Clint’s Favorite Chocolate Pie

This is Clint’s favorite chocolate pie.

Actually, it’s just his favorite pie. Period. Amen the end.

He came into married life with this being his favorite pie. His mom made it for him over and over and over. So, once I was a Mrs. one of my first duties was learning to bake this pie. Well, this pie and fried chicken. But that’s another post. 🙂

I couldn’t even begin to count the numerous times in our twenty year marriage that I’ve baked this pie.

I’ve overfilled a crust so that the filling spilled over and burned the bottom of the oven while baking this pie (More than once. Okay, more than twice).

I’ve baked it when we lived in Colorado at 8000 feet and it took forever and a day to get the darn thing done!

I’ve baked this pie in the old ovens of funky ranch houses. One particular oven that heated so unevenly, I had to move the pie from one side of the oven to the other every 7 minutes to avoid a half burned, half gooey chocolate mess.

Instead of a birthday cake, Clint would rather blow out candles stuck into this chocolate pie.

I’ve even made it ahead if I was going to be out-of-town for a while as a little left-behind-treat. If you use a store bought frozen pie-crust, it fits perfectly in a gallon plastic bag and freezes beautifully.

I make this pie at Thanksgiving each year and swiftly learned to make two. Clint gets mighty antsy when people choose “his” pie.

So, I make two pies and he hides one.

And then, with that second pie safely hidden, he can be gracious when others grab a piece of “his” pie. Everyone seems sad when the chocolate pie is gone, but I can see Clint, smiling, ever-so-slightly, (you’d hardly notice unless you knew his secret) while nodding his head in gloomy agreement.

You can bet he’ll be digging into that hidden chocolate pie as soon as he sees the dust flying up behind our guests driving away the dirt road.


1 (9 inch) deep dish pie shell, unbaked                  1/8 teaspoon salt

1 1/3 cups sugar                                                               1 (5.33 ounce) can evaporated milk

3 Tablespoons cocoa                                                     1 teaspoon vanilla (I adore King Arthur’s Vanilla Bean Crush)

1/4 cup butter, melted

2 Eggs, slightly beaten

1 Egg divided



Beat egg white until frothy. Brush egg white mixture along the crust and set aside the unbaked pie shell. Combine sugar, cocoa and butter with a fork until mixed well. Add the 2 beaten eggs and beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Mix in vanilla, milk and salt. Pour filling into pie shell. Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm or cold. Top with whipped cream. Enjoy!



2 Responses to “Clint’s Favorite Chocolate Pie

  • Mollie Zinser
    9 months ago

    Loved this article, as I can imagine that smile when he knows what everyone else doesn’t about the hidden pie! Love reading your stories!

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