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Chocolate Chess Pie

This chocolate chess pie is a classic Southern dessert with a flaky pie crust, fudgy filling, and crackly top… It is the dream of any chocolate lover!
Keywords:chess pie, chocolate, easy, Southern Unites States
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories329 kcal
Cost $ 0.75 per person


  • oven
  • pie pan
  • bowls


  • 1 9-inch pie shell, at room temp
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ ounces bittersweet chocolate chips about 3 full tablespoons (when mixed with sugar it will convey a milk chocolate flavor filling. If you prefer yours with a bittersweet flavor, use dark chocolate instead to balance the sugar)
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour or ½ tbsp of cornstarch
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup full-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature


  • Heat the oven to 400° F (205° C).
  • Using a fork, prick the bottom and sides of the pie crust. Bake for about 10-11 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Let it cool before adding the filling.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Add chocolate and butter to a microwave-safe bowl and heat for about 60-90 seconds or until melted. Stir well until smooth and reserve.
  • In a large bowl, add the sugar, flour, salt, cocoa powder, milk, vanilla, and eggs. Beat for about 2 minutes with an electric mixer, or until the mixture is homogeneous and bubbly.  Add the reserved melted chocolate mixture and beat for about 1 minute or until smooth.
  • Pour it into the pie crust and reduce the oven temperature to 350° F (180° C).
  • Place the filled pie crust onto a baking sheet and bake on the middle rack for about 35-45 minutes or until the top is set. It will have a hard crackly top with a fudgy filling underneath. Make sure the center top feels somewhat firm when touched before removing it from the oven.
  • If the pie crust appears to be browning too much, place a foil ring around the edge of the pie crust.
  • Let the pie cool completely over a rack. Chill in the fridge for a few hours before slicing. This will allow the filling to set and harden.

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Recipe Notes

You can store chess pies at room temperature for up to 2-3 days, covered.  Or you can chill it in the fridge, covered, for up to 5 days. The longer it sits, the intenser will be the chocolatey flavors. Freezing is not recommended because it will alter the texture of its custardy filling, but if that is not a problem for you you may freeze it for up to 2 months, well wrapped. 


Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 256IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
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