Easy Chess Pie Recipe


My mom was in town and I did what any good daughter would do – I took full advantage of her!  Her culinary skills to be exact.  She has an easy chess pie recipe that I love so I started with that.  It’s a favorite, but one I didn’t get right the first time I tried it.  So, I waited for her to visit and had her show me how it’s done.

Truth be told, I had never heard of a chess pie before my mom started making it years ago and I sure didn’t know how to make one.  It’s name doesn’t give you any hint as to what is in it either, right?  Would you know that a chess pie is a chocolate pie?  Me either!

The craziest part is how incredibly easy this pie is to make.  I would say that the pie crust is the hardest part, but even that is pretty simple.  I used this  pie crust recipe  I posted a while ago and it works beautifully for this recipe (tips and tricks below recipe).  The ingredients are few and the result is delicious:  sugar, cocoa powder, evaporated milk, eggs, vanilla and salt, that’s it.   And the best part of this entire recipe is that I got to make a video of it with my mom, we had a blast!

When it comes to any cooking skill I have, it is safe to say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  So, to be in the kitchen working with my mom is not only a pleasure, but ALOT of fun.  We tease each other (I tease her) and we laugh, laugh and laugh.  And in the end we have amazing food and wonderful memories of making it together.  You’ll have to forgive my pictures. I had 5 kids in the background who refused to wait until the pie completely cooled.  They also weren’t waiting until I took the perfect picture.  They devoured it and I loved watching it!

This chess pie recipe is one of the amazing foods we’ve made together and the memory of making it with my mom is priceless.  In my house, the togetherness is what it’s all about and the food produced is the bonus.  The bonus to this recipe is the  Creme Anglaise  sauce we made and drizzled on top of the pie.  It is so good!  Don’t fret, I’ve posted that recipe on this blog before, so either click the link or type it in the search bar.  I’ve got you covered.  🙂

You know the drill, watch the video (for pure entertainment), make the pie, leave me a comment and let me know all about it.


Chess Pie Recipe

Chess Pie baked on pizza stone for perfect crust every time


Chess Pie recipe

The kids wouldn’t wait for me to take a picture!

Easy Chess Pie Recipe

  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt


Make pie crust, chill.

In a small bowl stir sugar and cocoa powder together and set aside.  In a separate bowl,  beat eggs.  Add evaporated milk, melted butter, vanilla and salt.  Beat.  Add sugar and cocoa mixture.  Continue to beat, but don’t allow the mixture to get too frothy.  Pour into a chilled pie crust and bake on 350 for 50 minutes.  Let cool.

Make creme anglaise.  Drizzle it on individual slices.


Ninja Tips and Tricks: Make the pie crust quickly and easily that day or a day before using this

Cuisinart 14 Cup Food Processor

Roll out pie crust and form into this beautiful pie dish ( more colors), then chill before filling

Emile Henry 9″ Pie Dish

Baking your pie on a pizza stone (more colors) will ensure a perfectly cooked bottom crust.

Emile Henry 14.5″ Pizza Stone


My 10 Favorite Emile Henry Items List

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