Southern Sweet Chocolate Pie

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Southern Sweet Chocolate Pie is a homemade baked chocolate pie topped with chopped pecans and coconut.  It’s all the flavors of your favorite German Chocolate Cake in a decadent pie.  This old fashioned chocolate pie is Grandma approved!

Southern Sweet Chocolate Pie Recipe

I’m doing a victory dance. No, really. I took one bite of this decadent German Chocolate Pie and started dancing. And then, I texted my Mom to tell her about this amazing pie – “the best pie I’ve ever baked” were my exact words.  My husband told me that I was gloating, but honestly, I couldn’t care less because this baked chocolate pie is to die for.

To be perfectly honest, I intended to share this pie with my sister and her family so that I wouldn’t eat the whole thing myself, but I didn’t. (Sorry, Not Sorry Mary!)  I couldn’t part with it.  Plus, my daughters devoured it along with me.  The chocolate-loving gene passed right from me to them.

I love the flavors of German Chocolate Cake (check out Granny’s Recipe).  The chocolate, the pecans and the coconut come together to form a masterpiece.  Imagine that combination of ingredients in pie form, and voila you’ve got a Southern Sweet Chocolate Pie!

German Chocolate Pie Ingredients

Deep Dish Pie Crust (or 2 regular crusts) * Be sure to read the notes about the crust.*

Baking Chocolate (semi sweet or a combination of semi sweet and unsweetened)

Butter

Evaporated milk

Sugar

Cornstarch

Salt

Eggs

Vanilla

Sweetened, Flaked Coconut

Chopped Pecans

Scroll to the bottom to find exact ingredient amounts in the recipe card.

Is baking chocolate the same as chocolate chips?

Can I use chocolate chips instead of baking chocolate?  This question has crossed my mind while baking. As a rule of thumb, if a recipe calls for baking chocolate, it is best to use the bar-form instead of substituting chocolate chips.  The ingredients are different which could affect the results of your recipe.

Ever wonder why chocolate chips keep their shape and don’t melt into your cookies?  That’s because chocolate chips have stabilizing ingredients to prevent them from melting.  Baking chocolate, on the other hand, is made specifically to melt.

How to make homemade coconut pecan pie:

Find the full instructions and ingredient amounts for German Chocolate Pie at the bottom of this post.

  1. Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt; add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Set aside.
  2. Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat; whisking until smooth. Remove from heat.
  3. Gradually stir evaporated milk into melted chocolate while whisking.
  4. Add chocolate mixture to sugar mixture, and beat until combined.
  5. Pour into a frozen, deep dish pie shell (or homemade pie crust).
  6. Mix chopped pecans and coconut; sprinkle over top pie, covering all surfaces.
  7. Bake in preheated oven until puffed (all the way to center) and browned.
  8. Let cool for a minimum of 4 hours before serving to set the filling set up.      

Notes About  Southern Sweet Chocolate Pie:

  • Use baking chocolate not chocolate chips.
  • Try a combination of unsweetened baking chocolate and semi-sweet baking chocolate, if desired.
  • Be sure to use a deep dish pie crust (or two small pie crusts).  If you use 2 small, the baking time will be reduced.  Also note, if there seems to be too much filling for the crust, pour it into a small baking dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray to make a small separate dessert.  It’s better to do this than to overfill your pie crust.
  • Put a cookie sheet underneath the pie in the oven, just in case it overflows.  This will prevent a mess. Also see note above about not overfilling the pie crust.
  • Lightly drape a piece of foil over the pie about 20 minutes into baking to prevent the crust from over-browning.
  • How do you know when it’s baked through? This southern sweet chocolate pie will puff – be sure it’s puffed in the center too.
  • This coconut pecan chocolate pie needs to set for a minimum of 4 hours before eating so that the filling can set up.
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Southern Sweet Chocolate Pie is a homemade baked chocolate pie topped with chopped pecans and coconut.  It's all the flavors of your favorite German Chocolate Cake in a decadent pie.  This old fashioned chocolate pie is Grandma approved!

