This take on Kentucky Derby pie is basically a warm gooey chocolate chip cookie with walnuts in a buttery flaky pie crust. How can you say no?
Kentucky Derby Pie
This Kentucky Derby Pie is pretty much as easy as pie can get. Dump all of the ingredients in a bowl, bake in a pie shell, and your end results will blow your mind.
Gooey chocolate and walnut filling that's a little denser than your typical pecan pie and almost reminds me of a super soft, warm chocolate chip cookie. All of that warm goodness is inside a perfectly flaky and buttery pie crust.
Serve it up with a mint julep and enjoy the derby. (Or make it anytime. Because you can. And you'll want to!)
What is Derby Pie?
Derby pie is a trademarked name and pie created by George Kern in Prospect, Kentucky. It has a chocolate and walnut filling inside a traditional pie crust. It is often associated with the Kentucky Derby.
Some versions are made as a chocolate pecan pie, but the original has a more dense filling and uses walnuts.
How to Serve Kentucky Derby Pie?
Traditionally, it is served bare. The consistency reminds me of a warm chocolate chip cookie, so eating it warm is a treat.
You can also top it with whipped cream or ice cream with mini chocolate chips or crushed nuts for garnish.
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Kentucky Derby Pie
- 1 pie crust 9 inch, unbaked SEE NOTE
For the Filling
- 1 cup butter melted
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Prepare and roll out pie crust. (You'll only need half of my favorite homemade recipe.) Place in a buttered 9-inch pie dish, and flute edges. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter and sugars
- Add eggs, vanilla, bourbon, and flour, and whisk again until combined.
- Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts.
- Pour filling into prepared pie crust.
- Bake at 350°F for about 45 minutes, until edges are set.
- Pie Crust: I HIGHLY recommend using a homemade pie crust. I use this favorite fail-proof pie crust that's easy to make and has top reviews. If you use a store-bought crust, you need to adjust the butter to ½ cup (1 stick). Some readers have said their butter bubbles over the edge, and after testing we discovered that the store-bought crusts are the culprit. So homemade crust = 1 cup butter; store-bought crust = ½ butter.
- When done, the edges of the pie will be set, but the very center may still be a little jiggly.
- Wait until pie is cooled and center is set before serving.
- You can substitute pecans for the walnuts.
- Storage: Store covered at room temperature for up to 5 days.
- Freezer Directions: Cover and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then allow to come to room temperature on the counter before serving.
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