Minny's Chocolate Pie

The Help's ending hinges on a secret involving Minny's famous chocolate pie. Newspaper columnist Lee Ann Flemming, one of the best bakers in Greenwood, made 53 chocolate pies during filming, including 12 vegan and gluten-free versions she prepared in just one day for actress Bryce Dallas Howard. Her fudgy version here is neither vegan nor gluten-free: It's as classic as it gets. You can make your own crust, but Flemming uses packaged.


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  • Servings: Makes one 9-inch pie

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  • 1 packaged pie dough crust, such as Pillsbury
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Whipped cream, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Ease the pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate and crimp the edges decoratively. Prick the crust lightly with a fork. Line the crust with foil or parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes or until set. Remove the foil and weights and bake for about 5 minutes longer, just until the crust is dry but not browned.

  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk the sugar with the cocoa powder, butter, eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla and salt until smooth.

  3. Pour the filling into the pie shell and bake for about 45 minutes, until the filling is set around the edges but a little jiggly in the center. Cover the crust with strips of foil halfway through baking. Transfer the pie to a rack and let cool completely before cutting into wedges. Serve with whipped cream.

Make Ahead

The chocolate pie can be refrigerated overnight.

Contributed By Photo © Con Poulos Published August 2011

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 2359

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Bethany Sylvester

Review Body: This pie is the fudgiest, richest, most delicious chocolate pie I've ever tasted. It seriously does the movie pie justice! 😂 I've made this three times, and the fourth will be next week for my husbands birthday. 

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-08-03

Author Name: Mary Hutchens

Review Body: In the oven ..1st time making a chocolate pie...wish me luck

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-11-25

Author Name: IchNaturally

Review Body: Yay! I finally have the chance to eat this pie, been waiting for a recipe like this and yours is awesome! But can I use just regular milk instead of evaporated milk? Your suggestion will be much appreciated. Thank you. 

Date Published: 2016-08-31

Author Name: Elizabeth Imholt

Review Body: I love this recipie. Its tuly an amazing pie. I have made this pie several times, it's been delicious every time. It's so chocolaty, smooth and easy to make! I substitute heavy cream for the condensed milk, and I find I enjoy it more!

Review Rating: 3

Date Published: 2017-02-02

Author Name: zoya tirmizi

Review Body: This pie is fantastic! I made it for a thanksgiving pie contest and out of ten other pies, it won! And there wasn't a single slice left at the end of the night! I used Trader Joe's pie crust. 

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-11-22

Author Name: jparkey

Review Body: This pie recipe is awesome!!!! now a family tradition!!!!

Date Published: 2016-12-22

Author Name: Hawkigrl06

Review Body: Mine turned up stiff after it cooled, is that right? I followed the recipe word for word. I'm used to pudding chocolate pies so just not sure I did it right.

Date Published: 2016-11-24

Author Name: Adam Wyatt

Review Body: Best chocolate pie ever! 

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-01-21

Author Name: Summer Smith

Review Body: Can this be frozen? I've made this MANY times and just made two this morning but my party tonight is most likely to be postponed due to weather, I have never tried freezing them. Just wondering if I could freeze them until we have the party?

Date Published: 2016-12-17

Author Name: Steph Smith Hix

Review Body: Seriously amazeballs!!!!!!

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-12-27

Author Name: Faith Hogge

Review Body: I am making this tonight but I don't really know what you ment by covering it with strips of foil?

Date Published: 2016-11-06

Author Name: jparkey

Review Body: this pie was the highlight of my Thanksgiving!! Making another one today!!!!

Date Published: 2016-11-26

Author Name: shashank bharadwaj

Review Body: wanted to know if i can use graham cracker crust?

Date Published: 2016-11-24

Author Name: ayana

Review Body: so u can tell me how u made that chocolate pie So I can use the recipe for Thanksgiving

Date Published: 2016-10-31

Author Name: ayana

Review Body: Can you give me your phone number

Date Published: 2016-10-31

Author Name: Nancy Canaday Read

Review Body: I'm not a novelist in baking, this is seriously the worst pie.. Minny didn't need to add poop.... One bite and its trashed.. 

Review Rating: 1

Date Published: 2017-01-21