shell is actually smaller than a regular 9-inch pie plate so you will have extra filling if using frozen. 

Step 5. Remove pie from oven and place on a cooling rack. The top should have a slight crust and there may be a few cracks here and there.

Serving Suggestions

So I make either this Fudge Pie or my Cream Cheese Pound Cake when I’m taking something to a party, or when I’m taking comfort food to someone. I usually pair it with a simple meal of Roasted Rosemary Lemon Chicken, Green Beans, and Weeknight Mashed Potatoes.

If we’re having it at home though, we might have it with these Baked Pork Chops with Cream of Mushroom Soup or Salmon Patties. I like to keep the whole meal pretty simple and easy!

Expert Tips

  • I use either homemade pie dough or a refrigerated pie crust that I place in my actual 9-inch pie plate. As a result of some of the comments, I tried this pie in a frozen pie shell and as it turns out, the frozen pie shell that is labeled a 9-inch is actually smaller than a real 9-inch pie dish. The frozen pie shell fits down inside my 9-inch Pyrex pie plate.
  • Therefore, there is definitely too much batter and if you pour all of it into the frozen pie shell it will overflow. 
  • So, if using a frozen pie shell, either don’t pour all of the batter into the pie shell or use a deep-dish frozen pie shell. If using homemade or refrigerated pie crust in a true 9-inch pie plate then you should be fine. 
  • If using a frozen pie shell, you do not need to pre-bake.

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Old-fashioned Fudge Pie

This fudge pie is an old-fashioned pie that takes about ten minutes to put together and thirty minutes to bake into the most delicious, gooey, chocolatey pie you’ve ever had!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
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  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • teaspoon salt
  • cup cocoa
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 9- inch unbaked pie shell


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Melt butter in large, microwave safe bowl. Add sugar to melted butter and use a hand mixer or whisk to combine until sugar is mostly dissolved. Add additional ingredients and beat or whisk until well blended.
  • Pour into pie crust and bake 35-40 minutes, or until center is set and toothpick has gooey wet crumbs. Make sure you don’t overbake.



Tips for Making the Best Fudge Pie:
  • Use a hand mixer for best results. 
  • Use a refrigerated pie crust or homemade. 
  • If using a frozen pie shell, only pour the filling to the inside top edge or the pie will overflow. Or use a deep-dish pie shell and adjust baking time accordingly.
Adapted from Southern Living’s Fudge Pie in Quick and Easy Recipes.


Serving: 8servings, Calories: 464kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 5g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 107mg, Sodium: 315mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 37g
Course: Pies
Cuisine: American
Calories: 464
Keyword: chocolate fudge pie, fudge pie, how to make fudge pie, Southern Living fudge pie
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Update Notes: This post was originally published September 13, 2011, and on October 13, 2018, was updated with one or more of the following: step-by-step photos, video, updated recipe, new tips.

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  1. 5 stars
    The taste of this pie is perfect! I have been trying recipes for several years after having one of these pies at a family gathering. The person who made it was gone by the time I tried a piece, so I never got the recipe. Like you said, I tried the ones with baking chocolate, so glad this one is made with cocoa.
    I made this last night & my batter was thick, so I was pleased because I was having problems with them setting up. But after cooking for 45 minutes at 350, it had the crust on top, but was gooey in the middle. I was so disappointed because I thought I had done everything right. I do have a gas stove for the fist time, & this is my first experience cooking pies in a gas oven. We pre-heated back up to 350 & cooked it on the bottom rack for another 20 minutes, & it was fine. I’m going to try again this evening & bake on the bottom rack the entire time to see if that helps. Thanks again for the recipe!

  2. What type of oven do you have?
    Made the recipe as specified…after 45 minutes came out runny.
    Put it back in for another 20…still pretty loose.
    Otherwise, it is a breeze.
    Any thoughts as to what to do differently?

    1. You might need to calibrate your oven or get an oven thermometer so you can test the temperature. Sounds like it’s not cooking hot enough.

  3. 5 stars
    OMGoodness!! This is The BEST Fudge Pie I’ve Everrr Had!! Not overpoweringly sweet, set-ups Wonderfully and the Texture is Creamy!! Pure Pecfection of Chocolate in a Crust, as our family is Chocolate Lover’s..Thank You for sharing, this Will Be my Go-to-Recipe from this day forward!! 😀

    I doubled the recipe and used two 9″ Frozen Pie Crusts, with still a little filling leftover to put into a tiny little Pyrex dish w/Pecans sprinkled on top (OMG!! Magnificent!!)


  4. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was so good. It was to much for one pie so in the second I added a couple tablespoons of peanut butter. Let’s say I loved the peanut butter version so much. Will definitely make again. My 10 year old gave it a 10 out of 10.

  5. 5 stars
    Made this for the first time today. So easy to make. Must let it cool completely before trying to cut slices. Love it!

  6. I followed the directions, my pie was like soup in the middle 🙁
    My oven temp is correct (I keep a thermometer in it to make sure) what could have gone wrong?

    1. Sounds like you didn’t cook it quite long enough. It’s best to use a tester to check the texture before you take it out of the oven. I hope you’ll try again!