Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Pie


This pumpkin pie, made with all-butter pie dough, includes swirls of filling mixed with melted bittersweet chocolate for even more flavor. To create a crisp crust on the bottom, Grace Parisi partially bakes the pie shell before adding the filling. If the edge starts to darken too much, cover it with a pie shield or strips of foil. This is a great crust for Classic Pumpkin Pie and another variation, Pumpkin-Chiffon Pie

Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Pie
Photo: © Frances Janisch
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
1 9-inch pie


All-Butter Pie Dough

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cubed

  • 1/4 cup ice water

Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Pie

  • 4 large eggs

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 3 ounce bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly


Make the pie dough

  1. In a food processor, pulse the flour with the salt. Add the butter and pulse until the size of peas. Drizzle in the water and pulse until the crumbs are moistened; turn out onto a work surface. Gather into a ball, flatten, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Make the pie

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a 13-inch round a scant 1/4 inch thick. Fit the dough into a 9-inch glass pie plate. Trim the edge to 3/4 inch; fold the dough under itself and crimp decoratively. Refrigerate the pie shell for 10 minutes.

  2. Line the pie shell with foil and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake in the center of the oven until nearly set, about 25 minutes. Remove the foil and weights and bake until the crust is pale golden, about 10 minutes longer. Let cool slightly.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, cloves, and salt until smooth. Whisk in the pumpkin puree, then the cream. Transfer 1 cup of the filling to a bowl and whisk in the melted chocolate. Working near the oven, pour the rest of the pumpkin filling into the crust. Dollop the chocolate filling on top and swirl it in with a butter knife. Bake the pie for about 45 minutes, until the custard is set. Cover the crust with strips of foil if it browns too quickly. Cool the pie on a wire rack completely before serving.

Make Ahead

The pie can be refrigerated overnight. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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