Minnie’s Chocolate Pie from THE HELP

Most of you have probably seen the movie, The Help, and  remember Minnie’s infamous chocolate pie scene!  This recipe is minus one ingredient meant just for Hilly, and you will love Minnie’s original version!!  Minnie’s Chocolate Pie is simple, classic, and easy to make.  It is perfect for any occasion all year long.

I received this recipe from Lee Ann Flemming, who is a Greenwood, Mississippi local, hired to be a food stylist on the set of The Help.  (The Help was filmed in Greenwood).  

At Christmas, my mom had the pleasure of meeting Lee Ann in person in my hometown of Jackson, Mississippi where she was signing cookbooks.  Lee Ann wrote Minnie’s Chocolate Pie recipe on a scratch piece of paper for me, which I treasure.  No doubt she can quote the recipe in her sleep after making 53 pies during the filming of The Help!

For the crust, you can use the roll-out, refrigerated Pillsbury pie crust dough if you are in a pinch for time, but this homemade version below really makes the pie!!  Don’t be afraid of it!  It is super simple to throw together.

Minnie’s Chocolate Pie

Pie Crust:
(or refrigerated Pillsbury roll-out pie crust…follow package instructions)

1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 t. sugar
1/2 t. salt

1/2 cup oil
2 T. milk

In a small bowl, whisk together the oil and milk.

Then, mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl, and add milk/oil mixture, using a fork to blend and moisten well.

Push mixture evenly into pie plate, using your fingers to crimp edges.

Pie Filling:
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
4 T. unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, beaten
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 t. pure vanilla extract
1/4 t. salt
Whipped Cream, for serving

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  

Make homemade pie crust according to directions above, or gently roll out refrigerated pie crust dough into pie plate and follow directions on Pillsbury box for baking crust before filling.

In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar with the cocoa powder, melted butter, beaten eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla, and salt until smooth.

Pour the filling into the crust and bake for 40-45 minutes.  The filling should be set around the edges, but a little jiggly in the center.  At about 20-25 minutes bake time, cover the crust with strips of foil.   Use scissors to cut thin foil strips and gently lay them around the top of the pie crust until end of bake time.  

Allow to cool completely before cutting individual slices.  Top with Redi-Whip, Cool Whip or fresh whipped cream to serve!

We prefer this pie served cold, and you can store it in the refrigerator.  


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  1. Wow…that’s awesome. Love that movie!


  2. That’s so funny that you would post this, Amanda, because we just watched this movie (for the fourth or fifth time) two nights ago! I will definitely try this recipe. Thanks!

  3. Thanks for sharing this! I have a coffee to go to this evening and need a dessert to bring but forgot to plan for it. I have everything I need to make this on hand! Pinning!

  4. What a neat recipe to have, especially hand written out!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Just leave out the Terrible Awful!

  6. Looks delish! I’ve pinned it to my “My Oh My” board and would love for you to share on our Creative Corner Blog Hop. It starts on Monday’s and is open all week – http://hollysstampingaddiction.blogspot.com/2012/05/creative-corner-blog-hop_28.html

  7. too funny

    i love that book
    and that scene steals the show

    thanks for sharing
    this delectable recipe
    (san’s Minnie’s special ingredient)
    at Fridays Unfolded

    and i just featured this
    on the Stuff and Nonsense
    FB page!


  8. Your pie looks wonderful and I loved the Help. Going to have to try it. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. That was a great movie! The pie looks great… it would still make me hesitate to take that bite, though!! lol!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina

  10. how funl

  11. fabulous – loved the book/movie

    pie looks just as good!

  12. I’m glad you left out one ingredient 😉 Looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  13. Hi, I’m visiting from Chef-in-training and would love for you to share this, or any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at http://www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. Have a wonderful week.


  14. That’s so awesome that you were able to get this recipe. I loved the movie. I would love if you would share this and any other posts at Showcase Your Talent Thursday http://whatscookinglove.blogspot.com/2012/06/showcase-your-talent-thursday-10.html. I hope to see you there!

  15. oh! I’m just reading the book during theese days, I didn’t see the movie, so I skipped a part of the post, becouse I don’t know whether there is some “spoiler”.
    I will return as soon as I understand what happened whith Hilly’s pie and then will try this recipe!!! Oh yes!! Thnak you for sharing! See you soon!

    I arrived here trhough Pinterest! I re-pinned some of your recipes! ;D

  16. Anonymous says:

    what kind of oil did you use?

  17. To Anonymous question…I used Canola oil but you could also use vegetable oil.

    Highly recommend setting up an email account so others can easily reach you:) Hopefully you are subscribed to comments so you can get my answer.

    Hope you love the pie!

  18. Thanks for the recepie! It was super easy to make but the pie was super sweet for me. Any idea on how I can tweak it so the final product is not as sweet. Also, it came out very runny not at all fudgy and thick like I thought. Suggestions please!!!

  19. To Anonymous poster…(please include your email if you are posting anonymously so I can reach you:)

    As for the sweetness, I am not sure what to substitute to make it less sweet. You may want to search for a different pie, as this one IS very sweet and rich.

    As for it being runny, I would recommend cooking it longer. Each oven runs a tiny bit different, so I think this may solve your problem of it being runny.


  20. Just popping over from Mom on Timeout’s Iron Chef Mom linky party and couldn’t help but notice your post. Can’t wait to try it. Have pinned.


  21. Hello, I cannot wait to make this recipe ! May I ask if you have ever frozen it after baking? I am baking a bunch of Tha ksgiving pies and it would be so helpful if it could be frozen? I would appreciate your answer so much ! Thanks for posting this ! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Hi Mona! Sorry for the delay in replying. While I have not frozen this pie, my mom who cooks ALOT agrees with me that the ingredients in Minnie’s pie are all easily frozen.
      If you DO freeze it, will you let me know how you like it? I may pop you an email to see! It would be a great addition to the post but I’d prefer to hear from a reader first:)

  22. This was the first pie I’ve ever made and I did it last night and tried it this morning, it is absolutely wonderful. It turned out perfectly, just like the photo. There is a TON of sugar in it…so much that I blushed at all the scoops I was putting into the measuring cup. It is so simple and delicious. Tastes like a creamy brownie and the crust is amazing as well. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. It’s a keeper!

  23. for the pie crust do we have to bake first

  24. I made this pie for the first time this evening for dinner. I made it exactly as is and I used the store bought pie dough. The texture was a little gritty even though I whisked it for several minutes, but my major issue was the overwhelming sweetness of it. I want to redo it I think next time I will whisk longer and attempt to make the pie dough instead of using the store bought crust but as far as the sweetness will reducing the sugar ruin the recipe or can I I cut it back? I really wanted to like it but it was just want to sweet for me.