This is not a recipe for Derby-Pie

When we lived in Kentucky, one of the things I liked best about Derby Week was, for lack of a better name, Derby-Pie.

When I say lack of a better name, I mean Derby-Pie is a registered trademark of Kern’s Kitchen in Louisville, and Kern’s lawyers are really aggressive about defending the trademark, so around Louisville and Lexington you’ll see menus with “Kentucky pie” or “May-day pie” (because the Derby is always run on the first Saturday in May).

Generically, it’s a chocolate pecan pie with bourbon, but no one in Kentucky calls it that.


  • 9-inch deep-dish pie crust
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, more or less
  • 1 and 1/2 cups pecan halves, more or less


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. With a mixer, whip the butter, sugar, corn syrup, eggs, vanilla and bourbon together until frothy
  3. Spread the chocolate chips and pecans evenly on the bottom of the pie shell
  4. Pour the mixed ingredients into pie crust and back at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until set
  5. Let cool 30 minutes before serving (it’s good with ice cream or whipped cream)