Why settle for a store-bought, classic pecan pie when you can easily make this homemade Chocolate Pecan Pie instead? The chocolate, brown sugar, and corn syrup lend plenty of sweetness to the pecan pie filling. You’ll find that a small slice is all you need to satisfy your sweet tooth!
I like to think of November and December as pie season! As you plan your holiday events with friends and family, definitely keep this easy Chocolate Pecan Pie in mind for dessert! Despite the natural bitterness of pecans, this easy pie recipe is plenty sweet and filled with rich chocolate. Serve it after dinner with a dollop of whipped cream or a side of vanilla ice cream and it’ll be heaven for everyone. It’s the type of pie recipe that keeps for days in your refrigerator or even freezes if you can’t eat it right away, making it the perfect dessert to send with guests for leftovers.
Better than classic pecan pie!
Admittedly, my first experience with pecan pie was not a good one. That burnt pie kept me from trying another pecan pie for YEARS, but now, I’ll never eat regular pecan pie again. After all, why eat classic pecan pie when you can have chocolate pecan pie instead?!
Satisfy your sweet tooth with one small slice!
The chocolate, brown sugar, and light corn syrup lend plenty of sweetness to this pecan pie filling. You’ll find that a small slice is all you need to satisfy your sweet tooth! You can make a chocolate pecan pie very easily by using a store-bought pie crust. I find that my homemade pie crusts never look quite as beautiful as the perfectly-prepared pie crusts from the store. They will save you a step and make this recipe easy for anyone to make at home, including the novice bakers charged with dessert. That’s always my role at family dinners!
How do I know when the pecan pie is ready?
The trickiest part about baking a pie is knowing when it’s finished baking. If you’ve ever seen an episode of The Great British Baking Show, you know there’s nothing worse than a soggy bottom! There are a couple of ways to know when this pecan pie is ready. The middle will puff up (it deflates as it cools) and there will be a very slight jiggle. Also, one of the benefits of using a glass pie pan is you can easily see how dark the bottom pie crust is before you let it cool. It should be just a little brown before removing it from the oven, otherwise the middle may not be properly baked.
- 1 pre-made pie crust, room temperature
- 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 3 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 cups pecan halves, chopped (plus extras for the top, optional)
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
- Cover a 9-inch pie pan with a pre-made pie crust (or your favorite homemade recipe) and pinch the top edges as desired. Set aside while you prepare the filling.
- In a small bowl, melt the 4 oz of chocolate in the microwave or using a double broiler method. Stir in increments until melted, then set aside to cool.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs until yolks and whites and well-combined. Add the brown sugar and whisk to remove lumps.
- Then mix in the melted butter, corn syrup, salt, cinnamon, and flour until the mixture is smooth.
- Switch to a spatula to fold in the chopped pecans and chocolate chips until well-distributed.
- Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust and smooth out the top.
- If desired, use extra pecans to arrange a pattern on top of the pie.
- Bake for 65-75 minutes on the center rack of your oven. Check the pie at the halfway point. If the crust appears browned enough, lightly tent aluminum foil over the pie pan to protect the crust from over-baking. The pie is finished when the middle is puffed up and only lightly jiggles.
- Allow the pie to cool at room temperature for 2 hours, then cover and move to the fridge to set for about 6 hours or overnight before slicing.
- Serve cold or reheated in the microwave.
Home Chef Tip: To lift the flavors in the pie, try adding about 2 tablespoons of bourbon when you add the other wet ingredients. Kahlua is also a great alternative!
We hope you love this Chocolate Pecan Pie from SoFabFood Home Chef, Holly from Club Crafted. If you enjoyed this delicious recipe, you can find more like it by visiting our dessert section. For weekly daily recipe inspiration, like us on Facebook and follow us on Pinterest. Enjoy!