A super simple, classic southern pie, but with a chocolate twist! This Chocolate Chess Pie doesn’t get much easier, and it’s a sweet-tooths’ and chocolate-lovers’ dream! This Chocolate Chess Pie produces an ultra sweet, rich, creamy, decadent chocolate-kissed, mind-blowing dessert!
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Ooooh… I totally messed up — I still have a pumpkin pie recipe to post! And it’s really special! I may have to save it til Thanksgiving next year, right?? I think everyone is deep into their Thanksgiving menu plans.
If you’re still making decisions, and you want a recipe that will “wow” and impress, but is still simple and requires minimal prep, check out this Chocolate Chess Pie.
I mean, you could sock this recipe away for Christmas though. Chocolate Chess Pie at Christmas is definitely a good idea.
If you use a store-bought crust, this pie comes together in about 15 minutes! It’s also rather goof-proof. Very easy steps and beginner-friendly. Not much more involved than whisking a bunch of stuff together in a bowl, and pouring it in the crust.
Classic, regular Chess Pie, no chocolate, is lovely. Very basic ingredients, simple prep, and highly memorable. The ingredients are mostly common staples in your pantry or fridge.
I always say about Chess Pie that although the ingredients separately are mundane, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In its complete form, it is much more than just sugar, butter, cream, vanilla, eggs, etc.
Chess Pie filling is custard-like, but sweeter, and has a next-level creaminess to it. Very luscious middle, and a slightly crunchy, crackly top. Extremely rich and sweet, and a small slice is satisfying.
This Chocolate Chess Pie is VERY chocolate-y and fudgy… all I did to the original recipe is whisk in melted semi-sweet baking chocolate. That’s it, but the chocolate makeover is incredible.
The filling is gooey and fudgy, and feels reminiscent to me of the center of lava cakes. It’s so decadent and sinful. By contrast though, this pie sets up sturdier than lava cake filling that spills out in a puddle. This sets completely. Still, they remind me of each other.
If you’re looking for last minute recipes, I’ll link some ideas below, but my other chess pie recipes are equally easy. Take a look at this Maple Chess Pie or this Lemon Chess Pie.
Here’s a roundup of 30 Best Christmas Pie recipes to make this season. Yay!
It doesn’t include this newer Pecan Pumpkin Pie, and that one definitely needs a shout-out because it mashes up the two most classic holiday pies.
Other last minute dessert ideas would include this Double Layer No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake that comes together in 10 minutes, and I’ve also made versions of it with chocolate, Biscoff, and Nutella.
Or maybe these Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing that are quite fast and easy. They’re suuuuper popular.
If I don’t post again before Thursday (though I hope to!), have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
Chocolate Chess Pie
- 1 9 inch prepared refrigerated pie crust (I personally like Pillsbury the best) or your favorite pie crust recipe, prepared
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp. yellow cornmeal
- 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 1/4 cup whole or 2% milk
- 1 tbsp. vinegar
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- 4 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate (must be baking chocolate!) coarsely chopped
- powdered sugar for garnish
- Arrange pie crust in a 9-inch pie plate, and crimp or scallop the edges.
- In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, cornmeal, flour, melted butter, milk, vinegar, vanilla extract, and eggs.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate for 30-seconds, stir, and heat at 15-second intervals, stirring in-between, until melted and smooth. Do not overheat or melt it too quickly -- chocolate scorches easily.
- Slowly and gradually, whisk the melted chocolate into the mixture in the large bowl.
- Pour into prepared crust.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and center appears mostly set. It does not need to be completely set - it will set as it cools!
- Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Chill before serving, if desired.
- Dust with powdered sugar. Cut and serve.
Fun fact: pecan pie is a form of Chess Pie too! Here’s a few faves: Fireball Pecan Pie, Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan Pie, and Chocolate Espresso Pecan Pie. 🙂