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Chocolate Chess Pie

Rich, gooey and fudgy Chocolate Chess Pie is a favorite Southern dessert that's perfect for every occasion!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword chocolate chess pie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Chilling Time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours
Servings 6 - 8 slices
Calories 400kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust
  • Whipped cream, for serving


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, cornmeal, cocoa and salt. Add eggs, melted butter, corn syrup and vanilla; mix well. Pour into unbaked pie crust.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until mostly set – there will still be a little bit of jiggle in the center when you shake the pie. Allow the pie to cool completely before slicing (it will continue to set as it cools). If the pie is still a bit too soft after cooling, chill it in the refrigerator for a few hours to firm it up.


  • Make sure that the melted butter is cooled slightly before adding it to the filling -- or you might end up with scrambled eggs!
  • Extreme temperature changes can cause the pie filling to crack on top, so allow the pie to cool gradually at room temperature. Do not place a hot pie in a cold refrigerator.
  • Allow plenty of time for the pie to chill. It will continue to firm up and set as it rests, so it's best to make this pie the day before you plan to enjoy it. If you try to slice the pie while it's still hot, the filling will be runny.
  • Before serving, allow a refrigerated pie to come to room temperature on the counter for about 30 minutes. If you'd like warm slices of pie, reheat in the microwave for about 15 seconds. It will taste gooey, fudgy and like it's fresh from the oven! Just don't warm it for too long or it will turn into a melted mess.
  • Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream. Fresh berries, a sprig of mint, a dusting of powdered sugar, or a drizzle of caramel sauce would also be delicious!


Serving: 1slice (⅛ of the pie) | Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 444IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg