Chocolate Chess Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie is one of my favorite pies at the holidays. When I was in elementary school my Mother worked at Rich’s department store. They had a bakery and Mom would always order one of these pies at the holidays. It is so rich and creamy with a crunchy top layer. 
Chocolate Chess Pie one of our favorite pies for the holidays  / Miss Information Blog / #Pie #chocolate #dessert
First you need to set up a double broiler, nothing fancy just a pot with some water in it and a glass bowl! Put in your chips and butter and keep the stove temp on medium, you don’t want it to boil or it may burn your chocolate. Stir it regularly but you do not have to stir constantly. If you have done this correct it will have a beautiful glossy sheen in the end.
01-DSCN5424-1Make sure to note for the eggs you will need whole eggs and one yolk. Now I love a good kitchen gadget and this is one of my favorites. The Pampered Chef egg separator. It is so much easier than trying to go shell to shell and hoping not to get shell in your bowl. It also has a notch that allows you to hook it on the side of a bowl or measuring cup making it hands free.
When you pull your chocolate chess pie out of the oven it will be puffy, then it will fall into place and look like a normal chess pie. Let it sit for at least an hour before you cut it and serve so it can set. I prefer mine cold so I put it in the fridge but room temp is good as well.
It’s really rich and creamy and the thin crust on the top is the best. The coffee really pumps up the chocolate flavor so it’s maxed out making it really rich. It never lasts long in our house! 
Chocolate Chess Pie
Recipe type: Dessert
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, coarsely chopped
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon masa harina
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Starbucks Via (flavor of your choice)
  • 3 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pie Crust of your choice homemade or store bought
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate chips in a double broiler and set aside to cool.
  3. Mix next 4 ingredients in a separate bowl.
  4. Mix eggs, milk and vanilla together and then combine with the dry ingredients and then the chocolate
  5. Pour in a pre-baked pie crust.
  6. Bake on the middle oven rack for 40-50 minutes.
  7. Cool for an hour once you pull it out of the oven before cutting so it can set.
  8. Serve room temp or refrigerated.
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  1. says

    This sounds amazing! I make Chocolate Chess Pie but this takes it to a new level with the Starbucks!! Yum! Question, is Masa corn meal? Can I use something else instead? Thanks!

    • Kelley Wilson says

      Yes masa is fine corn meal, you can actually take any corn meal and put it in a blender or food processor and use it.

  2. says

    oh my!..this looks fabulous!I love chocolate in any form. =)found your recipe thru Pinterest, Im a new follower!

  3. The Better Baker says

    OH.MY.GOODNESS that looks fantastic! I have to say my favorite pie is pecan but I rarely make it…cause it's so full of sweet and I like trying other things. This looks to.die.for! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Lindsay k says

    I've never had this before. But I need this in my life!!!

  5. says

    Oh wow, this looks amazing!! Normally my favorite pie for the holidays is apple, but this could take it's place!

  6. Kelley Wilson says

    Ha, I hope you give it a try!

  7. Kelley Wilson says

    Welsome Melissa, It is really good, I am sad it's all gone.

  8. Paula Miller says

    I've never had this pie before, and wasn't really even sure what it was until now. Looks DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!

  9. Diane Balch says

    I love the way it fluffs and the crispness on top. Thanks for sharing this pie on foodie friday Kelley.

    • Kelley Wilson says

      Thanks for hosting Diane, it's kinda like watching a souffle puff up!

    • Kelley Wilson says

      Thanks for the invite I did link up, hope you try it!

  10. says

    This looks fabulous, it will be a hit at Christmas. Thanks for sharing your recipe. We found you through Nifty, Thrifty and Creative Things. We are your newest members, would love for you to check us out, and join us. Have a beautiful day, Jeannie

  11. says

    Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at my party! Now I'm craving chocolate! Have a great week!LeslieHouse on the Way

  12. Pam Fields says

    I am making that this weekend! It looks so incredible! I saw your link on I should be mopping the floor link party. :)

    • Kelley Wilson says

      How did it turn out?

  13. The Hill Hangout says

    Wow, that looks yummy! I remember Rich's, but I don't remember that they had a bakery. At least I don't think the one in Birmingham did. Thanks for sharing on Whimsy Wednesday.

    • Kelley Wilson says

      This one was in Ga. I miss Rich's and thanks for hosting!

  14. says

    Looks divine! Thank you for taking the time to link up to Whimsy Wednesday! We LOVE your company☺Kelly at Smart! School {House}

  15. says

    This looks amazing! My mother-in-law used to make her famous chocolate pie for every holiday. She passed away this past February and Thanksgiving wasn't the same. I'll have to make this recipe in her honor.

  16. says

    I have heard of this pie, but never got around to trying it. It looks so good! Top of my list for Christmas!

    • Kelley Wilson says

      :)come back and let me know how you liked it!

  17. says

    Looks divine! Thank you for sharing it to our 12 Days of Christmas {Goodies} link-up. Definitely bookmarking it for future reference. ;)

  18. says

    Tried to bake this pie twice this weekend for a party tonight. The pie crust is completely black by the time it's done. The Marie Calenders pie crusts are very thick ~ is that why your's is not black? I followed the recipe exactly. I have another Chess Pie recipe and it does not do this. HELP?

    • Kelley Wilson says

      That may be the case, to remedy it you can just put some tin foil around the crust edge to make a pie shield and then take it off for the last 10 minutes of baking for the edges to brown

  19. Jessi @ Practically says

    Yum, that looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  20. Cherylin says

    Just made this pie tonight and after I baked it & cooled it, we cut into the pie and it was separted. Like the top layer looked more chocolatey and the bottom layer looked more the color of pecan pie. I just wondered if its supposed to be like that or not? Or have you ever had that problem? It tasted ok, just not as chocolatey or rich as I was thinking. Thanks for the help!

    • Kelley Wilson says

      No it should be chocolate all the way through, I have never had that happen before. Did you change any of the ingredients?

    • Kelley Wilson says

      You can use any instant coffee

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