Kentucky Chocolate Walnut Pie

 

There’s nothing like the Kentucky Derby. The excitement of those 2 minutes is unparalleled. Being there in person is something I’ve gotten to enjoy three times. My grandfather was from Louisville and every time I hear “My Old Kentucky Home” played, I get misty-eyed, as he did.

Kentucky Derby Pie has a gooey chocolate and walnut filling with a splash of bourbon. Top with bourbon whipped cream!

There’s nothing like the Kentucky Derby. The excitement of those 2 minutes is unparalleled. Being there in person is something I’ve gotten to enjoy three times. My grandfather was from Louisville and every time I hear “My Old Kentucky Home” played, I get misty-eyed, as he did.

We won’t be at the Derby this year, but we will be at home cheering on my husband’s aunt’s horse. She bred Upstart in Bedford, NY and after decades of breeding thoroughbreds, this will be her first Derby contender.

Kentucky Derby Pie has a gooey chocolate and walnut filling with a splash of bourbon. Topped with bourbon whipped cream for a fabulous southern dessert!

Besides a Mint Julep (or two) the thing I look forward to the most Derby Day is the pie. Kentucky Derby Pie is like a pecan pie, only with walnuts and chocolate, and usually a splash of Kentucky bourbon. And it is so good!

This Kentucky Chocolate Walnut Derby Pie is super easy to make and if using a pre-made crust, it only takes minutes to prepare and about 40 minutes in the oven. The hardest part is waiting for it to cool enough before you slice it so that the pieces hold their form.

 

Kentucky Derby Pie has a gooey chocolate and walnut filling with a splash of bourbon. Topped with bourbon whipped cream for a truly delicious southern dessert.

 

You can serve Kentucky Derby Pie with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream (or try mint chocolate chip) or some Bourbon Whipped Cream.

 

Kentucky Derby Pie

 

The best part of this Kentucky Chocolate Walnut Derby Pie is the Diamond Walnuts. Diamond Walnuts are high quality, fresh tasting nuts that are grown on family farms throughout the state of California. I use them for all kinds of baking, plus I frequently sprinkle them on my salads. I love that the Diamond Chopped Walnuts already come chopped in the perfect size for this Derby Pie.

Kentucky Derby Pie has a gooey chocolate and walnut filling with a splash of bourbon. Top with bourbon whipped cream for a delicious southern dessert.

 

Kentucky Derby Pie has a gooey chocolate and walnut filling with a splash of bourbon. Top with bourbon whipped cream for a delicious southern dessert.

 

Kentucky Derby Pie has a gooey chocolate and walnut filling with a splash of bourbon.

 

This thick, gooey, chocolaty pie with the delicious taste and crunch of walnuts all in a buttery pie crust is the perfect addition to your Kentucky Derby Day!

 

Kentucky Derby Pie with a gooey chocolate and walnut filling. Top with bourbon whipped cream for a delicious southern dessert.

ย You can use a refrigerated pie crust or make a homemade flaky pie crust.

Kentucky Derby Pie has a gooey chocolate and walnut filling with a splash of bourbon. Top with bourbon whipped cream!
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Chocolate Walnut Pie
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

This gooey homemade pie is full of chocolate chips and walnuts and only takes a few minutes of prep time. Serve with bourbon whipped cream for a Derby Day treat.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 8
Calories: 636 kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Ingredients
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 1/4 cups toasted walnuts
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick butter (8 tablespoons), melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
Bourbon Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shape pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate and crimp the edges.
  2. Scatter the walnuts and chocolate chips on top of pie crust.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together both sugars and flour.
  4. Add eggs, melted butter, bourbon, vanilla, and salt and stir until smooth.
  5. Pour on top of chocolate chips and walnuts.
  6. Place in oven for 40 to 45 minutes, until set.
  7. To make bourbon whipped cream, beat heavy cream with an electric mixer until it starts to thicken, add confectioners' sugar and bourbon and continue to beat until the consistency of whipped cream.
Recipe Notes

Let pie cool to room temperature if you want pretty slices. If you want it served warm, you can reheat the slices in the microwave briefly.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Walnut Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 636
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Diamond Nuts is generously giving 5 winners 2 bags of chopped walnuts so that you can make your own Derby Pie. To enter just comment below telling us your favorite way toย enjoy walnuts.

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Disclosure: This post and Giveaway have been sponsored by Diamond Walnuts. All opinions stated are my own.

42 thoughts on “Kentucky Chocolate Walnut Pie

  1. My favorite way to eat walnuts is to spread them out on my cookie sheet and toast them in a 300 degree oven for about 8 to 10 minutes, let them cool and then put them in a air tight jar ( like a Mason jar ) and munch on them , put them on my cereal, ice cream , salads, and many other uses. It’s great, because you don’t have to stop to toast them. Love, love toasted walnuts.

  2. I first had the Kentucky Derby Pie in 1980, in Chattanooga Tn, served warm with Vanilla Ice Cream. I was in heaven. So warm and gooey melted chocolate. I have made it several times over the years. So easy to make. You should try it.

  3. I have a super simple recipe to make candied walnuts and they’re my moms favorite. I make a big batch and send her some since she lives across the country. It’s a recipe she taught me to make so I love that I can make it for her now. And second favorite is cranberry, walnut, oatmeal cookies.

  4. This is one amazing pie! I’ve never had a chocolate walnut pie before but it looks and sounds fantastic! Yay, so fun about your husband’s aunt’s horse too ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I LOOOOOVE adding walnuts to spinach salads, especially with some strawberries or blueberries too. A chocolate walnut pie, however, sounds phenomenal.

  6. I’ve never had a walnut chocolate pie before, but I love pecan pies and I’m guessing this one is ten times better! I used to live in the south and I’m missing it right now!

  7. I frequently add walnuts to our daily salad, sometimes add toasted, sugared walnuts to homemade ice cream, but the way I love them most is in my homemade baklava! Living in Ocala, Florida, where so many Derby horses are born, raised, and trained, we are huge Derby fans! Walnuts are an important part of our diet because of the great taste, but also for the health benefits!

  8. Don’t laugh at me, but I just got very excited that you know someone with a horse in the Derby. I will be cheering him on! You know what was really a bummer? My school always scheduled finals the week after the Derby, and for some dumb reason, I always had a HUGE final on Monday, so I never went to the Derby. I really regret it now, but then and again, I always said that I wanted to wait until I was able to go sit in a fancy seat, with a fancy hat on and sip my mint julep, rather than in the section with the drunk college kids and miss the whole race. After all, it’s not like the Indy 500 where you have 3 hours to eventually see a car zip by. I always get kind of emotional over the Derby–I have fond memories of my years in Kentucky. Just might need this pie this year. Oh, and you can put walnuts in just about anything, and I’m a happy person. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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