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Race Day

Kentucky Race Day Pie -- Derby Dessert

This version of the famous Kentucky pie calls for pecans instead of walnuts. Unlike some recipes it does not call for corn syrup, so it's a little stiffer and denser.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Author Cookie Madness


  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon whiskey 30 ml
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 100 grams
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar 100 grams
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 60 grams
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt omit if using salted butter
  • 12 tablespoon unsalted butter 168 grams, softened (almost melted)**
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 9 inch unbaked deep dish pie crust


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F Have ready a 9 inch dish pie dish lined with unbaked pie dough.
  • Also, put a rimmed baking sheet in the oven and let it preheat. Baking the pie on a hot cookie sheet will help the bottom cook thoroughly.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs with an electric mixer until foamy. Beat in the bourbon and vanilla.
  • With a heavy duty scraper or large spoon, stir in both sugars and the flour until blended, then stir in the butter (and salt, if using), followed by pecans and chocolate chips.
  • Pour the filling into the unbaked crust and bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Let cool for at least 15 minutes, then serve warm or at room temperature.


You can use softened butter or if you prefer you can brown the butter for extra flavor.