Kentucky Chocolate Nut Pie for the Derby


The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville.  Even if you’ve never watched a horse race before, the Derby is the perfect excuse to make this pie.  I made two of them over the weekend.  They didn’t last 24 hours.

I can’t officially call this Derby Pie, as it’s known locally, because that name has a copyright.  The original recipe is carefully guarded, but many versions exist.   The original calls for English walnuts and chocolate chips.

The recipe I’m sharing here was given to me by a friend.  I’ve never had the original Derby Pie, but I don’t see how it could taste any better than this version.

Here’s what you’ll need:


1/2 cup butter (the real deal), melted

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup flour

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 tsp. vanilla (or 3 Tbs. bourbon) – I used 1 Tbs. coffee liqueur in one of the pies

3/4 cup nuts (I used pecans, the original calls for English walnuts)

3/4 cup chocolate chips

pie shell, unbaked

Put the pie shell in a shallow pie plate.  In a large bowl, stir together the ingredients in the order given.  Pour into the pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

I made one pie with vanilla extract and one with coffee liqueur.  We all liked the pie with the liqueur better.  There was no taste of coffee, just a deeper flavor.  A bit more decadent.  How can that be a bad thing?

Make this pie this weekend.  Post time for the Derby is 6:24 pm.  Pull up a chair, grab a fork and a piece of Kentucky Chocolate Nut Pie and cheer for your favorite horse.  My money’s on Chocolate Candy.  With a name like that, how can he lose?


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  1. This is a great looking pie! Do you ever serve it with ice cream or is it just served plain? I am sure it’s spectacular either way! When I was a girl my mother loved to watch the Derby!

  2. That looks SOOO good! Is that like caramel inside?

    • It isn’t caramel, just gooyness (is that a word?). I’m actually not sure it was done because it was so gooy, but everyone loved it anyway. It tasted done. Also, that was the pie that I put the coffee liqueur in, so there was more liquid than the one with vanilla. It was a bit runnier.

  3. Wow, the pie looks so delicious.

  4. Hi Tiffany, that pie looks fabulous! Ice-cream or creme fraiche would be fabulous with it and nice touch with the coffee liqueur!
    BTW: The new blog looks fab, welcome to your new home!

  5. loving the new site…and this looks so yummy

  6. Dang! That looks good.

  7. You know I love this.

  8. Susie D. says:

    This looks so much better than either of the ‘derby’ pie recipes I have. Thanks!

  9. OK… I should stop looking around right now… I’m getting hungry!

  10. HI, just a question. Did you put a top crust on this pie? It looks like it has a think top crust, but the recipe just calls for a pie shell. Thanks!

    • Tanya, it doesn’t have a top crust. While it bakes, it forms a bit of a crust and that’s what you’re seeing in the photo.

  11. Here in East Texas we have the same pie and recipe; however, for obvious reasons, we call it ‘Gusherville Pie’.

  12. Bob-o Forrest says:

    I truly wanted to print one of the Pie recipes but could not find out HOW!

    • Near the bottom of the post there is a line of social media share buttons. The first one on the left is a green “print friendly” button. After you click that, there’s an option at the top of the box that will appear to check a box to remove images for easier printing. Hope this helps.


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