Recipes and Cooking Desserts & Baking Pies Chocolate Chess Pie 4.0 (2) 2 Reviews It’s like brownie batter in a piecrust. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on October 31, 2022 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Kelsey Hansen Prep Time: 25 mins Total Time: 4 hrs 15 mins Servings: 8 Jump to Nutrition Facts The Southern classic chess pie has a custard filling made from humble ingredients— sugar, butter, eggs, flour, cornmeal, and vinegar. Our chocolate version doesn’t use cornmeal or vinegar—just a bit of unsweetened cocoa powder. Ingredients Pastry for Single-Crust Pie 1½ cups all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup lard 1/4 cup butter, cut up (or shortening or lard) 1/4 to 1/3 cup water Chess Pie Filling 2¼ cups granulated sugar 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup evaporated milk 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 1/3 cup butter, melted 1½ teaspoons vanilla 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate, chopped Chocolate Whipped Cream 1 cup heavy cream 3 tbsp powdered sugar 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 tsp vanilla Directions Pastry for Single-Crust Pie In a medium bowl stir together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening and butter until pea-size. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. of the ice water over part of the flour mixture; toss gently with a fork. Push moistened dough to side of bowl. Repeat moistening flour mixture, gradually adding ice water (¼ to ⅓ cup total) until mixture begins to come together. Gather pastry into a ball, kneading gently just until it holds together. Chess Pie Filling Preheat oven to 350°F. On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten ball of Pastry for Single-Crust Pie. Roll pastry into a 12-inch circle. Transfer to a 9-inch pie plate. Trim and flute edge. In a large bowl combine sugar and cocoa powder. Add evaporated milk, eggs, butter, vanilla, and ¼ tsp. salt. Stir just until combined. Pour mixture into pastry shell. Test Kitchen Tip Evaporated milk has been concentrated to remove about 60% of its natural water content. If you don’t have a can in your pantry, substitute an equal amount of half-and-half. Bake until top is puffed and a knife comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. (Pie won't appear set but will firm up during cooling.) Cool 1 hour on a wire rack. Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours. Before serving, top with Chocolate Whipped Cream and chopped chocolate. Chocolate Whipped Cream In a chilled bowl combine heavy cream, powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, and vanilla. Beat with a mixer on medium until soft peaks form (tips curl). Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 709 Calories 37g Fat 88g Carbs 9g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 8 Calories 708.5 % Daily Value * Total Fat 37g 47% Saturated Fat 20.9g 104% Cholesterol 154mg 51% Sodium 308.2mg 13% Total Carbohydrate 87.6g 32% Dietary Fiber 1.9g 7% Total Sugars 66.3g Protein 9g Vitamin D 1.6mcg 8% Vitamin C 0.8mg 4% Calcium 122.6mg 9% Iron 3.3mg 19% Potassium 201.3mg 4% Fatty acids, total trans 0.9g Vitamin D 65.5IU Alanine 0.3g Arginine 0.4g Ash 2g Aspartic acid 0.6g Caffeine 3.4mg Carotene, alpha 0mcg Choline, total 80mg Copper, Cu 0.1mg Cystine 0.1g Energy 2963.9kJ Fluoride, F 11.2mcg Folate, total 56.6mcg Glutamic acid 1.8g Glycine 0.2g Histidine 0.2g Isoleucine 0.4g Leucine 0.7g Lysine 0.5g Methionine 0.2g Magnesium, Mg 23.9mg Manganese, Mn 0.2mg Niacin 1.5mg Phosphorus, P 154.8mg Pantothenic acid 0.8mg Phenylalanine 0.4g Phytosterols 0mg Proline 0.7g Retinol 281.1mcg Selenium, Se 16.1mcg Serine 0.5g Starch 0g Theobromine 26.5mg Threonine 0.3g Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 1mg Tryptophan 0.1g Tyrosine 0.3g Valine 0.5g Vitamin A, IU 1023.2IU Vitamin A, RAE 285.3mcg Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg Vitamin B-6 0.1mg Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 2.7mcg Water 70.7g Zinc, Zn 0.8mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.