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Chocolate Chess Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie gives a classic dessert a rich, fudgy twist. If you love chocolate desserts, then this fantastic pie is for you!

Chocolate Chess Pie

Chess pie has long been one of my favorite desserts. And I love to keep it interesting with various twists on it. One of my favorite variations is this rich, fudgy Chocolate Chess Pie.

Most Chocolate Chess Pie recipes I’ve seen and baked have cocoa powder in the filling. This one, however, has melted dark chocolate mixed into the filling. The result is a richer, fudgier take on a classic. And I absolutely love it.

Chocolate Chess Pie

Because of the addition of that melted chocolate, the texture of this pie differs a bit from traditional chess pies. You’ll still get the crackly, partially sunken top that is often seen with chess pies. But the filling is thicker than the custard-like filling of most chess pies.

If you’re familiar with chess pies, you’ll see that the ingredient list for this one doesn’t vary that much. It’s still a brilliantly simple combination of butter, sugar, and eggs. The addition of chocolate gives it so much fantastic flavor.

Chocolate Chess Pie

I couldn’t resist adding a bit of Kahlua to the pie filling. Its coffee flavor is such a wonderful complement to that rich chocolate. Of course, you can omit it if you’re serving an under-21 crowd. Or substitute brewed coffee if you’d like. Otherwise, I would suggest doubling the vanilla or perhaps adding a teaspoonful of coffee extract.

If you’re a fan of all things chocolate, then add this recipe to your to-bake list. And go ahead and move it to the top. Serve it chilled, warm, or at room temperature. Adding a scoop of sweetened whipped cream is my favorite to enjoy it. That subtle sweetness offsets the richness of the pie in such a perfect way.

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Chocolate Chess Pie

Yield 8 to 10 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Chocolate Chess Pie is a rich, fudgy twist on a classic dessert. A must for chocolate lovers!

Chocolate Chess Pie is a rich, fudgy twist on a classic dessert. A must for chocolate lovers! - Bake or Break


For the crust:

  • 1 & 1/4 cups (150g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons cold water

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces (113g) dark chocolate, roughly chopped*
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlua
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • sweetened whipped cream or ice cream, for serving


To make the crust:

  1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Add the butter and mix with a pastry blender or fork until the mixture resembles coarse meal and the butter is the size of small peas.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of water and continue mixing. Add more water as needed, 1 tablespoon at a time, until a dough forms.
  3. Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator. If necessary, let it sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes until slightly softened but still cold.
  5. Lightly flour a work surface. Roll out the dough into a circle about 1/8-inch thick.
  6. Transfer the dough to a 9-inch pie plate. Trim and crimp the edges as desired. Place the pie plate in the refrigerator while you make the filling.

To make the filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place the butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat at half power in 30-second increments until the butter has melted and the chocolate melts when stirred. Stir until combined. Allow to cool about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the flour, sugar, brown sugar, Kahlua, vanilla, flour, and salt to the chocolate mixture. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Transfer the filling to the crust. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until the center is set and the top is puffed.
  6. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. The pie will fall as it cools.
  7. Serve warmed, at room temperature, or chilled with sweetened whipped cream or ice cream.


This recipe includes my go-to pie crust. If you have a different recipe you prefer, feel free to use that.

*I usually use a 72% cacao chocolate.

Recipe adapted from MyRecipes.

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    13 Comments on “Chocolate Chess Pie”

  1. OMG! This is to die for! I love chess pie and a chocolate version would be amazing! I have to make this and then after a slice get it out of the house or I would eat the whole thing! Thanks for sharing!

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

  2. This looks fabulous – I have never made a chess pie but just printed this out. Thanks!

  3. oh my goshhhh YES-I love that this recipe uses the melted dark chocolate instead of cocoa powder. Looks SO GOOD!

  4. Chocolate Chess Pie has been around for ages and still remains a family favorite. My great grandmother use to make this; her version was melted butter & unsweetened dark chocolate, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla & milk (can).   So good. 

    • It’s so great that you have her recipe, Leigh! There are some of my grandmother’s recipes that I never got.

      • I noticed the ingredients on Pintrest when you first open up recipe are slight different than when you press make it . The second ingredients show 1/2 cup of unsalted butter instead of 1 cup, The first ingredients showed 25 tsp of granulated sugar, The first ingredients showed 2 Tbsp water. Flour on first showed 1 1/3 cups second showed 1 1/2 cups. Concerned because first time making for my family for Thanksgiving want it to be perfect. Your timely attention much appreciated.

  5. Hi Jennifer! Quick question about the Kahlua. Can you substitute that with something else? Or with just plain water? Don’t have alcohol in the house, but I’d love to make this pie. Thank you.

  6. So delicious! I used a mix of milk and dark chocolate so I decreased the sugar a little and added more salt. Also used strong coffee instead of kahlua.
    Filling recipe is great but my pie crust on the bottom wasn’t fully cooked so I would probably blind bake the pie for 10 mins or so before I put the filling next time. Otherwise, awesome!!

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