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No Roll Chocolate Pie Crust

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No Roll Chocolate Pie Crust - an easy pie crust recipe that's CHOCOLATE! Just mix it up in a food processor and press it into the pan , no rolling! It's great for baked or filled pies!

This No Roll Chocolate Pie Crust recipe has been 5 years in the making. Why did I wait so long??

No Roll Chocolate Pie Crust - an easy pie crust recipe that's CHOCOLATE! Just mix it up in a food processor and press it into the pan , no rolling!

I’m not joking – I’ve been thinking about making a chocolate pie crust recipe for years, but I’ve never gotten around to it. This year? I DID IT. And I’m so glad I did because it adds an absolutely wonderful flavor to pie. I mean…chocolate is good with everything, isn’t it?

Just think – your favorite pie recipes…with a chocolate all butter crust. Like…banana coconut pie with a chocolate crust, pumpkin pie, candy pie. You guys, I just. Can’t. Even.

If you follow me on snapchat (crazyforcrust) you may have seen behind the scenes on this pie. I’m using snapchat to get used to making videos and I’m having a ton of fun being silly while I bake. Luckily, this one worked! 🙂

This Chocolate Pie Crust is like a pastry pie crust – not a crushed cookie crust. It’s like eating chocolate pie dough!

I had to do a few tries to get this recipe right. I started it with my all butter pie crust recipe, which is my favorite gold standard pie crust, and I added cocoa powder and sugar. But, alas, it’s not as easy as just adding a few things. My first recipe wouldn’t roll out, so I chilled the second one. Then it broke all over the place and I wanted to cry. (I mean, I was snapchatting the darn thing!)

Then I had the idea to make a no roll pie crust. Everyone hates rolling things out, right? Flour, mess, arm workout. Why not just dump the crumbly pie dough into the pie plate and press it in?

Guess what? IT WORKED. And not only does it taste good, but it makes your house smell like a chocolate factory.

I made two pies with this crust recipe that I’ll be sharing with you over the coming weeks. One is a baked pie and one is a filled pie. Both are chocolate heaven.

Okay, so are you ready to learn how to make this no roll chocolate pie crust recipe? Get your aprons ready!

BTW, This post has LOTS of photos. It’s step-by-step photo tutorial on how to make this no roll chocolate pie crust. If you just want the recipe without seeing how to make it, you can jump to the recipe.

flour and cocoa powder in a food processor

The first thing you’re going to do is mix your flour, sugar, salt, and cocoa powder in a food processor. Just pulse it a few times.

(Don’t put your nose too close to the vents unless you like snorting cocoa, for your info.)

Making No Roll Chocolate Pie Crust in a food processor

Then add one stick of very cold, diced butter. Pulse the machine a few times to get it worked into the dry ingredients.

Then add 1 tablespoon of water and let the machine run for several seconds. Eventually it’ll get crumbly, like the photo below. This is where you have to judge if you should add more water or not. Is it very powdery? When you try and clump it together, does it fall apart? If so, add 1/2 teaspoon more, up to 1 teaspoon. Don’t let the dough work all together into a ball, just let it run until it sticks together in a crumbly mess.

No Roll Chocolate Pie Crust dough

The chocolate pie crust dough should be able to pinch together, like so.

No Roll Chocolate Pie Crust dough

Then dump the chocolate pie crust dough into a 9″ pie plate. You can use a plate that’s smaller than 9″ but there is not enough dough for a bigger pie plate.

No Roll Chocolate Pie Crust

Then just press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of the plate, easy peasy!! Be sure to chill it for at least an hour (or 10-15 minutes in the freezer) before baking it.

Now you have the perfect No Roll Chocolate Pie Crust for all your pie making needs.

No Roll Chocolate Pie Crust - an easy pie crust recipe that's CHOCOLATE! Just mix it up in a food processor and press it into the pan , no rolling!

This no roll chocolate pie crust works for both baked pies and pre-baked crust (filled) pies. If you’re baking a pie (like pecan) just fill the pie crust like you normally would and then bake as directed. If you are making it as a pie crust for a filled pie, like pudding, just poke holes in it with a fork (as you can see in the photo above) and bake the cold crust, cool, and fill.

It’s a little bit more crumbly than a normal pie crust, but it’s so good it’s worth it. Plus, it makes every pie chocolate. #winningatlife

No Roll Chocolate Pie Crust
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Servings: 1 crust for a 9" pie

No Roll Chocolate Pie Crust

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
This easy No Roll Chocolate Pie Crust starts with my all butter crust recipe and adds chocolate! Plus, it's NO ROLL! No mess, just press and bake!


