Kentucky Derby Pie

Kentucky Derby Pie is a rich, creamy pie made with sugar, butter, vanilla extract, chopped pecans, and melty chocolate chips all baked in a flaky pie crust.

If you love Chocolate Pecan Pie, then you’re sure to love this rich, sugary, buttery pie with pecans. It’s the ultimate Southern Dessert Recipe that’s perfect for any holiday or celebration!

Kentucky Derby Pie slice on plate with whipped cream

This classic Derby Pie recipe is a surprisingly easy dessert to make. It’s a simple matter of whipping together the buttery filling ingredients, then folding in the chocolate chips and pecans before baking it. The semisweet chips add some melted chocolatey goodness, while the pecans bring a nice crunch to this delicious dessert. Kentucky Derby Pie is easy enough to make year-round, but delicious enough you could serve it for the holidays.

There are other similar pies, such as regular Pecan Pie. However, Kentucky Derby Pie has more of a rich baked filling outside of the pecans. Along with that, the chocolate chips make it a chocolate lover’s dream. To make an even more decadent dessert top the Derby Pie off with Vanilla Ice Cream or chocolate ice cream, Whipped Cream, and some chocolate syrup.

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Derby Pie is a sweet combination of nuts, chocolate, butter, and sugar all baked into one pie. Traditionally the recipe calls for bourbon, but this pie is just as delicious and full of caramel vanilla flavor without the booze. If you want to keep it alcohol free, but have that bourbon flavor, add an extra teaspoon vanilla or they even make non-alcoholic bourbon extra but it might be hard to find.

This classic southern pie was first made at the Melrose Inn, in Prospect, Kentucky in 1950. Because it was made in Kentucky and called Derby Pie, it’s often associated with the Kentucky Derby, so this pie is perfect for a Derby Watch Party! Keep it kid-friendly with this booze-free recipe, or spike it up with some bourbon. Serve with Mint Juleps and have guests wear fancy hats for a fun, festive afternoon!

Kentucky Derby Pie with slice removed in pie dish

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Cooking Tips

  • Prep time: Start by preheating your oven, and placing the unbaked pie crust in the pie pan. If you have whole pecans, cut them into pecan halves.
  • Filling mixture: In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup, flour, melted butter, white sugar, and vanilla. Continue mixing until smooth then add the pecans and chocolate chips.
  • Baking time: Pour the pie filling into the prepared dish. Bake for 45-50 minutes until perfectly golden brown. Serve the pie warm or wait for it to cool. Either way is delicious.

Kentucky Derby Pie with slice removed in pie dish and slice on plate with whipped cream


  • Sweeteners: The recipe calls for brown sugar and granulated sugar, but you can always swap in sweetener substitutes. Try using maple syrup or molasses in place of the brown sugar. Coconut sugar or honey make good alternatives for white sugar.
  • Nuts: For some different mix-ins try different kinds of nuts. Walnuts, cashews, or almonds would all taste great in the Kentucky Derby Pie recipe.
  • Bourbon: Traditional Derby Pie is often made with a dash of bourbon. The bourbon adds a little extra flavor with its sweet caramel, vanilla, and oak undertones. You can add a little bourbon at a time and taste the pie filling to see how you like it.

Kentucky Derby Pie slice on plate with whipped cream

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How to Store

  • Serve: To keep your pie fresh as long as possible, don’t leave it at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  • Store: Cover the Derby Pie Tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap to store it in the fridge. If it’s nicely sealed the pie will stay good for 3-4 days.
  • Freeze: If you make the pie in advance or have plenty of leftovers, you can freeze it for up to 2 months. Make sure the foil is tightly covering the dish so no moisture gets in. To reheat the frozen pie, let it defrost in the fridge overnight. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and pop the pie in for 15-20 minutes right before serving. It will be warmed through and taste as good as if it was freshly baked.

Kentucky Derby Pie slice on plate with whipped cream

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Kentucky Derby Pie

Kentucky Derby Pie is a rich and creamy pie made with sugar, butter, vanilla, chopped pecans, and chocolate chips baked in a flaky pie crust.
Yield 10 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 1/4 cups pecans , chopped
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter , melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips , miniature
  • 1 9 inch unbaked deep-dish pie crust


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Whisk eggs, brown sugar, light corn syrup, flour, butter, white sugar, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until smooth.
  • Fold pecan pieces and chocolate chips into the egg mixture until combined; pour into prepared pie crust.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the pie is set 45-50. Serve warm or chilled.


Calories: 558kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword: Kentucky Derby Pie

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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