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No-Bake Chocolate Cream Pie with Chocolate Wafer Crust

This No-Bake Chocolate Cream Pie with Chocolate Wafer Crust is one of the most, if not the, easiest dessert recipe to make! It combines a buttery, chocolate wafer crust and a creamy chocolate pie filling that takes less than twenty minutes total to whip up! Garnish the top with Cool Whip, chocolate curls, chocolate syrup, or extra chocolate wafer crumbs you might have leftover!

Recipe updated and fresh new photos! 3.22.2020

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what ingredients will I need to make this no-bake chocolate cream pie?

For the chocolate wafer crust, you’ll need:

  • Chocolate Wafers – approximately 28 wafers are needed. I like to use Nabisco’s brand.
  • Granulated Sugar – only 1 tablespoon is needed.
  • Unsalted Butter – 5 tablespoons. The butter gets melted, then added to the pie crust mixture

You can swap out the chocolate wafers for the same amount of Oreos.

For the chocolate cream pie, you’ll need:

  • Cream Cheese – only 8 ounces (1 package) is needed, but it needs to be softened and at room temperature
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Milk – any kind can be used. I used 1%.
  • Cool Whip – 8 ounces (1 container) is needed for the pie filling, but if you’d like to use this as a garnish, I recommend getting 2.
  • Additional garnishes like chocolate curls, chocolate wafer crumbs, or chocolate syrup
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no-bake chocolate cream pie with chocolate wafer crust

about the recipe

Like I mentioned above, this really is one of the easiest dessert recipes you’ll ever make! To make the chocolate wafer crust, it’s best to have a food processor, but if you don’t that’s okay! You can easily crush up the chocolate wafers in a plastic bag using a rolling pin or meat tenderizer (something hammer-like and heavy is good!).

Once you add the melted butter and granulated sugar, the chocolate wafer crust should be like the texture of wet sand. It should easily form to the inside pie plate that you press it into as well. You can use your clean, washed hands to press the chocolate wafer crust into the pie plate or you can use a spatula or the bottom of a measuring cup. I prefer to use the measuring cup because it smooths and level the pie crust out nicely.

Place the chocolate wafer crust in the freezer for a minimum of 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can bake it for 8-10 minutes at 325ºF. If you bake it, you will need to let it cool before adding the pie filling.

The number one important tip to remember with the chocolate cream pie filling is to make sure your cream cheese is softened and at room temperature. If it’s the slightest bit cold or firm, you will end up with little tiny annoying lumps in your filling.

You can read a few helpful tips on how to fix those lumps over on my S’mores Cheesecake recipe page.

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recommended no-bake chocolate cream pie making tools

You’ll need only 1, 9 inch pie plate to make this recipe. It can be metal, glass, or ceramic. You’ll also need a small food processor, mixing bowls, hand-held mixer or stand mixer, spatula, and offset spatula.

KITCHENAID KP26M1XFL Professional 600 Stand Mixers, 6 quart, Matte Fresh Linen
KitchenAid KHM926CA 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer with Turbo Beater II Accessories and Pro Whisk
Geometric Mini Cookie Cutters Set
Oregon Fruit Products Red Tart Cherries in Water
Ateco 1″ Alphabet Cutters
OXO Good Grips 11 Pound Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display
Pyrex Glass Measuring Cups (1 cup & 2 cup)
KitchenAid KFP1133CU 11-Cup Food Processor with ExactSlice System – Contour Silver
FINEX – 10″ Cast Iron Skillet with Lid, Modern Heirloom, Handcrafted in the USA
Farberware Classic Wood Rolling Pin
OXO Good Grips Multi-purpose Stainless Steel Scraper & Chopper
Spring Chef Dough Blender, Top Professional Pastry Cutter with Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Blades (Black-Medium)
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Hi-Dome Covered Pie Pan
USA Pan Bakeware Aluminized Steel Pie Pan, 9-Inch
Emile Henry 9 Inch Pie Dish, White
GIR Ultimate Whisk 2-Piece Set
BernzOmatic Self Igniting Basic Torch Head
BernzOmatic Standard Propane Fuel Cylinder
Wilton Extra Long Non-Stick Tart and Quiche Pan, 14″ x 4.5″
GIR: Get It Right All Silicone Mini, Skinny & Ultimate Spatula 3 Pc Set
Pyrex Glass Bakeware Pie Plate 9″ x 1.2″
Tovolo Silicone, Non-Stick, Pastry Prep Mat, 25×18 Inches
Wilton Springform Cake Pan Set, 3-Piece
Pouring Chute
Anchor Hocking 10pc Glass Mixing Bowl Set
USA Large Cookie Sheet
Cooling Rack Stainless Steel Half size – Commercial Grade Steel 11.5″ x 16.5″ | 1 Piece | Cooking Rack Designed To Fit Perfectly Into Baking Half Sheet Pan | Only From Indigo True Company
Fox Run 4254 Kitchen Timer with Magnet 55-Minute
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how to make homemade chocolate curls

If you’d like to garnish your No-Bake Chocolate Cream Pie with some homemade chocolate curls, check out this tutorial! It even includes step-by-step videos!

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No-Bake Chocolate Cream Pie with Chocolate Wafer Crust

  • Author: Jennifer
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 810 slices 1x
  • Category: Pies
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

This No-Bake Chocolate Cream Pie with Chocolate Wafer Crust is one of the most, if not the, easiest dessert recipe to make! It combines a buttery, chocolate wafer crust and a creamy chocolate pie filling that takes less than twenty minutes total to whip up! Garnish the top with Cool Whip, chocolate curls, chocolate syrup, or extra chocolate wafer crumbs you might have leftover!


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Ingredients

chocolate wafer pie crust

  • 1 1/2 cups (approximately 28 wafers) Chocolate Wafers, finely crushed
  • 5 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon Granulated Sugar

chocolate cream pie


Instructions

chocolate wafer crust

  1. Using a food processor, pulverize the chocolate wafer cookies into fine crumbs.
  2. Add the granulated sugar and melted butter then pulse until the chocolate wafer crust forms.
  3. Press the crust into the bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie plate, then place in to the freezer to chill (for a minimum of 30 minutes) while you make the chocolate cream pie.

chocolate cream pie

  1. Using your hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract on medium-high speed until well blended.
  2. Switching the mixer speed to low, add in the unsweetened cocoa powder alternatively with the milk until mixture is completely smooth.
  3. Fold in the Cool Whip until well combined.
  4. Spoon the pie mixture into the pie shell. Chill for a minimum of 4 hours or until firm (or freeze).
  5. Garnish with toppings of your choice like more Cool Whip, chocolate curls, chocolate syrup, or extra chocolate wafer crumbs..

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Ben Myhre
    August 30, 2018 at 11:24 AM

    No, it is never too late to share cake. lol. Your pictures look beautiful here!

    • Reply
      Jennifer
      August 30, 2018 at 1:20 PM

      I know, it was kind of silly question. Lol! Thanks Ben!!

  • Reply
    Michele
    September 9, 2018 at 2:15 AM

    I made this wonderful pie yesterday and took it to work to share. It was a BIG hit!!! Rave reviews!! It was super quick and easy to make. I opted to make and bake the crust instead of using a store bought crust. Def gonna keep this recipe and make it again. A great choice for the holidays or anytime!! Chocolate Cream Pie for the WIN!! ????

    • Reply
      Jennifer
      September 9, 2018 at 10:36 PM

      Woohoo! Chocolate Cream Pie for the win indeed! Thank you for the feedback, Michele! It makes me super happy to hear it was such a big hit!

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