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Elizabeth's Chocolate Chess Pie

Total time 1 hr, 15 mins
Yield Serves 10
Add cocoa to the filling of an old-fashioned chess pie  for a rich and flavorful dessert.


  • For the piecrust
  • 1 cup flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 3–4 tablespoons ice water
  • For the filling
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (such as Droste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup evaporated skim milk (about 5 oz.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Nutrition Information

  • calories 286
  • caloriesfromfat 36 %
  • protein 5 g
  • fat 13 g
  • satfat 5 g
  • carbohydrate 43 g
  • fiber 1.1 g
  • sodium 250 mg
  • cholesterol 59 mg

How to Make It

  1. Make crust: Whisk together flour and salt. Using a pastry cutter or 2 knives, cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles cornmeal with some pea-size pieces. Using a fork, stir in 3 tbsp. ice water. Knead dough just until it starts to hold together (if it's too crumbly, sprinkle in remaining water). Pat into a 6-in. disk; cover with plastic wrap. Chill at least 20 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk together sugar, cocoa, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs well; whisk in evaporated milk and vanilla and stir into sugar mixture. Stir in pecans.

  3. On a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin, roll dough into a round 1/8 in. thick and 12 to 13 in. wide. Put dough in a 9-in. pie pan. Trim edge 1 in. beyond rim and fold edge under itself so it's flush with and resting on top of rim. Crimp edge with a fork.

  4. Pour batter into crust and bake 35 to 45 minutes, or until set and crust is golden. Serve warm.

  5. Note: Nutritional analysis is per slice.