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15 Minute No-Bake German Chocolate Cream Pie

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Frozen, not baked, this pie can be made and served in 15 minutes or kept for up to three months in the freezer!  Great last minute dessert for guests and perfect for summer gatherings!

Frozen, not baked, this pie can be made and served in 15 minutes or kept for up to three months in the freezer! Great last minute dessert for guests and perfect for summer gatherings!

Quick and Easy

Looking for an easy dessert recipe to try? Something creamy and chocolatey, but can be made without turning on your oven? Here's one for you: No-Bake German Chocolate Cream Pie! It's perfect for company because it whips up quickly and can be stored in the freezer for up to three months (Note: I have never tested this exact length of time as we eat it way too quickly for that, but it is what my mom told me when she gave me her recipe)! It can be easily tweaked to your liking by increasing or decreasing the amount of chocolate and cream cheese, or by choosing a different crust (Oreo would be fantastic).

Warning: This pie filling is so yummy, you might be tempted to lick the bowl, and the spatula...and the spoon you used to "test" the pie.

Just 6 Ingredients

No-Bake German Chocolate Cream Pie is perfect for summer or to keep in your freezer for unexpected guests!  With just six ingredients, you can make the pie in 15 minutes and freeze it for up to three months!

No-Bake German Chocolate Cream Pie is perfect for summer or to keep in your freezer for unexpected guests! With just six ingredients, you can make the pie in 15 minutes and freeze it for up to three months!

What Is "German Chocolate?"

According to Marge Perry, a contributor to Cooking Light and instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York, German Chocolate is actually named after its American creator Samuel German, not after the country. It is sweeter than semi-sweet chocolate because it has additional sugar added to it, making it easy for baking. Thus, it is also known as "sweet chocolate." If you do not have German Chocolate on hand, you could substitute 4 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips for a more rich chocolate flavor.

Now That We Have The Ingredients, Let's Begin...

Melt the German Chocolate with milk over the stove.

Melt the German Chocolate with milk over the stove.

It Will Look Like This...

The chocolate and milk have melted together.

The chocolate and milk have melted together.

First, break apart the German chocolate. If you do not have German chocolate, you could use 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips with a little sugar or without sugar if you prefer. Pour the milk and chocolate into a small saucepan and melt over low heat. Mix together. When melted, remove from heat and let cool slightly. It will smell lovely!

Combine the softened cream cheese and sugar.

Combine the softened cream cheese and sugar.

It Will Look Like This...

The cream cheese and sugar are ready for the chocolate.

The cream cheese and sugar are ready for the chocolate.

While the chocolate is cooling slightly, use a mixer to beat the softened cream cheese with sugar. If your cream cheese is not room temperature, soften it for a few seconds at a time in the microwave, being careful not to melt it. The original recipe calls for 4 ounces, but I have used up to 8 ounces. More cream cheese is always a good thing!

Stir together the cream cheese and chocolate mixtures.  It will smell heavenly.

Stir together the cream cheese and chocolate mixtures. It will smell heavenly.

It Will Look Like This...

The chocolate and cream cheese have mixed together.

The chocolate and cream cheese have mixed together.

Your chocolate should be slightly cooled, but still warm. Pour it into the cream cheese you just beat. Using a wooden spoon or rubber scraper, mix the two together. It will smell amazing at this point! Chocolate...cream cheese...sigh. Since the chocolate is still somewhat warm it will come together rather quickly. At this point, you may be tempted to dip your finger in and do a little taste test, which is probably a good idea.

Fold in the final ingredient into the chocolate mixture.  Almost done!

Fold in the final ingredient into the chocolate mixture. Almost done!

It Will Look Like This...

The German Chocolate Cream Pie filling is ready!

The German Chocolate Cream Pie filling is ready!

Now it is time to add the final ingredient: whipped topping. Make sure it is softened, so it is easy to mix. Gently fold the whipped topping into the chocolate mixture. This just means you are lifting the spatula up and around rather than stirring quickly together. This keeps the mixture light and fluffy.

No Whipped Topping?

You can make your own using heavy whipping cream. Whipping cream will double in size as you whip it, so to make 8 ounces/3 cups as needed for this recipe, you'll need 1 1/2 cups of the cream (354 ml).

