Thanksgiving, Fast & Fresh: Chocolate Chess Pie

November 16, 2012 — 9 Comments


Most of my family lives on the west coast, but my little sister and her family are in North Carolina for a few years while her husband gets his PhD. Her adventures on the east coast have introduced our whole family to lots of fun things, the best of which is Chocolate Chess Pie from a very famous Raleigh eatery, Angus Barn. This pie is life-changing, folks. It is so easy to make–the filling requires only 6 ingredients!–and takes literally minutes to to put together. Seriously, only about 3 minutes! It has a thick, fudgy consistency and rich chocolate flavor. It kind of tastes like hot fudge sauce pie, or not-quite-baked brownie batter pie! It is a new family favorite for us, and I guarantee that if you make it this Thanksgiving, it’ll be an instant classic in your family too!

Angus Barn’s Chocolate Chess Pie
introduced to us by my sister Emily
1 unbaked pie shell (you can find my favorite all-butter pie crust recipe HERE, or use a pre-made pie crust from the store)
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
2 squares Bakers’ semisweet chocolate (2 oz)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
a pinch of salt
whipped cream for serving
Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine butter and chocolate. Heat just until melted. Remove from heat, and whisk in sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt. Pour batter into prepared crust and bake for exactly 35 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting; let it sit on the counter for several hours or speed up the cooling by putting the pie in the fridge. Serve topped with sweetened whipped cream.

9 thoughts on “Thanksgiving, Fast & Fresh: Chocolate Chess Pie”

  1. Could you make this in a different crust? I was thinking it might be good with a crumb crust or a cookie dough crust, or do you think it wouldn’t turn out quite right?

    1. Hi Heidi! I’m sure you could use a different crust; it would just taste different! The regular crust is nice because the filling is so sweet; it provides a nice contrast. But let me know if you try something different. Or bring me a piece! 🙂

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