Heide's Kentucky Derby Dessert


This traditional Derby pie has been served at the annual Kentucky Derby for 50 years.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 50 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
1 9-inch pie


  • 1 ¼ cups chopped pecans

  • ¾ cup brown sugar

  • ¾ cup light corn syrup

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup butter, melted and cooled

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 4 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons bourbon

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ¾ cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked deep-dish pie crust


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Spread pecans out on a cookie sheet.

  2. Bake pecans in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Continue to bake until toasted, checking and stirring every 15 minutes, for up to 30 more minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

  3. Meanwhile, increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Whisk brown sugar, corn syrup, flour, butter, white sugar, eggs, bourbon, and vanilla together in a bowl until smooth. Fold in cooled pecan pieces and chocolate chips until combined. Pour mixture into pie crust.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until pie is set, 50 to 60 minutes. Serve warm or chilled.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

521 Calories
31g Fat
59g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 521
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 231mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 175mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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