Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pie #LovethePie


Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pie recipe at

I have to be honest…….I’ve never been a big fan of pudding pies.  Banana cream, yes! My mom and grandma made the best!  but other than that, I much prefer a juicy warm fruit pie with vanilla ice cream melting over the top.

But a few weeks ago, when traveling I was flipping thru a magazine and spotted a pie recipe that really caught my attention.  Maybe it was the name, Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pie, but this didn’t seem like any ordinary boring pudding pie and I knew it was something I wanted needed to make!

So, last weekend I channeled my inner 50’s domestic goddess and Kari Russell, as Jenna, in Waitress.  The girl from the deep south who works as a waitress and spends her days dreaming up and making all sorts of unique pies!  I tied on my ruffly apron and stirred my chocolate ganache.  The only thing missing was the vintage stove in a pastel tinted kitchen!

 Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pie recipe at


The dark chocolate pudding filling is smooth and creamy, and pairs perfectly with the pretzel crust.   I used Ghirardelli chocolate and must say that you should use the best quality chocolate you can afford.  It can/does makes a difference.

What I used:

Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa

Ghirardelli Semi Sweet Chocolate

Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pie #LovethePie

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pie #LovethePie

Summary: A crust made from crushed pretzels pairs deliciously with a a rich chocolate custard filling.


  • 4 ounces (3 cups) broken pretzel sticks
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, divided and lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk (I used 2%)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups + 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a food processor combine pretzels, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and butter; blend until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press mixture firmly into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Bake crust until fragrant and just turning golden, 10 to 15 minutes; cool.
  2. In a medium saucepan whisk together 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, salt, and milk. Place over medium heat and stir until sugar is just dissolved, about 2 minutes. Whisk in egg yolks. Cook, stirring constantly, until custard thickens and just boils, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. Place pan in a bowl of ice and water and stir occasionally until custard cools.
  3. While custard cools, make a chocolate ganache to cover pie crust. Place chopped semi sweet chocolate in medium bowl. Heat 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream in microwave about 30-40 seconds (just until boils). Pour warm cream over chocolate and stir until melted. Pour over cooled pie crust, using rubber spatula to help spread chocolate up the sides and over entire bottom of crust. Place in refrigerator or freezer until set.
  4. Pour custard into cooled crust with hardened ganache and press plastic wrap directly onto surface. Chill until firm, 4 hours or up to a day.
  5. Whip cream and confectioners’ sugar until soft peaks form, spread over pie and garnish with extra pretzels and chocolate shavings.


Recipe adapted from Ladies Home Journal.

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This pie is  a little time consuming, but actually pretty easy to make and  impressive for  chocolate-loving family or company! Definitely made me feel like a blue ribbon winner!


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73 Responses to “Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pie #LovethePie”

  1. Janet posted on November 18, 2011 at 11:52 am (#)

    That looks amazing! A must try recipe.

  2. Asmita posted on November 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm (#)

    The pie looks stunning. Just feel like diving into it!

  3. Jennifer Young posted on November 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm (#)

    Oh, Cheryl. You have outdone yourself. Most definitely making this–thanks for the recipe!!

  4. Janel Hutton@hatingmartha posted on November 18, 2011 at 7:19 pm (#)

    Oh my…this must be one of those, sit down with a fork and milk and don’t bother with plates…kind of pies. Love!

  5. Megan Brooke posted on November 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm (#)

    This looks and sounds amazing! Definitely ‘pinning’ this to my ‘yummy’ inspiration board :)

  6. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga posted on November 23, 2011 at 5:22 am (#)

    Cheryl this looks great! love the salty/sweet thing going on, too!

  7. Tiffany posted on November 23, 2011 at 10:24 am (#)

    I am making the pie today Wed do you think it will be ok to wait and serve on friday if kept in fridge. This is my first time making a PIE EVER!!!!! Thanks for the beautiful pie:)

  8. De-Lila posted on November 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm (#)

    I just made two of these and a mini sampler one for the kids and I… AMAZING!!!! Best pie ever!!!

  9. Yhudis posted on August 4, 2012 at 11:04 pm (#)

    I made this pie, and I have never gotten so many compliments! A real winner!!!!

  10. Dani @ See Hubby Cook posted on November 15, 2013 at 9:41 am (#)

    Oh. My. Gosh. THIS!!! This is in need of being featured at every Thanksgiving table. Yeeeeeeeeeeeess!! I can’t wait to make this…or rather to eat it!

  11. Spencer @ Moo-Lolly-Bar posted on July 16, 2014 at 7:59 pm (#)

    Looks like a great recipe. I love the contrast and combination of chocolate and pretzel. It is probably my favourite.


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