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Southern Sweet Chocolate Pie

Southern Sweet Chocolate Pie is a homemade baked chocolate pie topped with chopped pecans and coconut.  It's all the flavors of your favorite German Chocolate Cake in a decadent pie.  This old fashioned chocolate pie is Grandma approved!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Cooling Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut pecan chocolate pie, german chocolate pie, southern sweet chocolate pie
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 608kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • 1 deep dish, frozen pie crust
  • 1 1/3 cups sweetened, flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt; add eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth. Set aside until needed.
    Southern Sweet Chocolate Pie is a homemade baked chocolate pie topped with chopped pecans and coconut.  It's all the flavors of your favorite German Chocolate Cake in a decadent pie.  This old fashioned chocolate pie is Grandma approved!
  • In a small saucepan, melt chocolate and butter over low heat; whisk until smooth. Remove from heat.
    Southern Sweet Chocolate Pie is a homemade baked chocolate pie topped with chopped pecans and coconut.  It's all the flavors of your favorite German Chocolate Cake in a decadent pie.  This old fashioned chocolate pie is Grandma approved!
  • Gradually whisk evaporated milk into melted chocolate.
    Southern Sweet Chocolate Pie is a homemade baked chocolate pie topped with chopped pecans and coconut.  It's all the flavors of your favorite German Chocolate Cake in a decadent pie.  This old fashioned chocolate pie is Grandma approved!
  • Blend chocolate mixture into sugar mixture until completely incorporated.
    Southern Sweet Chocolate Pie is a homemade baked chocolate pie topped with chopped pecans and coconut.  It's all the flavors of your favorite German Chocolate Cake in a decadent pie.  This old fashioned chocolate pie is Grandma approved!
  • Pour into pie crust. Do not over fill. If there's too much filling, see notes for remaining.
    Southern Sweet Chocolate Pie is a homemade baked chocolate pie topped with chopped pecans and coconut.  It's all the flavors of your favorite German Chocolate Cake in a decadent pie.  This old fashioned chocolate pie is Grandma approved!
  • Combine coconut and pecans; sprinkle over chocolate filling, covering the entire pie.
    Southern Sweet Chocolate Pie is a homemade baked chocolate pie topped with chopped pecans and coconut.  It's all the flavors of your favorite German Chocolate Cake in a decadent pie.  This old fashioned chocolate pie is Grandma approved!
  • Bake for 35 to 50 minutes or until browned and puffed up. If the center of the pie is puffed up, the pie is done. Be sure to drape the pie with foil about 20 minutes into cooking to prevent over-browning.
    Southern Sweet Chocolate Pie is a homemade baked chocolate pie topped with chopped pecans and coconut.  It's all the flavors of your favorite German Chocolate Cake in a decadent pie.  This old fashioned chocolate pie is Grandma approved!
  • Let cool for a minimum of 4 hours before cutting to let the filling set up.
    Southern Sweet Chocolate Pie is a homemade baked chocolate pie topped with chopped pecans and coconut.  It's all the flavors of your favorite German Chocolate Cake in a decadent pie.  This old fashioned chocolate pie is Grandma approved!

Notes

  • Use baking chocolate not chocolate chips.
  • Try a combination of unsweetened baking chocolate and semi-sweet baking chocolate, if desired.
  • Be sure to use a deep dish pie crust (or two small pie crusts).  If you use 2 small, the baking time will be reduced.  Also note, if there seems to be too much filling for the crust, pour it into a small baking dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray to make a small separate dessert.  It's better to do this than to overfill your pie crust.
  • Put a cookie sheet underneath the pie in the over, just in case it overflows.  This will prevent a mess. Also see note above about not overfilling the pie crust.
  • Lightly drape a piece of foil over the pie about 20 minutes into baking to prevent the crust from over-browning.
  • How do you know when it's baked through? This southern sweet chocolate pie will puff---be sure it's puffed in the center too.
  • This coconut pecan chocolate pie needs to set for a minimum of 4 hours before eating so that the filling can set up. 
  • Love German Chocolate flavors? Try our Granny's Homemade German Chocolate Icing

Nutrition

Calories: 608kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 290mg | Potassium: 329mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 345IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 2mg

Southern Sweet Chocolate Pie is a homemade baked chocolate pie topped with chopped pecans and coconut.  It's all the flavors of your favorite German Chocolate Cake in a decadent pie.  This old fashioned chocolate pie is Grandma approved!

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