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon ice water


  1. Dice butter into small cubes. Place back in the refrigerator.
  2. Place flour, cocoa, sugar, and salt in a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine.
  3. Add the cold diced butter into the food processor. Pulse a few times until the butter is worked into the flour mixture.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of ice water. Let the food processor run for several seconds, until the dough becomes crumbly. If the dough seems too dry, add 1/2 teaspoon water and pulse a few more times. You can add another 1/2 teaspoon of water as needed. Just make sure it’s not too wet! The dough should be pinchable, but not dry or wet.
  5. Pour crumbly dough into a 9” pie plate. Use your fingers to presss across the bottom and up the sides. Chill for at least one hour (or freeze for 10-15 minutes) before baking.
  6. If making a baked pie shell for an unbaked filling: poke the very cold crust with the tines of a fork all over the bottom and sides. Bake at 400°F for about 8-10 minutes. Cool, then fill as directed.
  7. If making a baked pie, fill chilled pie crust as directed and bake as the recipe directs.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 /8th crust) — Calories: 186, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 1242mg, Carbohydrates: 18g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 2g

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  1. My biggest association with Snapchat right now is my students. They tell me that it’s mainly for posting videos that aren’t too appropriate because they last for a few seconds and go away. But that sounds dangerous to me. It’s better to use it for pie crust!
    And I love chocolate pie crust. This looks great!

  2. Congrats on finally making a pie crust, Dorothy! This is definitely a winner. I love that it’s no-roll, and even better that it’s chocolate! Sounds perfect for the holidays!

  3. I love this for the base for Peanut Butter Pie! Those store bought ones taste icky! Thanks. 

  4. What a great recipe! It’s a great way to switch up pie recipes. I think this would be yummy with a pecan pie.

  5. This is AWESOME!! I have been experimenting with pie crusts lately and have had ALL the fails. Who knew you could just press it in and save A LOT of tears and pulling out of hair. And chocolate crust? YES PLEASE.

  6. oooOooOoOoOOo dangerous, very dangerous!!! 😉

  7. Is it bad that I just want to eat the crust by itself? 😉

  8. It’s no roll AND it’s chocolate! Now THIS is my idea of pie crust!

  9. Okay, why have I never thought of this???? THANK YOU!!!! For being you, Dorothy!! This is so smart. And since it’s no-roll, I might actually make it sometime! Ha!!!! I really don’t like rolling pie crusts.. but who does?? Love this! 🙂

  10. I LOVE that this looks like a crust I can’t screw up 🙂 

  11. Oh my goodness why did I just picture this with a peppermint type of filling? Maybe a mousse with peppermint candy pieces? Mmmm chocolate crust with peanut butter banana filling? Almond joy type poor with coconut. Seriously the possibilities are endless in my head right about now. Thanks!!! can’t wait to practice before the holidays are here;)

  12. OK, I have officially found the perfect pie crust for my French Silk Pie!  LOVE!!

  13. You had me at no roll. Or wait, chocolate. Either way this looks fantastic and my kids favorite chocolate cream pie just got better with a chocolate crust!

  14. There are so many pies that I want to try with a chocolate crust now!

  15. I’m super new to Snapchat and only just getting the hang of it, but I saw you make this the other day and it looked SO good, I was like OMG I need to make chocolate pie crust ASAP! This is just gorgeous and LOVE that it’s no roll!

  16. You did it!!! And it’s no-roll! So excited for this one, Dorothy!

  17. Ok, this is awesome!!  I hate rolling pie dough AND it’s CHOCOLATE!!!

  18. I don’t make crusts at all except for graham cracker crusts. I normally buy the frozen pie crusts and make the filling. I haven’t even tried the refrigerated pie crusts yet. This sounds right up my alley!! Thank you – I can’t wait to try!

  19. I think it’s about time I get a food processor–I can’t struggle with my magic bullet and 2-3 graham cracker sheets at a time any longer, lol. This chocolate pie crust looks AMAZING! I want to put a cheesecake in it!

  20. This sounds absolutely sinful. 😮 I will def be trying this! Mmmm! With my peanut butter pie. Oh the ideas.

  21. I am so excited for this recipe! I hate to admit to the Queen of Crust that I actually don’t care for regular pie crust. Can we still be friends?? I love a good cookie or graham crust, but sometimes pastry crust is best. And no roll? Even better! Pinning this one for sure, thank you for the fantastic recipe!

  22. I don’t have a food processor. Can I use a blender?

  23. My family aren’t huge fans of regular pastry crust, so when I saw this no-roll chocolate pastry crust, I was intrigued. I’ve made other chocolate pastry crusts before, and let’s just say that it’s a beastly crust to work with. It falls apart so easily compared to regular pastry. I really liked this! I paired it with the Million Dollar Cookie Pie recipe, and it went really well together. I loved how simple and easy and less time-consuming it was to make this! I’m glad I gave this a try! Will definitely make this crust more often. Thanks for the recipe!

  24. I made this recipe yesterday and added chocolate cheesecake into the crust. It was AMAZING!!! AND SO EASY!!! I don’t have a food processor so I used my hands and improvised with a potato masher to really grind it up well. Worked like a charm! Love this recipe!

  25. Can I pre-bake this crust?

  26. This is probably gonna sound dumb, but do you think it would be possible to substitute the butter for some oil, like olive oil or perhaps refrigerated coconut oil would work? Thank you!

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