Chocolate Mixed Nut Pie

Give pecan pie the year off and try this mixed nut and chocolate dessert at your holiday dinner for the perfect mix of sweet and salty.

Chocolate Mixed Nut Pie
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 recipe Pastry for Single-Crust Pie

  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 cup light-color corn syrup

  • cup packed dark brown sugar

  • cup butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder

  • 1 ¼ cup dry-roasted salted mixed nuts, coarsely chopped

  • 3 ounce sweet-style Mexican chocolate* or bittersweet chocolate, chopped

  • Cinnamon Ice Cream

Pastry for a Single-Crust Pie

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup shortening or lard

  • ¼ cup butter, cut up, or shortening or lard

  • ¼ cup ice water


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare pastry. On a lightly floured surface, slightly flatten pastry. Roll into a 12-inch circle. Transfer to a 9-inch pie plate, being careful not to stretch pastry. Trim to 1/2 inch beyond edge of plate, fold pastry under even with rim, and crimp as desired.

  2. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, corn syrup, brown sugar, butter, and espresso powder until combined. Stir in nuts and chocolate.

  3. Place pastry-lined pie plate on oven rack. Carefully pour filling into pastry shell. To prevent over- browning, cover edge of pie with foil. Bake 25 minutes; remove foil. Bake 20 to 25 minutes more or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cover; chill within 2 hours. Serve with cinnamon ice cream or Cinnamon Whipped Cream.

Pastry for a Single-Crust Pie

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening and butter until pieces are pea size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the ice water over part of the flour mixture; toss gently with a fork. Push moistened dough to side of bowl. Repeat with additional ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time (1/4 to 1/3 cup total), until all of the flour mixture is moistened. Gather mixture into a ball, kneading gently until it holds together.

Cinnamon Whipped Cream

In a chilled small bowl beat 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1 Tbsp. sugar, 1 1/2 tsp. coffee liqueur (if desired), 1/4 tsp. vanilla, and 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon with a mixer on medium until soft peaks form (tips curl).

Mexican Chocolate

Look for Mexican chocolate, such as Ibarra or Taza, at Mexican markets or in the Hispanic section of supermarkets.

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