Chocolate Chess Pie

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Chocolate Chess Pie is such a simple pie to make with so much chocolate flavor. One bowl and a few minutes of time are all you need to prepare this pie. Serve with fresh whipped cream and you have an amazing southern dessert.

Chocolate Chess Pie


Pies are one of my absolute favorite things to eat and I especially like simple, old-fashioned pies like this Chocolate Chess Pie. Chess pies are so quick and easy to make and only require a few basic ingredients. Typically chess pies contain flour, sugar, butter and eggs.


Chocolate Chess Pie


This Chocolate Chess Pie is wonderfully sweet and full of chocolate flavor. It has a custard filling that is rich, but not too heavy and I like to serve it either at room temperature or chilled.

For best results, bake a day in advance and chill overnight. If you try and slice it right after baking, the filling will be runny. I love to refrigerate Chess Pie, but it will be fine left on the counter at room temperature for a few days.

Chocolate Chess Pie

This Chocolate Chess Pie is such an easy pie to make  and only a few ingredients are needed. It’s super sweet, creamy, and delicious with plenty of chocolate flavor. I usually use a store bought pie crust and then it only takes a few minutes to prep this pie. Forty-Five minutes later you have a wonderful homemade dessert to serve with supper. I like to serve it with whipped cream that’s barely been sweetened to cut the sweetness of the pie some.

Next to Chocolate Meringue Pie, this is probably chocolate pie to make. The top develops a thin, crackly layer and the filling underneath is so smooth and creamy.

If you’d like to make a homemade pie crust for this recipe watch the video below. Linda Carman, the head of the test kitchen at Martha White, shows me how to make an easy, flaky pie crust.


Have a wonderful week full of pie!

Chocolate Chess Pie


Try these other Chess Pies:

Watch the short video below to see how easy this recipe is to make:

Chocolate Chess Pie slice topped with whipped cream.

Chocolate Chess Pie

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: chocolate pie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 345kcal
This Chocolate Chess Pie will make you feel like you are sitting in your grandmother's kitchen. It is rich creamy and so sweet and full of chocolate flavor!
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  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 (9-inch) uncooked pie crust, store-bought or homemade
  • whipped cream for serving


  • Preheat oven to 350 degree.

  •  In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar and  cocoa powder until blended.

  • Add eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla extract, salt, and butter. Mix well and pour into prepared pie crust.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes. There will still be a little jiggle in the middle when you shake it. Cool completely before slicing. I like to chill it in the refrigerator before serving.

  • Serve with whipped cream.


Calories: 345kcal

Chocolate Chess Pie

40 thoughts on “Chocolate Chess Pie

  1. We were surprised at how rich and yummy this pie was! With the plain top, it looks very humble coming out of the oven. We topped with whipped cream, of course. I thought it could use a little crunchy/salty (like peanuts) – so it was suggested I try it with a pretzel/sugar/butter crust.

  2. I followed the recipe for the chocolate Chess Pie but unfortunately, it didn’t turn out well. The filling was completely dry and I am wondering if 45 minutes was too long a time to bake a pie that has so little volume. Has anyone else mentioned baking it for a shorter time? If I try it again I’ll bake it for about 20 minutes and maybe that will work.

  3. Just a question – will the pie rise? Filled it to recipe spec but it’s about 2/3 full of the storebought 9-inch pie plate. I’m sure I can remedy with whipped cream but just curious!

  4. Would have like the recipe for this pie, However I am not permitted to add Chrome to my computer so I backed out. Guess I’m out of luck with your recipe that was featured in 6 Old-Fashioned Pie Recipes Worth Bringing Back
    Guess I will look for a recipe elsewhere. Where I don’t have to download a program to get it. Looked good though in the pics .

  5. Just made the chocolate pie, it is wonderful ! I added walnuts that I tossed in black walnut flavoring for a few minutes . I even ate it warm & it was so good ! Quick & easy ! Delicious !

    1. That was very rude. Some of us might be interested in her life. Put your big girl drawers on and just scroll on until you find what you’re looking for. It wont cost you a red cent! She lovingly posted the recipe for FREE,

  6. As usual, a lot of blah blah before you can scroll to the recipe. Don’t need to hear about your life. Just want the recipe.

    1. That was very rude! Some of us might be interested in what she is saying. If you don’t want to read it, take your finger and scroll on by. It won’t cost you one red cent! She lovingly posted it for FREE!

      1. Its ok, she obviously is a skimmer… because the words, “share at this blog (blog name in red for goodness sakes)”, is as clear as day. (;
        May the skimmers of the world enjoy the pie and let some of the sweetness rub off on them. lol

        1. Y’all are awesome!! It’s true – great recipe – free – this blogger – as all do – has a passion for cooking and pours her heart into it. Of course she’ll have things to say about her recipes, memories and experiences. I love reading about others – love story tellers. So keep blogging! Thank you for the time you put into your site.
          God Bless!
          Sweet T

  7. WHERE is the actual recipe? I’ve been searching for the actual recipe & cannot find it!

  8. Tried this pie a dis awesome but how does it work that the top turns like a crust and the pie itself stay soft.

  9. I made this pie yesterday, added pecans and miniature chocolate chips and it was absolutely wonderful. Can’t wait to share it with my friends this week.

  10. My favorite restaurant when I lived in Alabama had a chocolate chess pie that was my favorite pie ever. But it had pecans in it. I have not found a recipe for chocolate chess pie with nuts. I wonder if it’s possible to do this but add nuts? It might be worth a try.

    1. Mary, I’ve made Chess Pie many times … don’t worry about a recipe just put a cup or 3/4 cup of Pecans in on the unbaked crust first then your 1/2 cup of chocolate chips then the “real” filling. You can do the chips separately or in the chess filling. This is my version of “derby pie” which I understand by law I cannot call it but I’m not selling it so poo … I’ll call it whatever or choc chess pie with pecans. I don’t like pecan, chess or other derby recipes that have flour in the filling. I’m a KY purist! My grann nor my momma put flour in the filling of any of the chess based pies. lol, I wish I had tried the “real derby pie” first instead of my mom’s version. I would have saved a lot of calories! Sometimes I add a little bourbon, sometimes just the vanilla.

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