If you’re the kind of person who loves chocolate cake but would always choose a slice of pie over any piece of cake, it doesn’t get much better than a big slice of the best of both worlds: chocolate pie. Cocoa + pie is perhaps one of the greatest dessert combinations of all time—and certainly an especially fine choice on Pi Day. But really, you can’t ever go wrong with any of these delicious chocolate pies.
Pecan pie is always a solid choice for dessert, but chocolate pecan pie is truly outstanding—even more so when you add a little bit of Kentucky bourbon, as we do here (but leave it out if you wish and it will still be spectacular). Get our Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe.
Union Square Cafe Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, $79 on Goldbelly
Order this slightly different, equally delicious take online if you're not a baker.
This fluffy, creamy chocolate pie is what every middle-school student wishes would be served for dessert at the school cafeteria. With a billowing whipped cream topping decorated with chocolate shavings (which you make with a veggie peeler), this pie looks as beautiful as it tastes. Wipe the knife between slices to ensure you’ll have a clean cut. Get our Chocolate Mousse Pie recipe.
A five-ingredient pie that looks like you spent hours in the kitchen whipping up a masterpiece? Yes, this dark chocolate salted caramel Oreo pie has come to save the day. The crust is made out of crushed Oreos, and then there’s a smooth layer of caramel, topped with a layer of melted chocolate chips, and finished off with some sea salt. This recipe is incredibly simple and a great way to entice your kids to help out in the kitchen—with Oreos, who can resist? Get the Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Oreo Pie recipe.
Can’t decide between brownies and pie? You don’t have to. This fudgy chocolate masterpiece combines two favorite childhood flavors for a delicious combo. (If you want to get extra fancy, try adding Frangelico and a creme brulee-style top.) Get the Fudge Brownie Pie recipe.
Chocolate liqueur, heavy cream, and melted chocolate chips make up the filling for this easy pie with a sprinkle of coarse salt to finish. This is a great recipe to make up to 24 hours ahead because it needs time to sit in the fridge. To save time, feel free to use a prebaked or store-bought crust, and then you can put this pie together in a matter of minutes. Get the Bailey’s Salted Caramel Chocolate Pie recipe.
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This flaky pie crust is made with macadamia nuts for an extra buttery flavor, then filled with rich chocolate and topped with swirls of torched meringue that are sure to impress. Try making this recipe into individual tartlets too for extra-special occasions. Get the Chocolate Meringue Pie recipe.
Semisweet chocolate, cocoa powder, and cream come together to make a rich and luscious filling in this chocolate mint pie recipe; the chocolate cookie crust makes the whole thing reminiscent of a giant Thin Mint. If you want, substitute crème de menthe for the peppermint extract in the recipe. Garnish with whipped cream and you’re ready to go. Get the Mint Chocolate Icebox Pie recipe.
Coconut milk, blended cashews, and maple syrup make this cocoa powder-enriched vegan recipe smooth and delicious. The crunchy crust is made from oats, hazelnuts, and shredded coconut, with more cocoa powder and coconut oil to help hold it together. (If you’re not into coconut, try this truly excellent five-ingredient vegan chocolate cream pie with almond butter and silken tofu; you really cannot tell there’s tofu in it.) Get the Vegan Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie recipe.
This is banana cream pie for chocoholics: a chocolate peanut crust cradles a vanilla pudding, which is topped with sliced bananas, chocolate mousse, roasted peanuts, and a Magic Shell-style chocolate coating. With a little more whipped cream, bananas, and peanuts for good measure. Drooling yet? Get the Banana Chocolate Cream Pie recipe.
This may be the ultimate fall and winter chocolate pie, with toasted hazelnuts in a maple-bourbon custard and a rich chocolate crust. There’s no reason you can’t add some extra chocolate in the form of chocolate chips or chunks stirred into the filling. Get the Chocolate Hazelnut Maple Bourbon Pie recipe.
If you’re a fan of the classic coffee-and-chocolate combo, this lofty mocha pie with a cloud of espresso whipped cream is just the thing to pair with a nice warm mug. Get the Mocha Pie with Espresso Whipped Cream recipe.
This only takes about 10 minutes to mix together; the hard part truly is waiting for it to bake (luckily, that doesn’t take long either). It might not look all that impressive once it comes out of the oven, but one bite of the super-rich filling and you’ll be in love. Get the Southern Fudge Pie recipe.
Arnold's Country Kitchen Spicy Chocolate Pie, $59 on Goldbelly
Even easier: Try this mail-order version from a beloved Southern bakery.
This delightfully over-the-top option also happens to be vegan, gluten-free, and paleo too! The easy pecan-oat crust is simply blitzed in a food processor and pressed into the pie pan, and the thick brownie filling gets topped off with vegan chocolate ganache because you can never have too much of a good thing. (Just be sure to start the ganache well in advance since it needs time to firm up in the fridge—you’re not going to want to wait to eat this one.) Get the Pecan Brownie Vegan Pie recipe.
Pi cannot accurately be expressed in the form of a fraction, but pie can easily be broken down into smaller versions of itself. Think of these tiny pies (baked in muffin pans) as the decimal point in the irrational number commonly shortened to 3.14. Look, math may not be our area of expertise, but dessert sure is, so just trust us when we say you should make these immediately. Get our Mini Chocolate Pudding Pies recipe.
This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated with new images, links, and text.