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Kentucky Derby Pie

December 4, 2012Teresa

This delicious Kentucky Derby Pie tastes like a chocolate chip cookie with pecans. It is half way between a Toll House Pie and a Pecan Pie. What decadence! I’m telling you this pie is so rich you can only eat a sliver of it at a time! It is one of the most fantastic pies you will EVER eat!

You can serve it with ice cream or whipped cream, but because I took it to a potluck rather than serving it at home I wasn’t able to present it with either ice cream or whipped cream. Even still, it is amazing.

I got this recipe from Patty Lane, when she worked as the multicultural language specialist at the Baptist General Convention of Texas and I worked in the Church Starting Center of the same organization. Patty had all the ministry assistants over to her home for a special occasion lunch one day and made this special pie for dessert.

Patty, by her own admission, didn’t cook as much as any of the gals in that department (we were all really good cooks!), but she put on a feed for us that day that was amazing. This wonderful pie was part of it. All of us begged her for the recipe. I have made this pie lots of times because it is just so simple and easy. You can have a pie ready for the oven in about 5 minutes! I like easy! I like quick!

Patty gave us some really good advice for making this pie. Don’t add the chocolate chips until the very last thing so you can allow the butter and other ingredients to cool down properly. If you add the chocolate chips too soon they will melt and then you lose the taste and texture you’re supposed to accomplish with this wonderful pie.

You can use a store bought pastry shell if you like, although I usually make my own. I have used either whole pecans or pieces. I like the beauty of the whole pecans better, though. If you are looking for a quick, simple, easy, and even inexpensive dessert to wow your guests, this pie will do it!

When I originally posted this recipe in December 2012, I was making the pie for a party and it got snatched up so quickly I never really got a good picture of a piece of the pie. I recently remade this recipe for another Christmas party, circa December 2014, and this time I took pictures before I took the pie to the party!

No one seemed to mind the piece of pie stuck back into the pie shell! And this pie got rave reviews again. It is extremely rich and decadent. A tiny piece will do you quite well!

I have one extra piece of advice for making this pie. When I remade the pie I had a really large deep dish (almost 12″ pie plate). I ended up having to make two batches of filling to fill the pie plate. This meant I had to cook the pie a LOT longer to get it cooked all the way through (almost a half hour).

That’s too long for the chocolate chips. They really ended up melting more than they should have. This recipe is better in a small 9″ pie plate and baked about 40-45 minutes (no longer!). That way the chocolate chips hold their texture in the pie rather than melting. It was still delicious, but the texture was gooier than it should have been. If you like gooey, then it won’t matter! 🙂

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Kentucky Derby Pie is rich, decadent and amazing!

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 You can see the texture pretty well with all the pecans and chocolate chips. This is a very rich and dense pie. 

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Kentucky Derby Pie is filled with chocolate chips and pecans for a delectable pie taste. Serve it with or without ice cream or whipped topping.

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This is like eating a rich Tollhouse Cookie!

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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Melt butter in mixing bowl. Cool about 5 minutes. This is VERY important. If you add the other ingredients to quickly the chocolate chips will melt. 

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Add sugar and UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add eggs, vanilla and pecans.

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When mixture has cooled (feel the bottom of the bowl, if it is cool to the touch it is okay to proceed), add chocolate chips.

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Stir all the ingredients with a wooden spoon. Do not beat or over mix. Notice that the chocolate chips have held their shape. If you try to hurry this process along and the mixture is still warm the chips will melt and dissolve. That is not the kind of texture you want for this pie.

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Prepare an unbaked pie shell.

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Place ingredients into an unbaked pie shell.

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Bake at 350 about 35-40 minutes or until set for a 9″ pie. If you’re making a whopper pie like I made, it took closer to an hour and 15 minutes.

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Kentucky Derby Pie is to die for. It’s a great pie to take to holiday parties.

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I took this pie to a Christmas party where we had a White Elephant Exchange afterwards.

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Everyone loved this pie even though it is so rich. 

Here’s the recipe.

