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a slice of Grandma’s chocolate pie sitting on a plate with a fork on a yellow napkin in front of kichen canisters

Grandma's Chocolate Pie

Delicious rich chocolate custard topped with fluffy meringue.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pie, chocolate pie, meringue pie, cream pie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Christina


  • 1 baked pie shell
  • 3/4 c raw sugar
  • 1/4 c cornstarch
  • 3 c whole milk
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 6 T raw sugar
  • 1/2 tsp chocolate extract (or vanilla)


  1. Separate 4 eggs and place yolks in microwave-safe bowl.

  2. Add additional egg and beat well.

  3. Then add milk and beat again.

  4. Add ¾ c sugar and cornstarch.

  5. Whisk thoroughly.

  6. Microwave for 2 minutes.

  7. Whisk very thoroughly again.

  8. Microwave 30 seconds and whisk again.

  9. Repeat this until custard begins to thicken and set.

  10. In separate bowl on stand mixer, place the 4 egg whites and the cream of tartar.

  11. Beat with whisk attachment for 1 minute.

  12. Sprinkle sugar over egg whites while mixer is going.

  13. Once all 6 T sugar are added, turn mixer to high and whisk until stiff peaks are reached.

  14. Add chocolate extract and let it mix in.

  15. Pour custard mixture into pie shell.

  16. Spread meringue over top making sure it touches the pie shell on every part of the edge.

  17. Bake at 350 until meringue is lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

  18. Serve cooled or refrigerated. Store in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t like meringue, make pie as directed but top with whipped cream instead of making the meringue. Save your egg whites for another dish.