Heide's Kentucky Derby Dessert Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Heide's Kentucky Derby Dessert Recipe

Heide's Kentucky Derby Dessert

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"This is a pie traditionally served at the annual Kentucky Derby for 50 years."

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Original recipe makes 1 9-inch pie Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 50 mins

    2 hrs 5 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  2. Spread pecans over a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake pecans in preheated oven until toasted, about 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Check pecans after 30 minutes. Allow pecans to cool completely.
  4. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Whisk eggs, brown sugar, light corn syrup, flour, butter, white sugar, bourbon, 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.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until pie is set, 50 to 60 minutes. Serve warm or chilled.
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May 01, 2014

OMG!! Made this pie today. SO GOOD! We made 8 of them, we made 2 of those with splenda instead of sugar and it was as good as the original recipe. Super easy to make. Definitely need the deep dish crust. Iam not a big pecan pie person but I LOVED this. Pretty rich, I actually liked the splenda version the best.

May 07, 2012

We made this on Girls weekend/Kentucky Derby weekend 2012. It was VERY good and we got a little crazy and threw in 1 1/2 cups of high end dark chocolate chips. I think it would have been just fine with the 3/4 cup. We also didn't have any bourbon and didn't want to use the vodka in it so we used two tablespoons of coffee. Great, great recipe! I also used Best-Ever Pie Crust from this site. Nice. And we got 12 slices out of this pie because it was very rich. Great with ice cream or whipped cream.


8 Ratings

May 04, 2012

Excellent pie but extremely rich. I made it exactly as the recipe suggested. Warning: cut small slices.

May 01, 2013

this is a good pie.

May 04, 2015

Very easy to make. I'm not a huge chocolate fan, so found it very rich, but the fam loved it. I would not use as many chocolate chips next time. I used Splenda in place of the white sugar and couldn't tell a difference. I agree that you definitely need a deep dish pie crust!

Nov 30, 2014

My husband and I lived in Louisville for 10 years. So now when there is a holiday or special occasion my husband expects his Derby pie. This recipe is the best I have found! Just follow it as is and you can't go wrong. Great replacement for the normal boring pecan pie....this pie makes me a super star to my husband and kiddos! Thanks so much for posting this recipe!

Jun 11, 2014

I made this for a friend who remembered having something called Derby Pie as a kid. This luscious pie brought back the memories for him and made new ones for the rest of us! Other than adding a full cup of the mini chocolate chips, I followed the recipe exactly and served with a little French vanilla ice cream....perfect!


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  • Calories
  • 521 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 58.7 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol
  • 99 mg
  • 33%
  • Fat
  • 30.8 g
  • 47%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 5.9 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 231 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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