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Peppermint Chocolate Chess Pie

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

Peppermint Chocolate Chess Pie |

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!

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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

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Peppermint Chocolate Chess Pie


  • 1 pie crustΒ 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Unroll pie crust and place it into pie plate. Chill until ready to fill.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve with whipped cream or Cool Whip and more peppermint crunch pieces and/or crushed candy canes.
  5. 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).

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Sweets from friends:
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  2. GORGEOUS as always. There’s almost nothing peppermint I don’t enjoy. I’ve never thought to make a pie with it! What a great recipe:)

  3. I seriously just died a little. I have never heard of a chocolate peppermint pie…but pie and chocolate peppermint are two of my favorite things. This is like they had a baby. This is potentially my new favorite thing on planet earth. So gorgeous girl! Pinned!

  4. I’d love a big slice of this right now! The chocolate and the gooey factor, oh yeah! And there you go again with pies (so hard for me to photograph!) and you always nail them!

  5. You’re NOT a bad mom at all! You drop Jordan off at school and pick her up every day, you stop everything the minute she says she wants to bake, and you took her to her acting classes every Wednesday night. You’re an amazing mom!! And I wish there was something I could do to help you with all of those cookbook recipes. Wash your dishes? Do your grocery shopping? Watch Jordan? If there’s anything you can think of, let me know! πŸ™‚

  6. You totally just reminded me I need to watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. That movie and a piece of pie sounds like a great night.

  7. I always enjoy chocolate chess pie, but I think adding peppermint to it, would just make it that much better!

  8. Hey, my mom used to let me watch General Hospital with her after school (in the days before taping/DVRs) when I was about Jordan’s age, and I think she was a great mom. I do remember asking after one episode, Mom,what’s “artificial insemination”? ( her answer was, “I’ll tell you when you’re older”).

    • LOL!! That is too funny. I can’t wait until Jordan asks what my “wisher is” and “why it’s broken” which is what I told her when she asked why she didn’t have a brother or a sister. She’s never asked questions about the doctor, but I know they’re coming lol!

  9. It doesn’t get much better when you add chocolate and peppermint together! looks divine!

  10. Holy Cat-Woman, Batman! Honestly I adore chess pie and this one looks so great and seasonal too. And on my way down to make a comment I saw the peanut-butter one that I wanted to make too. You are going to make me get over my fear of pie crust!! Can’t wait to try both!! At the moment I’m baking your peanut-butter baklava. I hope I did it right. Schedule turned things upside down right in the middle but hopefully it will be forgiving and turn out as amazing as yours looks! Thanks, Dorothy!

  11. It is so gooey! I love that!! I could go for a slice right now!

    Oh and Christmas Vacation is a MUST!! No matter what age!

  12. Christmas Vacation is hilarious! And I love this chocolate peppermint pie – a perfect dessert for Christmas. I’d love to eat it as I watch Christmas Vacation, LOL! πŸ™‚

  13. I am in homework hell currently,and could really use a piece of this pie….like NOW

  14. You win the #bestmom award for sure. Christmas vacation and a slice of this pie = perfect Christmas days!!

  15. Love this, I have never made a chess pie but love that you said this is like a brownie texture. And christmas next week?!! AHHH! But then again I already planned my work schedule for the second week in January.. cray cray!

  16. Trust me she will remember watching the movie with you over the bad words πŸ™‚ This pie looks delicous as usual. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Would this work in a stand mixer, or do you think it would change the texture? Love your blog!

    • The crust? I think you can do it with the paddle attachment, to a point. Then you’ll have to use your hands. The filling you just stir by hand with a whisk. It’s just a liquid!

  18. Chocolate + Peppermint = best Christmas desserts ever!!! I love this pie so very much! Oh, and would you believe I have never seen that movie?

  19. What a fun version of chess pie! I love how the red of the peppermint comes through – so pretty!

    I haven’t seen that particular movie, but I saw all kinds of inappropriate movies as a kid – never understood any of the stuff I shouldn’t have πŸ™‚

  20. I’M OBSESSED with chocolate chess pie, especially with this lovely peppermint twist! The perfect thing for the cold, snowy day we’re having in NYC today!

  21. Peppermint chocolate combo in a pie sounds like the perfect treat to have this holiday season. And watching “Christmas Vacation” of course!

  22. 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!!!! πŸ™‚

  23. 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!

  24. 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

  25. 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. πŸ˜‰

  26. 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!

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