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Quick and Easy Chocolate Chess Pie

Updated on August 26, 2016
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Delicious with whipped cream and chocolate sauce or ice cream!
Delicious with whipped cream and chocolate sauce or ice cream! | Source

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4.3 stars from 6 ratings of Easy Chocolate Pie

Easy Recipe with Deep Chocolate Flavor

Love rich chocolate pie? This quick dessert has about the richest chocolate flavor I know. Yet you can stir it up in a jiffy and have it baking in the oven and ready to pull out for dinner. Everyone will love the smell of this delicious baked chocolate pie. Best of all, you probably have all the ingredients in your cupboard.

Unlike pudding-based pies, this one doesn't get runny or fall down if not refrigerated, so it is great to bring for a picnic, or to take to a potluck.

This easy chocolate baked pie was passed on to me by a friend who served it for a ladies luncheon. It is based on an old Southern classic called Chess Pie. This version is so quick and easy that it has become a go-to dessert for me.

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A great company dessert!Sugar.  Measure 1 1/2 cups sugar in bowl.Add 3 TB unsweetened cocoa.Mix together with whisk.Add 4 eggs and 5 oz Evaporated Milk.  Mix together thoroughly with whisk.Add 1/4 cup melted butter and vanilla.  Mix until mixture is very smooth.Pour mixture into unbaked pie crust.Put pie in preheated 350 degree oven.  Bake 45 minutes.Pie is done when it rises up and forms cracks on top.
A great company dessert!
A great company dessert! | Source
Sugar.  Measure 1 1/2 cups sugar in bowl.
Sugar. Measure 1 1/2 cups sugar in bowl. | Source
Add 3 TB unsweetened cocoa.
Add 3 TB unsweetened cocoa. | Source
Mix together with whisk.
Mix together with whisk. | Source
Add 4 eggs and 5 oz Evaporated Milk.
Add 4 eggs and 5 oz Evaporated Milk. | Source
Mix together thoroughly with whisk.
Mix together thoroughly with whisk. | Source
Add 1/4 cup melted butter and vanilla.  Mix until mixture is very smooth.
Add 1/4 cup melted butter and vanilla. Mix until mixture is very smooth. | Source
Pour mixture into unbaked pie crust.
Pour mixture into unbaked pie crust. | Source
Put pie in preheated 350 degree oven.  Bake 45 minutes.
Put pie in preheated 350 degree oven. Bake 45 minutes. | Source
Pie is done when it rises up and forms cracks on top.
Pie is done when it rises up and forms cracks on top. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: Serves 8-10 slices of pie

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 TB unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 oz. evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
  • 1 tea. vanilla
  • 1 unbaked pie crust

Instructions

  1. Measure 1 1/2 cups sugar in a bowl. Add 3 TB unsweetened cocoa powder. Mix with whisk until well blended.
  2. Add 2 eggs and 5 oz. evaporated milk to dry ingredients. Mix with whisk until blended. Add 1/4 cup melted butter and 1 tea. vanilla. Whisk together until smooth.
  3. Pour into unbaked pie crust. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
  4. Serve warm or cold. You can serve with whipped cream and chocolate sauce or ice cream.

Toppings You Can Use

The smooth filling is great on its own or you can dress it up with:

  • Whipped cream
  • Ice Cream
  • Chocolate sauce.
  • Caramel Sauce.
  • Strawberries and whipped cream.
  • Fresh Raspberries.
  • Crushed chocolate mint candies.
  • Crushed toffee bars.
  • A sprinkling of powdered sugar.
  • Crushed Oreo.

Frankly, I'm a lazy cook and just open my cupboard and see what I have hanging around to decorate the top of the pie! Try this easy dessert and see if your family doesn't rave.

How to Serve

I love serving this at a tea party or bringing it to a potluck picnic. It slices very cleanly and is so rich that you can serve smaller slices (maybe putting some fruit or ice cream alongside it) if you have unexpected company for the meal.

Mocha Chocolate Version

Along with all the different things you can serve on top, you can also vary the recipe by making it into a mocha flavored pie by adding 1 TB of instant coffee. Add the coffee to the evaporated milk and let it sit until it melts before mixing with the other ingredients for the best results.

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Lemon Chess Pie

If you want another easy variation, you can try a lemon version. Lemon Chess tastes thicker and richer than lemon meringue Better yet, it holds up when taken somewhere and doesn't need to be refrigerated to stay fresh. The ingredients are similar to the chocolate version , but you need to add flour and cornmeal to make it set up.

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 TB flour
  • 1 TB cornmeal
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 TB grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

Mix everything together and pour into an unbaked 9-inch pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until the middle is set.

You can add whipped cream on top or a meringue. To make meringue:

  • Beat together:
  • 4 egg whites
  • pinch cream of tarter
  • 2 TB white sugar

Beat until stiff peaks form. Spread on the pie with a knife, or put into a pastry bag and pipe on in swirls like the photo above. Bake 10-12 minutes in a 375 degree oven, or until lightly browned.


Original Chess Pie

To make the original version, you just change a few ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 TB flour
  • 2 TB cornmeal
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 tea. vinegar
  • 1 tea. vanilla
  • 1/2 tea. salt

Mix and pour into unbaked pie crust and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until set.

History of this Recipe

This recipe is sometimes called Vinegar pie in old cookbooks because some recipes add vinegar to cut down on the sweetness. Vinegar may also have helped this pie stay fresh before refrigeration. You might notice that it seems similar to pecan pie, and it does have similar ingredients and sweetness. Why the name "Chess pie?" It might be because pies were kept in pie chests before there were refrigerators, and chest became "chess" in the South!

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      Brooke Werner 

      5 years ago

      Looks good!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      Pinned - this looks awesome! I love chocolate and this pie would hit the spot.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is definitely a 5 star recipe. The recipes all look delicious. Now I am hungry - thanks! Voting up and shared.

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      Dilip Chandra 

      5 years ago from India

      What can i say? Simply mouth watering recipe. Excellent work. I will try this. Voted UP/ useful/ awesome/ beautiful.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      My mouth is watering as well! I can't believe that this is such a simple recipe. I'll have to give it a try sometime.

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      Annie Miller 

      5 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Drooling here! I shared this and must try ASAP!

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      My mouth is seriously watering. The photos are amazing. I am thinking of chocolate and lemon. Lemon is my favorite. You did a great job as always..Voting up, pinning, sharing and tweeting...

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