Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe

Chocolate Chess Pie is seriously one of the best things ever created – especially if you love chocolate like I do.


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Creamy, custardy, and oh so chocolatey on the inside, chocolate chess pies is also crowned with the signature crunchy top crust that you’ll find in really good chess pie recipes.

And really, the simplicity of a chess pie just makes it even more special.


Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe | ©


See the inside of that pie?

Oh my goodness!!!



Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe | ©

You’ll love it.


Here’s my recipe for Chocolate Chess Pie. Add a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream to take it over. the. top!

5.0 from 4 reviews
Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe
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Serves: 8
  • 1¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 5 ounces evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Whisk sugar, cocoa, and espresso powder (if using) and salt together. Pour butter and evaporated milk into sugar and cocoa mixture and beat on high speed. Add vanilla and eggs. With mixer speed on high speed, mix for approximately 2-3 minutes to lighten.
  3. Pour mixture into 9 inch unbaked pie shell and bake for 35-40 minutes. The center of the pie will be a bit soft. Allow to cool on a wire rack for at least an hour before slicing. The pie will continue to set as it cools.

Robyn xo


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  1. 43

    Linda says

    I have made your pie 3 times, and each time I let it cook for 40 minutes the inside is so runny that I cook it more. It is as it is not cooked at all. If I cook for 40 min and then let it set will the inside set? I love taste.

    • 44


      Hi Linda,
      Yes, the recipe instructions include for you to place the pie, once baked, onto a wire rack to cool for an hour. It will continue to set as it cools. I hope that helps!

  2. 45

    Lori Conrad says

    I doubled this recipe for Thanksgiving and used the filling to fill 3 regular pie crusts. I only baked for about 30 minutes and the pies were perfect. Thank you for the recipe. I will certainly use it again.

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    Kathy says

    The first time I ate Chocolate Chess Pie was at a local restaurant just a couple of years ago. I fell in love with it. This looks delicious. I’m going to try this recipe for Thanksgiving. I’m thinking this is going to be a staple of my dinner from here on out.

    • 48


      Isn’t is fabulous. I definitely always go for the chocolate chess pie if it’s being served. No second guessing there! :) Hope you enjoy it and Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. 51

    Maureen-Ann says

    My pie was still a bit runny in the middle, even after letting it set for an hour. Does that just mean I need it to set longer next time? Thank you so much! :o)

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    Sadie says

    Tried this tonight on a whim, and it was wonderful! I have made several chocolate chess pies and this is by far the best, and soooo easy. Especially with an 18m old crying at your feet! Lol! Mine did have a hard shell on top, and it did collapse like the other reviews said but it tasted perfect, and the hard crunchy top was the best part. There was absolutely nothing wrong with it. I did add a tiny pinch if salt to
    the batter, and I topped with some homemade salted caramel sauce I had left over from ice cream. My husband actually ate his with a big dollop of vanilla ice cream. He LOVES it! Thanks for the great recipe!

  6. 53

    Gail says

    Unfortunately, my pie did not turn out well…hard top crust, chocolate filling was maybe 1/4 inch thick and was detached from the top crust. I bake often and followed recipe exactly.

  7. 54

    Cara-Jane says

    If I had evaporated milk to your recipe. What sort of result would that give me? I’m in the process of making your recipe right now.

  8. 55


    hi dear robyn, i can`t write English very good, sorry. I always read your extraordinary and lovely website and do your recipes.
    My husband and friends love them.
    Today i make this pie but because in my city don`t find vegetable shortening, i use butter. Crust was so good but filling don`t puff out, why?
    thank you

  9. 58


    Tried this for Thanksgiving — tasted delicious! Unfortunately mine collapsed to a meager 1cm in depth, so am trying to figure out where I went wrong! (Did I not whisk the eggs enough? Or maybe my mixer speed wasn’t fast enough?) I’m not too brilliant when it comes to the science behind cooking, so if anyone has any advice, please chime in =]

  10. 59

    Katie I says

    I doubled this to make two and cooked it 37 min (in between 35-40 as indicated)
    It had a hard crust and then once cut, about 1/8 inch below the crust began the gooey inside- like an uncooked brownie. It sat a good while, too, so I’m hoping by tomorrow it won’t be as gooey/runny? Definitely doesn’t look like the picture :(

    • 61

      Claire says

      Mine just did the same thing. I used an electric mixer and did everything as discribed; however, it almost has like a hard shell ontop instead of crunchy goodness of a chess pie/square… Any suggestions?

  11. 62

    Barb says

    After letting the chocolate chess pie cool should I store it in tbe fridge for the next day or leave it out. Thanks for your response.

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    Shana C says

    They are called Chess Pie because a non-Southerner could not believe it was called “Just Pie”. I just used this recipe but did not use an electric mixer and I added one teaspoon of flour. It was perfect!

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    I started seeing Chess pies at church functions when we moved to Virginia. I had never heard of them before. I’ve always wanted to make one. This looks so delicious and easy!

  14. 73

    Lisa Langston says

    Do you think I could double the recipe and pour into a deep dish pie crust and it would turn out good?

  15. 75

    Molly S says

    I’m still confused by instructions in # 2. What are you “whisking together with a fork and pouring into sugar, cocoa and butter mixture?

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    jb says

    The instructions in #2 just don’t make sense to me – please clarify. This looks so delicious, I really want to try it. Thanks!


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