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Peppermint Chocolate Chess Pie: the perfect pie for peppermint season!

Peppermint chocolate chess pie overhead shot on white plate with title

I am totally not winning the responsible mom award for Christmas this year. I let Jordan watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. She loved it. I sat watching on edge, waiting for the next swear word.

I’d kind of forgotten how many f-bombs are in that movie.

I only had to hum loudly a few times. And make her cover her eyes twice.

#momwin by Jordan’s standards. #momfail by most parenting standards, I’m sure. Oh well, when I was her age I was watching Golden Girls. So, somehow, this seems better.

Christmas Vacation is one of our traditions at Christmas, although it’s never included an 8-year-old before. A tradition we always do? Peppermint hot chocolate. There’s something extra special about adding a dash of peppermint extract or a candy cane stir stick to a mug of hot chocolate. {Or, if you’re me, a dash of peppermint schnapps.}

That leads me to this pie: Peppermint Chocolate Chess. It tastes like a rich and indulgent mug of peppermint hot chocolate…but in a pie. With a crust!

Peppermint chocolate chess pie on white plate with title

Now, if you think you’re crust challenged, or if you are just scraped for time (who isn’t?) then you can use a Pillsbury crust. Or, if you feel like making the real thing, go for a from scratch recipe. I have a tutorial here for an all-butter pie crust.

I used Pillsbury. This year…I just can’t even fathom Christmas is in a week. I still have 12 book recipes to finish before then. #notgoingtohappen #januaryisgoingtosuck


Peppermint Chocolate Chess Pie. This is a combination of two amazing things: peppermint and chocolate chess. You know about chess pie, right? I made a peanut butter chess version at Thanksgiving. This is my chocolate version. It’s an egg-based pie but it’s baked so it sets. It’s not a custard-like pie, this is more like a brownie in texture.

And it’s really, really good.

And really, really pepperminty.

I used Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Bits. They come in a red bag, in the candy aisle or holiday baking aisle. I know they have them at Walmart. If you can’t find the bits, they also sell the candies (they look like Andes Mints, but in red packaging) in the holiday candy aisle. They just need chopping (one package is about 1 cup). If you can’t find those, you can use regular Andes mints. Or any peppermint bark candy you can find. Ghiradelli, Guittard, Williams-Sonoma, Hershey’s Kisses, Nestle. Anything that is peppermint and can be chopped up and added to the pie will work.

This is one of my favorite pies of all time.

Chocolate + Peppermint = Christmas

Peppermint chocolate chess pie overhead shot on white plate


Peppermint chocolate chess pie overhead shot on white plate with title

Peppermint Chocolate Chess Pie

5 from 1 vote


  • 1 pie crust or storebought
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 3/4 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch baking pieces see note
  • Whipped cream and crushed candy canes for garnish optional


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Unroll pie crust and place it into pie plate. Chill until ready to fill.
  • Whisk butter and cocoa. Whisk in eggs. Add sugar, salt, vanilla, and flour and whisk until smooth. Gently whisk in milk. Stir in peppermint crunch baking pieces.
  • Pour batter into prepared pie shell. Bake for 40-45 minutes until it’s just slightly jiggly in the center and no longer dull on top. Cool completely before topping.
  • Serve with whipped cream or Cool Whip and more peppermint crunch pieces and/or crushed candy canes.
  • I find the Andes Peppermint Crunch baking pieces at Super Walmart. They also sell the Peppermint Crunch patties (like regular Andes mints) at the grocery store in the holiday section. If you cannot find them you can use regular Andes mints, or any peppermint bark candy (like Ghiradelli, Nestle, or any brand you find).
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Author Dorothy Kern

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Last Updated on May 13, 2020

Dorothy Kern

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  1. Does this pie need to be refrigerated?
    My first attempt at this was pretty disastrous. The pie didn’t set, but had a hard crust on top so I thought it was. Let it cool, cut it, and the middle poured out. Back into the oven, the crusty part on top burnt but the inside was amazing. Tried again and still had some setting issues, still a crusty top, but I waited and waited until the middle seemed set. I’m thinking that maybe my problem is beating/whisking it too much? I did use a mixer on my first try but a whisk on the second. I love this pie and anything peppermint and chocolate so I’ll keep trying, but any advice would be appreciated! Thank you

  2. I made this pie for a gathering on December 26 and it was a total hit. One of the best chocolate pies ever, and so simple. I used
    After Eight mints and it turned out great. Thank you for posting!

  3. 10 things. First, I LOVE that you let her watch Christmas Vacation. I just wish that I could have been there to enjoy it with her and watch sort of panic stricken. Two, I realize that makes me a bad person. Three, I want to sit back and watch the movie with some hot chocolate & peppermint schnapps! Four, take it back. Christmas is NOT in a week. That’s not possible. Five, I LOVE chess pie. Six, I want to stick my entire face in this one. Seven, I am crust challenged. Eight, I lied. Only eight things. 😉

  4. HA! We bought that movie last year because we thought it would be funny to watch with our 6 year old… SO glad I watched it again beforehand. Ummmm no. We stuck with Elf. lol

  5. The whipped cream with the chips stirred in looks amazing. I just want to eat a pie plate of that! Chess pies are the best to impress and this chocolate peppermint version does not disappoint!

  6. Yum! Yum! Yum! This pie looks fantabulous!!!!!! And it fits in perfectly right now with my theme of “trying-to-shove-everything-peppermint-and-chocolate-in-my-mouth-right-now-because-I-am-sad-that-all-the-peppermint-chips-will-be-gone-from-the-stores-soon” phase!!! In short, I must have this pie!!!! 🙂