The Best Kentucky Derby Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

The Best Kentucky Derby Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

This Kentucky Derby Pie with bourbon is loaded with dark chocolate and a pecan filling and is perfect to serve at your next Kentucky Derby party!

A slice of Kentucky derby pie with bourbon on a plate

If you can’t get to Churchill Downs, plan your own party.

Break out the fascinators and your best horse racing attire and have your own party.

No Derby party is complete without mint juleps and a slice of this chocolate pecan pie.

The buttery pie crust.

The sweet pecan filling.

The hint of chocolate.

The taste of a little bourbon.

What is in a Kentucky Derby pie?

It’s a nut pie with a little Kentucky bourbon added to the recipe.

This Kentucky bourbon pie is not just any old pie.

You either love it or you hate it.

It’s my favorite pie and my Kentucky Derby pie with bourbon is no simple pecan pie.

This easy recipe is a Southern classic tradition for any party table – it’s just kicked up a notch.

Kentucky bourbon is the key ingredient to this little piece of heaven on a plate.

It’s so indulgent you don’t need whipped cream or ice cream on top.

Sweet filling poured over dark chocolate chips and chopped pecans in a pie pan.

It stands alone. There’s no need for any kind of topper.

My mother-in-law was the expert pecan pie maker in the family.

She’s passed on her talent to her daughter, my sister-in-law.

And while she traditionally is assigned to baking this classic pie, I decided to come up with an alternative that is slightly different.

Adding a good splash of bourbon to the filling gives it a mellow flavor.

Don’t worry about the alcohol content. It evaporates during baking.

A Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie next to a spatula

Can everyone eat this Kentucky Derby pie with bourbon?

Yes this pie is safe for kids!

The perfect amount of sweetness, yet crunchy and chewy like a pecan pie should be.

Brown sugar adds a dark rich caramel flavor to this pie and Grandma’s molasses gives this pie a certain distinction from other pecan pie recipes.

It’s a dessert recipe that I love to serve over the holiday season.

Easy to make in under an hour, this delicious pie is a must for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

And of course no Derby day would be complete without a slice of this pie.

Scroll down for this Kentucky Derby pie recipe.

 A slice of Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie on a plate

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The Best Kentucky Derby Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

This Kentucky Derby Pie with bourbon is loaded with dark chocolate and a pecan filling and is perfect to serve at your next Kentucky Derby party!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, Kentucky Derby Pie with Bourbon
Servings: 8
Author: Ali Randall

Ingredients

  • 1 9- inch pie shell
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare the pie shell in a 9-inch pie pan.
  • Using a stand mixer or hand mixer with a medium bowl, mix sugar, eggs, corn syrup, bourbon, molasses, butter, salt and vanilla extract.
  • Spread the chocolate chips on the unbaked pie crust. Then add the pecans on top. Pour the filling over the pecans saving just a spoonful. Place a few whole pecan halves in the center of the pie.
  • Bake the pie for 30 minutes. After that time, loosely cover the pie with aluminum foil to prevent the crust and pecans from over browning.
  • Bake the pie for an additional 15 minutes or until the pie filling has set.
  • Remove the pie from the oven and allow it to cool completely on a wire rack to room temperature before serving.

Notes

[Updated May 2022]
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie | Traditional pecan pie is kicked up a notch with a punch of bourbon and the sweetness of dark chocolate. Serve this dessert for Thanksgiving and Kentucky Derby Day!

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