Kentucky Derby Pie

This Saturday, May 4th, is the Kentucky Derby. It’s a day full of horse racing, hats and delicious Southern food.

I wanted to make something extra special that highlights what Kentucky is known for, so I landed on this Derby Pie. Let me start by saying that I know Southern food is more about the pecans, but this recipe is better with walnuts. So walnuts it is! It also includes bourbon, but since we’ll be having this at a party with kids, I opted to use my homemade vanilla extract instead.

This pie is super sweet. It’s absolutely over-the-top and it’s beyond delicious for Derby Day. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Kentucky Derby Pie

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 homemade pastry crust or frozen 9-inch deep-dish pie crust thawed
  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 3/4 cups walnuts, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons bourbon or vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • Optional: whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, for serving 


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Place pie crust in a deep pie plate. Set aside.
  2. Place room-temperature butter, flour, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer to beat until well blended. Add eggs and combine.

  3. Stir in walnuts, bourbon (or vanilla), and chocolate chips. Pour into pie shell.

  4. Bake for 1 hour, 15 minutes – 1 hour, 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting. Enjoy! 


Note: The pie will be finished cooking when it has a tiny jiggle to it. It will continue to cook as it cools, so don’t over cook it in the oven. Let it cool completely for 2 hours before slicing. 

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