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Chocolate Jello Pudding Pie is a quick and easy family favorite that’s perfect for the holidays! Serve it on an Oreo cookie crust and top it with chocolate chips for extra chocolate flavor.

Jello Pudding Pie

Oh my goodness. If you’re looking for a rich and decadent chocolate pudding pie that’s still light and is seriously SO easy to make, you’ve found it!

This no-bake chocolate pie has 3 delicious layers. There’s a homemade Oreo cookie crust, then a layer of thick rich chocolate pudding, and it’s topped with a lighter layer of chocolate pudding that’s mixed with Cool Whip. The combination creates this delicious creamy mousse-like consistency. 

The best part is that there’s no baking required. Just prepare it and place it in the freezer to set, then enjoy.

This is such an easy chocolate mousse pie to make for Easter, Christmas, or Thanksgiving! It will definitely have everyone asking for seconds and bring smiles to everyone’s faces. If you’re serving it for Christmas, try garnishing it with crushed peppermint or peppermint sprinkles.

If you’re serving it during the summer, try serving it with seasonal berries (like raspberries or strawberries) and a scoop of ice cream.

Ingredients

Oreo Crust: I love the rich chocolate flavor of combining an Oreo crust with the chocolate pudding pie filling. You could use a ready-made store bought Oreo crust, but since it’s so easy and tastes better when you make it at home, that’s what I prefer. You could also use a regular pre-baked pie crust if you prefer. That’s what I did in this Chocolate Pie recipe, and the results were awesome!

Chocolate Pudding Mix: Using instant pudding mix makes this a super simple no-cook dessert. Be sure to look for the box that says “instant” in the title so that you don’t have to heat the pudding in order for it to thicken.

Half and Half: Using half and half instead of milk to make the pudding is better because it makes it more creamy, flavorful, and rich. It also makes the pudding thicker, which helps it to be substantial enough to act as a pie filling.

Cool Whip: Whipped topping that’s been thawed in the fridge makes all the difference in this recipe. It’s such a great ingredient to use in no-bake desserts because it creates a light and fluffy texture, without risking the filling melting as the dessert rests (like it might if you used homemade whipped cream).

Chocolate Chips: I love simple desserts that still look pretty. Chocolate chips are optional, but sprinkling some around the edge of the pie is such a quick and easy way to decorate and elevate this dessert.

The labeled ingredients for chocolate jello pudding pie.

How To Make Chocolate Pudding Pie

Start by pulsing the Oreos in a food processor until they reach a fine crumb consistency. (See the recipe card below for the full printable recipe.)

Adding Oreo cookies to a food processor and pulsing on low until fine.

Add the melted butter to the food processor, and pulse until it’s combined with the Oreo crumbs.

Adding melted butter to the crumbled oreo cookes and pulsing in a food processor until blended.

Transfer the Oreo and butter mixture to a greased pie plate, then press it into place. Let the crust rest in the fridge to set while you make the filling.

Placing crumbled Oreo mixture on a pie dish and spreading out evenly.

Use an electric hand mixer to mix the instant pudding and half and half together until the pudding has thickened.

Adding jello and milk to a large mixing bowl and beating with a hand mixer until thickened.

Transfer half of the pudding to the center of the pie crust, then use a silicone spatula to spread it out evenly to the edges.

Adding half the jello mixture to the oreo crust and spreading out evenly.

Gently fold the thawed whipped topping into the remaining pudding.

Adding Cool Whip to the remaining jello and thoroughly folding until mixed.

Dollop the pudding and whipped topping mixture in the center of the pie, then use a silicone spatula to spread it out evenly to the edges.

Adding the filling to the top of the pudding and spreading out evenly.

Let the pie set in the freezer, then let it thaw in the fridge for a few minutes before serving. Just before serving, sprinkle the chocolate chips around the edge as a garnish. I found that the pie didn’t set enough if you only let it set in the fridge, so it definitely needs time in the freezer. See the recipe card below for the full written instructions, including ingredient amounts, cooking times, and helpful tips, etc.

Placing the pie in a freezer to stiffen then garnishing with chocolate chips before serving.

How Do You Thicken Instant Pudding For Pie?

The instructions for this pudding pie should give you a filling that has the perfect consistency. The key steps are to use a handheld electric mixer to mix the pudding for two minutes (if you don’t have an electric mixer, you’ll need to mix it vigorously by hand), and to use half and half instead of milk as the liquid ingredient.

If the pie filling still isn’t thick enough, you can either mix in a bit more pudding mix or a bit of powdered sugar.

An overhead image of two slices of chocolate jello pudding pie on a folded napkin.

Why Is My Pudding Pie Runny?

If your pudding pie filling is runny, it likely means that you either overmixed or undermixed the pudding. If you mix it on too high or a speed or for too long, it can become watery. If you don’t mix it long enough, the ingredients won’t combine well enough to thicken properly.

A partially sliced chocolate jello pie with a pie lifter.

Best Pie Crusts For No Bake Chocolate Pie

I love using a homemade Oreo pie crust for chocolate pie because it really accentuates the chocolate flavor. You could also make your own no bake pie crust with pretzels, Nutter Butters, or shortbread cookies. If you prefer the flavor of a traditional pie crust, you can make one and bake it, then just let it cool before you add the pudding pie filling.

An overhead shot of a fully finished pie garnished with chocolate chips.

