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(Almost) No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Pie

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almost no bake chocolate mousse pie

Almost No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Pie is an easy chocolate dessert for any time of year. It’s creamy, decadent, and super quick to whip up.  Chocolate lovers, rejoice!

    a piece of almost no bake chocolate mousse pie with bite taken

This chocolate mousse pie is dangerously simple to make.

It’s “almost no-bake” because you do bake the crust for 5 minutes, but hey, that’s the least you can do for this awesome fluffy chocolate dessert (and if you want to skip that part, I won’t tell.)  Chocolate mousse is unique in the world of desserts, and it’s definitely fallen out of fashion in recent years (it peaked last century!)  But boy is that a shame because there’s nothing more simple or more satisfying for a chocolate lover than a dreamy mousse.

almost no bake chocolate mousse pie

I was skeptical that something so utterly basic could morph into such a decadent dessert, but I should have known better.

One of the 2 components of this recipe is chocolate ganache.  ‘Nuf said. The texture is, to me, just perfect. It’s creamy, fluffy, and incredibly satisfying to make given how few ingredients there are.  Ganache is the magical substance that tops my Death by Chocolate Zucchini Bread, gets rolled up into Jewel Box Truffles, and fills my Sarah Bernhardt Cookies.

Almost no bake chocolate mousse pie with dark chocolate crumb crust

This chocolate pie is foolproof ~ so definitely add it to your holiday menu plans.

The recipe comes from a 1992 edition of Bon Appetit and seems have a LOT of fans. You can find the original recipe on Epicurious, I modified it just slightly. This is a rare dessert that I think is genuinely perfect just about any time of year. I could see it as amazing addition to a Thanksgiving or holiday table, but its cool creaminess works just as well in the heat of the summer, when you’re craving something chocolatey to balance out all that lovely produce.

a slice of almost no bake chocolate mousse pie

There are lots of options for garnishing this cake. A simple dusting of cocoa powder, or extra chocolate cookie crumbs, like I did, makes for a minimal look. You could definitely add some berries to the top, too.

Almost no bake chocolate mousse pie with whipped cream

You can also top this pie with whipped cream. Of course this isn’t a dessert that needs whipped cream by any stretch of the imagination. I figured it would be over the top, but I actually found that it was a nice contrast, and helped cut the denseness of the mousse just a bit. I left my whipped cream completely unsweetened and it was a nice balance.

a slice of (almost) no bake chocolate mousse pie with fork

This mousse pie just begs for flavor adaptations!

  • Any type of liqueur would be wonderful, just add a few tablespoons in place of some of the cream.  I’m partial to Amaretto, but how about Grand Marnier, Kahlua, or any chocolate liqueur.
  • Try different extracts like almond or peppermint.
almost no bake chocolate mousse pie
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Almost No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Pie

Almost No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Pie is an easy chocolate dessert for any time of year. It's creamy, decadent, and super quick to whip up.  Chocolate lovers, rejoice!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Yield 12


  • 9 inch spring form pan
  • electric beaters


For the chocolate moussie pie

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs I used 24 Nabisco chocolate wafers
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chopped
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar


  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Cocoa powder or extra chocolate cookie crumbs


  • Preheat your oven to 350F.
  • Butter a 9-inch springform pan
  • In a food processor, grind the chocolate wafters until they become fine crumbs. You'll want 1 1/2 cups of crumbs total, this was just exactly 24 Nabisco chocolate wafters for me. If you want to save a little for dusting on top of the final pie like I did, you can add one or two more and reserve a tablespoon or so.
  • Add the crumbs to the melted butter and stir together until evenly incorporated.
  • Press the crumbs into the bottom of the prepared springform pan, and up the sides a little bit (about 1/2 inch). Using a flat-bottomed measuring cup to tamp them down is an easy way to get a nice, even layer.
  • Bake the crust for 5 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove and set aside.
  • Heat 1 cup of heavy whipping cream over medium or medium-high heat until it just begins to boil.
  • Take the cream off the heat and add the chopped chocolate, salt, and vanilla extract.
  • Allow to sit for 10 minutes or so until the chocolate is completely melted. Stir until everything is evenly mixed.
  • Set the ganache aside to cool at room temperature, or place in the fridge once it’s cooled down a bit.
  • Whip 2 cups of heavy whipping cream and the sugar until medium-stiff peaks form. You don’t want to over beat it, but you want the peaks to stand up on their own without flopping over.
  • Gently fold the room temperature ganache into the whipped cream until completely mixed, and there are no streaks.
  • Pour the mousse into the springform pan, and spread out evenly. You can shake the pan a bit to get it to even out a little more, but you don’t want to knock too much of the air out of the mousse.
  • Refrigerate overnight, or at least 6 hours.
  • To garnish, whip 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and spread in the middle of the cake. Top with cocoa powder or extra chocolate cookie crumbs.


Recipe lightly adapted from Bon Appetit, found on Epicurious.

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  • Reply
    Robin Shanahan
    August 10, 2020 at 9:57 am

    What if I don’t have a springform pan? Can I use a few plain old square pan?

    • Reply
      August 10, 2020 at 10:59 am

      You can, but you’ll have to cut and serve right from the pan.

    • Reply
      September 7, 2020 at 7:50 pm

      5 stars
      Delicious, thick, creamy, and smooth. I forgot to butter my springform pan and it still came out easily. It held its shape for a beautifully plated presentation!

  • Reply
    Cherie Rosenstein
    August 6, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Is there a substitute for the whipping cream??
    Can I use Cool Whip for this recipe?

    • Reply
      August 6, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      I think you could.

  • Reply
    July 17, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Any info on calories, fat, protein, etc per serving? Nutritional breakout?

  • Reply
    August 12, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Sue – this looks amazing! Why do I always forget about chocolate mousse? You’re right, it’s perfect – light, fluffy,, Chocolatey, and (almost) no-bake! Who could ask for more? Not me, for sure!

    • Reply
      August 12, 2019 at 2:25 pm

      It’s so true, it’s one of the best things ever but it kind of flies under the radar these days 🙂

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    August 10, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Oh my Sue! This looks totally decadent. And anything almost no bake and I’m in!

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    Matt - Total Feasts
    August 10, 2019 at 6:31 am

    You don’t usually see chocolate mousse these days in restaurants, but I could easily see my family devouring this pie for dessert. It looks delicious!

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    Zara Pyatt
    August 9, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Looks sooo good. Need to try this week end. Any chance this is considered a low point count for weight watchers. Asking for a friend!!

    • Reply
      August 9, 2019 at 3:28 pm

      haha, I won’t even bother to answer that one Zara 😉

  • Reply
    Tricia B.
    August 9, 2019 at 7:19 am

    We love a good chocolatey no-bake dessert! Your recipe looks and sounds fantastic. Pinned 🙂