A Southern dessert classic, this chess pie is loaded with pecans. Serve it with Texas-size dollops of whipped cream.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Chocolate Chess Pie

Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare Pastry for a Single-Crust Pie; set aside.

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  • For filling, in a large bowl, combine sugar, cocoa powder, cornmeal, flour, and salt. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, butter, and vanilla. Stir egg mixture into sugar mixture until smooth. Stir in pecans.

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  • Pour filling into pastry-lined pie plate. Bake about 1 hour or until filling is set and crust is golden. If crust begins to brown too fast, reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F and cover edge of crust with foil. Cool pie on a wire rack. (Filling will fall slightly during cooling.) Chill within 2 hours. If desired, serve with whipped cream. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Tips

Cover and chill cooled pie for up to 24 hours.


Pastry for Single-Crust Pie

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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the shortening until pieces are pea-size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon cold water over part of the mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened dough to the side of the bowl. Sprinkle additional cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, over mixture until all of the dough is moistened. Form the dough into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, flatten dough. Roll dough from center to edges into a 12-inch circle. To transfer pastry, wrap it around the rolling pin. Unroll pastry into a 9-inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate, being careful not to stretch pastry. Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold under extra pastry. Crimp edge as desired.

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Reviews (1)

30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: Unrated
12/15/2013
This is a great pie. Very easy. I replaced the pecans with black walnuts, and soaked the walnuts in burbon for 45 minutes before adding to the recipe. It was wonderful. I am being told I must bring this pie to every family gathering.