  1. Chill a metal bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes so it is very cold.
  2. Pour cream into your very cold bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat until peaks form. This will take 5–10 minutes. If you do not have an electric mixer, you can use a whisk and some muscle! Your wrist will probably get a little sore, so it's good to have a friend to help.

It is up to you, but you probably wouldn't need to add any powdered sugar or vanilla to your whipped topping as the pie will have enough flavor on its own.

The last step is simple.  Pour into a graham cracker crust and freeze until ready to serve!

The last step is simple. Pour into a graham cracker crust and freeze until ready to serve!

If You're Up for a Little More Work...

I only remember my mom making this pie with a graham cracker crust, as do I, but you can use whatever kind of crust you like best. Oreo would be fantastic! If you want to do a little more work, you could make your own crust, but the inexpensive store-bought kind works well for this pie. Simply pour your filling into the pie shell, place the lid back on, and put in the freezer. Keep the pie in the freezer until you are ready to serve. If the pie is frozen, let it thaw for 15 minutes before serving. Yum!

Fancying Your Pie

Optional Toppings

While we often serve this pie simply, because it is just that good, you can have fun with it! Some ideas include:

  • Drizzle hot fudge, raspberry sauce, or white chocolate on top
  • Place a few fresh raspberries on each slice
  • Add a dollop of whipped cream
  • Sprinkle chocolate chips, chocolate curls, or chocolate shavings on top
  • Cover with whipped cream and add drizzle or chocolate pieces on top of that

However you choose to top, or not top, your slice of German Chocolate Cream Pie, we hope you enjoy it and find it simple to make.

Recipe Recap

German Chocolate Cream Pie is made in 5 quick steps.

German Chocolate Cream Pie is made in 5 quick steps.

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

15 min

15 min

1 creamy pie serves 8 people

Approximate Metric Conversion

  • 113 g chocolate
  • 78 ml milk
  • 113 g cream cheese
  • 23 g sugar
  • 226 g whipped cream (or 354 ml whipping cream, see note on how to make whipped cream in step 4 above)
  • 1 graham cracker crust

Ingredients

  • 1 package (4 ounces) German sweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 container (8 ounces) whipped topping (or 1 1/2 cups whipped whipping cream), thawed
  • 1 graham cracker crust

Instructions

  1. In saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate and milk until chocolate is melted. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  3. Stir chocolate mixture into cheese mixture.
  4. Fold in whipped topping.
  5. Pour into crust. Freeze until firm! May be frozen for up to 3 months. Remove from freezer for 10–15 minutes before serving.

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Comments

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on September 09, 2014:

LOL, thanks, and thanks again for the recipe. My mouth waters when I look at it.

thefedorows (author) from the Midwest on September 06, 2014:

@Huntgoddess, good point!

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on August 08, 2014:

Well, whipped cream is so much easier and cheaper to make than to buy.

The already-whipped stuff in the can is never enough, and Waaaaay too expensive.

Whipped topping is NOT whipped cream. It's just dreadful, rancid oil.

Christine Rogers from Ohio on August 08, 2014:

Great Hub! my mom loves German Chocolate cake, I should make her this pie.

Michael Kismet from Northern California on July 22, 2014:

Now I know how to make German chocolate cream pie, ME! This hub is exceptional, I'm following you if that's okay.

thefedorows (author) from the Midwest on July 22, 2014:

@amiebutchko, what a great birthday treat! Thank you for stopping by. I hope it tastes even better than you remember it.

@Huntgoddess, thank you for your kind words! I actually just added those whipped cream instructions because someone commented they did not have access to whipped cream where they live. I am glad you found them helpful as well!

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on July 22, 2014:

Holy Macarolly!

This is just so incredibly, the way you have put the elements together visually. Very artistic!

Then, there's the recipe itself ----- O*M*G*!!~

It really impresses me that you have included the instructions for making the whipped cream. I really get sick (physically) from "whipped topping" (hydrogenated rancid oil, essentially) products, and it's almost easier to make delicious, fresh, healthy REAL whipped cream.

Makes a big difference in the pie also!

I trust cows. I don't trust those industrialized food factories.

Amie Butchko from Warwick, NY on July 21, 2014:

My mom used to make this and I remember requesting it for my birthday each year when I was in college. My friends loved it as much as I did. I REALLY wish I had some right now! Going to make this for sure.

thefedorows (author) from the Midwest on July 21, 2014:

@Hendrika, you're welcome! I hope the conversions help. If you find a better conversion please let me know so I can update it.

