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A Slice of Nostalgia: Hot Fudge Pie - Rich, Gooey, and Delicious


Calling all chocolate lovers! This recipe for Hot Fudge Pie is a celebration of all things decadent and delicious. The rich, fudgy filling nestled in a flaky crust is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth or ending a meal on a delightful note.

Texture and Flavor in Perfect Harmony:

The beauty of this Hot Fudge Pie lies in its contrasting textures. The buttery crust offers a delightful crumb, while the filling boasts a gooey, almost brownie-like consistency. The hint of salt helps to enhance the overall chocolate flavor, making each bite a pure indulgence.


  • For the Flaky Crust (Optional):
    • You can use a pre-made pie crust to save time. However, if you'd like to make your own, here's what you'll need:1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
      • 3-4 tablespoons ice water
  • For the Decadent Filling:
    • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preparing the Crust (Optional): If you're opting for a homemade crust, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough just comes together. Be careful not to overmix. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheating for Perfection: Whether you're using a homemade or store-bought crust, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) for baking the pie.
  3. Creaming for a Smooth Filling: In a large bowl using an electric mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. This step incorporates air into the mixture, resulting in a smoother and lighter filling.
  4. Introducing the Eggs and Vanilla: Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract until well combined.
  5. The Chocolate Magic: Add the cocoa powder and salt to the wet ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. You want a rich and glossy chocolate batter.
  6. Preparing the Pan: Grease an 8-inch pie pan with butter or cooking spray. This prevents the pie from sticking to the pan and ensures easy removal after baking.
  7. Pouring and Baking: Pour the chocolate batter into the prepared pie pan. Here's the secret to achieving that gooey center: avoid overmixing the batter! A few lumps are perfectly fine and will contribute to the desired texture.
  8. Baking to Fudgy Perfection: Bake the pie for 30-35 minutes, or until the edges are set but the center is still slightly soft and wobbly. The exact baking time may vary depending on your oven. A gentle nudge of the pan should show the center jiggling slightly.
  9. The Importance of Mixing (or Not Mixing):Recipe Note: This is where the magic happens! For a truly gooey filling, resist the urge to use an electric mixer after pouring the batter into the pan. A gentle hand mix with a spoon can help incorporate any chocolate streaks but avoid overmixing. Overmixing can lead to a denser, cake-like texture.
  10. A Cooling Act: Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack before slicing and serving. This allows the filling to set and achieve that perfect gooey consistency.
  11. Serving Up Smiles: Slice the Hot Fudge Pie and serve it warm or at room temperature. You can enjoy it plain or add a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for an extra decadent treat.


  • For a richer chocolate flavor, use dark cocoa powder in the filling.
  • Leftover pie can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat slices in the microwave for a few seconds until warmed through.
  • You can also freeze leftover pie slices for longer storage. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight before enjoying.