Chocolate Pecan Pie

There is nothing better for Christmas dessert than pie. That’s a fact.

Sure, the cookies are great, but those are just snacks. They totally don’t count as dessert. (Or maybe I just say that so I don’t feel bad about eating 843 desserts on Christmas?)

Pie, on the other hand, is dessert. Pecan pie is a classic, but spruce it up with some chocolate? Oh. My. Word. Especially if you go all crazy and fancy and make your own pie crust.

Seriously. I’m a homemade pie crust convert. I spent years and years buying the box of refrigerated dough from the grocery store and then I decided to just get over my fear and master pie crust.

I’m so glad I did. I’m shocked each and every time I bake a pie by how simple it is and what a huge change it makes. People tend to go a little crazy for homemade pie crust, which makes me feel like a rockstar.

Some helpful hints: If you have a food processor, use it! Seriously. It cuts together the shortening and flour beautifully and you can stream the liquid in as it’s working. Also, yes. I said shortening. Just do it. Butter crusts are great, but they don’t even compare to the magic of a shortening crust. This dough is so flaky, but still manages to be really easy to work with!

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Chocolate Pecan Pie


For the crust:
1-1/2 cup shortening
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
pinch of white sugar
1 egg, beaten
5 tablespoons cold water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
For the filling:
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
3 eggs , slightly beaten
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1 tablespoon butter or margarine , melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup pecan halves


To make the crust:
Dump the shortening, flour, salt, and sugar into a large bowl and work it together with a pastry cutter until you have coarse crumbs. (If you have a food processor, add these ingredients to the bowl with the pastry blade. Pulse until you have coarse crumbs.)
Pour in the egg, water, and vinegar and stir until just combined. (If you're using a food processor, stream this in while the food processor is running, but turn it off as soon as the dough comes together. Generally, you can turn it off immediately after the liquid is fully added. Avoid overworking the dough.)
Separate into 2 balls of dough and place in freezer bags.
Place each bag in the freezer. You'll only need one ball of dough for this pie, the second should keep in the freezer for 6 months or more.
Remove one ball of dough after 20 minutes in the freezer and roll it out on a floured surface into a 10 inch circle.
Place the dough in the pie pan and tuck the edges under to make a neat, thick crust around the edges. Crimp the edges with your fingers or a fork.
Place in the refrigerator until ready to fill.
To make the filling:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients except pecans into a large bowl. Beat with a whisk until well combined. Stir in the pecans.
Pour the filling into the pie crust and bake for 60 minutes or until set. Cool completely before serving.

lightly adapted from Hershey's Kitchens

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16 Responses to “Chocolate Pecan Pie”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks December 9, 2012 @ 11:19 pm (#

    This is crazy but I don’t tend to go for the actual pecans in pecan pie but I love pecan pie filling, if that makes sense. I pretty much want to make this pie, minus the pecans! Because I love how gooey that center is and with chocolate! NICE!


  2. Aimee @ ShugarySweets December 10, 2012 @ 7:40 am (#

    My brother loves pecan pie! And, since he will be home from London for Christmas this year, I think it’s time I bake one! And with chocolate? YES please.


  3. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings December 10, 2012 @ 7:46 am (#

    Nothing looks better than this pie– I love my mom’s and yours looks awesome with chocolate added!


  4. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 10, 2012 @ 7:59 am (#

    HELLO! This looks fabulous!


  5. sally @ sallys baking addiction December 10, 2012 @ 9:44 am (#

    Hiiii! Karly have I told you how much I adore your new site? I think I have buttttttttt I am going to praise it again. IN LOVE. Gorgeous. And this pie? IN LOVE. Gorgeous. It’s totally making my monday morning drooling over this. I adore pecan pie – and you totally upped the ante. Slice for lunch, pleeeeease.


  6. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen December 10, 2012 @ 10:51 am (#

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  7. Anna December 10, 2012 @ 11:51 am (#

    One of my very favorite things in the world is pecan pie with a chocolate layer. This is good, too. AND, I got my first food processor in a Black Friday sale, and I would have never thought about using it. I’m so glad you suggested that!


  8. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes December 10, 2012 @ 12:56 pm (#

    My mom loves pecan pie! I’ll have to make this for her for Christmas


  9. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel December 10, 2012 @ 5:48 pm (#

    Oh, heaven help me and my thighs.


  10. Amber (Sprinkled With Flour) December 10, 2012 @ 6:29 pm (#

    I love chocolate pie. I love pecan pie. So obviously I’m going to LOVE this pie! Seriously lady, my mouth is drooling. :)


  11. Joanne December 10, 2012 @ 8:10 pm (#

    Because I’m a glutton for punishment (and because I apparently love cursing at myself every time I tear a whole in the pie crust) I might have to stick to my butter crusts…but chocolate and pecans? WANT.


  12. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust December 10, 2012 @ 8:26 pm (#

    This is stunning! I want some of that chocolate center SO bad. I’m going to have to make this…


  13. Chelsea {Whatcha Makin' Now?} December 10, 2012 @ 10:19 pm (#

    I love your theory that cookies are a snack and not a dessert. I all of a sudden feel much better about myself. This pie looks amazing!


  14. Andi December 12, 2012 @ 11:34 pm (#

    I actually make these every Christmas for my dad, except in mini-muffin tins (of course then he eats the whole box in one sitting, so I really should just make a pie)


  15. Brenda April 14, 2013 @ 5:01 am (#

    In the oven right now….CAN’T wait to dig into it!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!


  16. Angie | Big Bear's Wife December 10, 2013 @ 8:50 am (#

    I love mixing Chocolate with pecan pie! They just go hand in hand together don’t they!


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