Chocolate Buttermilk Pie Recipe

In a world full of fruity pies, like apple, cherry, blueberry, and peach, it's nice to switch things up, and take a more decadent route. Enter this chocolate buttermilk pie recipe courtesy of developer Jessica Morone — a pie that she describes as "so rich and creamy" and notes that the filling "tastes like an extra fudgy brownie." Brownie lovers and pie lovers unite, because this chocolate buttermilk pie really provides the best of both worlds.

This recipe calls for making a from-scratch pie crust, and while it may be tempting to just opt for a store-bought crust, there's a unique ingredient in the homemade version that makes it worthwhile. "The special ingredient in this recipe is the cream cheese in the pie crust," Morone explains. "The cream cheese adds flavor, and helps makes the pie crust both flaky and sturdy." This chocolate pie really goes above and beyond the typical pie, both in its foundation and in its filling, though it still retains a simplicity that makes this recipe doable for beginners, and confection connoisseurs alike. 

Gather the ingredients for chocolate buttermilk pie

If you're a seasoned baker, then this ingredients list should look pretty familiar. For the crust, you'll need flour, a bit of granulated sugar, salt, unsalted butter, cream cheese, and cold water. For the chocolate buttermilk filling, you'll need both unsweetened cocoa powder and buttermilk, along with more flour, sugar, butter, salt, vanilla extract, and eggs. 

Use a food processor to make the crust

Kick off this recipe by making the from-scratch crust. Into a food processor, add 1 ½ cups of flour, ½ tablespoon of granulated sugar, and ½ teaspoon of salt. Give these ingredients a quick pulse to combine. Then, cube ¼ cup of the butter, and the cream cheese, and make sure both of these ingredients are nice and cold. Add the butter and cream cheese chunks to the food processor, then pulse until the mixture looks somewhat chunky, like large peas. 

"Making the pie crust in a food processor really takes away a lot of the problems you might have by making the crust by hand, because it comes together very quickly, and there isn't a chance for the cold ingredients to get warm," Morone explains. That being said, she does note that it is possible to make this crust by hand, "in which case you'd want to work as quickly as possible so the butter and cream cheese don't get warm, which could cause the pie dough to be less flaky."

Chill, then roll out the dough

Add the cold water to the food processor, and pulse until the dough almost fully comes together, but stop before it becomes a ball. Roll the dough out onto a clean surface, form it into a ball, then wrap it in plastic wrap, and place it in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

Once the dough is adequately chilled, remove it from the fridge, and let it sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes, just until slightly softened. Sprinkle flour over a clean work surface, and use a rolling pin to roll the dough out into a 12-inch circle. Place this dough circle over a 9-inch pie dish, gently pressing it in so it takes on the shape of the dish. If there's any excess dough hanging over the edge of the dish, trim it off.

Make the chocolatey filling, and bake the pie

Get your oven preheating to 350 F, then melt the remaining ½ cup of butter, and allow it to cool down without solidifying. Grab a large bowl, and whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla extract, melted butter, cocoa powder, remaining ¼ cup of flour, 1 ½ cups of sugar, and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt. Make sure this mixture is nice and smooth, then pour the filling right into the prepared pie crust. 

Once your oven is fully preheated, pop the pie in, and allow it to bake for 50 to 55 minutes. You'll know that the pie is done when the center is set, and the crust is nice and golden brown. 

Cool the pie, and serve

Once the pie is done baking, remove it from the oven, and transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely. Then, slice it up and serve as desired, whether that be as is or with garnishes. "This pie is great served with whipped cream, or ice cream on top of it," Morone suggests.

And, if you're looking for the right occasion to serve this pie, well, anytime really works! Morone notes that it's "such an easy pie that you can really serve it anytime you want," be it a simple weeknight treat, or maybe for a picnic. If you do opt to serve this for guests, there's no doubt that they'll fawn over the chocolatey goodness that this deceptively easy-to-make pie has to offer.

Chocolate Buttermilk Pie Recipe
5 from 34 ratings
Move over apple pie — this chocolate buttermilk pie recipe, with a homemade pie crust, is sure to become your new go-to dessert.
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slice of chocolate buttermilk pie
Total time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 ½ cups, plus ½ tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, cold and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  1. In a food processor, add 1 ½ cup of flour, ½ tablespoon of granulated sugar, and ½ teaspoon of salt. Pulse together for a few seconds to combine.
  2. Cut ¼ cup of the butter into 1-inch chunks. Add the cut-up butter and cream cheese to the food processor, and pulse together until the mixture resembles large peas.
  3. Add the water to the food processor, and pulse until the dough starts to come together, but before it fully forms a ball. Turn the dough onto a clean surface, and form it into a ball. Wrap it in plastic wrap, and chill it for at least 1 hour.
  4. Once the dough is chilled, remove it from the fridge, and let it sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes. Place the chilled dough on a lightly floured surface. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough into a 12-inch circle. Gently transfer the rolled-out dough onto a 9-inch pie plate. Press down to line the pie dish with the dough.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 F. Microwave the remaining ½ cup butter until melted, then let it cool.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted and cooled butter, eggs, buttermilk, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, remaining flour, sugar, and salt until smooth.
  7. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust, and bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until the center is set, and the pie is golden brown. Move to a wire rack to cool completely. Slice and serve.
Calories per Serving 345
Total Fat 23.1 g
Saturated Fat 13.6 g
Trans Fat 0.7 g
Cholesterol 147.8 mg
Total Carbohydrates 27.4 g
Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
Total Sugars 4.4 g
Sodium 292.4 mg
Protein 8.3 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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