The Essential Chocolate Pie


Ever since I can remember, my family has served chocolate pie as a staple on our Thanksgiving table. In recent years, the pie has been featured at our annual Hanukkah blowout as well. Originally posted in Bon Appetit in 1992, the recipe has become a classic among my family and friends and I can’t imagine a fall/winter without its delectable richness and the food coma that ensues after consumption. 

The recipe is available here – I usually double it for maximum enjoyment. It is surprisingly simple and essentially involves making a chocolate ganache, folding it into whipped cream, and then letting it set in an Oreo crust.


One of the great things about this pie is that it seems incredibly fancy and impressive, but it’s so simple to make and the ingredients don’t break the bank at all. While I usually make it with my mom who buys really high-class chocolate, you can also just use plain old Baker’s or Nestle chocolate chips. The other ingredients are just heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla, and Oreos.


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You can also decorate it however you like. We usually put strawberries or raspberries and shavings of white chocolate on the top, but the possibilities are endless! For Hanukkah this year, my mom brilliantly used leftover Oreo crumbles and gelt to give in that Jewish je ne sais quoi. (For even more Jewish je ne sais quoi, watch this video.)

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