This chocolate chess pie recipe is the perfect dessert for any chocoholic! The chocolate filling is rich and decadent, while the top stays nice and crisp. This pie is sure to please everyone at your next gathering!
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Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Chess pie happens to be one of my personal favorite pies. Made with a rich and decadent sweet custard filling, chess pies quickly become the star dessert on the table. This chocolate chess pie is a fun and delicious twist on traditional chess pie. It’s similarly made but has a chocolate flavor and fudge-like consistency. Chocolate lovers rejoice; this pie is for us!
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Ingredients Needed for Chocolate Chess Pie
Prepared Pie crust – You’ll need a 9-inch pie crust. Just follow the directions in the recipe (or on the box) when preparing the crust. Feel free to use homemade or store-bought.
Pie Filling: Granulated sugar, large eggs, unsalted melted butter, cocoa powder, evaporated milk, vanilla extract, and salt make this custard pie filling.
How to make Chocolate Chess Pie
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, add the granulated sugar and eggs.
Beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until thoroughly combined, about 2-3 minutes.
Add the unsalted butter, cocoa powder, evaporated milk, vanilla extract, and salt and beat until combined.
Pour the filling mixture into the prepared pie crust.
Bake in the oven until the pie is set, about 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow the pie to cool for 45 minutes to 1 hour before slicing and serving.
- Allow the pie to cool completely for 1 hour after baking in the oven to firm up.
- Make sure to use unsweetened cocoa powder for the best results.
- Parbake your pie crust for the best results.
How to serve chocolate chess pie
You can serve this delicious chocolate chess pie in a few different ways. You can serve it as is, with a dollop of whipped cream, topped with vanilla ice cream, or even a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
It’s best to serve this pie at room temperature.
How to store leftover Chess Pie
To refrigerate: Once baked, this pie will keep for 24 hours at room temperature or stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
To freeze: Once cooked and cooled, wrap the pie in plastic wrap, then foil, and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge or at room temperature for a couple of hours when you are ready to enjoy.
How do you serve Chocolate Chess Pie?
This pie can be served at room temperature or slightly chilled from the refrigerator.
How do you know when the chocolate chess pie is done?
The pie is cooked when the chocolate chess pie filling has been set and is no longer liquid. You can check by giving the pie a quick jiggle or by inserting a toothpick into the filling; if cooked it will come out clean.
Do I need to rest the pie before serving?
Yes, once baked, set the pie aside on a wire rack for 1 hour. This will allow the pie to cool down and the center to firm it up and be ready for slicing.
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Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe
- 9- inch prepared pie crust
- 1 ⅓ cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 4 Tablespoon unsalted butter melted
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 5 oz can evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, add granulated sugar and eggs. Beat eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until thoroughly combined, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the unsalted butter, cocoa powder, evaporated milk, vanilla extract, and salt and beat until combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the pie is set, about 40-45 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 1 hour before slicing. Serve and enjoy.
Top this pie with a bit of powdered sugar or whipped cream if desired.