Chocolate mousse pie is a decadent dessert that brings together the creamy richness of mousse with the satisfying crunch of a pie crust. Loved by home bakers and chocolate lovers alike, this dessert is surprisingly simple to make. Follow this guide to create a chocolate mousse pie that will impress family and friends.

Chocolate Mousse Pie


For the Pie Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup ice water

Alternatively, you can use a pre-made pie crust for convenience.

For the Chocolate Mousse

  • 8 ounces of high-quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Preparing the Pie Crust

Homemade Crust:

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour and salt.
  2. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Gradually add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, mixing until the dough begins to clump together.
  4. Form the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Roll out the dough on a floured surface to fit your pie dish.
  6. Transfer the dough to the pie dish, trim any excess, and flute the edges.
  7. Bake the crust for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Let it cool completely.

Store-bought Crust:

  1. Follow the instructions on the package for pre-baking the crust.
  2. Allow it to cool completely before filling.

2. Making the Chocolate Mousse

  1. Melt the Chocolate: In a heatproof bowl, combine the chopped chocolate and butter. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water (double boiler method) and stir until melted. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Let it cool slightly.
  2. Whip the Egg Yolks: In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks with half of the sugar until thick and pale. Stir the egg yolk mixture into the melted chocolate until smooth.
  3. Whip the Egg Whites: In another clean bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  4. Whip the Cream: In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until medium peaks form.
  5. Combine: Gently fold the whipped egg whites into the chocolate mixture, followed by folding in the whipped cream until fully incorporated.

3. Assembling and Setting

  1. Pour the chocolate mousse into the cooled pie crust, spreading it evenly.
  2. Refrigerate the pie for at least 4 hours, or until the mousse is fully set.

Serving Suggestions

Enhance your chocolate mousse pie with these garnishes:

  • Chocolate Shavings: Use a vegetable peeler to create elegant chocolate curls.
  • Whipped Cream: Pipe or dollop fresh whipped cream on top for added richness.
  • Berries: Add a pop of color and flavor with fresh berries like raspberries or strawberries.

Storage and Shelf Life

  • Refrigeration: Store the pie in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, for up to 3 days.
  • Freezing: Although the texture may change slightly, you can freeze the pie for up to 1 month. Thaw it in the refrigerator before serving.


Creating a chocolate mousse pie is a rewarding experience that combines rich flavors with a delightful texture. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different chocolates or garnishes to make the recipe your own. We’d love to hear your feedback and see your creations, so feel free to share your results. Enjoy every delicious bite!

Happy baking!

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