Peppermint Chocolate Chess Pie


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

Serving Size


  • 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

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  1. 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!

    1. Yes! Get over the fear! Although, I must say, using Pillsbury is such a time saver. That’s what I used for this pie. 🙂

  2. 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”).

    1. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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! 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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:)