Easy Chocolate Chess Pie

This deep dish chocolate chess pie is a family favorite recipe for holiday dessert or a dinner party at home. It’s an old fashioned southern recipe made with basic ingredients like eggs, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, and milk. Make it one of your go-to chocolate dessert recipes for entertaining. 

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Dessert for Holidays & Dinner Parties

When I want to add something chocolate to the dessert table I reach for my chocolate chess pie recipe. It’s simple, classic, and all it needs is a big scoop of ice cream to complete the plate.

This chocolate pie is a luscious and decadent version of my delicious chess pie. The center is smooth and creamy while the top has a light flaky crust-like texture.

Add this chocolate chess pie to your menu or pie table for Thanksgiving entertaining, a Friendsgiving party, Christmas dinner, or any time of year dinner party ideas.

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How to serve chocolate chess pie

Because this pie is so sweet and rich, it really does benefit by adding vanilla ice cream on the side. It’s almost like adding a glass of ice cold milk, but better!

Tillamook Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream is a perfect choice. It’s smooth and creamy, and made from the highest quality ingredients. Meaning their cows are not treated with artificial growth hormones, and there’s no high fructose corn syrup added.

southern chocolate chess pie

Can it be frozen?

I’ve read mixed reviews on freezing chess pie. One chef says it can be frozen and then reheated at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until heated through. If you do so I would certainly recommend covering it lightly with aluminum foil so the crust doesn’t over brown.

On the other hand, I’ve read that thawing a chess pie in the refrigerator or at room temperature can result in a soggy pie crust.

In my experience we’ve never NEEDED to freeze a chocolate chess pie because it gets eaten up! If you do decide to freeze and reheat, let us know the results please.

scooping ice cream chocolate pie slice

How to make chocolate chess pie

This pie is easy to make. You’ll need to use a hand mixer in order to get the butter mixed in with the other ingredients.

  1. Make sure to start with chilled butter for this recipe.
  2. Add the eggs, sugar, and butter to a medium size bowl.
  3. Use a hand mixer on medium-low to combine the three ingredients and break up the butter.
  4. Add the milk, flour, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and salt to the mixture and combine well.
  5. Pour filling into a purchased deep dish pie shell or make your own.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees.
  7. Bake for 20-30 minutes and check on pie crust. You’ll probably need to cover the crust loosely with aluminum foil or a pie shield, so it doesn’t over brown.
  8. Continue cooking for the remaining time. Its should not need to cook for more than an hour total.
  9. Let pie cool on a cooling rack until completely set, about two hours.
  10. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

When is chocolate chess pie done?

You never want a runny chess pie so make sure it’s cooked through. It also needs time to cool and set up so never cut into a hot or warm pie.

The cooking instructions tell you to cook for 55-60 minutes. You can check on it at the 50 minute mark if your oven runs hot. If the center is very jiggly it’s not ready to come out.

It can move slightly in the center and then firm up as it cools. But at the hour mark it should be pretty steady in the middle and it will be smooth and delicious when it’s fully cooled down.  

slice of chocolate chess pie and ice creamdirty dessert plate

How to store the pie

There’s enough sugar in the recipe that chocolate chess pie is fine to store at room temperature for about 5 days. Just cover it with foil for freshness.

You can also keep it in the refrigerator if you want to and it would be fine for about a week…if it lasts that long!

chocolate pie dessert and ice cream

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Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

This southern deep dish chocolate chess pie is perfect for dinner party or holiday dessert. It's easy to make using milk, cocoa powder, and a touch of instant coffee for a rich, indulgent dessert.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 stick cold butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup milk (you can use low fat)
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon instant coffee grounds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 deep dish pie shell


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Use an electric mixer and blend together eggs, sugar, and butter until well combined.
  3. Add remaining filling ingredients and combine. Pour into pie shell.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Check pie an cover crust edges with aluminum foil or a pie shield.
  5. Return to oven and continue baking another 35-40 minutes.
  6. Let pie cool on cooling rack until completely set - at least 2 hours.
  7. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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