Gluten-Free Chocolate Cream Pie

With chocolate cream pie one of the most highly rated recipes on our web site, we felt it was high time for a gluten-free version. It turns out it was a piece of cake - or pie! - converting our existing recipe. We kept essentially the same filling, and paired it with our flaky, tender, gluten-free pie crust. The result? A pie that makes everyone swoon, gluten-free or not.

45 mins
35 to 40 mins
2 hrs 20 mins
one 9" pie
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cream Pie


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  1. To prepare the crust: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 9" pie pan.

  2. Roll the pie dough into a 12" to 13" circle on a piece of plastic wrap, a silicone rolling mat, or in a pie bag that's been heavily sprinkled with gluten-free flour or flour blend. Invert the crust into the prepared pie pan, pressing it into the pan.

  3. Line the bottom of the crust with pie weights. Or line with parchment, then add dry rice, or dried beans.

  4. Bake the crust for 25 minutes. Remove the weights, and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until the crust is light golden brown; it's helpful to have a pie shield or some foil at the ready in case the edge of your crust begins to brown too quickly.

  5. Remove the crust from the oven, and allow it to cool until you can touch it comfortably.

  6. To make the filling: Place the butter, chocolate, and vanilla into a 2-quart bowl; set aside.

  7. In a medium saucepan off the heat, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, and salt.

  8. Whisk in 1/4 cup (57g) cold heavy cream until the mixture is smooth, with no lumps. Repeat with another 1/4 cup (57g) of the cream, then whisk in the egg yolks.

  9. Over medium heat, gradually whisk in the remaining cream, and the milk.

  10. Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking constantly as it thickens; boil for 1 minute.

  11. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the mixture over the reserved chocolate and butter. Whisk until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.

  12. Pour the filling through a strainer into a bowl, to remove any lumps.

  13. Place plastic wrap or buttered parchment paper on the surface to prevent a skin from forming, and chill thoroughly.

  14. To assemble the pie: Spoon the cooled filling into the cooled, baked pie crust. Level the top with the back of a spoon or an offset spatula.

  15. Spoon or pipe whipped cream on top, if desired. Or top individual slices with whipped cream when serving.

  16. Keep the pie chilled until ready to serve. For best slicing, refrigerate the pie overnight before serving.

Tips from our Bakers

  • A shallow metal bowl with more surface area will chill the filling most quickly.
  • The filling needs to be strained while it's still quite warm. You can use the back of a ladle, a flexible spatula, or a wooden spoon to stir it through the strainer. Scrape the underside of the strainer once in awhile with a clean spatula, to help the process along.
  • Be aware: Some of your baking ingredients can be a hidden source of gluten. Learn more at our blog post: For gluten-free baking, think beyond just flour. For additional information on King Arthur-produced products, read the complete details of our allergen program, including our contact-prevention practices.