Mom’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Icebox Pie

Posted by on Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Chocolate Icebox Pie 2

It’s ironic that I’m listening to Lauren Alaina’s Like My Mother Does while remembering how my Mom made her Chocolate Icebox Pie and blogging about it.  This pie is hands down my absolute favorite dessert my Mom ever made in our home.  And I am so thankful that I can carry on the tradition and make this treat, “like my mother did.” Although my Mom’s passing was untimely, a piece of her lives on through me. And I’d like to think I’m not only a better person but also a better  cook because of my Mom.

Although Mom would whip the filling up in an aluminum pan on the stove top, I use the microwave to cook the filling a minute at a time. It’s quick, it’s easy and so much tastier than Jello pudding.

For the crust:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 stick melted butter

Pour graham cracker crumbs into a deep dish pie pan.  Add the sugar and mix well.  Pour melted butter over cracker crumbs and mix together until crumbs are evenly coated with the butter.  Use the bottom of a glass or the back of a large spoon to gently press crackers into place on bottom and sides of pie pan.  Set pie crust aside until filling is prepared.

For the filling:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 2 Teaspoons real butter -melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1 pint of whipping cream (whipped)

In a large microwave safe mixing bowl, add sugar, cocoa, and flour.  Stir with a wire whisk until well blended.  In a small mixing bowl, combine the beaten eggs with half of the evaporated milk and whisk to blend well.  Add the remaining half can of evaporated milk to the sugar/flour/cocoa mixture and blend well.  Next add the egg mixture to the sugar/flour/cocoa mixture.  Add the melted butter and salt. Whisk until mixture is smooth and well blended.  Place mixture in microwave and cook a minute at a time, stirring after each minute, until mixture begins to thicken and coats a metal spoon well.  Then combine the vanilla and pour filling over graham cracker crust.  Allow filling to cool on counter top for about 15 minutes before transferring pie to refrigerator.  Allow pie to cool completely and set before serving (about 2 hours). Top pie with real whipping cream right before serving.

Chocolate Icebox Pie 1

Filed in Desserts,Pies and Cakes | 9 responses so far

9 Responses to “Mom’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Icebox Pie”

  1. carolinaheartstringson 01 Jun 2011 at 3:48 pm 1

    What a wonderful post Tara. That pie looks just wonderful and I bet your mom would have loved it!

  2. Janeton 10 Jun 2011 at 8:17 pm 2

    I made this recipe last night when I had a few family members over for dinner. It was a “hit” at our house and even my 17 year old nephew has found the recipe on your website and plans to fix it. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Leslieon 11 Jun 2011 at 6:39 am 3

    I have just discovered your beautiful website, and I already feel at home!! I was looking for a good peach preserves recipe and I found myself here! This chocolate pie recipe looks dreamy, too. I will have to come back and see what else you’re got cookin’!
    Thank you!

  4. Taraon 11 Jun 2011 at 10:37 am 4

    HI Janet, thanks for visiting and for your sweet comments. Yes this recipe is a keeper if one has just a little time to devote to it. It certainly is worth the effort.

  5. Taraon 11 Jun 2011 at 10:38 am 5

    Hi Leslie and thanks for stopping by. We do a lot of plain southern cooking here and this recipe is a perfect summer time fit for our menu. Come back and visit soon!

  6. LOUon 28 Jul 2011 at 10:42 am 6

    thats not the way we make it, Mom’s ole way was to make chocalate pudin, andlayer graham cracker,s bananas, and puding somewhat like a lasagna….make sure you make it the day before, so thatthe crackers get mosit. then a little whipped cream whne served…LOU

  7. Robin Magowanon 08 Sep 2012 at 7:50 pm 7

    Tried making your pie last night. Pie would not set. I am 54 & thought I knew how to cook. Followed your easy directions and still not set. Soupy. Tossed in trash. My friend still waiting on Moms Chocolate Ice Box Pie

  8. caryon 16 Jun 2013 at 9:25 am 8

    I own a restaurant and am the baker there.
    I made three pies, from this recipe, last night.
    They didn’t set!
    So, I’m off to Father’s Day with 15 people and no pies.
    Can you tell me what I may have done wrong? I’m a baker and rarely every screw anything up. I don’t know what happened.

  9. Taraon 17 Jun 2013 at 11:20 am 9


    The longer the mixture is microwaved or cooked in a double boiler, the thicker it will become. I tend to cook mine a little too long and it gets really thick in the crust. Mine usually thickens a little more as it cools.