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Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie - A classic dessert but kicked up a notch by adding chocolate chips and bourbon to the pecan pie filling. Incredible!

This Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie takes a classic dessert – pecan pie – then kicks it up a few notches with the addition of chocolate chips and Bourbon to the filling!

This grownups-only dessert is rich, delicious and very decadent, and it is sure to become a favorite on any holiday dessert table.

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie - A classic dessert but kicked up a notch by adding chocolate chips and bourbon to the pecan pie filling. Incredible!


What I also love about this Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie is how easy it is to prepare! The filling comes together in just minutes. Then pour it in a pie shell (we took a short cut and used store-bought pie crust found in the refrigerated section of the supermarket), bake it, cool it – and you are done making a very memorable dessert that your holiday guests will love!

This Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie can be made ahead of time – in fact, it’s recommended that you make this the day before you serve it so the pie has time to full set after baking. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from The Chew.


Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 servings


This pie is best when it is made a day ahead so that it has time to cool and fully set. Once cooled, wrap with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature until served and refrigerate remaining pieces.


  • 1 9-inch pie crust (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (approximately 1 cup)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a deep dish pie plate with the pie crust, set aside.
  2. Combine sugar, corn syrup and butter in a saucepan. Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until butter melts and sugar completely dissolves. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, combine egg, bourbon, vanilla and salt. Mix thoroughly. Very slowly pour cooled sugar mixture into egg mixture, whisking constantly so that the heat from the sugar mixture doesn’t cook the egg mixture. Add the chocolate chips and pecans and stir to mix well.
  4. Pour mixture into pie shell. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until set and golden on top.
  5. Serve warm or chilled.

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  1. In the South, particularly Kentucky, this is known as “Derby Pie”. Love it!

  2. Do you have to use the bourbon? What are substitutes?

  3. You neglect to mention a very important item in your recipe ingredients list: deep dish pie crust. Kind od a big deal. Its only mentioned half way thru the recipe. So much for thansgiving pie.

    • Hi Mary – I’m sorry you were disappointed with the recipe. We used a standard 9-inch, store-bought pie crust in a deep dish pie plate when we made the pie you see in the photographs. That should have been sufficient for your pie. Either way – we always recommend that you read a recipe completely through before making it (especially if it’s a new recipe) so there are no surprises. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Martha, I can’t wait to make this for Christmas! I know it will be a hit. I have tried many of your recipes and ALL of them have been a hit! Thank you lady! Happy Holidays! 🙂

  5. What kind of bourbon did you use?

  6. IS This okay to freeze

  7. Made this last night, and this is my first pie I’ve ever made. Couple questions maybe you can help me with. The top of my pie kind of cracked in a circle in the middle of the pie. When I tried it this afternoon the middle was still pretty gooey and taste strongly of bourbon. Any tips? I cooked it for an hour and 5 minutes because When I checked the temperature of the middle of the pie at 55minutes it wasn’t quite to the temperature it needs to be at.

    • Hi Tara – It’s difficult to tell exactly what the issue was without being in the kitchen with you! The pie does have a fairly distinctive bourbon flavor (you definitely know it is there!). In terms of the cracking – you can see in our photos that ours also cracked a little on top although not really a circle around the middle as you described. The egg in this recipe are the binder that holds everything together – did you use large eggs (if you used extra large, that may have impacted the consistency and caused it to be softer.) Hope that helps!

  8. Do you cook the pie crust first? I like to use a Pillsbury raw roll out dough when making pies.

    • Hi Rachel – We did not pre-bake the pie crust first. The Pillsbury dough should work fine – in fact, I think we used it ourselves when making this recipe. 🙂

  9. Use deep dish pie pan or the ingredients will not fit.

  10. ok I bought a already made pie crust will that work in this recipe to but it is not deep dish and I have Kentucky burbon sour mash by ezra brooks will that make a diffentents in the taste of the pie

    • Hi Pamela – I’m not sure about the Kentucky Bourbon sour mash – we’ve never made the pie with that substitution. For the pie crust – use what you have but don’t overfill the crust. You might also want to reduce the cooking time if you don’t use all of the filling.

  11. Clay Pendleton :

    It makes it double good if you make your own vanilla extract in a good bottle of bourbon.

  12. How long should you cook the butter, sugar, and corn syrup on the stove? It kept looking like the sugar wasn’t dissolved so I kept cooking it. I then had to put it back on the stove because it hardened too much while I was getting the rest of the ingredients ready. Now it’s in the oven and I’m nervous the inside will be hard like candy and inedible. Any thoughts?

  13. I made this on Friday for a family dinner on Saturday. It was a huge hit! One thing; I had to add 35 minutes to the baking time, otherwise it would have been pecan pie soup. I’m wondering if this could be because I used a frozen deep dish pie crust that’s in a thin aluminum pie pan? It maybe didn’t retain heat as well and therefore had to bake longer? I’ll be making this again for a work potluck, and will just make sure I bake it longer than the 55 minutes.

    • I’m glad you were able to get the recipe to firm up Kristin! If the pie crust was still frozen when you filled it, it’s possible that was the cause.

  14. Hi there! Do you use salted or unsalted butter? Can’t wait to make this!

  15. Have you ever soaked your pecans in bourbon before using them in the pie?

  16. Hi! If you’re subbing bourbon with vanilla how much would you use?

  17. Hi. I noticed it calls for chopped nuts. Would it be okay with this recipe to add some whole nuts, just because I like how whole nuts look when they flat to the surface. Thanks for the help!

  18. Hello! I’d like to make this pie for our Christmas Eve and Christmas day gatherings. I am interested in making one with chocolate chips and one without. Can you tell me what I would need to alter if I leave out the chocolate chips? Thank you

    • Hi Denise – I don’t think that should be a problem – without the chocolate chips added, it will just be like a regular pecan pie (plus bourbon). Without testing the recipe out ourselves without chocolate chips added, I’m guessing you won’t need to add anything else, just leave out the chocolate chips. Hope that helps!

  19. This is a great pie! Have been making it for years. One thing I have learned is a premium bourbon is lost on this pie, save that for your sipping pleasure. When BAKING with bourbon (if you want the taste of bourbon to come through) it is best to use a cheaper brand. Not THE cheapest, then it’ll only taste like turpentine. I’ve tried the vanilla ones, the honey ones & the cinnamon ones. I love drinking them but, they are not for baking.