Frozen Chocolate Pecan Pie

by Alli

If you love pecans and chocolate, (who doesn’t?) this frozen chocolate pecan pie will quickly become a new favorite. This pie is the perfect pie to make during the spring and summer.

It all begins with a homemade pecan crust topped with a filling that includes bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Homemade whipped cream is mixed with the filling before placing it in the freezer until set. 

When I served this pie to my family, my daughter said it was the best pie she’s ever eaten. I love how easy this is to make. 

The chocolate is melted in a double boiler on top of the stove, mixed with the other filling ingredients, and cooled slightly. Homemade whipped cream is folded into the filling before spooning into the homemade pecan crust. Freeze until ready to serve. 

Slice of Frozen Chocolate Pecan Pie on a serving plate with the rest of the pie in the background

Ingredients At A Glance For Frozen Chocolate Pecan Pie

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  • finely chopped pecans
  • packed brown sugar
  • butter
    Filling:
  • bittersweet chocolate
  • granulated sugar
  • instant coffee
  • eggs, at room temperature
  • dark rum OR 1/2 Tablespoon rum extract
  • vanilla extract
  • heavy whipping cream

Tips On Making Frozen Chocolate Pecan Pie

The crust needs to be baked for 10 minutes. I let it cool and hang out in the freezer while I make the filling and I use my mini food processor to finely chop the toasted pecans. 

In a medium-size bowl, add the chopped pecans, brown sugar, and melted butter. Mix well. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Bake at 350º for 10 minutes. Cool, then place in the freezer while you make the filling.

pecan crust in a 9-inch pie plate

In the top of a double boiler over slightly simmering but not boiling water, melt the chocolate, granulated sugar, and instant coffee.

Helpful Hint: If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a heatproof mixing bowl on top of a pot of simmering water.

How To Melt Chocolate In A Double Boiler

Add one to two inches of water to a saucepan. Place a heatproof bowl over the saucepan. Check to make sure the bowl fits snug over the saucepan and doesn’t touch the water. Turn the stove to medium heat. Add the chocolate mixture to the bowl. 

As the water begins to simmer, the chocolate will begin to melt. Stir constantly until the chocolate is melted. 

Remove the chocolate mixture from the heat and slowly whisk in the eggs, rum, and vanilla extract until smooth. Cool for 5 minutes.

filling for frozen chocolate pecan pie in a glass bowl

While the chocolate mixture is cooling, whip one cup of whipping cream until soft peaks form. 

You have soft peaks when you lift the whisk and the peaks will hold briefly before falling back into the cream. 

Fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture and spoon into the prepared crust. Freeze for at least an hour or until set.

Frozen Chocolate Pie before freezing

Whip the remaining cream right before serving and top each slice with a dollop. 

A closeup photo of a slice of chocolate pie on a white serving plate with a rose gold fork

How To Store Frozen Chocolate Pecan Pie

If you have leftovers (I never do!), store, wrapped, in the freezer for up to a month. 

You can also make this pie ahead of time and keep it in the freezer for up to a month. 

Yield: 8 servings

Frozen Chocolate Pecan Pie

A closeup photo of a slice of chocolate pie on a white serving plate with a rose gold fork

Frozen Chocolate Pecan Pie has a homemade pecan crust filled with a delicious chocolate filling and frozen until firm. Serve with additional whipped cream.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 5 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons butter, melted

Filling

  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate (use a baking bar OR baking chips)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon dark rum OR 1/2 Tablespoon rum extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. For the crust, mix pecans, brown sugar, and butter in a medium bowl until the mixture holds together. Press onto the bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Bake at 350º F. for 10 minutes. Cool. Place in the freezer while you make the chocolate filling.
  2. For the filling, melt chocolate, granulated sugar, and instant coffee in the top of a double boiler over barely simmering (not boiling) water. Remove from heat and whisk in the eggs, rum, and vanilla extract until smooth. Cool about 5 minutes.
  3. Whip one cup whipping cream until soft peaks form. Fold into the chocolate mixture and spoon into the prepared crust. Freeze for at least one hour or until set.
    Before serving, whip the remaining 1/2 cup whipped cream to garnish the pie. Makes 6-8 servings.

Notes

I used Ghirardelli bittersweet baking chips in this recipe.

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