Chocolate Oatmeal Molasses Pie

If you love the classic molasses flavor, you’re going to love this Chocolate Oatmeal Molasses Pie!  Spicy bittersweet molasses with a chewy oatmeal cookie texture, all on top of a chocolate ganache-lined pie crust.  It’s the perfect spicy and warming winter pie (and gluten free, too!).

Chocolate Oatmeal Molasses Pie: spicy molasses paired with a chewy oatmeal cookie texture and a chocolate-ganache lined pie crust. The perfect winter pie! {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

My yearlong series of “delicious baked things” has become one of my favorite traditions here on Bunsen Burner Bakery.  In 2016, we did Quick Bread of the Month.  In 2017, it was Bundt Cake of the Month.  And as I hinted at in my last bundt cake post, 2018 is… drumroll please… Pie of the Month!

I started this project with quick breads because they’re easy, and working full time with a baby meant I wasn’t going to have a ton of extra time for complicated baking.  Blogging really took a backseat in 2015 while I tried to sort out life with a newborn, and it was the perfect motivation to make sure I kept going throughout the upcoming year.

Chocolate Oatmeal Molasses Pie: spicy molasses paired with a chewy oatmeal cookie texture and a chocolate-ganache lined pie crust. The perfect winter pie! {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

In 2017, I went with bundt cakes, because quite frankly… I’m a little bit obsessed.  They have become my favorite form of cake, by far.  And also, they’re easy, compared to say, an intricate layer cake… and I still needed something easy to power through a full time job and life with a 2 year old.

And now, this brings us to 2018.  Why pie?  Because I’m ready for a challenge.

The timing actually couldn’t be any worse.  2018 shows no signs of slowing down, but rather being the craziest, most overwhelming year yet.  And yet… well… here’s the truth.  I love to eat pie.  I do not love to make pie.

Chocolate Oatmeal Molasses Pie: spicy molasses paired with a chewy oatmeal cookie texture and a chocolate-ganache lined pie crust. The perfect winter pie! {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

Cutting a slice of pie gives me more stress and anxiety than anything else I make.

Faced with a beautiful, perfect pie, I feel nothing short of paralyzing fear at the thought of cutting into a slice, lest the crust crumble and fall apart, or the slice stick to the bottom, or it comes out in a messy blob.

Meaning that… I have to make the pie again.

Guys, these are not normal fears and phobias.  Most people put the crumbled piece of pie on a plate and enjoy it, because it still tastes damn good.

Most people are also not food bloggers, however, in need of a picture-perfect slice of pie.

Chocolate Oatmeal Molasses Pie: spicy molasses paired with a chewy oatmeal cookie texture and a chocolate-ganache lined pie crust. The perfect winter pie! {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

And so this year, I am conquering my fear of cutting pie head on, by baking 12 24 32 pies.  (If the trend continues, because it took 3 different pies to get to this recipe which I liked enough to (a) share and (b) came out of the pie plate well enough to post.  Maybe more.  Hopefully fewer.  Please, hopefully fewer.)

Three pies a month to get one worthy of sharing on the food blog?  I like a good challenge.

And hopefully, by the time 2019 rolls around, I will no longer hold a knife and pie server in my hand, paralyzed with fear.  I’ll be ready to dig on in and cut like a pro.

Chocolate Oatmeal Molasses Pie: spicy molasses paired with a chewy oatmeal cookie texture and a chocolate-ganache lined pie crust. The perfect winter pie! {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

And so, this brings us to January’s Pie of the Month: Chocolate Oatmeal Molasses Pie.  I think pies are seasonal more than most other desserts — cherrie pies in the summer, pumpkin pies in the fall, pecan pies for Thanksgiving.

January is a tough month: a dearth of fresh produce, no major food holidays.

But there’s something so warm and cozy about spicy molasses, which pairs perfectly with slightly chewy oatmeal.  And a little chocolate because really, who doesn’t like a little touch of chocolate?

Chocolate oatmeal molasses pie has that classic bittersweet molasses flavor, the chewiness of a perfectly cooked oatmeal cookie, and an ooey-gooey chocolate ganache bottom.  Yes, please!

Chocolate Oatmeal Molasses Pie: spicy molasses paired with a chewy oatmeal cookie texture and a chocolate-ganache lined pie crust. The perfect winter pie! {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

I’ve heard that oatmeal pies started in the south as a “poor man’s alternative” to pecan pies, when pecans were too expensive during the Civil War.

I’ve also read that oatmeal molasses pies are a Pennsylvania Dutch/Amish tradition, which makes total sense given that they are not too dissimilar from shoofly pie (one of my all time favorites!).

Either way, as the name suggests, this a chocolate oatmeal molasses pie.  Molasses is right there in the title – so yes, this does have a strong molasses flavor.

Not a fan of molasses?  Check back next month for a pie more your style.  Love molasses?  Grab a fork and dig in, friends… you’re going to love this one.

Chocolate Oatmeal Molasses Pie

Spicy bittersweet molasses with a chewy oatmeal cookie texture, all on top of a chocolate ganache-lined pie crust.

Ingredients:

  • 1 unbaked No Fail Pie Crust (use this for gluten free)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 cup rolled oats

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 °F.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 °F.
  3. Fit pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate and crimp the edges.  Place the pie plate in the freezer for 15 minutes to allow the dough to firm up.  Prick the bottom of the crust several times with a fork and cover the pie dough with aluminum foil, tucking up and over the edges of the crust.  Fill the center with pie weights and blind bake the crust for 20 minutes.  Allow the crust to cool to room temperature.
  4. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 °F.
  5. To make the black bottom chocolate ganache layer, heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Add the chopped dark chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted and smooth.  Pour the chocolate into the bottom of the crust and use a pastry brush to brush the chocolate up the sides of the pie.  Place the crust in the freezer to solidify the chocolate.
  6. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the molasses, eggs, melted butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt.  Once well combined, stir in the miniature chocolate chips and rolled oats.  Remove the pie from the freezer and transfer the oatmeal molasses mixture into the crust.
  7. Bake the pie 40 to 45 minutes, until the filling is just set and slightly wobbly in the center.  Allow the pie to cool to room temperature before serving.

Pie will keep at room temperature up to 5 days.

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