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This Chocolate Dirt Pie recipe is made with thick pie crust, an easy homemade chocolate pudding center and lots of crushed OREOS on top! Gummy worms optional!
This may be my diet talking, but this was the best chocolate dirt pie I’ve ever eaten.
If you’ve never heard of a Chocolate Dirt Pie, let me enlighten you: it’s a homemade thick pie shell (the older I get, the thicker I roll it) filled with a simple but super tasty and decadent chocolate pudding and topped with crushed OREOS, garnished with gummy worms, as desired. Think of those pudding cups that you’d make for kids’ birthdays or class treats. It’s like that, only way way better because it’s in a pie shell and completely homemade…minus the OREOS of course.
This pie idea was purely Blake’s idea for his birthday. He originally wanted the exact cake I made last year, but after reminding him of that fact, he changed his tune and started talking about chocolate dirt pie…like a pie covered in the dirt from the Monster Truck Cake. So, as a pie enthusiast and girl on her diet waiting for the right opportunity to splurge, I dove headfirst into this recipe never to rethink my son’s ideas again.
YOU GUYS. This pie is decadent. This pie is eerily easy to make. This pie is so amazingly chocolatey! And this pie cuts like a dream. The one thing I hate about pudding pies is how messy they look when you slice them (albeit still yummy) so I threw in a little extra cornstarch to ensure I got lovely slices and that did the trick.
A few tips for you:
I’d highly HIGHLY recommend making my pie crust to get the full heavenly + homemade effect.
Start with all your dry filling ingredients in a cold pot off the heat first! Then whisk in the cold milk until combined, using a spatula to reach the corners. Bring to a boil on the heat and then stir in the vanilla, butter, and chocolate off the heat again.
Once you pour the hot filling into your shell, cover it directly with plastic wrap and refrigerate to set. The filling is already pretty thick, to begin with, so this shouldn’t be a problem.
Finish with crushed OREOS and any other toppings you see fit. We did several types of candy for Blake, though I took all those off because I just wanted the actual pie.
This will last up to a week in the fridge, though, I doubt you’ll be able to have it in there just taunting you that long.
Have I mentioned it’s irresistible? So irresistible that Gordon has requested the same dessert for his birthday….in July.
My husband is the chocoholic in the family and has passed those onto our next generation.
ANYWAYS, this is a fabulous dessert that is nearly fool-proof. I’m positive you’ll love it and anyone you feed it to will love it too.
Printable recipe below. Have a great day, friends!
Chocolate Dirt Pie Recipe
- 1 8 inch pie crust blind baked
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups 2% milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
- 12 OREO thins crushed
- gummy worms or other candy for decoration, optional
- In large pot off the heat, measure sugar, cocoa powder, corn starch, and salt. Whisk together to combine. Slowly whisk in cold milk, using a spatula where necessary to reach the corners, until all the milk is added.
- Place the pot over medium-high heat and whisk continuously until mixture thickens and just starts to boil. Remove from heat immediately and stir in vanilla, butter and chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate has melted completely and the mixture is smooth.
- Pour into baked pie shell, smooth the top and cover the top with plastic wrap directly so the filling is touching the plastic. Refrigerate 6-8 hours or overnight.
- Pie will be ready once plastic wrap removes cleanly off of filling. Spread crushed OREOS over the top of the pie with any additional candy decorations. Serve.