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Derby Lovers, This One’s For You: Chocolate-Walnut Pie

By Annalise Sandberg
Created January 10, 2017
Usher in Derby season with this single-crust pie, filled with a can’t-fail combo of chocolate and nuts.

While the original recipe for the popular Derby-Pie® remains a secret, this Chocolate-Walnut Pie comes pretty close. A favorite at Kentucky Derby parties across the nation for decades, this dessert tastes like a combination of two classics: a gooey chocolate chip cookie and a slice of pecan pie. It’s filled with nuts, chocolate and a few other simple pantry ingredients, making it incredibly easy (and completely irresistible). 

To bake this pie you’ll need a Pillsbury pie crust, flour, sugar, salt, eggs, butter, vanilla, chocolate chips and walnuts. You can certainly make your own pie crust, but I like how using a packaged crust takes away prep time and fuss when I’m in a hurry.


First, preheat your oven to 350°F. Next, unroll one pie crust (you’ll only need the one) and press it into an ungreased 8 or 9-inch pie plate. Crimp the edges by pressing the dough between your thumb and opposing thumb and finger, or crimp as desired.


To make the filling, combine the flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Add the eggs, melted butter and vanilla; mix until just combined. The filling will be really thick. Stir in the walnuts and chocolate chips.


Dump the filling into the prepared pie crust and spread it evenly.


Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the pie filling and crust are golden brown.


Let it cool completely before slicing.


Top each slice with sweetened whipped cream, if desired, and get ready to serve up seconds!