Food Holidays Recipes

Chocolate Pecan Pie


In honor of Chocolate Pecan Pie Day, I’m posting my favorite recipe for the occasion and the story behind it. My mom has adapted it from Daisy King’s cookbook, Gracious Entertaining, Southern Style.

Will you be celebrating by making your own chocolate pecan pie today?

If you saw my mom on the street, you would think that she’s been a New Yorker her whole life.  But she is a Tennesseean and proud of it, and she loves to remind us every chance she gets.  We tease her about the way pronounces certain words—for example, “pen” and “pin” sound exactly the same but she swears there’s a difference—and the fact that as soon as she’s talking to her relatives or someone else from the south, her accent comes on full force.  She also celebrates her background through her cooking, and when that happens, we all bite our tongues.

Usually referred to as “Kentucky Derby Pie”, a trademark pie by Kern’s Kitchen, is one of the South’s best kept hidden secrets, and when I mention it to my friends up North, I get blank stares in return.  Don’t be fooled by the name; you don’t need your sun hat and pearls to enjoy a slice of pie.  But if you’re feeling fancy, there’s no shame in dressing up.  You just need to love pecans, chocolate, and whiskey.  (Okay, you can’t actually taste the whiskey that much, but if you do like it, it’s a plus). This pie is traditionally made with bourbon; however, as a proud Tennesseean, my mom feels obligated to use Jack Daniels, which is technically a Tennessee whiskey.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • ¾ cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp Jack Daniels
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 9-inch pie shell

Preheat oven to 375°.  Cream sugar and butter.  Add and mix eggs, syrup, salt, Jack Daniels and vanilla. Pour pecans and chocolate chips into pie shell.  Pour filling into shell.  Bake for 45 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

What is your favorite chocolate pecan pie recipe?

Photo by Markmark28 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Common

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  • Reply trialsinfood August 20, 2012 at 11:47 am

    this Derby pie looks yummy!

    • Reply cookbookcreate August 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      It absolutely is! Let us know if you decide to try it out!

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