German Chocolate Pie

This German chocolate pie recipe includes a rich and creamy chocolate filling inside a flaky buttery pie crust with toasted coconut and pecans on top.

Slice of German Chocolate Pie

This is a decadent German chocolate pie recipe that is really simple to make. It is perfect for any holiday dinner (how good would it look on your Thanksgiving table?), but it also makes an ordinary family dinner extra special. Once again, I have Mama to thank for passing this pie recipe down to me. If you’ve ever had German chocolate cake (a very popular dessert in the Amish community), this pie is very similar. I’ve included more information about its origin below, but spoiler: it’s an American dessert and has nothing to do with Germany!

I promise this is an easy German chocolate pie to make. First, we melt the deliciously decadent chocolate with butter and then stir in the evaporated milk. Together, this ensures our pie filling is extra rich and moist, like a fudge brownie batter. I bet that caught your attention 😉.

Then we stir together the dry ingredients (sugar, cornstarch, and salt), stir in eggs and vanilla, then add the melted chocolate. This then gets poured into our flaky pie crust. The final piece of the puzzle is to mix together the chopped pecans and coconut flakes and add that on top before baking the pie in the oven.

The texture of this German chocolate pie is mouthwateringly good. You’ve got the toasted coconut and pecans, the flaky buttery pie shell, and the rich and creamy chocolate pie filling. Altogether, it’s a chocolate dessert recipe that the chocolate lover in your household is going to lose their minds over!

German Chocolate Pie ingredients

Recipe Ingredients

  • German chocolate
  • Unsalted butter
  • Evaporated milk
  • Sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chopped pecans
  • Sweetened flaked coconut
  • An unbaked deep dish pie shell

How to Make German Chocolate Pie

Melt butter and chocolate over low heat.

In a small saucepan (or whichever pot jumps out of the cabinet first), melt chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring constantly.

Take off heat and stir in the evaporated milk.

Once they are melted and well blended, remove the pot from the heat and stir in the evaporated milk. Set aside.

Whisk together dry ingredients in mixing bowl.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: sugar, cornstarch, and salt.

I just used a whisk because I have fifty million whisks in my kitchen. I love those things, almost as much as I love tongs. Y’all, I probably have sixty million pairs of tongs – but anytime I see a good whisk or set of tongs I still buy them! Because I am quite sure I always need just one more.

Stir in eggs and vanilla.

Stir in eggs and vanilla.

Gradually stir in the chocolate mixture.

Gradually stir in the chocolate mixture.

Pie filling mixed together.

It’ll look like this and smell like a little chocolate heaven.

Pour filling into pie crust.

Pour this into your unbaked pie crust. 

Quickly mix together coconut and pecans.

Mix your coconut and pecans together a little bit. You can just use a spoon or toss it with your fingers.

Add coconut/pecan mixture to the top of the pie and bake.

Sprinkle on top of the pie.

Bake at 375 for 45-50 minutes until puffed and brown. But check it after 30 minutes and if the coconut looks like it might burn, cover it with aluminum foil for the remainder of the cooking time.

German Chocolate Pie

Allow the pie to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Note that some have reported mandatory cooling times of over an hour (up to four hours), so see what works best for you. Personally, I’m digging in after 30 minutes!

Refrigerate any leftovers and serve reheated or cold.

German Chocolate Pie



  • Store leftover pie in an airtight container or covered in plastic wrap in the fridge for up to 1 week. As mentioned above, you can briefly reheat in the oven or air fryer or serve cold.
  • You can also freeze the pie for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before reheating as above or serving cold.

Recipe Notes

  • You’ll find German chocolate in the baking aisle of most grocery stores. If you can’t find it, don’t stress. Any dark baking chocolate will do. German chocolate is sweeter than semi-sweet chocolate, but you can use that in a pinch as well.
  • Instead of vanilla, add almond extract.
  • Another easy substitution is brown sugar for white sugar or a combination of both.
  • You can use either evaporated milk or sweetened condensed milk.
  • If you’d prefer to use a homemade pie crust, here’s my recipe.

Recipe FAQs

How do you serve German chocolate pie?

Serve your slice of German chocolate pie with a dollop of whipped cream (here’s my homemade recipe) or a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some chocolate shavings.

Why is it called German chocolate pie?

