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Kentucky Derby Chocolate Walnut Pie

Derby Pie, created by George Kern of the Melrose Inn in Prospect, Kentucky, has been a feature of the Kentucky Derby since the 1950's (I am specifying the century as it's just possible that someone will read this in the 2050's, even though I don't imagine I'll be around then). It's basically a chocolate chip cookie pie. Why you'd want to put a soft chocolate chip cookie on a pie shell is not quite clear to me - though by doing so, you get a very soft, gooey cookie that would otherwise spread throughout the pan and not be solid enough to pick up. In any case, it was quite good, in the way that soft, gooey chocolate chip cookies are. The pie shell didn't interfere with the enjoyment.

Oh, and there is no picture of the pie because my daughter finished it before I could take one.


Kentucky Derby Chocolate Walnut Pie


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp Kentucky bourbon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 ready-made pie crust


Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour and sugar. Add the beaten eggs and butter and mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips, walnuts, bourbon, vanilla extract and salt. Pour the mixture onto the unbaked pie crust. Bake until the filling sets, about 30 to 45 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Adapted from a recipe at the spruce Eats

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