Best Ever Chocolate Chess Pie

The BEST Southern chocolate chess pie tastes like a cross between a brownie and a molten chocolate cake; it is a FABULOUS treat!

best chocolate chess pie

Chocolate Chess Pie is a Southern Favorite

Chocolate chess pie is a darling dessert in the South.  It is a familiar favorite that you’ll surely see at church potlucks, state fair cook-offs, and and in roadside BBQ joints.  You’ll usually find several chocolate chess pie recipes in any church cookbook; everyone has their favorite version!

best chocolate chess pie

Chocolate Chess Pie Isn’t a Pretty Pie

Chocolate chess isn’t known for being a pretty pie and would never be one’s choice to serve for presentation. Basically, a chocolate chess pie is a “country pie” like one you’d see on Grandma’s table. It doesn’t shine by its appearance; it stands out for its decadent chocolate flavor and heavenly texture.  Despite its lowly appearance, it is one of the most popular and beloved pies in the South, especially the Heart of Dixie.

How to Make Chocolate Chess Pie Ahead of Time

If you want to make a chocolate chess pie for a certain event, it is best to make it a day or two ahead. This pie should NOT be frozen, and it does NOT need to be refrigerated. Simply bake it and keep it at room temperature until ready to serve.

How to Make Miniature Chocolate Chess Pies

If you want to make miniature chocolate chess pies, simply buy 16 small tart shells and put the filling in them (as opposed to the one regular pie shell). My favorite mini pie shells are Dutch Ann Tart Shells. I find these at my local Wal-Mart. I use them every holiday to make these Granny’s Pecan Pie Tarts; they are FAB!!!!

I’ve tried several versions of chocolate chess pie, and this is the one that I return to time and again. It is foolproof, delicious, and uses ingredients that I almost always have on hand.

This pie is fantastic, and it goes especially well with easy homemade Brunswick stew and your favorite barbecue. Let me hear from you if you try it; I’d love to know what you think! As always, thanks SO much for stopping by. Wishing you a joyful, blessed and savvy day!!!

best chocolate chess pie

Best Ever Chocolate Chess Pie

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 3 TB cocoa
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 5 oz. evaporated milk (small can)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust


  1. Unroll pie crust and fit into pie plate; set aside.
  2. Mix sugar, melted butter, and cocoa.
  3. Add eggs; beat with hand held mixer for 2 1/2 minutes.
  4. Add salt, milk, and vanilla; mix well.
  5. Pour mixture into pie crust.
  6. Cover edges of crust with a pie shield to prevent over browning.
  7. Place in oven, and bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until pie begins to slightly crack on top. A slight jiggle is fine when removing from oven; pie will firm up as it cools.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 1398Total Fat 59gSaturated Fat 37gCholesterol 163mgSodium 627mgCarbohydrates 241gSugar 232gProtein 20g

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  1. Hi Eileen! When I make this, the outside is almost sitting “above” the inside, which kind of “falls” or gets thick like pudding. The top stays more like a crust. I hope this makes sense! In other words, I think the inside is supposed to fall because that is how it gets its silky, creamy, pudding like consistency. Did yours taste good? If so, I think you did everything right!!!

  2. I hate to admit this, but I tried this recipe and it fell!! It was puffing up so beautifully, and the 35 minute mark came up. I peaked through the window, I never opened the door, and half of it had fallen! I wasn’t sure what to do, so I waited a couple of minutes before I opened the door, and by then it had fallen completely! I followed the recipe exactly. Have you ever heard of this? I have never had anything fall before!

  3. Amazing recipe for Chocolate Chess! if you really want to twist things up a bit, and have some fun, i would highly suggest adding around 1 Tbsp red food coloring to the batter and make it a red velvet chess. I tried it out at a potluck, and it was a hit. Just “food” for thought. Thanks for sharing the recipe

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