Chocolate Chess Pie

Served either warm or cold, this Chocolate Chess Pie will be an instant family favorite!

Served either warm or cold, this Chocolate Chess Pie will be an instant family favorite!Sometimes we all need a good ass-kickin’.  And that’s where the Angus Barn in Raleigh, NC comes in.  You see, outside in the parking lot, the Angus Barn has an old fashioned ass-kickin’ machine.  And this isn’t just any old ass-kickin’ machine.  Nope, it’s a self-propelled ass-kickin’ machine.  As the sign above the machine notes, “Have you ever said ‘I want to kick myself?'”  Well, here’s your chance!  Just step right in, turn the crank and you’ll get a boot or four kickin’ right in the derrière.

The Angus Barn is a well known (and quite delicious) steak house in the Raleigh, NC area.  Laura and I actually had our rehearsal dinner here the night before our wedding, and that’s where this photo came from.  (That’s Laura’s younger sister getting an attitude readjustment in the photo.)  The Angus Barn has a wonderful wine cellar downstairs, and that’s where they hosted our dinner.  From delicious steaks to fun wines served with each course, this event is one that we still talk about!  And I can’t mention the Angus Barn without talking about their Chocolate Chess Pie.

Served either warm or cold, this Chocolate Chess Pie will be an instant family favorite!Chocolate Chess Pie

This pie is legendary in the area.  Folks rave about it.  Slices of this pie are served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.  Entire pies are also sold in the shop up front.  (Lots of folks count this Chocolate Chess Pie as a requirement for family gatherings during the holidays.)  The Angus Barn makes over 100 of these pies a day.  A day! One bite, though, and you’ll totally understand why.  Fortunately for us, the Angus Barn has generously shared their recipe, so now we can make this one at home.  (Although if you ever find yourself in the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina, a stop at the Angus Barn is a must!)

Served either warm or cold, this Chocolate Chess Pie will be an instant family favorite!We all know the classic ice cream topped with warm chocolate fudge, right?  Well I describe this pie as the exact opposite.  It’s warm fudge topped with a scoop of ice cream.  And like warm Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, you could seriously eat several slices of this pie while it’s still warm before realizing it.  Oops.

Served either warm or cold, this Chocolate Chess Pie will be an instant family favorite!It’s also worth noting that this pie is one of the easiest pies I have ever made.  In fact, back in April we had the season’s closing meeting for the curling club.  Board members bring appetizers and treats, and I brought 3 of these pies.  I think it took me about 20 minutes to make all 3 (minus the cooking time, of course)!

If you like chocolate, then this Chocolate Chess Pie deserves a spot on your dessert menu…ASAP.  My favorite way to eat this pie is slightly warmed with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, but this Chocolate Chess Pie is also tasty when served cold straight from the fridge.  No matter how you eat it, I hope you enjoy this pie.  And you don’t even have to kick yourself…unless you eat too many slices!

Served either warm or cold, this Chocolate Chess Pie will be an instant family favorite!Did you make this Chocolate Chess Pie at home?  Leave a comment.  Or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog).  Happy baking!

Looking for other tasty pie recipes?  Check out these other favorites:

Southern Buttermilk Chess Pie
Strawberry Pretzel Pie
Banana Cream Pie
Chocolate Cream Pie
Atlantic Beach Pie

Served either warm or cold, this Chocolate Chess Pie will be an instant family favorite!

Chocolate Chess Pie

Served either warm or cold, this Chocolate Chess Pie will be an instant family favorite!
5 from 11 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 374kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 3 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 unbaked frozen pie shell
  • {optional} vanilla bean ice cream

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Using a medium saucepan, add butter and chocolate; place over medium heat and stir occasionally until melted.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt.
  • Add melted chocolate mixture; stir until well combined.
  • Place pie shell in pan. Pour batter into pie shell and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • Let pie cool completely before serving. (Note: Pie can be refrigerated to speed up cooling process.)
  • {Optional} Serve with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

Served either warm or cold, this Chocolate Chess Pie will be an instant family favorite!

