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slice of chocolate chess pie topped with scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate shavings

Chocolate Chess Pie

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  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


Southern Chocolate Chess Pie is a classic old fashioned recipe with a crispy, brownie-like top and smooth creamy custard filling. It’s easy, fast to prep, and always a hit!


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  • store-bought or homemade pie crust
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 5 ounces evaporated milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, and/or chocolate shavings for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Place pie pan with unbaked crust on a baking sheet.
  2. Sift cocoa powder and flour and add to a large mixing bowl. Add sugar and whisk to mix.
  3. Add melted butter, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared pie crust. Only fill the crust 2/3 full as the filling will rise as it bakes.
  5. Bake for 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and there is no “jiggle” in the middle. If the pie is not set, continue to bake, checking at 5-7 minute intervals until done.
  6. When pie is done, turn off oven and allow the pie to cool in the oven to prevent cracking, you may vent the oven door if desired.
  7. Serve cooled pie on its own or topped with whipped cream or ice cream.


  • Use unsweetened cocoa powder, not dutch-process cocoa powder or the pie will come out too sweet.
  • Please note the recipe calls for only 5 ounces of evaporated milk, NOT the entire can!
  • Be sure to use unsalted butter, not salted.
  • If you do not have a sifter, whisk together the flour and cocoa to remove lumps.
  • if the edges of the pie crust start to brown, cover them with foil for the remainder of the baking time.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/8th pie
  • Calories: 318
  • Sugar: 20.1 g
  • Sodium: 182.4 mg
  • Fat: 15.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40.9 g
  • Fiber: 1.4 g
  • Protein: 5.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 85 mg