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Race Day Pie – Just in time for the Derby!

Race Day Pie

I am a KY girl through and through. I wanted to share with you a recipe for Race Day Pie – just in time for the Kentucky Derby. This is my Great Aunt Mary’s Recipe passed down to me by my Mom.  We love this pie for any and all special occasions and of course once a year on Derby Day!  If you are hosting a Derby Party be sure to check out this post!

Derby Day Recipes:

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Aunt Mary's Kentucky Race Day Pie
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 8
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. KY bourbon (optional)
  • ¾ cup English walnuts (I use pecans)
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  1. Combine sugar, flour, butter, eggs and vanilla in a bowl. (Add optional bourbon.) Fold in pecans and chocolate chips. Pour in an unbaked 9" pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees until light brown, about 35 to 40 minutes until top is golden brown. When it cools, it will be thick and chewy. This is a very rich pie, slice into small pieces and serve with fresh whipped cream, may garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
This is “Derby Pie” however it can not be called that because the only people that are allowed to call it “Derby Pie” are the folks at Kerns Kitchen, located in KY, who have trade-marked the name.




  1. says

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I used to work at a restaurant and they served “kentucky derby pie”. This looks like a similar recipe! It is kind of weird because I was just telling my kids about how much I loved that pie and here is a recipe for it. Thanks so much!

  2. Amy Novak says

    This is my very favorite pie in the whole wide world! Thanks for posting (although now I am craving it like crazy!). Going to make it this week!!

  3. says

    No, this isn’t “Derby Pie” because the only people that are allowed to call it “Derby Pie” are the folks at Kerns Kitchen, who have trade-marked the name. Ha ha! We call it “First-Saturday-in-May” Pie! My in-laws got married on Derby day, and so they celebrate their anniversary every year with a Derby party. If anyone would like my recipe for Mint Julep Cake, let me know!

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