8 servings

Featuring a thick brownie crust, a filling made of creamy mocha pudding, and--for the crowning touch--a coffee-and-Kahlúa whipped topping, it's hard to believe this pie could be light. Although it was originally scheduled for a later article on cooking with coffee, we couldn't wait to share it with readers and ran the recipe as our September 1994 cover story.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°.

Step 2

Combine hot water and 2 teaspoons coffee granules in a bowl; stir well. Add 2 cups brownie mix, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and egg whites; stir until well-blended. Pour mixture into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 22 minutes (brownie will be fudgy when tested with a wooden pick). Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Step 3

Combine milk, 2 tablespoons Kahlúa, 1 teaspoon coffee granules, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and pudding mix in a bowl; beat at medium speed of a mixer 30 seconds. Gently fold in 1 1/2 cups whipped topping. Spoon pudding mixture into brownie crust; spread evenly.

Step 4

Combine 1 tablespoon Kahlúa and 1 teaspoon coffee granules in a bowl; stir well. Gently fold in 1 1/2 cups whipped topping. Spread whipped topping mixture evenly over pudding mixture. Garnish with chocolate curls, if desired. Serve immediately or store loosely covered in refrigerator.

Step 5

Note: Nonalcoholic Mocha Version: When making the pudding mixture, substitute 2 tablespoons 1% low-fat milk for the Kahlúa. In the topping omit the Kahlua and dissolve the instant coffee granules in 1 tablespoon water.

Step 6

Note: Store remaining brownie mix in a heavy-duty, zip-top plastic bag in refrigerator; use mix to make another pie or a small pan of brownies. To make brownies, combine about 2 cups mix, 1/4 cup water, and 1 lightly beaten egg white in a bowl. Stir just until combined. Spread in an 8-inch square pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 23 to 25 minutes.

Ratings & Reviews

beth1atthelake's Review

December 31, 2012

poocheroo's Review

February 28, 2012
I have been making this for at least 10 years. It is my go to dessert for a crowd pleaser. I use the No Pudge Brownie mix and it is always great.

Johny1988's Review

November 15, 2011
Fantastic recipe

swathi's Review

November 15, 2011
Awesome recipe

jayashreemr0mr's Review

September 23, 2011

Peggy1785's Review

July 08, 2011
I have been making this pie for 13 years. Everyone enjoys it. The combination of coffee, kahlua and chocolate is to die for. To me it is decadent and am amazed at it every day ingredients. This is my husband's favorite pie, thus his birthday cake.

slknight's Review

March 29, 2010
This is a family favorite! Ive made it too many times to count. It does take a little bit of time, but its fantastic. You would never know it is light! My parents and my husband (who is a chocoholic) adore this recipe! Make sure you make the brownie crust as directed otherwise the texture will be off

twinsucf's Review

June 28, 2009
Fantastic! Really loved the mix of textures. It was surprisingly not very rich, but instead light and tasty.