This Chocolate Chess Pie recipe contains lots of hints and tips for making this wonderful heritage pie. If you’re in a rush and would like to skip straight to the printable recipe card, please click here.
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. Whether it was her great sense of humor, the way she let life roll off her back, or her twinkle eyed smile, just being around her set your heart at ease.
This Chocolate Chess Pie recipe is an old fashioned one, and as such it is pretty simple, straight forward, and absolutely delicious. Chocolate Chess pie is rich and fudgey, my daughter says it is like eating brownie batter in pie form – a glowing recommendation if ever I heard one!
Ingredients To Your Chocolate Chess Pie:
- Pie crust*
- Evaporated Milk**
- Cocoa Powder
Tips for This Chocolate Chess Pie
It’s a simple pie with simple ingredients.
*For the pie crust – I am using the roll out pie crusts. You can use one that comes frozen in the pan or even make it from scratch, whatever cranks your tractor. I’ve made more pie crusts from scratch in my lifetime than I can count and I’m cool with using store bought and saving the mess. Just remember, when trying to decide what to do, that you don’t have anything to prove to anyone and in the scope of affecting the world, choosing a shortcut for a pie crust doesn’t even move the needle.
*Evaporated Milk – in old recipes this is usually referred to as “Pet milk” because PET was a popular brand in the south. This 5 ounce can 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 little swig out of it because it is stinking delicious!
Your pie crust does not have to be pretty. The homier it looks the better it will taste. You can do it like I did here or 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.
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How To Make A Chocolate Chess Pie
- 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 into the pan.
- Bake this at 350 for 35-40 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 South pie!
Printable recipe below!
- 1 +1/2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup 1/2 stick butter, melted
- 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 with an electric mixer at medium speed until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
- Pour mixture into unbaked pie crust and bake until set in the center, 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Dust with confectioner's sugar, if desired.
- Excellent served at room temp or chilled. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.
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