The first thing to know is that German chocolate pie has nothing to do with Germany. It’s named after Samuel German, who made German’s Sweet Chocolate (a dark baking chocolate) in 1852. It’s most commonly used in German chocolate cake, which is basically this pie in layer cake form. It was first prepared in the US in the 1920s but then went nationwide thanks to a Dallas newspaper in the 1950s. The pie was a spin-off and the rest, as they say, is history.

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German Chocolate Pie

German Chocolate Pie

This German chocolate pie recipe includes a rich and creamy chocolate filling inside a flaky pie crust with toasted coconut and pecans on top.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, pie
Servings: 8
Calories: 549kcal


  • 1 4-ounce package German chocolate
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1.5 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 unbaked deep dish pie shell
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/3 cups sweetened flaked coconut


  • In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring to mix well. Remove from heat and blend in evaporated milk. Set aside.
    1 4-ounce package German chocolate, 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
  • In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (sugar, cornstarch, and salt). Stir in eggs and vanilla until well blended. Gradually stir in the chocolate mixture. Pour into the pie crust.
    1.5 cups granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 unbaked deep dish pie shell
  • Combine the pecans and coconut and sprinkle over the top. Bake at 375 for 45-50 minutes, until puffed and brown. Check the pie after 30 minutes of baking and if the coconut is very brown, cover it with aluminum foil for the remaining cook time to prevent burning.
    1/2 cup chopped pecans, 1 1/3 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • Cool for at least 30 minutes (or longer) before serving. Refrigerate any leftovers and serve reheated or cold.



Calories: 549kcal
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This recipe was originally published in 2013. I updated the post and photos in 2020.

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  1. I have been looking for the pie recipe that S&S Cafeteria called Choco-Peco Pie, I believe. I can’t wait to try this, it makes me think of that pie, which I haven’t had in years! Thank you Christy!

  2. All I can say is YUM!!! I just made my husband a KY bourbon pecan chocolate chip pie which is also yummy, but this sounds even better! We will be eating (devouring) this soon!

      1. Hey Christy! Made this pie today – OMG! Crunchy, gooey goodness! This will be calling me in the middle of the night!

  3. Definitely going to make the German Chocolate pie. Wonder if one could use milk chocolate rather than german chocolate? I’ m not a fan of dark chocolate. Anyway, love your recipies.

  4. Thanks, Christy. I’ll give it a second try in a different oven – the “pie-soup” was THAT good! And, to set the record straight—I am no Wonder Woman. Two desserts were made for our dear friends: the cake for him & the pie for her. Steve, the “him” is a fantastic cook & had recently treated us to a lovely Italian “Jesus’ Birthday” cake, his first foray into baking! Sandra, his wonderful wife, is of German heritage…and yes, I know German’s Chocolate has NOTHING to do with that country…but she adores that cake, so the pie seemed fitting. BOTH are native Californians, so I introduce them to good ol’ Southern cooking at every opportunity! Thanks again for the suggestions.

    1. I can’t find German chocolate anywhere so I looked up online how to use a substitute so hopefully it turns out good.

  5. What did I do wrong? I made this pie yesterday for a small dinner party & followed the instructions to the letter. Note: I did introduce the evaporated milk to the melted chocolate/butter mixture as the recipe instructs. The pie ‘cured’ for almost 6 hours, part of that time in the refrigerator, but instead of a creamy chocolate center, I ended up with chocolate SOUP! Fortunately, I’d also baked a gorgeous Hummingbird Cake, so a dessert crisis was averted. I usually have great results with your recipes, but not this time. Any thoughts?

    1. First of all, I’m so sorry this happened to you! Sounds like you are a wonder woman who knows how to save the day, fortunately. I wish I could be in your kitchen and tell you exactly what went wrong but if you followed the recipe to the letter then we know it has to lie in either your oven or your ingredients. My first thought is to question the cornstarch, since that is what our main thickener is. Secondly, I’d look at the oven temperature and see if it is cooking accurately, or perhaps the placement of the pie in the oven. It isn’t possible for me to find the culprit from where I am, I’m afraid, but these are the spots I’d look first if I could.

  6. I made this for dessert this evening. My entire family truly enjoyed it. I recently happened upon your website and I am so happy I did. I look forward to trying more of the recipes you have posted. Thank you very much.

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