Old-fashioned Fudge Pie – Easy and Amazing!

I admit I’m a chocoholic. If it’s chocolate, I’ll probably eat it. And sometimes it turns out that the simplest of things can be the absolute best—which is the case with this old-fashioned fudge pie. It’s one of those things that Southern cooks probably whipped up because they didn’t have much to work with, along the same lines as chocolate cobbler, and this pie is proof that less is often best.

Fudge pie reminds me of my husband’s late sister, Carole—and thinking of Carole always makes me smile. She wasn’t much of a cook, so she would pick up a fudge pie from her local bakery as her contribution to the family’s Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. When Carole first got married, her husband, Dale, didn’t know what he was in for. He thought he was marrying a domestic goddess. Instead, he would come home from work to hear her say that the roast she was cooking for supper hadn’t finished thawing and they would just have to go out. Little did he know she had taken the roast out of the freezer about twenty minutes before he was due home, sprinkled a little flour on her face for good measure, and pretended to be preparing dinner.

I think one of the things that epitomizes the importance of food to me is that we have memories which are so intertwined with the foods we love—or hate, as the case may be (just ask my mother about making me eat peas…). Even though Carole never actually made this pie, I still think of her when I make it. And so, while she’s been gone ten years now, her memory lives on through something as simple as a chocolate pie.

Now, let’s bake a pie! All you need is a 9-inch pie crust, sugar, cocoa, butter, flour and vanilla. With that combination, how can you go wrong? It 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.

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.

Add 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/3 cup cocoa, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 3 eggs. Whisk all together until batter is smooth.

Pour the batter into a 9-inch pie crust and bake at 350° for about 35 minutes or until center is set. Then take it out of the oven and hide it somewhere. Oh, wait, that’s just me…

When the pie is done, the top will have a slight crust and a few cracks here and there. It won’t look like anything special and isn’t even pretty.

But once you cut into the pie, you’ll see where the deliciousness is hiding. Underneath that slightly crunchy top is a fudgy, gooey, chocolatey concoction that melts in your mouth and fills all your chocolate longings.

Old-fashioned Fudge Pie

Oh my! Doesn’t that look scrumptious?



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Old-fashioned Fudge Pie - Easy and Amazing!
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This 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!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1½ cups granuated sugar
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup cocoa
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl and whisk until well blended.
  3. Pour into pie crust and bake about 35 minutes, or until center is set.
Adapted from Southern Living's Fudge Pie in Quick and Easy Recipes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice



  1. 39

    Crystar says

    Love stories from the kitchen and your sister in law sounds like a hoot!! Sorry for your loss but so glad you have a funny reminder of her in your kitchen !
    To me food has the best memories
    It seems that nearly everything I cook brings memories of old friends and strangely enough, cooking helps me draw on fond memories of friends turned “no longer friends”. The kitchen is my happy place because it brings warmth and smiles to my loved ones faces.
    I cannot wait to mAke this ( I have to use coconut oil instead of butter , I’ll let u know how it turns out😮

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    CaseyB says

    I need to make this for my daughter’s teacher. However I will need to do it the night before.. Would I need to refrigerate (and how does it taste cold) or leave it out for room temperature? Or is this delicious looking pie great only when hot out of oven? :-)

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      I don’t typically use a frozen pie crust but I’m sure you could and it would be fine. I would just follow the package directions for a filled pie.

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    Ella says

    I am obsessed with this pie lol. Making it again tomorrow for my Mom’s birthday!! She used to make a fudge pie years ago but lost the receipe. Thanks for sharing we are in Chocolate Heaven!!

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    Debbie says

    I made this pie for my brother and only got a small piece. Then I tried some others, this one is by FAR the best one!! Thanks!!!

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    Brittany says

    My pies are in the oven i learned to bake pies by my great uncle he was famous for his fudge pie and i was the only one who carried his recipe in the family so when he passed i continued the tradition well it has been a few years since i last made one and two kids,later my mind got a little fuzzy i could remember a few things so when i got asked to bake the famous pies i was too embarrassed to say i forgot considering im the only one who knew but after seeing this recipe it brought it all back to me thank you for helping me keep my great uncles famous pies alive today!

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    Lyndsey says

    I did exactly what the recipe said but mine just turned into a brownie on the inside :( do you know why that happened?

    • 51

      Lucy says

      Lindsey, I’m sorry that happened! I don’t know why unless maybe it cooked too long. Ovens can have different calibration so yours could be hotter. Hope it still tastes good!

      • 52

        Lyndsey says

        It just taste like brownie so I guess it’s fine. Just not what I was looking forward to xD I’m going to have to try again and just watch it closely or turn the heat down. I thought that was probably the problem.

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    I worked for a catering company and we did a lot of funcitons in a victorian home in the nw area of arkansas, and my boss made these. He always made sure he made me one of my own, and i asked for the recipe for years and he wouldn’t give it up. So now with the computer age i was able to find it and WOW it’s funny how something like this can bring back such awesome memories. My friend is now deceased and i think of him often. Just wanted to share that!!!

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    Eric says

    LUCY,I Love your story! My mother-in-law always made this for me and it was my favorite! She always made one for my wife and kids and one just for me that no one else was allowed to touch! The old stories about hating your mother-in-law is definitely not true in my case. She lived with us for 10 years and I loved her and her chocolate pie!

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      Lucy says


      Love that you were close to your mother-in-law. Food is such a huge part of family lore and family life. Thanks so much for visiting In a Southern Kitchen!

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      Lucy says

      Hi Karen,

      This is not chess pie, although there is a chocolate chess pie. The texture of this pie is different from chess pie. It’s delicious so give it a try and let me know what you think.


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