Fudge Pie with Cocoa – Easy and Amazing!

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!

If you ask my family what they want for dessert, hands down every single one of us will say something chocolate. Chocolate 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, our preference is for chocolate. Which probably helps explain the preponderance of chocolate recipes on this site!

Fudge pie made with cocoa is super easy and bakes in 30 minutes!

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.

Fudge pie made with cocoa is super easy and bakes in 30 minutes!

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.

How to Make Fudge 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.

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

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Add 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/3 cup cocoa, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 3 eggs.

Beat or whisk all together until batter is smooth. I prefer to use a hand mixer but I have just used a whisk at times as well. This is a KISS pie!

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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.

Fudge pie made with cocoa is super easy and bakes in 30 minutes!

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.

Fudge pie made with cocoa is super easy and bakes in 30 minutes!

Oh my! Doesn’t that look scrumptious?



Updated 5-22-2017 – Note about using frozen pie shell: 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. 

5 from 11 votes
Old-fashioned Fudge Pie
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
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!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Yield: 8 servings
Calories: 464 kcal
Author: Lucy
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 9-inch unbaked pie shell
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. 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.

  3. Pour into pie crust and bake about 25-35 minutes, or until center is set and toothpick has gooey wet crumbs. Make sure you don't overtake.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Southern Living's Fudge Pie in Quick and Easy Recipes.

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  • Reply
    September 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I’m sure that this pie and your caramelized banana ice cream will be on my Thanksgiving menu! I can’t wait 🙂

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    September 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Don’t wait til Thanksgiving to try this pie! You will love it.

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    Karen W
    September 21, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Is this chess pie? I’ve never had it, but always wanted to. This looks fantastic.

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      September 21, 2011 at 7:52 am

      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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    Weekend Cowgirl
    September 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I am headed to grocery. I need to make this ASAP!!!

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      September 30, 2011 at 8:01 am

      You will love it! So easy and so yummy.

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    October 19, 2013 at 10:49 am

    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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      October 23, 2013 at 10:40 am


      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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    Wendy Caldwell
    November 20, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Can I substitute chocolate syrup for cocoa powder ??

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      November 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      No, I don’t think that would work. Chocolate syrup would dilute the flavor and change the texture.

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    November 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Just curious if you have ever tried this with a graham cracker crust?

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      November 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Hi Rick,

      I have not but I’m sure it would be delicious!

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      November 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      I often use graham cracker crust with pies, and they are always better to me and my family.

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    November 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    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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      November 29, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Food is all about memories. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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    November 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm

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

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      November 26, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      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!

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        November 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm

        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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      Bob Hart
      November 19, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      Be sure to use all purpose and not self rising flour or it will be brownies.

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        November 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm

        Hi Bob,

        The recipe does specify all-purpose. Thanks!

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    November 27, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    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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      November 29, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      That’s so great…I hope your pies turned out fantastic!

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    December 8, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    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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      December 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you, Debbie! I’m so glad you enjoyed the pie. It’s one of our family favorites.

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    January 18, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    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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    November 20, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Do you use a frozen pre-made crust? If so should the crust defrost first?

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      November 21, 2014 at 8:50 am

      I don’t typically use a frozen pie crust but I would follow the instructions on the pie crust package as to whether to thaw or not. Note – if you do use frozen, I discovered they are actually smaller than my 9-inch glass pie plate so don’t pour all of the batter into the frozen pie crust or it will overflow and make a chocolate mess!

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    December 23, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    My grandmother used to serve it with Cool Whip and the tastes together are just wonderful. 🙂

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    April 28, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    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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      April 28, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      It is delicious at room temperature. I never refrigerate it so I think you will be fine.

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    August 17, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    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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    November 25, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    This pie looks delish. After i melted butter and i poured all the sugar in and began to whisk. It was very sugary and i could not whisk it away to being smooth. I realize now, i think i should have allow the melted butter to cool. Gonna try one more time since it is so quick.

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    April 25, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    My sugar did not dissolve. Should I put it back in the microwave so it gets hot and dissolves?

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      April 25, 2016 at 9:54 pm


      You can try that or just go ahead and finish the pie. The sugar will cook into the filling and I bet it will be just fine!

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    September 8, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    This recipe doed not fit on a reg pie crust. It overflowed and made a huge mess. My ingredients are exactly right.

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    September 22, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    I had the same issue with the sugar not disolving. I didn’t wait for the butter to cool. Read it after I ran into the problem. I’m no baker. Cooking this for a party in graham cracker crust.

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    November 5, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Hi! If I have salted butter on hand, can I use that and just leave out the 1/8 tsp of salt?

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      November 5, 2016 at 10:38 pm


      I think that would be ok, but I’d probably go ahead and toss in the 1/8 tsp of salt with the flour anyway. I rarely use salted butter so I don’t really know HOW salty it tastes, but I doubt that it would make the pie too salty. Hope it turns out well!

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    December 5, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    This is an excellent fudge pie recipe! My 11-year-old made it for us tonight (I helped a little) and it is perfect. She just used a whisk and it baked up to creamy deliciousness in 35 minutes! Thank you! 🙂

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      December 6, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks, Martie! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I think my daughter was about that age when she first made this pie and now she makes it almost every year. Enjoy! xoxo

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    December 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Do you have to cook the pie crust first ?? I bought a frozen one.. was thinking i do…


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      December 24, 2016 at 8:13 am

      Hi Melissa,

      I do not pre-bake the pie crust for this pie, but you certainly could for a little bit.

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        December 24, 2016 at 11:21 am

        Thank you!!! Can’t wait to bake today !

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    January 19, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    This is delicious! Thank you! I’ve made it a few times and everyone loves it. My 5yo daughter is named Lucy and when she helped me make it she decided to call it “Lucy’s Pie.” I guess that works! 😉

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      January 20, 2017 at 11:00 am

      Oh, I love that! So great to start developing a love of cooking when they’re young. Good job, Mom!

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    February 24, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Hi! Thanks for the recipe. Here’s how I make it! I make the batter exactly the same, but I don’t put it in a pie shell. I just put it in a 8×8 square glass dish and bake it like that. I then scoop it into a bowl and top it with vanilla ice cream! It is soooo good! When we want some the next day (or maybe another helping a couple of hours later!), I microwave it for a few seconds to warm it up again. Give it a try! It’s kind of like lava cake or maybe lava brownie? Thanks again!

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    Tina Ramey
    April 30, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Made this today. Used a hand mixer. The batter fluffed up and was a light brown. Put it in a frozen 9 in pie crust and within minutes it was oozing all over the oven floor, smelling and burning. Yuck! Thinking something may be need to be tweeked on this recipe a bit.

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      April 30, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      Hi Tina,
      So sorry that happened to you! I’ve made this recipe many times and it does puff up while baking but mine doesn’t overflow. Not sure what could have gone wrong but I do hope you’ll try the pie again.

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