KENTUCKY DERBY PIE

(Recipe adapted from Patti Lane, when we worked together at the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Dallas, TX)

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Rich, decadent amazing pie that tastes like Toll House Cookies in pie form! Great as a company dessert and only takes a few minutes to prepare.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Melt butter in microwave.
  2. Cool about five minutes.
  3. Add sugar, flour, eggs, vanilla and pecans.
  4. When mixture is no longer warm (from butter being in microwave), add chocolate chips.
  5. (If you add the chips too early they will melt and the pie will not turn out right).
  6. Pour into unbaked pie shell.
  7. Bake at 350° for about 40-45 minutes, until set.
  8. You may have to cover the crust or top of pie with foil to prevent getting too dark.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: It is imperative that the butter be melted and completely cooled before adding the chocolate chips. Otherwise, the chips will melt and not hold their texture.

NOTE: Semi-sweet chocolate chips seem to work better than milk-chocolate chips in this recipe.

NOTE: When I remade the pie I had a really large deep dish (almost 12" pie plate). I ended up having to make two batches of filling to fill the pie plate. This meant I had to cook the pie a LOT longer to get it cooked all the way through (almost a half hour). That's too long for the chocolate chips. They really ended up melting more than they should have. This recipe is better in a small 9" pie plate and baked about 40-45 minutes (no longer!). That way the chocolate chips hold their texture in the pie rather than melting.

NOTE: This pie tastes better with pure vanilla extract rather than imitation vanilla.

© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

[b]Kentucky Derby Pie[/b]
Recipe Type: Pies/Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from Patti Lane, when we worked together at Baptist General Convention of Texas, Dallas, TX
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 8
Rich, decadent amazing pie that tastes like Toll House Cookies in pie form! Great as a company dessert and only takes a few minutes to prepare.
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup [url href=”http://www.goldmedalflour.com/” target=”_blank” title=”gold medal flour”]Gold Medal[/url] UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (Bleached flour toughens baked goods)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I prefer semi-sweet chocolate chips over milk-chocolate chips)
  • 1 cup [url href=”http://www.fishernuts.com/” target=”_blank” title=”fisher pecans”]Fisher[/url] pecans (full halves are best)
  • 1 stick [url href=”http://www.landolakes.com/” target=”_blank” title=”land o’ lakes butter”]Land O’ Lakes[/url] unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp. [url href=”http://www.mccormick.com/Spices-and-Flavors/Extracts-and-Food-Colors/Extracts/Pure-Vanilla-Extract” target=”_blank” title=”mccormick pure vanilla extract”]McCormick[/url] pure vanilla extract
  • 1 [url href=”http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2012/12/05/homemade-pie-crust/” target=”_blank” title=”homemade pie crust”]unbaked pie shell[/url]
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in microwave.
  2. Cool about five minutes.
  3. Add sugar, flour, eggs, vanilla and pecans.
  4. When mixture is no longer warm (from butter being in microwave), add chocolate chips.
  5. (If you add the chips too early they will melt and the pie will not turn out right).
  6. Pour into unbaked pie shell.
  7. Bake at 350° for about 40-45 minutes, until set.
  8. You may have to cover the crust or top of pie with foil to prevent getting too dark.
Notes
It is imperative that the butter be melted and completely cooled before adding the chocolate chips. Otherwise, the chips will melt and not hold their texture.[br][br]Semi-sweet chocolate chips seem to work better than milk-chocolate chips in this recipe.[br][br]When I remade the pie I had a really large deep dish (almost 12″ pie plate). I ended up having to make two batches of filling to fill the pie plate. This meant I had to cook the pie a LOT longer to get it cooked all the way through (almost a half hour). That’s too long for the chocolate chips. They really ended up melting more than they should have. This recipe is [u]better[/u] in a small 9″ pie plate and baked about 40-45 minutes (no longer!). That way the chocolate chips hold their texture in the pie rather than melting.[br][br]This pie tastes better with pure vanilla extract rather than imitation vanilla.
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Kentucky Derby Pie is really easy to make — especially if you’re using a store bought pie shell. It only uses a few ingredients.

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Kentucky Derby Pie tastes like eating Toll House Cookies but in pie form.

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This is such a delicious pie! This is a quick and easy dessert pie to take to potlucks or to have with company. Everyone loves it.

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If you enjoy chocolate, you’ll devour this pie!

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Chocolate Meringue Pie

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Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is the best #lemon #pie ever! Perfect blend of sweet and tangy with a luscious #meringue topping. Great #dessert for the #holidays or company.

