Chocolate fans, this old-fashioned chocolate chess pie recipe is for you! It’s rich, fudgy, and so simple to make!
Today I’m sharing one of my grandmother’s recipes with you. Grandmama was one of those people who always lifted the mood in a room whenever she was around. When she passed away, I inherited her cookbooks. This recipe was written in her beautiful handwriting on a piece of paper that had been stained and worn from generations of use.
Therefore, this chocolate chess pie recipe is an old-fashioned one. As such, it is pretty simple, straightforward, and absolutely delicious. It’s made from simple ingredients like eggs, butter, milk, and sugar, with the added bonus of cocoa powder. It also only takes 15 minutes to prep, so is a great option for beginner bakers.
This Southern chocolate pie is so sweet and decadent with a fudgy chocolate flavor wrapped in a . The filling tastes like brownies, with a smooth and creamy custard texture. My daughter says it is like eating brownie batter in pie form – a glowing recommendation if ever I heard one!
Speaking of other indulgent chocolate desserts, if you have a sweet tooth you need to check out these recipes: triple chocolate brownie pie, chocolate chocolate chip cookies, chocolate fried pies, chocolate depression cake, and chocolate cobbler.
A quintessential Southern dessert, this easy chocolate chess pie recipe contains lots of hints and tips for making this wonderful heritage pie. Let’s get baking!
- Pie crust
- Evaporated milk
- Cocoa powder
- Granulated sugar
Your prepared pie crust does not have to be pretty. The homier it looks, the better it will taste. You can do it as I did here, use a fork, or just fold down the edge a bit and call it rustic. In some cities “rustic” sells for double the price ~winks~.
Don’t pre-bake your pie crust for this (we love not using , right?).
By the way, this is a cast iron pie plate from Amazon. It’s around $17 with free shipping.
All you have to do is dump all of your ingredients in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until well combined and fully blended. Then pour the pie filling into the store-bought in the deep dish pie dish.
Bake this at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes, or until set in the center.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting. Dust with confectioner’s sugar if you like.
ENJOY this old Southern chocolate pie! It tastes great either at room temperature or chilled, with a nice big dollop of .
- This pie will last about one week. I recommend storing it for only two days in a cake dome at room temperature and then placing it, covered, in the fridge for up to five days. In saying that though, I think it tastes best within the first two days of baking.
- You can also freeze the baked chocolate chess pie for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge and then reheat the whole pie in the oven for about 20 minutes before serving.
- Pie crust: I am using the roll-out pie crust. You can use a frozen pie crust in the pan or even make it from scratch, whatever cranks your tractor. I’ve made more in my life than I can count and I’m cool with using store-bought crust and saving the mess.
- Evaporated milk: In old recipes, this is usually referred to as “pet milk” because PET was a popular brand in the south. A 5-ounce can of evaporated milk is just a smidge more than the amount you need, but it’s okay to use the entire can or do like I do and take a little swig out of it because it is stinking delicious!
- If you find the pie is a little runny after cooling, just place it in the fridge for a few hours to set.
What do you serve with chocolate chess pie?
You can serve your pie with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you like. You could also sprinkle the pie with chocolate shavings instead of the confectioner’s sugar or serve it with some fudge sauce or fresh berries.
Can I make chocolate chess pie in advance?
Yes, you can definitely make this pie ahead of time. Make it the day before and store it either in the fridge or at room temperature overnight.
Should chocolate chess pie be refrigerated?
Not necessarily, as this pie tastes great at room temperature and chilled.
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- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, melted or 1/2 stick
- 3 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 9 inch pie crust unbaked
- confectioner's sugar if desired, to dust the top with
- Preheat oven to 350. Combine sugar, melted butter, cocoa powder, eggs, vanilla, and evaporated milk in a large mixing bowl. Beat this chocolate mixture with an electric mixer at medium speed until well combined, or about 1 to 2 minutes.1 1/2 cups sugar, 1/4 cup butter, melted, 3 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 large eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- Pour chocolate mixture into the unbaked pie shell and bake until set in the center, or about 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Dust with confectioner's sugar, if desired.9 inch pie crust, confectioner's sugar
- Excellent served at room temperature or chilled. Store covered in the refrigerator.