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posted: 07/09/22

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Chocolate Chess Pie is going to be your new go to dessert. This perfect pie tastes like an extra soft and chocolatey brownie in the best pie crust.

Overhead photo of slice of chocolate chess pie garnished with a dollop of whipped cream. Slice is served in a plate with a fork.

I am so excited to share today’s recipe with you. If you are a chocolate lover like me, you are going to want to buckle up for this amazing ride.

This Chocolate Chess Pie is incredible easy to make, and it is even easier to eat. Made with a small handful of ingredients that are easy to keep on hand, this is going to become the regular dessert you bring wherever you go.

What is a Chess Pie

Chess Pie is a Southern classic. It typically is made up of flour, butter, sugar, eggs, and milk with other ingredients added to create different flavors. This simple make up of ingredients come together in the best way to make a delectable dessert.

How to Make Chocolate Chess Pie

  1. Make a pie crust. While you certainly can use a store bought crust (and will receive no judgement from me), you will fall in love with my pie crust recipe. Read more about it below.
  2. Make the filling. The filling of this pie comes together very simply and with ingredients that are easy to keep on hand in your pantry and refrigerator.
  3. Bake the pie. A chess pie is done when the middle of the pie has a slight jiggle left to it.
  4. Let the pie cool. This recipe for chocolate chess pie should cool completely before you slice it.
Overhead photo of chocolate chess pie.

The Best Pie Crust

This chess pie is certainly amazing on it’s own, but it is pushed right up over the top with this fantastic pie crust. It is made with a secret ingredient – vodka! The vodka, though just a small amount, works together to pull the dry ingredients together, and then evaporates during baking. This leaves the perfect flakey pie crust.

I call this a fool proof pie crust. And, without a doubt, if you follow my step by step photos, you will be able to make this crust and wow just about everyone.

Easy Pie Crust Recipe

This Pie Crust Recipe is easy to make, but more importantly it tastes delicious. The combination of butter and shortening help the pie keep its shape without sacrificing any flavor.
a pie crust recipe that has been transferred to a glass pie pan and the rim of it has been pinched
Overhead photo of slice of chocolate chess pie garnished with a dollop of whipped cream. Slice is served in a plate with a fork and has a piece taken off that is still resting on the fork.

What is Evaporated Milk

Evaporated milk is cow’s milk in which about 60% of the water has been removed from the milk. In some parts of the world it is labeled “unsweetened condensed milk.” It is shelf stable and you will find it in the baking aisles of grocery stores.

Storing Chess Pie

Given that this chocolate chess pie recipe contains eggs, milk, and butter, it should be stored in the refrigerator. After the pie has cooled to room temperature (about 2 hours), cover and store in the refrigerator for up to four days.

FAQ

Does chess pie need to be refrigerated?

Yes! Please see my instructions above for refrigerating.

What does chocolate chess pie taste like?

This amazing pie recipe tastes a lot like a decadent brownie, but moist, and perfect in pie form.

How do you know when chess pie is done?

If you give the pie pan a very slight shake and the middle has a little jiggle left to it, the pie is done.

Overhead photo of chocolate chess pie with one slice taken out of the pie dish.

Other Great Chocolate Desserts

If you make this recipe for Chocolate Chess Pie or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think! I love hearing from you!

Overhead photo of slice of chocolate chess pie garnished with a dollop of whipped cream. Slice is served in a plate with a fork.
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Chocolate Chess Pie

Serves: 8 slices
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Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Total: 3 hours 25 minutes
Chocolate Chess Pie is going to be your new go-to dessert. This perfect pie tastes like an extra soft and chocolatey brownie in the best pie crust.

Ingredients

  • 1 pie crust recipe unbaked
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 ounces evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine the sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, evaporated milk, butter, butter, vanilla, and salt together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until well combined.
  • Line a 9 inch pie pan with the pie crust. Pour the mixture into the crust.
  • Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until the pie has a small jiggle left to the middle. Allow to cool completely and then chill in the refrigerator for at least four hours before serving.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Overhead photo of slice of chocolate chess pie garnished with a dollop of whipped cream. Slice is served in a plate with a fork.

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