Chocolate Chess Pie

Chef Jody Moyt, Lafayette’s Music Room

Jody’s grandmother’s chess pie is so good that he decided to put it on the menu at Lafayette’s! “This twist on the traditional Southern chess pie was a favorite during the holidays at my house growing up,” says Jody of the yummy dessert. He has a few tips when making this pie. “Remember to use high-quality cocoa powder and vanilla. Store-bought pie shells work great, but if you’re up for it, make a homemade pie dough. And for a special holiday presentation, serve with whipped cream and macerated berries.”

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Grannie’s chocolate chess pie is a family favorite of Chef Jody Moyt of Lafayette’s Music Room. We think you will love it too! Image: Lafayette’s Music Room

Lafayette Music Room's Chocolate Chess Pie

Chef Jody Moyt of Lafayette's Music Room
Chocolate Chess Pie has a creamy, chocolatey filling that forms a crusty top when baking.
5 from 1 vote
Course Dessert
Cuisine American/Southern
Servings 1 pie


  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 5 1/4 ounces evaporated milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces half stick butter, melted
  • 1 10- inch pie shell


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Whisk together sugar, cocoa powder, flour and salt in a mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, evaporated milk and vanilla.
  • Slowly add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Add the melted butter. Whisk until smooth, and if necessary, move to a blender to remove any lumps.
  • Pour the filling into the pie shell.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until the pie is set.
  • Allow to cool completely, slice and serve.
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Bon appétit!


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