Chocolate Meringue Pie

Easy chocolate meringue pie recipe is simple to follow, yet produces fool-proof results. The rich chocolate filling is topped with billowy sweet meringue.

chocolate meringue pie

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If you ask The Husband what his favorite dessert is, he will reply without hesitation, “My wife’s chocolate pie.”

This pie recipe holds a special place in my heart. Eight years ago, when The Husband was just The Boyfriend, I offered to make him a special dessert for his birthday. He requested a chocolate meringue pie.

I don’t even remember where the original recipe came from. It’s dated June 2003 and printed in simple Times New Roman font. The corners are dog-earred. There is a big chocolate splotch in one corner (I finally wised up and now store it a page protector).

Every year since that birthday, he requests a chocolate meringue pie. Now that he’s a dad, he requests it for Father’s Day too. I’ve made this recipe so many times, I could probably make it blindfolded. It’s a simple recipe that produces fool-proof results and a rich flavor.

How to Make Chocolate Meringue Pie

First you want to sift together flour, sugar and cocoa powder into a medium soft pan. I like to sift these three ingredients together to prevent lumps later on. Whisk in a can of evaporated milk and vanilla.

chocolate meringue pie

Separate four eggs. Reserve those egg whites – you’ll need them later for the meringue! Gently beat the egg yolks, then pour them into the pan. Gently whisk the egg yolks until they are combined with the chocolate mixture.

Finally add a stick of butter to the mixture. Turn the burner to medium and simmer the chocolate mixture until the butter is melted. You want to sit this frequently to keep the chocolate mixture smooth and to prevent it from burning on the bottom of the pan.

chocolate meringue pie

While you are waiting for the butter to melt in the chocolate mixture, roll and trim one pie crust to fit a deep dish pie plate. If you’re looking for a homemade pie crust, I have a recipe for a great one here.

Once the butter has melted, the chocolate mixture should be the consistency of warm pudding. Carefully pour it into the pie shell. Place the pie in an oven preheated to 350 degrees and bake until the filling look set when shaken, about 35-40 minutes. If your crust starts to look too brown, cover it with a pie crust shield or a few strip of aluminum foil.

chocolate meringue pie

About 15-20 minutes before your pie comes out of the oven, start making your meringue. It’s like the crowning jewel of this pie. Making meringue is super easy, but novice bakers may become intimidated by it. Relax … check out this post on how to make fool proof meringue every time.

chocolate meringue pie

After you pull your pie out of the oven, immediately top it with the meringue. Be sure to spread the meringue out until it touches where the crust meets the pie. Place the pie back in the oven and bake about 10-15 minute more until the meringue starts to turn golden.

Allow the pie to cool at room temperature. Afterwards, store it in the refrigerator.

chocolate meringue pie

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Chocolate Meringue Pie

Easy chocolate meringue recipe is simple to follow, yet produces fool-proof results. The rich chocolate filling is topped with billowy sweet meringue.
4.80 from 10 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 330kcal
Author: Lisa B.


For the filling:

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (9 inch) single crust pie

For the meringue:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar


For the pie:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and cocoa powder. Stir in the sugar.
  • Add the mixture to a medium saucepan and blend in evaporated milk and vanilla.
  • Beat the egg yolks slightly and stir into pan until just combined.
  • Add the butter. Heat, stirring constantly, until the butter is melted. Pour the filling into an unbaked pie shell.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the pie looks set when gently shaken.

For the meringue:

  • In the meantime, combine the egg whites and cream of tartar in a clean, dry metal or glass bowl. Beat at medium speed until the egg yolks form bubbles and look frothy.
  • Add the sugar, one tablespoon at a time. Beat on medium speed between each addition until the sugar is well incorporated. At this point, when you pull your mixer out of the meringue, the point that forms will fall over on top of itself. This is soft peaks.
  • Keep beating the eggs whites until they become more dense and shiny. You know your meringue is ready when you pull the mixer out and the point stands up straight. This is stiff peaks.
  • Spread or pipe the meringue over the top of your pie as soon as it comes out of the oven. Spread the meringue all the way to the edge where the crust and the pie filling meet to seal the meringue.
  • Return the pie to the oven. Bake until the meringue begins to brown, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Allow the pie to cool at room temperature.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 530mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1.8mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this for my friends birthday, having never made meringue once in my life. It was SO simple! And delicious! The end result tasted like a brownie batter with marshmallows, so rich in flavor. Will 100% be saving this recipe for future use ☺️

  2. 5 stars
    Made this yesterday and it’s hands down the BEST chocolate meringue pie I’ve ever made! So easy too, and simple ingredients most have on hand. I wish I could attach a photo here, it was beautiful:)

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