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Chocolate chess pie will become a favorite.

Chocolate Chess Pie

This Chocolate Chess Pie is so good.  I cannot decide which one I like better, the regular chess pie or the chocolate.  If you are a chocolate lover then this is the pie for you and it will not last long.  My family loves this pie and asks for it often.

Chocolate chess pie is a delicious dessert for any occasion.

1/4 cup butter or margarine or 4 tablespoons, melted
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornmeal
3 eggs
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons 100% pure cocoa
1 cup nuts (Walnuts or pecans are best)
1 regular pie crust (The one in the photo is a bought crust. If you want to make your own, here is the link to the pie crust recipe.)


Melt butter and set aside.  Beat sugar, cornmeal, eggs, milk and vanilla extract with mixer.  Add melted butter and continue mixing.  Mix together the flour and cocoa and add to egg mixture.  Fold in nuts.  Pour into uncooked pie crust and bake in preheated 400 degree oven 30 to 35 minutes.  Pie will rise up while cooking and fall once it has cooled.  I usually just cut the oven off, open the door and let the pie cool in the oven.  Serve with whipped cream or ice cream on top.  Enjoy!

Chocolate Chess Pie

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for regular Chess Pie.

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  1. As far as the corn meal – what type? I always buy a buttermilk cornmeal Mix. Is this white corn meal, yellow corn meal etc…. Love your recipes!!!! 🙂

  2. Up north, above the Mason/Dixson line, nobody knows what chess pie is…I got my recipe from a little southern lady in Kentucky one year when we were on vacation, I’m from Iowa….I loved the story that went with it, too…the reason it is named “Chess Pie”…..

  3. Can I leave out the corn meal?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      You can leave it out but it won’t be a chess pie without the cornmeal and it will take away from the taste.

  4. Can you make it without nuts. My grandaughter is allergic and I’m always looking for something to bake for her

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I always add nuts to this pie Jackie. There are lots of pie recipes on the site without nuts if you just type “pie” in the search box on any page they should all come up for you.

    • So the answer is yes, you could probably just leave the nuts out of this recipe and it would be alright. why go look for other recipes when you find one you like? 🙂

  5. If you love lemon- try Lemon Chess Pie- yum, yum it’s so good


  7. Born and raised in the south been eating them all my life South Georgia has great food

  8. I cannot believe people have never heard of Chess Pie!! I am 63 and grew up on this. If my gmother didnt make it she would get one downtown at Harveys Dept store. I have her recipe for reg cp. everybody needs to make the regular one first. It is Sweet, so be ready.

  9. Can’t wait to try both, regular and chocolate, never heard of this pie.

  10. I have only had chess pie …. can’t wait to try the chocolate version 😉

  11. Lesley Anne Bitting says:

    this is the first time I have heard of chess pie..and am really eager to try it this weekend…cannot wait and will tell ye how it turned out!! 😉 😀

  12. They both look so good, I love Chocolate Chess pie, but I’ve never had regular Chess pie, but it looks so simple I might just make both of these this week and decide for myself which is better, they both look like quite a delight!!

  13. I need a Recipe for reg chess pie??? Thank U! 🙂

  14. Can you use whole milk instead of evaporated?
    I do not like the taste of evaporated.( crazy I know) I do not ever buy this.
    Thank you, I know some recipes do not work as well if you do not use the exact ingredients.
    This pie looks delicious!

    • The Southern Lady says:

      You can’t taste the milk in this pie but you can try it. I always use the evaporated milk. It would probably work with regular milk, too.

    • Evaporated milk just has less water in it than regular milk, and actually used in recipes, it gives it a creamier texture and you can’t tell the difference once it is out of the oven! 🙂

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