Classic Chocolate Meringue Pie


Cocoa powder and chopped chocolate give this classic chocolate pie double the chocolaty goodness for those times when only an old-fashioned chocolate meringue pie will cure your sweet tooth craving.

Classic Chocolate Meringue Pie
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
45 mins
Bake Time:
15 mins
Cool Time:
1 hr
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 9 inch baked pastry shell*

  • 3 eggs

  • 3 cup milk

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 3 ounce unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped

  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 6 tablespoon superfine granulated sugar

Pastry for a Single-Crust Pie

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup shortening or lard

  • ¼ cup butter, cut up, or shortening or lard

  • ¼ cup ice water


  1. Prepare your favorite baked pastry shell. Cool on wire rack. Separate egg yolks from whites. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. For custard, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring 2-1/2 cups of the milk almost to simmering (watch closely so milk doesn't boil). Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, with a 12-inch or larger balloon whisk, stir remaining 1/2 cup milk into the 3 egg yolks. In a second bowl combine 1 cup sugar, the flour, cocoa powder, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt; whisk in egg yolk mixture until smooth. Gradually whisk in hot milk; return the mixture to saucepan.

  3. Over medium-high heat cook and stir mixture until it comes to a full boil. Boil for 30 seconds and remove from heat.

  4. Whisk in chocolate and butter until melted and smooth. Stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla. Strain mixture through a sieve, pushing it through with a spatula as needed. Pour the chocolate filling into the prepared pastry shell.

  5. Wash both bowl and whisk. Set whites-in bowl-over bowl of hot (110 degrees F) water. Let stand 5 minutes.

  6. In a large bowl, with 12-inch or larger wire whisk, beat egg whites slowly until foamy. Whisk in the 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, the cream of tartar, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt until well blended.

  7. Whisk by hand or with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until whites begin to mound. Whisk in superfine sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, sprinkling the sugar over the whole bowl. Continue to whisk 7 to 8 minutes or until whites are moist, glossy, and do not slide when bowl is inverted. The tips of whites should curl over slightly when whisk is lifted from bowl.

  8. Turn meringue out all at once on top of hot pie filling. With spatula spread meringue from center to edges making sure meringue seals to crust all the way around. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees F or until top is golden; do not overbake. Cool on wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Makes 8 servings.

Pastry for a Single-Crust Pie

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening and butter until pieces are pea size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the ice water over part of the flour mixture; toss gently with a fork. Push moistened dough to side of bowl. Repeat with additional ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time (1/4 to 1/3 cup total), until all of the flour mixture is moistened. Gather mixture into a ball, kneading gently until it holds together.


For this chocolate meringue pie recipe you can make a homemade piecrust or shortcut that step by using a purchased crust.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

539 Calories
26g Fat
68g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 539
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 140mg 47%
Sodium 444mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 68g 25%
Total Sugars 43g
Protein 11g
Calcium 151.5mg 12%
Iron 3.8mg 21%
Potassium 311mg 7%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 72.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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