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Kentucky Derby Pie

Kentucky Derby Pie with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream – The best Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe you’ve ever tasted. (AKA pecan pie with chocolate.)

Derby Pie

The Pie Of All Pies

If there was ever a pie, I would urge you to make this holiday season; it’s this one… Bourbon Derby Pie with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream.

It includes Kentucky bourbon whiskey, pecans, dark chocolate, buttery crust, gooey filling, and salted caramel cream, all stacked together in layers of heavenly bliss.

Is there really any other pie that could possibly compare?

Kentucky Derby Pie

Pie Mastering

Last holiday season I made it my goal to create perfect pumpkin and cinnamon pie recipes.

However, this year I have been completely obsessed with Derby Pie.

pie crust

What Makes This A Derby Pie?

A classic derby pie is essentially a nut pie with chocolate chips in the mix. Usually, the filling is made with either pecans or walnuts. Once baked, it sets in a gooey layer.

The chocolate chips sink to the bottom creating a molten chocolate layer that oozes out from under the nuts. This is sweet southern perfection.


However in today’s version, Kentucky Derby Pie with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream, the pecan filling has a boozy whiskey essence, which is complemented by dark chocolate and salted caramel cream.

The beauty of our Derby Pie is that the filling takes just moments to mix. Dump the ingredients and stir. Then pour the filling into a pie crust and place it in the oven.

It really is as easy as… Well, you know.

The only thing that could possibly make this pie even better is to bake it in and serve it on stunning porcelain-enameled serving pieces.

Wait. I did that!!

pie filling

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Kentucky Derby Pie Ingredients

For the Bourbon Derby Pie:

  • Homemade Pie Crust or Refrigerated Roll-Out Dough
  • Packed Brown Sugar
  • Flour
  • Large Eggs
  • Stick Butter
  • Bourbon Whiskey
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt
  • Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Roughly Chopped Pecans or Walnuts

For the Salted Caramel Whipped Cream:

  • Heavy Cream
  • Salted Caramel Sauce (and some extra for the top)

Salted caramel whipped cream

How To Make Derby Pie

  1. Make The Pie Crust – Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out the dough into a circle, three inches wider than your pie plate. After you roll out the crust, carefully move the dough to the pan and fit it into the bottom of the pan. Crimp the edge and place the pie crust in the fridge. 
  2. Make the Filling – Whisk together the brown sugar, flour, eggs, butter, bourbon, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl. Then once the mixture is well combined, stir in the chocolate chips and chopped pecans.
  3. Fill the Pie – Once the crust is very cold, pour in the filling and make sure that it is evenly spread in the crust. 
  4. Bake the Pie – Place the pie on the lowest rack in the oven and bake until the center of the pie is firm and the top is golden, which can take about 45 minutes. Once you take the pie out of the oven, put it to the side to cool completely.  
  5. Make the Whipped Cream – When you are ready to serve this pie, whip the heavy cream in a stand mixer until it forms stiff peaks. Then whip in some caramel sauce very lightly so you don’t lose all the air in the whipped cream. Scoop the whipped cream on top of the pie and spread until it is smooth. Finish off the pie by drizzling some salted caramel sauce over the top before cutting to serve. 

Get The Full (Printable) Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe Below

chocolate pecan pie

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does this pie last in the fridge?

When you are ready to store this pie, loosely cover it with foil or plastic wrap. It can stay in the fridge for up to 4 days. 

Can I make this recipe the day before?

Yes, you can make the pie portion the day before you want to serve it (even 2-3 days before you want to serve it!) Yet I would advise you to not add the whipped cream until you are ready to serve this pie. 

Can this pie be frozen?

Yes, wrap it well and it can freeze up to 6 months. Then thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours before serving.

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Bourbon Derby Pie with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream Recipe
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Kentucky Derby Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Bourbon Derby Pie with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream - The best Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe you've ever tasted. AKA pecan pie with chocolate.
Servings: 10 slices


For the Bourbon Derby Pie:

For the Salted Caramel Whipped Cream:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons salted caramel sauce + extra for top


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Roll the pie crust into a circle, 3 inches wider than your pan pie, usually 12 inches to fit a 9 inch pan. Carefully move the pie crust to the pan and fit it down into the bottom. Crimp the edges. Refrigerate the crust while making the filling.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the brown sugar, flour, eggs, butter, bourbon, vanilla, and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips and chopped pecans.
  • Once the pie crust is very cold, pour the filling into the crust and set in the oven on the lowest rack. Bake until the center is firm, and the top is golden, about 45 minutes. Cool completely before moving on.
  • When ready to serve the pie, whip the heavy cream on high until firm peaks form. Whip in the caramel sauce. Scoop the whipped cream onto the top of the pie and smooth out neatly. Drizzle the top of the pie with extra salted caramel sauce. Cut and serve.



NOTE: The Bourbon Derby Pie can sit out at room temperature for up to four days, without the whipped cream topping. Keep it well covered. The texture is best warm or at room temperature. Only add the whipped cream on the day you plan to serve the pie. If serving the pie hot, add a dollop of whipped cream to each plate instead of spreading it over the top of the pie.


Serving: 1slice, Calories: 653kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 44g, Saturated Fat: 24g, Cholesterol: 122mg, Sodium: 472mg, Potassium: 320mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 31g, Vitamin A: 890IU, Vitamin C: 0.5mg, Calcium: 151mg, Iron: 1.6mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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21 comments on “Kentucky Derby Pie”

  1. This was our first time having this pie. It was good. But the bourbon was very strong with the dark chocolate. I was a bit taken back by how it tastes, honestly. I expected this to be even better then pecan pie and for pecan pie lovers it wasn’t. I’m didn’t realize I could use milk and just keep the bourbon out. I wish I did to know how it tastes. I think if this had alot more pecan pie filling with just half the amount of chocolate and a splash of bourbon it would be alot better.

  2. Perfect pie! My guests loved it.

  3. Hi. If subbing milk for the bourbon, is the 4 day out of the fridge rule still valid or does it then need refrigeration? I always get confused about dairy and shelf stability. Thanks!

    • Hi Mary!

      Yes, I find most baked goods can sit out at room temperature 3-4, even with dairy or fruit included, AS LONG AS you don’t live in a super humid climate. If you do, I would place it in the refrigerator to be safe. Then let it warm to room temperature before serving.

  4. if the pie is well cooled can I put the whip cream on and store in refrigerator for 2 or 3 hours before it is served? 

  5. Oh my goodness this looks so delicious and so yummy! My husband and daughter’s boyfriend are going to love this recipe! I can’t wait!

  6. That salted caramel drizzle to finish this off is just divine! Can’t wait to dig into this!

  7. This pie is a decadent perfection! Just what a holiday table needs!

  8. Can this pie be frozen?

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  12. Baked for thanksgiving 2017. Was obsessed with the recipe. Very good. Love the bourbon.
    Didn’t have all of the chocolate chips and subbed for more pecans. Didn’t miss the chocolate chips, as the pie was still very sweet.
    Needs to be done in at least a 9 inch pie pan or larger, was too much filling for the typical 8 inch.

  13. I baked this for Thanksgiving. My son requested me to bake it again. So, it is a keeper. Thanks for correcting the recipe.

  14. So we ended up baking it for 15 minutes and then taking it out to stir in the butter lol. Put it back in… hope it’s good. please revise the recipe!! 

  15. Hi Sommer..! amazing your bourbon derby pie…looks so yummy & creamy, delicious and i can’t wait making this pies. Thanks for sharing…!