The Best Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe

Simple, Rich, Southern Goodness

Some people say the name chess pie comes from someone saying something along the lines of, "It ain't much. It's jes' (just) pie." And over the years, Just Pie morphed into Chess Pie.

Regular chess pie (not chocolate) is very similar to vinegar pie. Both are "desperation pies," for when you need pie really badly but there's no fresh fruit around!

Desperation pies are characterized by relying heavily on pantry staples. Chocolate chess pie is no different. Cocoa powder, corn meal, sugar, eggs and not a lot more.

Here's what you'll need to make this easy pie. See the next slide for amounts.

9" pie crust 2 oz unsalted butter 10.5 oz dark brown sugar 1 oz cocoa powder 3 large eggs 2 Tablespoons fine cornmeal 2 teaspoons espresso powder 1 teaspoon vanilla 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Melt butter slowly so it stays creamy. Whisk the rest of the ingredients into the butter until smooth. Pour into crust, Bake until just jiggly in the center. Don't sweat it. It's Just Pie!

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