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Chocolate Chess Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie - rich, wonderfully sweet, chocolatey Southern classic pie that will make you fall head over heels with its custard-like filling that has a crispy crackle on top. Easy chocolate baked treat just in time for Valentine's Day!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 320kcal
Author Imma


  • 2 ounce (54g) semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • 4 tablespoons (56g) unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated  sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons (20g) cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs , beaten
  • 1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon (4.2g) vanilla extract
  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust (homemade or store-bought is fine)
  • whipped cream , if desired


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Make the Filling: In a small bowl (microwave safe), microwave the chocolate for about 30-second, then add butter and continue melting in the microwave in the 30-second interval, stirring after each interval until completely melted and smooth. Set aside.
  • Line the bottom of the pie crust with parchment paper and add dried beans on top. The beans will ensure that the bottom of the crust does not rise.
  • Bake for 5-6 minutes in the preheated oven,  remove from the oven and let it cool. You do not want the pie crust to be too brown.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, cornstarch, and cocoa powder.
  • Then add eggs, milk and vanilla extract.
  • Finally, add the microwaved chocolate and butter.
  • Pour into the pie crust and bake at  325 °F for 35-40 minutes or until the top is nice and thoroughly browned or when a skewer inserted in the middle of the pie comes out clean. (See notes 1)
  • Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.  Serve with a dollop of this homemade whipped cream and strawberries, if desired.


  1. If your chess pie is  slightly runny in the middle, turn off the oven and leave the pie inside  the oven for about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 277IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1mg