No Bake Chocolate Pie w/ COOL WHIP


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Growing up, my Grandma Sylvia was known in many different circles in Baltimore, simply as “the pie lady.”  In the late 1950’s, she used to home bake deliciously fresh pies and sell them to the local store for extra cash.  Over the next decades, extended family dinners at Gram’s apartment became the Friday night ritual.  If you missed a dinner, you’d miss the opportunity to get a coveted piece of one of her pies, where homemade crusts sealed in a variety of intense flavors from: chocolate to pecan to pumpkin spice.

As a kid, I enjoyed being the consummate consumer of Gram’s pie handiwork.  As a mom, the idea of making any pie seemed way too stressful and intimidating.  My head swirled with visions of that storybook, perfectly-baked cherry pie.  I had no intention of wearing an apron, flouring my hands, and using a rolling pin.  However, I had completely forgotten about my favorite no bake pies from childhood.

Gram’s No Bake Chocolate Pie is a perfect hassle-free dessert that can be made in 10 minutes! Now that it’s summertime, I also wanted a recipe for a refreshing, cool dessert.  And, with a combination of chocolate filling, a graham cracker crust and the addition of COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, a relatively ordinary dessert dish can become quite divine.

Gram’s pie recipe is simply too easy to pass up.  And, guess what?  If you’re pressed for time and you can’t make a pie crust from scratch, you can simply buy a ready-made 8” or 9” crust.  I did, I’m not ashamed.  When you’re looking to come up with a dish quickly, using a pre-made crust and COOL WHIP help cut down your prep time considerably.

Ready-made graham cracker pie crust

If you have a well-stocked pantry and fridge, you shouldn’t need to purchase any of the required ingredients.  Since I wasn’t in the mood to make anything from scratch, I only had to purchase a pie crust.  I always have a tub of COOL WHIP on hand since my daughter loves topping off her berries with a nice heaping dollop.

COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

Then, all you need to do is mix the butter, chocolate and sugar, layer it in the pie crust, and set it in the fridge for at least an hour to cool.  I’m fairly certain my kids created more difficult dishes than this in nursery school!

Pie filling – awaiting chocolate

Pie filling – with chocolate

After only one hour to set in the fridge, the gorgeous chocolate pie is slightly hardened and ready for the grand finale: a nice generous layer of COOL WHIP.

Chocolate Pie – chilled and ready for its finishing touch

Ready for the COOL WHIP topping

The creamy yet light taste of COOL WHIP tempers the intense chocolate pudding filler flavor.  The COOL WHIP truly renders it mousse-like but, the unexpected crunch of the graham cracker crust stakes its claim as a pie.  And, if you add a just a light dusting of some shaved chocolate, you’ve got pure decadence.

Finished Pie – only 10 minutes to make!

Your No Bake Chocolate Pie can be festive too: add shaved peppermint to your luscious COOL WHIP  topping for Christmas; tint your COOL WHIP with some green food coloring for St. Patrick’s Day; add some red food coloring to your COOL WHIP for Valentine’s Day.

Heavenly slice of pie w/COOL WHIP & shaved chocolate

Yum (and that’s the size of one piece!)

Whichever way you go, this recipe is guaranteed to top your list of dessert favorites!  Enjoy.


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  1. This is my kind of recipe!! LOVED it!!

  2. What a great pie for a summer time treat. It looks delicious and so easy! Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing says:

    pinned it for a great summer treat! yummy- thanks for linking with Kids in the kItchen

  4. I make a similar chocolate pie but I only use chocolate, cool whip and a pie crust. No baking. No butter. No extra sugar. And it sets up nice and stiff!

  5. Oh and no eggs. I make a similar chocolate pie but I only use chocolate, cool whip and a pie crust. No baking. No butter. No extra sugar. And it sets up nice and stiff.

  6. I am not too sure about those raw eggs! We have learned a lot since the old days and raw eggs contain bacterial and contaminants, such as salmonella! It looks so good though, and would love to try this, but maybe omit those raw eggs! 🙂

    • My family have been making this recipe for many many years. I was worried about eggs to. You can substitute meringue powder and it will work just fine!

  7. Chris cox says:

    Is it OK to eat raw eggs like that?

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