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Southern Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe

Moms, cooks, and foodies rejoice! Today we’re bringing you a delicious Southern Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe. This recipe is perfect for family gatherings or potlucks – everyone will love it! Plus, it’s easy to make, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy your company. Give this pie a try today! You won’t regret it.

Southern Chocolate Chess Pie is a decadent dessert that will tantalize your taste buds. The chocolate brownie outer crust is filled with a rich and creamy chocolate chess filling. It’s the perfect dessert for any occasion! 

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Ingredients for Southern Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe

Store-bought Pie Crust

Cocoa Powder

Granulated Sugar

All–Purpose Flour 

Unsalted Butter

Vanilla Extract

Eggs

Evaporated Milk

Kosher Salt

Chocolate Bar

Whipped Cream or Vanilla Ice Cream

What Is The Recipe For Chocolate Chess Pie

1-Prepare your pie crust and preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

2-Place the butter in a microwave safe bowl and melt it and set it aside. 

3-In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the sifted cocoa powder, white sugar, and flour. 

4-In a large mixing bowl, add the egg, unsalted butter, evaporated milk, and vanilla. Stir together until thoroughly incorporated. 

5-Pour the chocolate mixture into the pie crust. Only fill the crust about 2/3rds full. Be careful not to overfill. 

6-At the 50 minute mark to see if it is set in the middle. If the tester comes out clean and the pie is not jiggly in the middle, it is done. If there is still a lot of the mixture on the tester and there is still a lot of jiggle to the pie, continue baking at 10 minute increments until it’s done. 

7- When the pie is finished, turn off the oven and leave the pie in the oven to cool down. By doing this you are allowing the pie to cool down at the same time the oven is. You can pull it out of the oven to let it cool, but the top of the pie may crack. 

What Is The History of Chocolate Chess Pie

The origins of chess pie can be traced back to the South. According to tradition, a plantation cook made up this type of pie (or something similar) and was asked what she had produced. “Just pie,” she said, which could be misheard as “chess pie” if spoken with a Southern drawl.

How Long Will Chocolate Chess Pie Last

I would say, if not in the refrigerator for three day and if you refrigerate the pie it can last up to five days.

How Do I Store Chess Pie

You can store this pie in an airtight pie container or wrapped in plastic wrap.

Can You Use Dark Chocolate In Chess Pie

Yes, trade out the natural cocoa powder for dark chocolate cocoa powder.  

This recipe does not call for Dutch processed cocoa powder. Dutched cocoa powder is made from cocoa that has been treated with a mild alkali to make it less bitter. Because regular natural cocoa hasn’t been handled in this way, it has a more bitter flavor. Because you’re using sugar in this recipe, you’ll need the bitterness of ordinary cocoa powder to keep the pie from being overly sweet.

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Can I Use Store Bought Pie Crust For Chocolate Chess Pie

For this recipe, I used a store-bought pie crust. You can even use your favorite homemade recipe; the choice is entirely yours.

Does This Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe Use Evaporated Milk

Yes!  A word of warning, though. Use the evaporated milk with extreme caution. You will only need 5 oz. for this recipe. The majority of cans are 12 oz. You’ll use considerably too much if you use the entire can, and your pie may not set up.

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The Best Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe Tips:

  • Make careful to utilize the scoop with a spoon and level with a knife method when measuring flour. Your measurement will be off if you merely scoop out the flour with your measuring cup.
  • You’ll need unsalted butter for this recipe because you’ll be adding salt. When creating this recipe, avoid using salted butter.
  • Make certain to use kosher or sea salt. Use kosher salt instead of normal table salt.
  • Sifting the flour and cocoa powder together will break up any large clumps.
  • Pie crusts turn out best when baked in metal pans.
  • If the edges of the pie crust begin to brown too quickly, cover them with foil or a pie crust protector so that the pie can continue to bake without the crust becoming scorched.
  • When the pie is finished cooking, turn off the oven and crack the oven door. Leave the pie in the oven to slowly cool. That way, the pie is not affected by the abrupt change in temperature from the oven to the kitchen counter. This will prevent the pie’s top from cracking.

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Southern Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe

Yield: 1 Pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

The chocolate brownie outer crust is filled with a rich and creamy chocolate chess filling. It's the perfect dessert for any occasion! 

Ingredients

  • Store-bought pie crust (1)
  • ¼ cup natural cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup white granulated sugar
  • ¼ all–purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs (slightly beaten – do not overbeat)
  • 1 5 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Chocolate bar to shave grated chocolate on top (optional)
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare your pie crust. If you are going to pre bake the crust, go ahead and do that now and then set aside. 
  2. If you pre-baked your pie crust, once that’s done,  lower the oven temp to 325 degrees. If you didn’t, preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  3. Place the butter in a microwave safe bowl and melt it and set it aside. 
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the sifted cocoa powder, white sugar, and flour. 
  5. Next, add in the egg, the unsalted butter, evaporated milk, and vanilla and stir together until all of the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. 
  6. Pour the chocolate mixture into the pie crust. Only fill the crust about 2/3rds full. Be careful not to overfill. 
  7. Bake for 50 minutes, then with a cake tester or toothpick, check to see if the pie is set in the middle. If the tester comes out clean and the pie is not jiggly in the middle, it is done. If there is still a lot of the mixture on the tester and there is still a lot of jiggle to the pie, continue baking at 10 minute increments until it’s done. 
  8. Once the pie is done, turn off the oven, and let the pie remain in the oven to cool down. By doing this you are allowing the pie to cool down at the same time the oven is. You can pull it out of the oven to let it cool, but the top of the pie may crack. 
  9. Once it’s cooled, slice, serve and top with vanilla ice cream and grate chocolate on top. 
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 371Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 100mgSodium 176mgCarbohydrates 44gFiber 2gSugar 28gProtein 7g

I am not a nutritionist. All nutrition values have been automatically generated. If you have questions, please have a professional look at the ingredients and help you with new values.

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