May 06, 2022

Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe

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Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe


Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe

source: Southern Living Magazine 

It’s derby season in Kentucky and time to prep for the run for the roses with one of our favorite recipes and one of the South’s most popular desserts… Kentucky Derby Pie!

Because of our love for this dessert and a good bourbon, you can find our Kentucky Bourbon Candle in our shop with all of its caramel, vanilla and bourbon scented glory. As we’ve said before, with a touch of seasoning straight from the barrels used to age bourbon, it proves to be totally intoxicating - but legal.

Below, you’ll find the recipe that perfectly incorporates our love of bourbon and all things sweet. If you are headed to a derby party this weekend, don’t forget to snag our Kentucky Bourbon Candle as the perfect hostess gift for the occasion! 


  • 1/2 (14.1-oz.) pkg. refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten 
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz.) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
  • 2 tablespoons (1 oz.) bourbon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • Whipped cream and chocolate shavings


Step 1
Preheat oven to 325°F. Fit pie crust into a 9-inch metal pie plate (crimp edges with a fork for style). Sprinkle pecans and chocolate chips evenly over the entire pie crust.

Step 2
In a saucepan, add corn syrup, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Whisk together and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking occasionally for about 5-minutes, until sugars are dissolved.

Step 3
In a heat proof mixing bowl, add eggs, butter, flour, bourbon, vanilla, and salt. Whisk together. Slowly pour 1/3 cup of the hot corn syrup mixture into egg mixture, whisking until fully mixed. Add remaining hot corn syrup mixture and whisk until smooth. Pour the filling over the pecan mixture in pie crust.

Step 4
Bake in preheated oven for about 45 to 50-minutes - or until pie edges are set and begin to puff up, but pie center is still slightly jiggly. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool for about 2 hours - until pie is room temperature. Top pie with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Serve and enjoy!

Happy baking! We hope that you love this recipe as much as we do, and enjoy yet another year of the historic Kentucky Derby.


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*This recipe was sourced from Recipes | Southern Living