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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!

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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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