Hot Fudge Pie

Hot Fudge Pie

Craving a fudgy, chocolatey dessert but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen? This easy Hot Fudge Brownie Pie is the perfect solution. Ready in just 30 minutes, it satisfies any chocolate lover’s craving with minimal time and effort required.

This simple yet showstopping pie starts by melting butter and sugar together on the stovetop. Once cooled slightly, eggs, vanilla, flour, cocoa powder, and salt are whisked in to form a thick, brownie-like batter. Simply pour into a pie plate and bake until set around the edges but still gooey in the center, just like a brownie.

While called a pie, this dessert is much more akin to a brownie in texture and flavor. The name comes from the hot, fudge-like center when served straight from the oven. Topped with vanilla ice cream, it mimics the classic hot fudge sundae experience in pie form.

Easy enough for even novice bakers, this recipe transforms basic pantry items into a memorable dessert. With no complicated techniques or unusual ingredients, anyone can whip up this crowd-pleasing treat. Keep the simple ingredients on hand for those nights when a chocolate fix is needed fast.

Satisfy even the strongest chocolate cravings with this quick and easy Hot Fudge Brownie Pie. With minimal time and effort, you can have a ooey, gooey, fresh-from-the-oven dessert ready to enjoy.

What type of chocolate should I use?

For the richest flavor, I recommend using a high-quality unsweetened cocoa powder like Valrhona or Ghirardelli. Avoid using Dutch processed cocoa for this recipe. The unsweetened cocoa provides a nice deep, fudgy texture.

Can I use milk chocolate instead?

You can, but the flavor won’t be quite as intense. If substituting milk chocolate, use 1 cup of milk chocolate chips instead of the 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder. The extra chocolate chips will help compensate for the decreased cocoa powder.

What if I don’t have pie plate?

No problem! You can bake this in an 8-inch square baking pan instead. Just grease the pan before adding the batter. The baking time shouldn’t need to be adjusted.

How do I know when it’s done baking?

Check for doneness at 25 minutes by inserting a toothpick into the center. It should come out with just a few moist crumbs, but not wet batter. The edges may be set while the center is still a bit soft. That’s perfect!

Can I make this nut-free?

Definitely! The original recipe doesn’t contain nuts, but if you want to be extra safe for those with allergies, use unsalted butter instead of potentially contaminated spreads. Always read ingredient labels carefully.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch pie plate with butter and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar until combined. Let cool slightly.
  3. Whisk in the flour, cocoa powder and salt until no lumps remain.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract. The batter will be thick.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pie plate and spread evenly. Recipe By
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the center is set. Do not overbake.
  7. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before serving. The pie will firm up as it cools.
  8. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream if desired.


  • The original recipe calls for baking at 350°F for 30-35 minutes. I recommend reducing the baking time to 25-30 minutes for a fudgier, brownie-like texture.
  • The pie is meant to be served warm with ice cream on top, so don’t skip the cooling step. Letting it rest allows the filling to firm up.
  • Feel free to play around with mix-ins like chocolate chips or nuts. Just fold them into the batter before baking.
  • Store leftovers covered at room temperature for up to 3 days.

This simple “hot fudge” pie is really more of a brownie in disguise. With just a few pantry staples, you can whip up this easy, crowd-pleasing dessert in under an hour. The rich chocolate filling paired with vanilla ice cream is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.


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