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Minny's Chocolate Chess Pie from The Help

Minny's Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe from 'The Help'

 An old fashioned Chocolate Chess Pie which gained notoriety when featured in the movie, 'The Help.
Course Desserts, Pastry and Pie
Cuisine American
Keyword chess, chocolate, dessert, pie
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 669kcal


  • 1 Package pie dough I used Pillsbury
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • ¾ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Whipped cream for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Ease the pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate and crimp the edges decoratively. Prick the crust lightly with a fork. Line the crust with foil or parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until set. Remove the foil and weights and bake for about 5 minutes longer, just until the crust is dry but not browned.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk the sugar with the cocoa powder, butter, eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla, and salt until smooth.
  • Pour the filling into the pie shell and bake for about 45 minutes, until the filling is set around the edges but a little jiggly in the center.
  • Halfway through baking, cover the crust with strips of foil to prevent over-browning. Transfer the pie to a rack and let cool completely before cutting into wedges. Serve with whipped cream.


You can make this pie a day ahead and keep refrigerated before serving.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 669kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 515mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 399IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 3mg