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My Kentucky Derby Dessert Recipe

My Kentucky Derby Dessert

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"Chocolate, nuts, brown sugar, special occasion needed for this decadent dessert. It's a family favorite and so easy. Serve with lightly-sweetened whipped cream, dairy whipped topping, or vanilla ice cream and warmed chocolate syrup."

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

    15 mins
  • COOK

    55 mins

    1 hr 25 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Beat eggs in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until eggs are foamy, about 3 minutes; beat corn oil, bourbon whiskey, and vanilla extract into the eggs until just incorporated.
  3. Beat flour, white sugar, and light brown sugar into egg mixture until smoothly blended, then beat in butter.
  4. Gently stir pecans and chocolate chips into the filling.
  5. Fit the pie crust into a 9-inch pie dish and pour the filling into the crust.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until top is golden brown and a knife inserted halfway between the center and edge of the filling comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes.
  7. Cool the pie on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • You may need to watch after 35 minutes of baking; check if crust edge is browning too quickly. If so, cover with aluminum foil and continue baking until filling is set as directed above.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 04, 2012

I have been making this pie for 10 years now. I usually brown the butter but I do not use oil. This is the staple of our Annual Kentucky Derby Party each year and it is always a huge hit!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 16, 2013

The recipe did not work for me. It says to add 1 and 1/8 CUPS of butter!! I have researched the recipe and others say to add 1/2 cup of butter.


11 Ratings

May 24, 2012

First thing I noticed when fixed as directed is entire pie batter will not fit into deep dish pie shell. No matter, I discarded what would not fit to edges of crust. Now during the baking process much of the pie filling is oozing out and spilling over the edges of the crust. The only change I made to the recipe was using what one reviewer suggested - browned butter instead of corn oil. I will come back later and review for taste. But I knew when I saw the ingredients, it was probably not going to fit into a 9 inch deep dish pie shell. Also the other reviewers here (at least 2) did not state they followed the recipe here ... only comments like "I've used this recipe for years" - the exact one? And "yummy, give me another piece" - did they fix it as directed or just looking at the picture? As I said, I will come back later and rate for taste but based on what's oozing over the edges, I should have discarded even more filling than I did to adjust to the deep dish pastry shell.

Apr 15, 2012

Can I have another piece? Wow, delicious!

May 06, 2013

I made this for a Derby party this year. I did not use the corn oil and instead just used browned butter as a previous review mentioned. I also used 60% cacao chips instead of semisweet. Otherwise I followed the recipe to a tee. I agree that there is way too much filling - I ended up making two muffin-sized pies in addition to the main one. It was actually great because I was able to taste what I made without cutting into the actual pie prematurely. The pie turned out really well! It had a crust that resembled a cookie, and was gooey inside as I expected. The one thing I would change would be to melt the chocolate chips and mix it in after the sugars or something. My chocolate chips all sank to the bottom of the pie. Super tasty still, but a little crunchy. I would like the flavor and texture to be better balanced throughout the whole pie. It is a recipe I will keep! I did receive several compliments on it this year!

May 05, 2014

The person that added this recipe was sitting back laughing as I cleaned my oven at midnight on derby eve! There is enough filling in this recipe for 2 9-inch pie crusts. I was attempting to make 2 pies and had enough for 4! It is delicious but next time I won't double the recipe and I will add more bourbon.

May 12, 2013

My husband LOVED this pie!!! And he doesn't like desserts, as a rule. A winner.

May 06, 2013

I made this for our Derby party this year. It was fantastic! Definitely an authentic derby pie! (Though I'm not a native Louisvillian, I lived there for 7 years and grew to love it as my 2nd hometown:) The only thing I have negative to say about it has already been said by another reviewer - there is WAY too much filling to fit in even a 9" deep dish pie plate. My oven was a mess after making it! But, everyone agreed it tasted great. Thanks for the recipe, LYNNINMA!


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  • Calories
  • 896 kcal
  • 45%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 81.1 g
  • 26%
  • Cholesterol
  • 150 mg
  • 50%
  • Fat
  • 63.2 g
  • 97%
  • Fiber
  • 5 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 8.8 g
  • 18%
  • Sodium
  • 341 mg
  • 14%

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

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