German Chocolate Pie

German Chocolate Pie.  Yep, that’s what I meant.

My Aunt Sylvia? She makes the best German Chocolate Cake. Every year for Thanksgiving, I count on a big slice of it…hands down, she’s got this cake thing in the bag. Chocolate. Thick, rich, coconutttttty.

German Chocolate Cake.

Today just so happens to be National German Chocolate Cake Day.

I tend to buck the system from time to time though, so I am posting a German Chocolate PIE instead.

Every bit as good, full of all the same flavors. Just in a pie form. It would be great at a summer potluck or picnic, or possibly to sit and eat alone in one swoop over your kitchen sink.

I am so not the boss of you. I know how nasty some days can be.

I am here only to help you, friend.

Make the pie.

German Chocolate Pie


  • 1 1/2 cups coconut (reserve a bit for decoration)
  • 1/2 cup pecans or mixed nuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • pinch teaspoon salt
  • 12 oz. evaporated milk
  • chocolate syrup for garnish
  • fully baked pie shell, from scratch or store bought


  1. Mix coconut and nuts & set aside.
  2. Put remaining ingredients in food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into pie shell.
  4. Sprinkle with coconut and nuts.
  5. Bake at 375* for 45-50 minutes.
  6. When cooled, top with reserved coconut (I used some large flakes) and chocolate syrup.

The pie above I baked in a Fat Daddio’s removable bottom tart pan. I LOVE that pan. It is high quality, easy to clean, and extra tall so that you can make big, fat pies. I lined the bottom with parchment, and it slipped right out, nice and clean. (No, Fat Daddio’s did NOT pay me to say that…though I wish they would.)

If you’d like it yourself, I do highly recommend it. It’s a steal on Amazon at under $7, but in case you want to give your better half (other half? Who am I kidding?) the opportunity to “surprise” you with it, just try this:

“Oh, honey, look! DoughMessTic has this awesome pie plate. She says it rocks and makes pie baking so much easier. I bet if I had a pie pan just like that, I would bake pies for you all. the. time. I bet I would. But, well, it would feel wrong to buy it for myself…maybe next year.”

And then leave this webpage up. Maybe he’ll click it. And if THAT doesn’t work, sneak his credit card out of his wallet while he’s taking a shower, and just buy it yourself. You deserve it.

I have a feeling there’s a brown box showing up on your doorstep.

Good luck!

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