Chocolate Chess Pie!

If you are familiar with the Chess Pie, you know that it is a simple, but rich pie that has been made and served in the South since before the Civil War.  The exact history of the Chess Pie not completely clear, but it was a pie that could be made with pretty much what they would have  on hand back then...eggs, sugar, cream, butter.   It is also a pie that will keep for a day or two, if it lasts that long, without refrigeration, which was important back in that time.    This "Chocolate Chess Pie" is just a Chess Pie with cocoa powder added to it and it is delicious.   It tastes like a brownie pie with a much lighter and less dense texture. 

 Here is what you need for this pie:

1 unbaked 9" deep dish pie shell or a 10" pie shell
1 stick butter, melted
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1Tbs. flour
2 Tbs. cornmeal
1 Tbs. white vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup half and half
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter and sugar.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. 

Place the unbaked pie shell on a cookie sheet.  Pour the mixture in the shell and carefully place in the oven on the center rack.   Your pie shell will be full so transfer it carefully.  The cookie sheet not only helps the pie bake evenly, but aids in moving it in and out of the oven. 

Bake for 50 - 55 minutes.  If you use the 9" deep dish pie crust, it will probably take the full minutes.  Remove and allow to cool.  See how it just starts to crack a little on top, it's done, when that just starts.  As it cools, it will settle some.

When it has cooled, serve with whipped cream! 


  1. I love Chess pie! I can't wait to try this chocolate version.

  2. Looks yummy! I am making this recipe tomorrow!

  3. I made the peach cobbler. I halved the recipe and used canned peaches instead of fresh. It turned out really good!

  4. I have a recipe for Chocolate Fudge Pie that is similar, but doesn't use the cornmeal or half and half.

  5. Hey Jan, Are you saying that in place of the cocoa powder that you put peaches? If not would you tell me how? Thanks!

    1. She said she made the peach cobbler..

  6. My family LOVED this pie!! Everything about this pie was delicious and easy to make. The only question I have is why the top of my pie was a little crunchy and when we cut into the pie, the topping broke into pieces. At first I though I had cooked it too long, but I do not think so, because it was perfect when you eat it.

    1. That little crunchy layer on top is from the cornmeal and it's exactly how it should be, so yours was perfect all the way around! :) I am so glad you all liked it! It really is easy to taste so wonderful!

    2. Can you bake and freeze this pie with good results?



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