When someone close to your heart passes away, you try to remember every moment you’ve spent with them. You think about the happy times and the sad times, but most of all, you try to focus on what was special about him/her and how they were unique.

Sadly, my grandmother passed away last week. She was a remarkable lady and will always be remembered for her strength, wit and her love of chocolate! Today’s recipe is an ode to Mom-Mom, who loved sweets – especially chocolate.



2 c. sugar
1 c. flour
5 eggs
3 tbsp. cocoa
5 c. milk, or 1-12 oz. can evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
5 c. water
2 baked pie crusts (can be found in freezer aisle of the grocery store)

Separate that egg yolks from the egg whites. Do not discard either part of the egg.

Mix sugar and egg yolks with a hand mixer; add flour, cocoa, then milk and vanilla extract.

Cook mixture in double boiler (away from the direct heat), stirring until thickened. Pour into baked pie crusts.

Beat the egg whites with a hand mixer and add 1/2 cup sugar. Spread on top of pies. Place pies in preheated oven (350 degrees) to brown. Keep an eye on the pies – they will brown quickly!

Note: To make a more creamy filling: After mixture has thickened in double boiler, use a hand mixer and mix thoroughly before pouring in pie crust.

Hope you enjoyed reading!


Lauren Kase
Hillman’s Helpings