Chocolate Walnut Pie

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Easy Chocolate Walnut Pie is made with brown sugar, maple syrup and a hint of bourbon. It’s a twist on a pecan pie, but made without corn syrup. This is the perfect pie recipe for Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert.

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Easy Walnut Pie Recipe

The bakery that I worked at in high school had the most amazing chocolate walnut pie but I can’t for the life of me remember what the texture was, which made it difficult to recreate. So, I started combing through my mom’s old church cookbooks and found a Walnut Pie recipe that I decided to try.

The ingredients looked similar to pecan pie but it was made with maple syrup instead of corn syrup. I tried the recipe straight from the cookbook, I was skeptical at first, and I was right. The first attempt wasn’t quite right and definitely needed some tweaking.

What makes this Walnut Pie so good?

I changed out the white sugar for brown sugar and reduced it by ¼ cup. This pie was already sweet enough with the maple syrup, but I thought the brown sugar added more caramelization to this pie.

I also added some flour to help thicken the filling because after the first test left the bottom layer wasn’t quick thick enough. And of course, I added chocolate chips, which weren’t in the original recipe. These subtle changes made all the difference!

A side view of a slice of chocolate walnut pie

The original recipe called for corn liquor or brandy, which I had to Google, but it seemed like bourbon would be the best option. I don’t know about you, but as soon as I see bourbon listed as an ingredient in the dessert, I am all in.

One slice of this pie is more than enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s quite chocolatey with a nutty finish. Serve this with homemade whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Pie crust: 1 single layer pie crust for a 9-inch pie. If you don’t want to make a pie crust from scratch, you can buy an already prepared, unbaked pie crust.
  • Maple syrup: I prefer 100% grade A pure maple syrup, you can use any type of syrup but be sure it’s a pure maple syrup for the best results.
  • Eggs
  • Melted butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Bourbon: I love the flavor that the bourbon adds, but it you prefer an alcohol free option, omit the bourbon and add an extra teaspoon of vanilla.
  • Light brown sugar
  • All-purpose flour: this helps thicken the filling when baking.
  • Cinnamon & Nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Walnuts: I recommend roughly chopping.
  • Chocolate chips: I used semi-sweet but you can use any kind.

3 Simple steps to make this pie

  • Prepare your favorite pie crust, and allow the proper time for it to set.
  • Combine the wet ingredients and ensure they’re well mixed.
  • Add the dry ingredients, and once combined add the walnuts and chocolate chip.

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How to tell if this pie is done

The top of the pie should be completely set, and may even crack a little bit. The center should be stable but slightly jiggly, similar to jello once it has set. 

What to serve with Chocolate Walnut Pie

I served this with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, but a big scoop of ice cream will also do the trick.

How to store this pie

Be sure to cool the pie completely and then wrap the top in plastic wrap or in airtight container.

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Chocolate Walnut Pie

  • Author: Beyond Frosting
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes (plus cooling time)
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Description

Easy Chocolate Walnut Pie is made with brown sugar, maple syrup and a hint of bourbon. It’s a twist on a pecan pie, but made without corn syrup.

Ingredients

  • 9-inch pie shell, prepared
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Prepare a pie crust in a 9-inch pie plate. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine the wet ingredients and beat until well combined. Then add the all the dry ingredients, thoroughly combine and finally add the walnuts and chocolate chips, stir to combine and pour into prepared pie shell.
  3. Bake on the center rack at 375°F for approximately 35 minutes until the center is no longer jiggly. Remove from the oven and cool completely prior to serving.

Notes

Baking tips:

  • If you don’t want to make a pie crust from scratch, you can buy an already prepared, unbaked pie crust.
  • If your crust is browning too quickly, place foil over the top or a silicone pie shield around the edges.
  • Alcohol free option: Simply omit the bourbon and add 1 more teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • Pecans can be substituted for walnuts
  • Maple syrup: I prefer 100% grade A pure maple syrup, you can use any type of syrup but be sure it’s a pure maple syrup for the best results.
  • Chocolate chips: any type of chocolate chips or chopped chocolate can be used
Nutrition Information:
1 slice
661
60g
492mg
34g
83g
3g
9g
107mg
  • Category: Pie
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Walnut Pie, Chocolate Walnut Pie, Maple Walnut Pie, Thanksgiving dessert, Christmas dessert, Pie recipe

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