Sunday, June 20, 2010

Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe

A couple of you commented and several of you emailed me asking about a Kentucky Derby Pie recipe.

I must preface this by saying....I AM NOT A BAKER!  In fact, my Bisquick biscuits?  They are hard as rocks on the outside and batter on the inside.  I.don't.bake.  If you are like me, you can order your pie from

Husband on the other hand can make a mean peach cobbler, from scratch, in pure southern fashion.  I craved it during my pregnancy....3 times a week....and if we didn't have peaches in stock, I asked for the "cake part."
But, I digress.

Kentucky Derby Pie.

I made this pie once, turned out pretty good, so I'll give you this recipe.  It is called the "Museum Winner's Pie" out of the Kentucky Derby Museum cookbook.  I have added my own notes to the recipe for your knowledge and amusement.

1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup flour
pinch of salt
2 Tbsp. Ky Bourbon (ahem...Maker's Mark) or 1 tsp. vanilla
*Note: This is not Derby pie without the bourbon, so just ignore the vanilla part.
**Fun Fact: did you know bourbon is only made in Kentucky?  So if someone says they've had Tennessee bourbon, politely correct them, as they are wrong.
Again, I digress.
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
1 9-inch pie shell, partially baked
*Again, I am not a baker, but if you want an authentic pie, you should make the pie from scratch.....with lard!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugar.  Add beaten eggs, flour, salt and Kentucky bourbon (or vanilla....whatever?)  Add chocolate chips and nuts.  Stir well.  Pour into partially baked pie shell and bake for 30 minutes, or until center is set.  Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream....or as I prefer....completely by itself!


Happy Sunday y'all and and even bigger HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to my Husband (who is cooking right now because, I don't cook), to my Daddy (my hero) and my Daddy-in-Law (my comfort)!!  Love to you all from Husband, Lallie and I!!


  1. Happy Father's day to your husband, and that pie looks amazing

  2. Love, love, love Derby Pie!

    Most cookbooks and bakeries have to call it something else now (Run for the Roses, Mayday, etc.) because the Derby Pie name is trademarked by the bakery that sells it (Kerns Kitchens, on Bardstown Road). It can only be officially called Derby Pie if it's their product, so anyone else can only sell it under another name. So, there's your trademark law lesson for the day! ;)

    I always add a splash of Makers Mark when baking anything chocolate (yes, even boxed brownie mix), and like to make a bourbon whipped cream when I bake a Derby Pie at home. It just hit met that Woodford Reserve might be a good alternative in this recipe, as it has such a vanilla note anyway...

  3. Okay, that looks yummy...while I NEVER cook, I do enjoy baking! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Thanks for the recipe. I love Derby Pie, so I'll have to try it.

    Happy Father's Day!

  5. Now that is just a piece of heaven right there. I will be making this, but mine will have to be the "not real" Derby Pie as I'm going to have to use the vanilla. I don't mind cooking with alcohol, but what would I do with the rest of it? Besides, it would be just my luck to go buy a bottle of Makers Mark and someone from my church would see me walking around with it. I'd have some explainin' to do. Thank you for the recipe.

  6. MMMM..I absolutely LOVE Kentucky Derby pie..and ALWAYS use Tennessee's not even a question!!

  7. This was much better than official derby pie. Thanks for posting this recipe for derby pie.

  8. Thanks for sharing. Cooked it Wed night and served it for my hubby's birthday last night to a group of 16+. They loved it. Wrote about my experience on my blog. Thanks!