Chocolate chess pie is a rich Southern classic. It tastes like brownie in a crust, thanks to its fudgy filling made of evaporated milk, cocoa powder and eggs. If you're an avid baker, you might even already have all the ingredients on hand! Top it off with whipped cream and chocolate shavings for a dessert every chocolate lover will adore. There are also many ways to make this classic recipe; here's our go-to version.

Old-fashioned chocolate chess pie

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Things You’ll Need

  • 1 9-inch pre-prepared or homemade pie crust, uncooked

  • 15 ounces evaporated milk

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 tablespoons corn starch or all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

Ingredients for chocolate chess pie


If you prefer a sweeter pie, add another 1/4 cup of sugar. But if you'd like to cut back on the sweetness, use just 1 cup of sugar (or even less).

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, combine the cocoa powder, sugar, flour and salt. Stir until combined.

Combine dry ingredients

Step 2

Add the evaporated milk, melted butter and vanilla extract.

Add liquid ingredients

Stir until the mixture is smooth and the ingredients are fully combined.

Mix liquid ingredients

Step 3

Add the eggs. Mix well.

Add the eggs

Step 4

Press the pie crust into a pie dish, making sure the edges are secure. You can use a fork to press the edges into place. Carefully pour the chocolate filling into the crust.

Pour chocolate chess pie filling

Step 5

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Let cool completely before slicing and serving. After the pie reaches room temperature, you can pop it in the refrigerator to chill.

Slice chocolate chess pie

Once cool, enjoy the pie with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate shavings.

Old-fashioned chocolate chess pie


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