Chocolate Pudding Pie – CopyKat Recipes

Chocolate Pie doesn’t get any easier than this recipe. By combining milk, two packages of chocolate pudding, and Cool Whip, you are in for a delicious easy pudding pie that even the least experienced cook could make. Your true chocolate addicts are going to love this pie, be sure to use an Oreo cookie crust to get all of that delicious chocolate flavor.

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Easy Creamy Chocolate Pie

Sweet and creamy no-bake chocolate cream pie is a favorite dessert to make. Plus, this easy delicious chocolate pudding pie is a family favorite.           

Why Make This Amazing No-Bake Chocolate Cream Pie

First, everyone loves a good chocolate pie with Cool Whip. Honestly, those are two of my favorite things! 

You can make this dessert recipe in no time! It is super simple to make, and you don’t have to watch the oven.

I have brought this chocolate pudding pie to many events, get-togethers, and potlucks, and it is always a hit. You will get rave reviews for this easy chocolate pie. I’ve even considered bringing two chocolate pies since one goes so fast. 

So, make sure to make this no-bake chocolate pie with cookie crust for your next party! People will be asking for your recipe before the party is done. It is the perfect dessert for chocolate lovers.

Does Cool Whip Thicken Pudding?

Yes, cool whip does thicken up the pudding. Since pudding is normally made with cold milk, using Cool Whip in its place or along with milk will make a thicker, creamer pudding. 

Why does this work? Heavy whipped cream is made mostly of milk, so the cool whip absorbs and takes on the flavor of the pudding mix, creating a very creamy and fluffy pudding. 

Does chocolate pie need to be refrigerated?

Since this is a cream pie, it will always need to be stored in the fridge; otherwise, it will go bad very quickly. 

The chocolate pudding cool whip dessert can stay in its pie pan; cover it with foil or plastic wrap before putting it in the fridge. To avoid losing some cool whip sticking to the foil, pop in some toothpicks to levitate the foil slightly. 

Chill the pie before serving it, but keeping it out at room temperature for an hour or so will be fine; make sure to put it right back into the fridge.  

How Long Will Chocolate Pudding Pie Last?

After making the chocolate pudding pie, it will be stored in the fridge while not being served. By keeping it in the fridge, the pie will hold up for 4-5 days. After that, the pie crust might be a bit mushy, and the cool whip will begin to deflate. 

This pie is best eaten within the first 2-3 days, so feel free to make it up a day ahead of time for your next event. It will still taste delicious!

How to freeze this creamy chocolate pie

To freeze the pie, wrap it tightly with several layers of freezer or plastic wrap. Press the wrap onto the surface of the pie. This will prevent ice crystals from forming on top of the pie.

You can keep this pie in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Remove the pie from the freezer the day before serving it. Place it in the refrigerator to thaw overnight.

Can I Use Whipped Cream?

I do not suggest using homemade whipped cream for making this chocolate cream pie recipe. And you will want to steer clear of canned whipped cream. 

Neither homemade nor canned whipped cream holds up long enough or has the right structure to make a pie. If you’ve noticed, the whipped cream falls soon after it has been sprayed out of the can, and it would be the same for the chocolate pie. 

Plus, the whipped cream cannot stand up to trying to mix in the pudding mix for this recipe. Unfortunately, it will not be a suitable substitute for these reasons. 

Using only Cool Whip is your best bet for making this delicious pie.

Easy Pudding Pie Ingredients

To make this delicious pie you will need you need:

  • Whole milk
  • Instant chocolate pudding mix
  • Cool Whip
  • A store-bought Chocolate cookie crumb pie crust, “Oreo Pie Crust”; you could also use a graham cracker pie crust.
chocolate pudding pie ingredients

How to Make Chocolate Pudding Pie

  1. Pour the milk into a large bowl.
  2. Add instant pudding mix.
  3. Beat the pie filling with a wire whisk or an electric mixer until smooth.
    chocolate pudding mixture and a mixer whisk in a bowl
  4. Stir in the Cool Whip.
    chocolate pudding pie filling in a bowl
  5. Spoon the chocolate pudding filling into the crust and spread it out evenly.
  6. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until set.
chocolate pudding pie slice on a plate

Can I use a different type of crust?

Yes, you can use a buttery graham cracker crust or a regular homemade pie crust.

When using a homemade crust, you must fully bake it and ensure it is completely cooled before adding the filling.

Take a look at this Martha Stewart Pie Crust recipe for a flaky homemade pie crust.

a slice of chocolate pudding pie on a plate in front of the pie

Optional topping ideas

Top your pie with something delicious! Try some of these different ways to top your easy dessert.

  • Homemade whipping cream made with heavy cream and vanilla extract
  • Chocolate shavings made with a potato peeler and your favorite bar of chocolate
  • A couple of your favorite chocolate bars chopped up
  • Some crumbled oreo cookies

How to store your chocolate pudding pie

Store your chocolate pudding pie in the refrigerator. Loosely cover the pie with plastic wrap. It will last for up to three days in the refrigerator.

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Favorite Chocolate Desserts and Treats

Check out more of my easy pie recipes and the best family dessert recipes here on CopyKat!

The recipe is from Ethel Eynard. Jefferson City, MO. 1998.

chocolate pudding pie in a pie plate and a slice on a plate

Chocolate Pudding Pie

Enjoy this rich and creamy chocolate pie for a delicious dessert.

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Chocolate Pie, Chocolate Pudding Pie, Pie Recipes, Pies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 8

Calories: 272kcal


  • cups milk
  • 7.8 ounces instant chocolate pudding mix (2 3.9-oz packages)
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
  • 1 chocolate cookie crumb pie crust


  • Pour milk into a large bowl.

  • Add pudding mixes.

  • Beat with wire whisk for 2 minutes or until smooth. The mixture will be thick.

  • Immediately stir in Cool Whip whipped topping.

  • Spoon the filling into the crust.

  • Refrigerate the pie for 4 hours or until set.

  • Garnish as desired.


Store the pie in the refrigerator.
You can use a graham cracker crust instead of the chocolate cookie crust.


Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 487mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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