@W1totalk, thank you! I am happy to hear the instruction is helpful.

@PurvisBobbi44, I hope you and your sister both enjoy it! It is nice to have a recipe you can make without heating up the house in summer. Have a great week as well, Bobbi!

@erorantes, that sounds yummy! I bet it would be delicious as a cake topping...good idea. Thank you for your congratulations.

@Blond Logic, I will have to write a dessert recipe hub that is healthier for your diet. :) I am sure you could substitute real whipped cream. I updated the hub to include directions on how to do this. I have not tried it in this recipe, but I have made my own whipped topping before and it is fun to watch it turn into whipped cream.

@AlexandraBurgess, thank you for stopping back to let us know you made it! Your raspberry sauce idea sounds perfect for this! Glad you liked it, and thank you again for leaving another comment.

@habee, thank you for giving it 5 stars!

Holle Abee from Georgia on July 21, 2014:

Sounds super yummy, so I gave it 5 stars!

Alexandra Burgess from South East UK on July 21, 2014:

This was SOO good! Thankyou for the recipe, I made one with white chocolate and raspberry sauce too as I was feeling fat haha soooo nice thanks again :) x

Mary Wickison from Brazil on July 21, 2014:

Oh heck, there goes the diet.

This looks good. I don't know if I can find the whipped topping where I live in Brazil, it may have to be real whipped cream.

Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on July 21, 2014:

I like your recepy. It is good for cake toping. And it looks delicious. Thank you for sharing your creative chocolate recepy. You are fantastic. Congratulations on the hub of the day.

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on July 21, 2014:

Hi,

Thanks for this wonderful No-Bake recipe. I will try it when my sister comes over.

Have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis

W1totalk on July 21, 2014:

This requires tasting. Great instruction.

Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on July 21, 2014:

Thanks for the conversions

thefedorows (author) from the Midwest on July 21, 2014:

@ChitrangadaSharan, Thank you for your congratulations and kind words! Aren't we always looking for a new quick and easy recipe? This one hits the spot!

@mathira, Thank you for letting me know the recipe looks easy, that was my goal! It is perfect for unexpected guests because you can keep it in the freezer for 3 months, then just pull it out about 15 minutes before you want to serve it. Yum!

@Hendrika, You inspired me to include the metric conversions. I found a converter online, so hopefully my measurements are accurate and helpful! Thank you for stopping by.

@susanouzts, I like your enthusiasm! I hope you do try it out!

@AlexandraBurgess, You are welcome! I hope you enjoy it and find it easy to make!

Alexandra Burgess from South East UK on July 21, 2014:

thanks for this, going to make it now :) x

Susan B. Ouzts from Monroe County, GA on July 21, 2014:

Can't wait to try this recipe!

Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on July 21, 2014:

I cannot wait to try this recipe. Of course I have to change all the ingredients to metric but there is a site that does that in two tickets for me.

mathira from chennai on July 21, 2014:

Very yummy indeed. What made your article different was you made the recipe look very easy. Let me try it out. Sounds good for unexpected guests.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 21, 2014:

Congratulations for HOTD!

Your recipe sounds easy to make and looks just yummy. I am going to try this. Thanks for sharing!

thefedorows (author) from the Midwest on July 14, 2014:

@Melissa Noon, I hope he enjoys it and you enjoy making it! Please let us know if you make any modifications. Best wishes!

Melissa Noon from California on July 12, 2014:

My dad absolutely loves German Chocolate Pie so I will have to go and try this out for his birthday which is coming up. It looks really easy and really delicious.

thefedorows (author) from the Midwest on July 11, 2014:

@MsDora, thank you! You are too sweet! I appreciate your share!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 10, 2014:

Now I know not to read your recipes at night when it's too late to eat. It began with the title and I tried (but failed) not to watch the pictures. Anyway, thank you for the easy no-bake--there's the catch--recipe. I'll also share it.

thefedorows (author) from the Midwest on July 09, 2014:

@Chin chin, Thank you for your comment! I hope you like it!

Chin chin from Philippines on July 03, 2014:

This looks very easy to make so I'm gonna try your recipe. I've made something like this before and I know it tastes great.