Dark Chocolate Chess Pie

Chocolate chess pie is a delicious southern staple pie.  It’s absolutely the most deliciously decadent and intensely chocolate experience I think one can have in a pie.  It is delicately crusty on top with a velvety chocolate custard inside.  It’s also one of my husband’s favorite pies and very easy to make.

A friend at church gave me a chocolate chess pie recipe several years ago that I tweaked just a tad.  I changed the cocoa powder to dark chocolate cocoa powder and increased the oven temperature bit.  If you’re looking for a great Christmas or any holiday pie, this is the one for you!

You can use a pre-made pie shell, but I highly encourage you to try making one from scratch.  I use this recipe which is easy, flaky, and delicious.  I also recommend making your own whipped cream.  It’s easy if you have a mixer.

Dark Chocolate Chess Pie

  • Serves: 8+
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour (once your pie crust is prepared)
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ stick margarine or butter, melted (1/4 cup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 small can evaporated milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  I place a baking sheet in the oven so that the pie has a safe place to rest.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix very well by hand with a whisk.
  3. Bake in a prepared unbaked pie shell for 45 minutes or until it is crusty on top and not loose and liquid when gently moved.
  4. Let cool and fully set up before serving.  Serve with whipped cream.  It’s delicious refrigerated, too.