How To Decorate Jello Pudding Pie

I think a simple and cute way to decorate a no-bake chocolate pie is with a border of chocolate chips. You can also garnish it with whipped cream, sprinkles, chocolate shavings, or hot fudge sauce.

Pro tip: get beautiful chocolate shavings by using a potato peeler to shave pieces of chocolate off of a bar of chocolate.

A side shot image of two slices of pudding pie showing the thick chocolate layers.

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Yield: 8 servings

BEST Chocolate Jello Pudding Pie Recipe

The best chocolate jello pudding pie recipe.

Chocolate Jello Pudding Pie is an easy family favorite dessert! Serve it with an Oreo crust and chocolate chips for extra chocolate flavor.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients

Oreo Crust:

  • 25 Oreo cookies
  • 1/3 cup butter (melted, 75 grams)

Chocolate Pudding Pie Filling:

  • 2 (3.9 oz) boxes Jello Instant Chocolate Pudding
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip (thawed in fridge)*

Garnish:

  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

Oreo Crust:

  1. To a food processor, add the Oreo cookies. Pulse until the cookies are fine crumbs (about 30-35 seconds). Pour in the melted butter and pulse a few more times (until the crumbs and butter are well combined).
  2. Lightly grease a 9.5 inch pie plate with cooking spray. Transfer the cookie crumb and butter mixture to the pie plate, and spread out evenly. Press the crumbs down using a rubber spatula. Then use the bottom of a measuring cup (or a drinking glass) to press down to help pack the crumbs firmly into place. 
  3. Place the pie crust in the fridge to harden the butter. While waiting for the crust to cool, start preparing the filling.

Chocolate Jello Pudding Pie Filling:

  1. To a large mixing bowl, add both boxes of pudding mix and the half and half. Use an electric handheld mixer on low speed to mix for two minutes (or until it has thickened).
  2. Remove the pie crust from the fridge and transfer roughly half of the pudding mixture to the center of the pie crust. Use a silicone spatula to spread the pie filling out evenly to the edges.
  3. Add the Cool Whip to the bowl with the remaining pudding. Use a silicone spatula to gently fold the Cool Whip into the pudding until it’s fully incorporated. 
  4. Transfer the Cool Whip and pudding filling to the pie, and spread it out evenly on top of the pudding layer.
  5. Place the pie in the freezer for at least 2 hours to stiffen and set.
  6. 20-30 minutes before serving, transfer the pie to the fridge to allow it to thaw slightly.
  7. Once the pie has slightly softened, garnish the border with chocolate chips. Slice into 8 pieces, serve, and enjoy.

Notes

*In the US, 8 ounces is one standard tub of Cool Whip. In Canada, it’s about 3/4 of a standard 1L tub.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1/8

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 516Total Fat: 28.9gCarbohydrates: 60.7gFiber: 2.7gSugar: 39.2gProtein: 4.6g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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14 thoughts on “Chocolate Jello Pudding Pie Recipe”

    • Hi Traci, Yes, you can make this chocolate Jell-O pudding pie a day in advance. After the pie has set in the freezer for at least 2 hours, you can wrap the pie tightly with plastic wrap and keep it frozen until you’re ready to serve it. Allow it to thaw in the fridge for a few hours or at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes before serving. As for refreezing the leftovers, it is generally not recommended to refreeze food that has been thawed because the quality deteriorates with each freeze-thaw cycle. I hope that helps and Happy Thanksgiving! -Alexa

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    • Hi Trisha, This pie can be refrigerated, but I recommended freezing it because it helps to set and firm up the filling. The Cool Whip and pudding mixture will be pretty soft if it’s just refrigerated, which makes it much more difficult to slice and serve. Freezing it ensures that it keeps its shape and texture. I hope that helps! -Alexa

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    • Hi Jeannine, I haven’t tested this with a different amount of pudding mix, so I can’t say for sure how it would turn out. I see two larger sizes of pudding boxes available, a 5 ounce one and a 5.9 ounce one. For the 5 ounce one, I’d try using 1 2/3 cups half-and-half and 2/3 of the tub of Cool Whip. For the 5.9 ounce one, I’d try using a scant 2 cups (about 1.9 cups) and 3/4 of the tub of Cool Whip. You can also opt to leave the entire amount of Cool Whip in so that there’s more filling, it just won’t have as noticeable of a chocolate flavor. I hope that helps and Happy Thanksgiving! -Alexa

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  1. I’ve made a lot of pudding pies over the years and have never thought to freeze them. I’m going to try that and see if it serves up better. Also, I love the idea of chocolate chips around the edges…looks a little nicer than just plain pudding. Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll use them when I make my pies today. Can’t wait to see how they turn out.

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  2. What happens if you don’t use instant pudding mix? I just made this and put the mixture into graham cracker tart tins. I didn’t heat the pudding. They are in the refrigerator now, do you think they will taste ok?

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    • Hi Ann, This recipe relies on instant pudding mix for the thickening properties, so I don’t think it will turn out correctly. Regular pudding mix requires cooking, unlike instant pudding mix which just needs to be mixed with a liquid. If you use regular pudding mix without heating it, it will not set properly and will remain a liquid. -Alexa

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    • Hi John, Yes, you can. If you plan to freeze it for substantially longer, you may want to cover it with plastic wrap to avoid freezer burn, though that will affect the appearance of the surface of the pie. -Alexa

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