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Chocolate Chess Pie

Chocolate chess pie is one of those desserts that is so rich and delicious, you won’t be able to stop at one piece.

The Best Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe

Chocolate chess pie on a plate.

This really is the best chocolate chess pie recipe. The pie is easy to make and it only takes about ten minutes to get it whipped up and in the oven.

And, you most likely already have all of the ingredients in your pantry.

We love it around here and it will definitely fill that chocolate craving that you have.

A slice of chocolate chess pie on a white plate.

Chess pie, or chess squares, are one of the easiest desserts to make and they are some of the most decadent as well.

The center is always creamy and gooey with a crunchy chocolatey outer layer.

Give these other chess squares recipes a try:

What Do I Need To Make Chocolate Chess Pie?

  • 9″ pie crust unbaked
  • Sugar
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Eggs
  • Evaporated milk
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar or whipped topping (optional for garnishing)

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post.

A slice of chocolate chess pie on a white plate.

How Do I Make The Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe?

  1. Add the sugar and unsweetened cocoa to a large bowl and whisk together.
  2. Next, add the eggs, evaporated milk, butter, and vanilla extract and mix well.
  3. Pour into a pie crust and bake for 55 minutes.
  4. Cool for at least one hour before cutting.

Step-By-Step Directions

Sugar in a large glass bowl.

Start by adding the sugar to a large bowl.

Sugar and cocoa in a glass bowl.

Next, add the unsweetened cocoa to the bowl and mix the two ingredients.

I used a whisk to whisk them together.

Pouring evaporated milk into a glass bowl.

Pour the evaporated milk into the bowl.

Eggs, evaporated milk, flour, sugar, and cocoa in a large glass bowl.

Finally, pour the eggs and melted butter into the bowl and mix well.

TIP: If the butter is still hot, either mix the ingredients before adding the butter, or pour it into the batter away from the eggs, as it can cook the eggs a little bit (speaking from experience).

Chocolate chess pie in a pie crust.

Pour the pie batter into an unbaked pie crust.

I used a store-bought frozen pie crust. I personally think it makes life a lot easier, but they aren’t quite as tasty and flaky as a homemade crust.

I placed the pie crust on the counter to let it thaw out before adding the pie mixture.

Baked chocolate chess pie.

Bake the pie for 55 minutes. The middle will still be a tad jiggly and that is ok. It will still bake a little after you take it out.

I have made several of these pies and they are pretty much going to crack every time.

One way to try and avoid cracking the top is to place the pie on a cookie sheet while you bake it. When you are taking it out of the oven, it won’t bend the pie and crack it.

But, it still might crack as it cools.

The other trick to avoiding too many cracks is to set it on the counter after it cooks and don’t touch it again until you’re ready to put it into the fridge or slice it.

It won’t hurt anything if it cracks and it still tastes just as amazing.

Chocolate Chess Pie

You can either allow the pie to sit on the counter and cool or place it in the fridge. Either way will work.

Chocolate chess pie on a counter with milk.

What is chocolate chess pie?

The pie is an American favorite and has a gooey decadent center and a top that gets crunchy when you cook it.

Chocolate Chess Pie slice on a white plate with a fork.

Do you refrigerate chocolate chess pie?

You can leave it out for the day, but I would suggest refrigerating it soon after. You can leave it in the refrigerator for about three days.

A slice of chocolate chess pie on a plate.

Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe Card

Check out the recipe below, grab those ingredients, and start baking! This is a delicious treat that everyone will love.

Then, share your comments below and share a picture of your pie on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share it with us so we can try it, too!

Yield: 8 pieces

Chocolate Chess Pie

Chocolate chess pie on a plate.

Chocolate chess pie is one of those desserts that is so rich and delicious, you won't be able to stop at one piece. The pie is so easy to make that it only takes about five minutes to get it whipped up and in the oven.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 9" unbaked pie crust
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  2. Thaw the pie crust, if frozen.
  3. Add the sugar and unsweetened cocoa to a large bowl and whisk together.
  4. Next, add the eggs, evaporated milk, butter, and vanilla extract and mix well.
  5. Pour into the pie crust and bake for approximately 55 minutes. The center will still be a tad jiggly.
  6. Let cool for at least one hour.

Notes

TIP: If the butter is still hot, either mix the ingredients before adding the butter, or pour it away from the eggs, as it can cook the eggs a little bit.

TIP: To avoid cracking the pie, cook it on a cookie sheet and do not move it after taking it out of the oven. The pie might still crack as it cools, however.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1444Total Fat: 74gSaturated Fat: 30gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 38gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 1138mgCarbohydrates: 185gFiber: 5gSugar: 52gProtein: 11g

Nutrition is approximate.

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