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Southern Chocolate Chess Pie

Chess pie is a great tradition of the South.  Everyone’s grandmother has a recipe, and frankly, they’re all delicious.  The chocolate makes this a classic with a bit of a modern spin, and it is irresistible.  This is one of those pies that just gets better day after day as it sits in the fridge.  And, you just can’t go wrong with a delicious dessert that only uses one bowl!

Southern Chocolate Chess Pie


Refrigerated pie shell

1 ½ cups sugar

3 Heaping tablespoons DARK cocoa powder

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2 large eggs

¾ cup evaporated milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon salt

Salted Caramel Whipped Cream:

1 cup heavy cream

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons salted caramel sauce

1 prepared pie shell

Instructions:  Preheat oven to 350 F.  Place pie shell in a 9-inch pie plate and crimp the edges.  Whisk the sugar, eggs, cocoa, melted butter, vanilla extract, evaporated milk and salt together thoroughly.  Pour into pie shell and bake 45 minutes.  Meanwhile whip the heavy cream, vanilla and salted caramel sauce together in a stand mixer until soft peaks.  Allow pie to cool, refrigerate and serve with the salted caramel whipped cream.