Chocolate Chess Pie is a rich chocolate pie with a sugary crunchy crust and a gooey fudge-like filling. Easy to make with simple ingredients, this classic Southern dessert has been served on many tables for many years!
Whenever I am in a pickle and need an easy dessert, I whip up this chocolate chess pie or my French Coconut Pie. I have made both for years. The chocolate chess pie remains one of my husband's favorite desserts since the time I have met him.
Not counting the baking time, it can be put together in under 10 minutes. There is little fuss in the construction, and ALWAYS a perfectly cooked pie as a result.
How to Make Chocolate Chess Pie
Follow these easy steps to make chocolate chess pie.
- Preheat. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Melt. In a sauce pan, on low heat, melt butter and chocolate. (Photo 1)
- Beat. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla. (Photo 2)
- Pour. Slowly pour melted chocolate and butter into the mixing bowl with sugar mixture.
- Beat. Beat until completely blended together. (Photo 3)
- Pour. Pour chocolate mixture into a regular pie crust. (Photo 4)
- Bake. Bake for 35 minutes.
- Cool. Remove pie from oven. Cool completely on backing rack before serving.
Serve the dessert by itself, with whipped cream, or with a scoop of your favorite ice cream!
To keep this pie simple, I use a prepared pie crust. However, Live Well Bake Often has a great homemade pie crust recipe if you would like to make one from scratch.
Note: You do not need to pre-bake pie shell.
What kind of chocolate bars should you use?
Use good chocolate baking bars! The chocolate is the star ingredient in this recipe. While it will still be delicious with the common Baker's Bar Chocolate or a generic brand of chocolate, a finer quality chocolate will make it INCREDIBLE!
I personally LOVE, LOVE, LOVE using Ghiradelli chocolate baking bars. They have never failed me and return a brilliant rich chocolate flavor every time.
Can you freeze Chocolate Chess Pie?
You can freeze chocolate chess pie. To freeze:
- Cook pie according to directions.
- Completely cool.
- Wrap it in saran wrap really well and seal it air tight.
- Then freeze.
Thaw it completely before serving. It is best served at room temperature. Once thawed, leave it out 30 minutes to warm to room temperature before serving.
Do you need to refrigerate Chess Pie?
If covered and wrapped in saran wrap, you can leave out your pie at room temperature up to 3 days. However, after you slice it, you will need to cover and wrap the pie, and store in the refrigerator.
Chocolate Chess Pie is best served at room temperature. If you store it in the refrigerator, set out to room temperature for about 30 minutes to warm before serving.
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Easy Chocolate Chess Pie
- 1 regular pie crust unbaked
- ½ cup butter salted
- 1 oz semi sweet baking chocolate bar
- 1 oz unsweetened baking chocolate bar
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Melt ½ cup butter, 1 oz semi sweet baking chocolate bar, and 1 oz unsweetened baking chocolate bar in a sauce pan on low heat.
- In a mixing bowl, beat 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, and 1 tsp of vanilla.
- Slowly mix in melted chocolate in mixing bowl with sugar mixture. Blend until fully mixed.
- Pour chocolate into regular sized pie shell.
- Bake 35 minutes.
- Remove from oven. Cool on baking rack until completely cooled. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.