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34 Comments

    1. Oh this pie is nothing short of perfection, Kathy! Seriously. It’s silly how easy it is to make, and I promise it’ll disappear quickly. There’s a reason why they have to bake 100 of these pies a day! 🙂

  1. 5 stars
    Warm fudge topped with ice cream? Count me in for three slices! This sounds soooo good! I’m adding this to my baking list, right at the top, but I’ll have to wait until I have plenty of people around to share it because I know I couldn’t be trusted with the entire pie to myself 🙂

    1. Only 3 slices? I figured I could count on you for 4, Kelsie. Seriously, though, this pie is insanely delicious! There’s a reason why it’s a classic in the Raleigh-Durham area. 🙂

  2. Hi David! Isn’t chess pie a Southern things? I’ve made lemon chess pies before but not a chocolate one. That will be remedied very soon, as soon as I use up the remainder of the apples I have!

    1. Yup, you are indeed correct, Dorothy! Chess pie is a Southern thing…although to be fair, I’m not sure what makes it Southern. I grew up eating chess pies, and I’ve made all sorts here at home. Promise me that you’ll put this one on the baking agenda soon, ok? It’s SO good!

  3. What a delicious cake with an intriguing name! Does it suggest that you only can have a slice while you’re playing chess? If that’s the case, I’m going to learn how to play! 🙂
    Anyway, I’ve never had a chess cake, but I love a fudgy texture, so that’s my kind of dessert for sure!

  4. 5 stars
    I love chess pie, David! And, you know, when there’s chocolate involved, well, I may just have to double the recipe! Awesome pie, and I think I need one o those ass-kickin’ Machines! So clever!

  5. 5 stars
    That photo is hilarious, David!! Too funny! And this pie? Looks beyond good and super duper rich and chocolatey! I definitely need a piece or two of this today with some vanilla ice-cream. Also, 100 pies a day? That’s A LOT!!

    1. Oh man, this pie, Dawn. It’s SO good. It’s also silly how easy it is to make. I think Robbie could even make this one…almost. Hmmm, maybe I should start getting him to bake me desserts! 🙂

    1. Promise me you’ll make this pie soon, Matt! There’s a reason why they have to bake 100 of these pies a day. It’s silly easy to make, and it’s always a huge favorite when I make one!

    1. Oh this pie is SO good, Priya! And it’s a cinch to make, too. It’s definitely a family favorite, and there’s a reason why the restaurant has to make 100 pies a day! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Ha! Where can I get one of those machines for my front porch? 😉

    Your Chocolate Chess Pie looks decadent delicious, David! I could go for a big slice right now!

  7. 5 stars
    Love the sound of your wedding David. Steak and Wine sounds like heaven to me! Then there’s this amazing chocolate chess pie. And how easy is it to make too? Amazing!

    1. Steak and wine is pretty hard to beat in my book! And then top it off with chocolate pie? Oh yeah. Sign me up for that! This pie is seriously amazing, Neil!

    1. This pie is insanely good, Sherry! There’s a reason why that restaurant has to make 100+ pies a day during the holiday season. 🙂 I hope you get the chance to try this one soon!

    1. Hey Jeff! So this pie somewhat holds it’s shape when warm. If you look closely in the photos, you can see that the front part is starting to ‘drool’ (I can’t think of a better term…I need more coffee) a bit. That pie was warm (not hot) when I took photos of it. I hope this helps!

      1. A couple of years ago the bakers chocolate came in larger squares.The recipe on the card they give you at the Angus Barn doesn’t tell the ounces just the number of squares.Then new packaging of the bakers squares,the squares are smaller.My pies started coming out runny,I may have not had the proper amount of chocolate.Just recently I read that recipe calls for 3oz semi sweet bakers chocolate.The packages I get are 4oz.

        1. I know exactly what you’re talking about with the smaller packages of bakers squares. I can say that 3oz. is indeed the correct amount. This pie is one of our favorites, and we make it during the holidays every year! Plus, it’s just so darned easy to make, too. I hope your pie turns out well this year, David!

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