Derby Pie

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Instead of jockeying for space in front of the TV or at the julep bar, stake your claim on a spot at the dessert table for this year’s Kentucky Derby. With this Run for the Roses Derby Pie recipe from pastry chef Rachel Gibeley, you can place your bets on the baked goods (it’s practically a sure thing) and keep your spread sweet and even a little spirited. Just follow along with her tips for the chocolate and walnut tart – in which a tablespoon of bourbon certainly isn’t out of place – and everybody wins.

See some other tasty ways of celebrating Derby Day right here.


Yields: 1 pie


  • 1 unbaked 9" deep-dish pie shell
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (can also use 1 tablespoon bourbon)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped, toasted walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF. In a mixer, beat the eggs on high speed until foamy. Add the flour, salt, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and molasses. Beat on low speed until incorporated.
  2. Add the melted butter and beat again until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Pour the filling into the pie shell.
  3. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a knife inserted halfway between the edge and the center comes out clean. Cool completely before slicing.

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