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Chocolate Pie Crust

Author: PJ Hamel

Chocolate Pie Crust Recipe

When you want your favorite nut or cream pie filling to rest in a chocolate crust, you'd typically choose a chocolate cookie crust, right? Next time, try this cocoa-enhanced pastry crust. With all the attributes of a classic flaky crust, it adds deep-dark chocolate flavor to every bite. Our thanks to Erin McDowell, whose flavored pie dough blog post inspired this recipe.

At a glance

single crust for a 9" to 10" pie


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  1. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and confectioners' sugar (see "tips," below).
  2. Work the butter into the flour mixture, using a pastry blender or fork, your fingers, or a stand mixer. Don't mix the butter in completely; leave some of it in pea-sized lumps.
  3. Add 4 tablespoons of the water, then enough additional water to just bring the dough together; it should be cohesive, but not sticky.
  4. Shape the dough into a disk, and chill until you're ready to use it.