Boozy Kentucky Chocolate Pie

Let me tell you about the most delicious pie ever: Kentucky Derby Pie! The official name and recipe is actually trade marked and super secret, so I’m sharing my own version with you here.

Boozy Chocolate Kentucky Derby Pie

If you don’t know about the Kentucky Derby, it’s this awesome horse race that’s full of history and tradition. The event is surrounded by parties, delicious food and drinks (including this pie!), and women wearing the most incredible hats!

My mom’s from Louisville, Kentucky (where the Derby is held!), so her and my Grandma used to make this for me ALL the time. It’s mandatory to have this at least on Derby weekend, but we would make it for most holidays too. FYI, the Derby this year is on Saturday, May 6th, and you can find out more about the race and events here.

Boozy Chocolate Kentucky Derby Pie

Here’s what you’ll need:

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen ready made pie crust
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon*

*If you don’t want to use bourbon, you can substitute with vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans / walnuts**
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup flour

**Some recipes call for pecans, some for walnuts. I used walnuts because that’s what I had, but both versions are delicious! You can either chop them or keep them in halves, depending on preference.


Preheat oven to 325F (165C). Mix together melted butter and sugar, then add in the eggs and bourbon. Fold in the rest of the dry ingredients. Pour pie mixture into crust and bake for 45-55 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Side note: This pie is really tasty served chilled or warm. My favorite thing is to freeze a few slices. When I’m ready to eat one, I let it defrost on the counter for about 10 minutes and eat it in a semi-frozen state. It’s delicious!!

Boozy Chocolate Kentucky Derby Pie

Have you ever tried a version of Kentucky Derby Pie? What’s the favorite dish or dessert in your family? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!


45 thoughts on “Boozy Kentucky Chocolate Pie

  1. Debra

    This is different and I love it! We love dessert at our house and I love trying new things! So this one it totally going on the list!

  2. Tina

    This sounds delicious! The recipe also looks very doable (for some reason pies scare me). I just may have the kids put on some fancy hats and I’ll make this on Derby day!

  3. CourtneyLynne

    Omg can we say yum?!?! Everything about this pie looks amazing. Must give your recipe a try! Deliciousness

  4. rachel

    My mom works at a bakery in Louisville, KY and makes a version of “Derby Pie” that is amazing! Obvy they can’t call it that (for fear of being sued — UGH this world we live in…). But it’s awesome!

  5. Lianne

    A pie with chocolate and booze sounds like a winner to me! Definitely going to have to give this recipe a try!!
    Lianne | Makes, Bakes and Decor

  6. Nikki

    This is such a unique pie! I’ve had pecan pie before, but felt like it was missing something (the chocolate!). I bet the bourbon gives it a nice extra kick, too.

  7. Jessica

    I am from Louisville, KY and Kentucky Derby Pie is my favorite!! I was so happy to open this post and see something from my hometown! I will have to try to make your version of Kentucky Derby Pie. Usually I just buy a pie from a local store because I always feel like if I were to bake my own Derby Pie, it wouldn’t come out as well.

  8. Alyssa Ruane

    This looks like a very fun dessert for a Derby party! Imagine eating this with a big fancy hat on and washing it down with a mint julep… yes please 🙂

  9. amber

    I love the idea of this themed dessert for such a fun day! I’ll have to pin this in my recipes board and remember it for next year!


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