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Grandma’s Cocoa Pie

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There are some recipes that transcend the boundaries of mere food and become a part of our identity, our heritage. They are not just about the ingredients or the cooking process; they are about the memories, the stories, and the love that goes into making them. One such recipe in our family is Grandma’s cocoa pie.

A Family Heirloom

Grandma’s cocoa pie isn’t just a dessert; it’s a symbol of our family’s history and tradition. It has been passed down through generations, each one adding their own touch, but always staying true to the original essence. The rich, chocolatey flavor and smooth texture of this pie have been a staple at our family events for as long as anyone can remember.

More Than Just a Pie

Every bite of Grandma’s cocoa pie takes us back to our childhood. It reminds us of those cozy winter evenings spent around the fireplace, listening to Grandma’s stories. It brings back the warmth of summer afternoons, when we would impatiently wait for the pie to cool down so we could finally dig in.

This pie is not just about the taste; it’s about the experience. It’s about the anticipation of seeing Grandma pull out her special pie dish. It’s about the aroma that fills the house as the pie bakes, making everyone’s mouth water. And most importantly, it’s about the joy of sharing this delicious treat with the people we love.

Keeping the Tradition Alive

We encourage everyone to have their own version of ‘Grandma’s cocoa pie’. It doesn’t have to be a cocoa pie per se; it could be any dish that holds a special place in your heart and your family’s history.

The important thing is to keep these traditions alive, to pass them on to the next generation. Because these recipes are not just about food; they’re about love, memories, and a sense of belonging.

So here’s to Grandma’s cocoa pie, and to all the family recipes that bring us together and keep us connected. May they continue to fill our homes with warmth, our hearts with love, and our lives with delicious memories.

Grandma's Cocoa Pie | This Old Baker

Grandma’s Cocoa Pie

Grandma’s cocoa pie is a cherished family dessert known for its rich, chocolatey flavor and smooth texture. It conjures up warm memories of cozy gatherings and has been a staple at our family events for generations.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch/or arrowroot powder or 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 9 ” pre-baked pie shell


  • Mix cocoa, cornstarch, beaten egg yolks; sugar and salt, then add milk gradually, while stirring in a pot over med-high heat.Cook until thick, beating it smooth. While stirring, mix in the vanilla. Cream pies take some time to thicken, so stir… and stir (10 to 15 minutes).Using a heavy bottom pan really helps. Just keep it up until it thickens. Pour into a pre-baked pie shell.Put in the fridge to chill for several hours before serving.Add whipped cream, cool whip, or a baked meringue for the topping if you like
Keyword no bake pie, pie, retro pie
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