Sweet Potato Custard Pie

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Print Recipe
Kentucky Derby Pie BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Rich, decadent amazing pie that tastes like Toll House Cookies in pie form! Great as a company dessert and only takes a few minutes to prepare.
Kentucky Derby Pie | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #pie contains #chocolatechips & #pecans. It's absolutely amazing. #chocolate #dessert #KentuckyDerby
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Kentucky Derby Pie | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #pie contains #chocolatechips & #pecans. It's absolutely amazing. #chocolate #dessert #KentuckyDerby
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in microwave.
  2. Cool about five minutes.
  3. Add sugar, flour, eggs, vanilla and pecans.
  4. When mixture is no longer warm (from butter being in microwave), add chocolate chips.
  5. (If you add the chips too early they will melt and the pie will not turn out right).
  6. Pour into unbaked pie shell.
  7. Bake at 350° for about 40-45 minutes, until set.
  8. You may have to cover the crust or top of pie with foil to prevent getting too dark.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: It is imperative that the butter be melted and completely cooled before adding the chocolate chips. Otherwise, the chips will melt and not hold their texture.

NOTE: Semi-sweet chocolate chips seem to work better than milk-chocolate chips in this recipe.

NOTE: When I remade the pie I had a really large deep dish (almost 12" pie plate). I ended up having to make two batches of filling to fill the pie plate. This meant I had to cook the pie a LOT longer to get it cooked all the way through (almost a half hour). That's too long for the chocolate chips. They really ended up melting more than they should have. This recipe is better in a small 9" pie plate and baked about 40-45 minutes (no longer!). That way the chocolate chips hold their texture in the pie rather than melting.

NOTE: This pie tastes better with pure vanilla extract rather than imitation vanilla.

© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

35 Comments

  • Kimberly Andrew

    September 1, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Pie auction at church in October (all monies go to Operation Christmas Child shipping expenses) and I’m going to make this. I do think I need to do a trial run ahead of time, and then share with neighbors. Yum.

    1. Teresa

      September 2, 2019 at 6:06 am

      Hi, Kim. This is one of the easiest and most delicious pies ever! You’ll love it.

  • Tom

    May 27, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Well, of course the pie is delicious.
    I only wish the recipe were adjusted to more amply fill the pie pan. Better to have too much filling than not enough!

    1. Teresa

      May 28, 2019 at 7:36 pm

      Hi Tom. Yeah, some of the older recipes called for those old pie plates that were a lot smaller than the deep-dish pie shells that have been available since the 80s or so. I’ve found the same thing so that I’ve had to make one and a half batches of a lot of pies to fill these deeper pie dishes. Glad you enjoyed the pie.

  • Anonymous

    May 4, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Just made and can’t wait to try it! I used a pillsbury deep pie crust and made 1 1/2 batches of filling and it fit perfectly. I cooked it for 1hr. Thanks for sharing 😊

    1. Teresa

      May 5, 2019 at 8:29 am

      Hope you enjoy the recipe. We’ve always loved this easy pie recipe.

  • michele

    March 9, 2019 at 12:23 am

    hi, looks great and i can’t wait to try but i’m confused. are we using a 1/2 c butter or 1 cup?

    1. michele

      March 9, 2019 at 12:27 am

      sorry, never mind! it’s one STICK, which is 1/2 c. i’m more confused than i thought.

      1. Teresa

        March 9, 2019 at 11:40 am

        See my previous answer. Thanks.

    2. Teresa

      March 9, 2019 at 11:40 am

      Hi, Michelle, yes you’re right, it’s one stick or 1/2 cup butter. Hope you enjoy the recipe. This is one terrific pie.

  • MT Stephenson

    September 15, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    TERESA, sorry but you can NOT call this pie Kentucky Derby pie. A company called Kern’s has the name copyrighted and you can’t not call it that. I hate to be the informant of this so feel free to verify my story. That’s why in Kentucky recipe books a recipe for this pie is called names like Chocolate Chip Bourbon Pie, Winner’s Circle Pie, Bluegrass Pie, etc. (I know… I love the catchy name of Kentucky Derby Pie!). I am a life-long Kentuckian of 60 years. I am sure this pie is delicious but KD Dunbar is correct….Bourbon is supposed to be in this pie!!! The Bourbon absolutely makes it.,… it evaporates during the baking so it adds to the pie as vanilla extract does! I have enjoyed your other Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen recipes that sound delicious. Thank You!

