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Kentucky Derby Pie

Kentucky Derby Pie

Kentucky Derby Pie tastes just like a chocolate chip cookie but with pecans included, and it's in pie form, yum! Whether you’re watching the Kentucky Derby or just looking for a delicious and easy dessert recipe, this tasty piece of Southern tradition is just for you - it's such a treat!

Derby-Pie® chocolate nut pie was originally created by Walter, Leaudra and son George Kern as their signature dessert for the Melrose Inn restaurant just outside of Louisville, Kentucky in 1954. Uniquely protected by the federally registered trademark in combination with their legendary secret recipe, the pie is still produced in small batches by the 3rd & 4th generation Kerns’ and is now available thru many fine restaurants, specialty retailers and online.


  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup pecan halves, plus additional for garnish if desired
  • 1 deep dish unbaked pie crust - can be from the freezer


    1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C degrees. Place pie shell on a baking sheet.
    2. In a medium bowl combine all the sugars and melted butter.
    3. Add the eggs and vanilla extract (plus the bourbon if using) and stir well.
    4. Stir in the flour and salt, then fold in 1 cup of pecans and all the chocolate chips.
    5. Pour into pie shell and add any additional pecans for decoration if required.
    6. Bake for approximately one hour or until the middle is just set. Allow to cool on a rack 15 minutes before slicing and serving with a good scoop of ice cream (our top tip!)



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