Oh, I’m Really Excited for you right now. The loved one(s) you make these pies for are going to FLIP OUT over how good they are. I kid you not. Many exclamation points will be used. (!!!) There will be smiles and hugs and high fives all around. (Unless they’re diabetic…in which case, you’d better not tempt them with chocolate chess pie to begin with.) But really – for about 10 years or so, these have been a family favorite dessert, thanks to my friend Debbie, who first shared the recipe with me. And friends have become family, too, while bonding over this pie. You won’t be sorry.
Also, I’m super excited for YOU, the baker – the one who will actually be spending time in the kitchen, throwing around cocoa powder and melted butter and flour. Because this recipe is flat out EASY. Even if you’ve never made a pie crust in your life…I promise you can do this. It’s sooo worth it to skip the pre-made pie crusts in the freezer section and stir up just a few ingredients and press it into a pie pie (no rolling out anything for this crust!)
This recipe is excellent for the holidays (or any time of year) – chocolate isn’t seasonal, thank goodness. 😉 It’s perfect to make ahead of time and freeze. It’s perfect to make one pie for a potluck, for a gift, for someone with a death in the family, for a couple with a new baby…and keep the second one for your own family. They will thank you. =) So many times we sail right out the door with a wonderfully scented baked good in hand, with nary a backwards glance at the forlorned husband who wishes for a slice of pie of his very own. WELL. This is the answer to that very real problem. 😉
Also, when you’re serving individual slices, promise me you’ll give each person a chance to slightly warm up their pie in the microwave. Because – Y’ALL. It tastes just like it came right out of the oven. It’s amazingly delicious. But don’t warm too long – only about 15 seconds or so – or things will get a bit too melty, you know?
O.K., I think that’s all my chocolate chess pie tips. Let’s get to it! You’re seriously going to stir a few things together and then…ta da! Before you know it, you’ve got delicious pies baking in the oven. 😉
- 3 c. all-purpose flour
- 4 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 c. canola oil
- 6 Tbsp. milk
- 4 eggs
- 1 stick butter (salted), melted and slightly cooled
- 1 small can evaporated milk
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 3 c. sugar
- 6 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 6 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Mix ingredients together and press into two 9" pie plates. (This dough is too soft to roll out.)
- Flute edges.
- Prick gently all over with the tines of a fork to prevent crust puffing up while cooking.
- Lightly beat eggs.
- Add evaporated milk and mix well.
- Add melted butter (slightly cooled) and vanilla.
- Mix together sugar, cornstarch, and cocoa powder in a separate bowl, then add to egg mixture.
- Pour into 2 unbaked pie crusts and bake 40-45 minutes at 325 degrees F.
- Let completely cool before slicing.
- These pies can be frozen (well wrapped) for several weeks. Thaw in refrigerator. If you heat the individual slices for a short time in the microwave (about 15 seconds), it tastes like it just came out of the oven. Delish!!
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