    1. Teresa

      September 16, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Hi there. Yes, bourbon may have been in the original recipe, it just wasn’t in the recipe that was given to me. Thanks so much for the info.

  • KD Dunbar

    July 30, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Uh, where’s the bourbon? If you want it to be authentic (I lived in Louisville for 10 years and have a copy of the original recipe before it was copyrighted), you need to add some. I’ll leave it to your conscience as to how much!

    This pie is such a hit with my family that my stepson asks for it for his birthday, for Thanksgiving, for Christmas…..well, he asks for it anytime I say I’m planning dessert! Please, please, cut thin slices, as it is extremely rich. I like it with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream on top.

    1. Teresa

      July 30, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Hi, KD. Well, this was the way the recipe was given to me – no booze. Quite frankly, it’s rich enough without it! Yes, it is so rich that a little slice is all you need. We love this pie with ice cream.

    2. MT Stephenson

      September 15, 2017 at 10:43 pm

      KD Dunbar…. you are correct. Bourbon is supposed to be in this Pie!!! Thanks for reading my post that I just posted.

  • Nici Lovelady

    December 15, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Oh my, this was the best pie I’ve ever made! I made the Kentucky Derby Pie for Thanksgiving and it turn out perfect, so perfect I posted a pic of my pie with your pie pic on my iPad behind it ? they looked exactly the same. Thanks for the recipe, I’m making it again for a holiday get together with friends.

    1. Teresa

      December 15, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Hi, Nici, I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. It’s really rich, but it’s always been one of our favorite pie recipes. I love the fact that this can be whipped up in less than 10 minutes! Enjoy your holiday parties.

  • flyfishbrat

    July 29, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Teresa, just stopping by to let you know I’m making 2 of these wonderfully delicious pies tonight. One to take into work tomorrow to celebrate a special occasion…and then, of course we need one here at home. Thanks again for sharing this recipe.

  • flyfishbrat

    December 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Teresa, the pie is out of the oven and we absolutely loved it. Thanks so much for posting the recipe. I’m hoping to share it with my followers on my blog and place a link to yours. Would that be okay with you? Again, Mark and I just loved.

    1. Teresa

      December 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      Absolutely! I am so glad you enjoyed it. We love this pie though it is really rich.

      1. flyfishbrat

        December 5, 2012 at 10:12 pm

        Thank you.

  • petit4chocolatier

    December 5, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Teresa, that is a pie!! Delicious 🙂

    1. Teresa

      December 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      You would love this pie, Judy. And it’s so EASY to make. Why don’t you give it a whirl? 🙂

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  • anappetiteforrunning

    December 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I would love to pop a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of a piece straight out of the oven! Looks delicious!

    1. Teresa

      December 4, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      It is so delicious. But like I said, it is really rich! I’ll join you for a piece of that pie ala mode! 🙂

  • flyfishbrat

    December 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Oh my, just what we need. I’m picking up some chocolate chips tomorrow after work, just so I can make this after dinner. Thanks, Teresa…..another great recipe, but this one is irresistible.

    1. Teresa

      December 4, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      Pick up some ice cream while you’re at it! It goes great with ice cream. Be prepared to cut skinny slices. You will experience a severe sugar high after this dessert!

      1. flyfishbrat

        December 5, 2012 at 7:14 pm

        Oh ice cream, I wish….store bought ice cream and myself don’t see eye to eye. Unfortunately I don’t have any homemade ice cream in the freezer. Making this as I type. Can’t wait for it to be finished.

        1. Teresa

          December 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm

          Enjoy!

  • LizForADay

    December 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Now that looks very easy and of course ver y tasty. 🙂

    1. Teresa

      December 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      It sure is!

  • Tamara Leigh: The Kitchen Novelist

    December 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    My goodness, that is just too decadent, Teresa! My imagination is salivating 🙂

    1. Teresa

      December 4, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Hey, wipe that drool off your face! LOL. It is such an easy and amazing dessert. You will love it.

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