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An Unforgettable Chocolate Fudge Pie with Pecans (+Video)

This Chocolate Fudge Pie has a velvety smooth, soft, but firm and fudge-like texture, similar to a flourless chocolate cake. No flour, milk, cream, or corn syrup is involved in the filling. It’s not a pecan pie, but a few chopped pecans add flavor.

two slices of fudge pie with pecans top with whipped cream

Inspiration:

I don’t think you’ll find an easier or tastier chocolate fudge pie than this recipe that comes from the Dallas Community Recipes cookbook.

“Green Parrot Fudge Pie” was the name of this dessert in the cookbook. You can see the original recipe here on the Vintage Kansas City website. I have updated it and reduced the sugar some to make it more appropriate for modern tastebuds. There’s still plenty of richness and sweetness going on. Trust me.

I’m guessing you have the ingredients in your fridge or pantry right now.  If not, they are readily available. 

Another plus? No need to haul out the big mixer for this recipe.  A whisk or big fork will do. That means you won’t have many dirty dishes. Winner!

FAQ:

Do I have to bake the pie crust first?

I have experimented with a baked crust and an unbaked crust. Both are good. It’s a personal preference.

The crust will be crispier and flakier if you bake it first. Use pie crust shields or foil strips to prevent over-browning on the edges.

If you don’t pre-bake the crust, count on adding at least 5-10 minutes to the bake time, especially if the crust is frozen.

Why do you heat the pie filling in the microwave before baking?

I borrowed a page from my Pecan Pie recipe. Heating the pie filling in advance translates to less bake-time. It will also bake more evenly. (I first saw this idea in a pumpkin pie recipe from America’s Test Kitchen.)

Be warned that every microwave oven varies depending on how old it is and the wattage. Watch the pie filling carefully the first time or two you make this recipe. Eggs begin to coagulate at 130 degrees F, so don’t heat it too long and go past that number.

What if I don’t have instant espresso?

The purpose of the instant espresso is to intensify the chocolate flavor. You won’t taste any coffee flavor when you use it. It’s OK to leave it out.

Why add lemon juice? Will this make the pie taste like lemon?

Lemon juice helps to counterbalance the overall sweetness. You can not taste it in the finished pie.

I don’t have time to toast the pecans. Does it really matter?

Toasting brings out the flavor. Because the pecans are mixed into the filling, they won’t toast during the baking process. It’s different when you lay pecans on the top. Then they will toast while baking.

It’s so easy with a microwave. They are toasted in less than two minutes.

Is it normal for my fudge pie to have cracks after it cools?

Yes. This pie will puff up while baking. As it cools, it will deflate like a soufflè. The thin brownie-like crust on top may show a few characteristic wrinkles and cracks.

This pie is not especially attractive when you take it out of the oven. Powdered sugar is an easy foil to hide the cracks and look beautiful at the same time.

Can I make this homemade Fudge Pie recipe ahead of time?

Yes. After baking, let it cool completely. Wrap with plastic wrap and store in the fridge. It will be good for 4-5 days.

Variations:

Chocolate Chili Fudge Pie:

Add one-half to one teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the mix. Exactly how much depends on how much spice you like or can tolerate.

This is an adult version you will enjoy if you’re into sweet and spicy flavors in the same bite.

Chocolate Fudge Pie with Walnuts:

Substitute walnuts for the pecans. I recommend you toast them the same way I do the pecans, using a microwave.

Toss the walnuts on a paper plate. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute. Use your hands to quickly stir them and cook for another 15-30 seconds. They should smell toasty.

Chocolate Fudge Half-Pie:

A half-recipe of the filling will fit nicely into a 7 or 7.5-inch pie plate. It will serve 6 people. The slices will be a bit smaller than average, but if you serve with ice cream, it will satisfy most sweet tooths.

A slice of chocolate fudge pie covered with powdered sugar and whipped cream

How to make an unforgettable Chocolate Fudge Pie:

Before you start to mix the pie filling:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Prebake your pie crust, if desired.
  • Toast the pecans and chop them.
toasting pecans
Toast pecans in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave 30 seconds longer. Set aside to cool.
4 eggs
Place 4 eggs into a large microwave-safe mixing bowl.
4 eggs and sugar
Add the sugar and mix.
whisking butter in to eggs and sugar
Whisk in melted butter.
adding melted unsweetened chocolate
Then melted chocolate.
adding lemon juice to pie filling
Add remaining ingredients.
adding in toasted, chopped nuts
Add toasted and chopped pecans. Whisk.
microwaving the mixture to warm it
filling in a baked pie shell
Baked Chocolate Pie before slicing
This pie will puff up while baking, then falls like a soufflè as it cools.
sprinkling homemade fudge pie with powdered sugar using a small sieve
Sprinkle pie with powdered sugar. Best served with ice cream or whipped cream


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Chocolate Fudge Pecan Pie

Chocolate Fudge Pecan Pie

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This pie is all about a velvety chocolate texture contrasted with a flaky crust and whipped cream. It's an indescribable treat for your taste buds.

Ingredients

  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
  • One 9-inch pie shell, baked

Instructions

  1. Mix eggs and sugar with a whisk in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Add melted butter and chocolate. (I melt the chocolate in a pyrex dish in the microwave for 2-3 minutes on MED speed.)
  3. Whisk in the remaining ingredients.
  4. Microwave the filling for 1-1.5 minutes on HIGH. Stir after the first 45 seconds. You want the temperature to approach 130 degrees F but not go over. Heating the filling will help it to cook evenly.
  5. Pour into a baked pie shell. Bake at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes. The pie should be puffy and set in the middle. It will continue to cook a little after removed from the oven so it's OK to be a tiny bit jiggly in the middle.
  6. When your pie is cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
  7. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
  8. Refrigerate the pie after it has cooled completely.

Notes

1. If you have a 7-inch pie plate, cut the recipe in half. It will be the perfect size for 6 people.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 416Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 127mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 3gSugar: 40gProtein: 6g

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Mary Lou Gist

Sunday 23rd of February 2020

Paula, I always read your recipes and enjoy them greatly. I don’t cook much anymore at my age. Always intend to! But I really want you to continue your site because I am sure others enjoy it as much as I do.

Paula

Sunday 23rd of February 2020

Hi Mary Lou,

I'm so glad you took the time to write. Thank you for your encouraging words. I love to cook and experiment so it's still fun. Have a great week.

allauna

Sunday 26th of May 2013

this pie looks amazing

Laurie

Tuesday 6th of September 2011

Do you use a regular 9 inch pie shell or a deep dish?

Paula

Tuesday 6th of September 2011

Definitely a regular 9-inch. You could almost use an 8- inch-but it would fill to the top. Please send me a piece-I haven't had it in awhile. :-)

Jeff

Friday 2nd of October 2009

The pie looks great and I think the coffee ice cream is a GREAT idea! I wonder if this would be good with a graham cracker crust (making it even easier?!?!?!?!?).

On a different note, I tried your microwave method for toasting some coconut.... it seemed like it would be a good addition to Lemon Curd Ice Cream. The method was super easy and fast - I am a believer!

Thanks for sharing!

Julie

Sunday 27th of September 2009

The pie looks amazing...I love what you did with the edges of your crust too :)