Death By Chocolate Pie

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Death By Chocolate Pie – a chocolate lover’s dream! Chocolate cookie crust, a smooth and creamy rich chocolate mousse, topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

This post is sponsored by Imperial Sugar. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

If you know me, you know that I am all about chocolate. The more chocolate the better with pretty much every dessert there is! I could eat Homemade Brownies pretty much every day. Especially if they are topped with my favorite Chocolate Frosting.

This Death By Chocolate Pie is a super decadent, rich, chocolate-y and delicious pie that if you are a chocolate fan, you have to make right away!

chocolate pie with bite taken out of it


Chocolate is definitely the main ingredient in this pie. Starting with the crust, the filling and then the shavings on top. I had the biggest debate if I should top with chocolate or vanilla whipped cream. I did a pole on Instagram and Facebook, and it was a dead 50/50 tie. So I went with vanilla to cut the chocolate just a little bit and balance it out some.

What’s In Death By Chocolate Pie

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  • Oreo Cookies
  • Butter – I always use unsalted butter in baking
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • Heavy Cream
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Powdered Sugar – I used Imperial Sugar brand sugar

Not a whole lot of ingredients, but there is a ton of chocolate in there! This is where you want to use the good stuff. Because chocolate is the main ingredient, break out the good quality chocolate for this so you get a rich and decadent pie.

chocolate pie on counter top

How To Make Death By Chocolate Pie

This does take a few steps, but the good thing is you can let the pie set and make it ahead. It doesn’t all have to be done at one time.

  1. Start by making the crust. Mix together Oreo cookie crumbs and butter and press into a pie plate. Put this in the fridge until you are ready to assemble the pie.
  2. Next up is making the filling. Start by melting together heavy cream and chocolate. To do this I like to heat the heavy cream in the microwave for about 60-75 seconds. Then pour over the chocolate and let it stand for a minute without touching it. After a minute, stir it together until it is nice and smooth. Set this aside to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, beat the heavy cream until it is stiff peaks. Mix in the vanilla extract and powdered sugar.
  4. Once the chocolate has cooled, fold it into the whipped cream mixture until it is blended but still light and fluffy. Pour into the pie crust and place in the fridge for 4-5 hours to set up.
  5. When you are close to ready to serve (a couple hours ahead of time is fine) make the whipped cream topping. Beat heavy cream to stiff peaks. Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and beat until light and fluffy. Spread over the chocolate pie.
  6. Using a vegetable peeler, shave a bar of chocolate over the top to get the chocolate shavings.
slice of death by chocolate pie on white plate


This pie needs to be stored in the fridge. It will last for up to 3 days. I like to place a couple of toothpicks around the top and gently place plastic wrap to cover. This way you don’t smash the whipped cream, but it stays fresh.

Have you ever wondered why something is called “death by chocolate”? Well it all started in 1981 when a pastry chef invented a cake that was named “la Mort au Chocolat” which translates to Death by Chocolate. Since then desserts that are chocolate on chocolate on chocolate sometimes adopted this name.

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Death By Chocolate Pie

By Erin
Death By Chocolate Pie is a chocolate lover's dream! This delicious no-bake pie starts with a chocolate cookie crust, a smooth and creamy rich chocolate mousse, then topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings for a delectable finish. 
Prep: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 8


Oreo Crust

  • 20 Oreo® cookies, crushed
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Chocolate Mousse Filling

  • 2 1/4 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ounce chocolate


  • Combine crushed cookies and melted butter together until consistency of wet sand. Press into a pie plate to make crust. Place in fridge until ready to use.
  • To make filling start by heating 1 cup of heavy cream in a microwave safe dish for 1 minute. Pour over semi-sweet chocolate and let it stand for 1 minute.  After 1 minute, stir it together until it is nice and smooth. Set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, beat remaining heavy cream in an electric stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat on high until you get stiff peaks. Add in vanilla extract and powdered sugar. Mix until light and fluffy.
  • Once chocolate has mostly cooled, slowly add to whipped cream. Gently fold chocolate in until it is combined, but still nice and fluffy. Pour into prepared crust and let pie completely set in fridge for at least 4 hours.
  • Before serving pie, beat heavy cream to stiff peaks. Add in powdered sugar and vanilla extract and beat until light and fluffy. Spread over chocolate pie.
  • Using a vegetable peeler, shave a bar of chocolate over top to get chocolate shavings.
  • Store pie in fridge for up to 3 days.


I used Imperial Sugar in this recipe


Serving: 1g | Calories: 720kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 150mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 40g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 720
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    1. Absolutely, it lasts for a few days in the fridge. There is a storage section in the post that tells you how to store it if you make it ahead.