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Derby Pie Dip – A Delicious Twist on Traditional Kentucky Derby Pie

Derby Pie Dip – A Delicious Twist on Traditional Kentucky Derby Pie

The world-famous Kentucky Derby Pie made with pecans, chocolate, and bourbon is now Derby Pie Dip.  Serve with shortbread cookies and it will be just like pie only easier to eat!

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My hubby is from Kentucky so believe me when I say that he loves Kentucky Derby Pie.  The traditional Derby Pie is like a pecan pie with chocolate too.  

So sort of like a chocolate chip cookie pecan pie combination.  The addition of bourbon makes it the perfect storm of deliciousness and Derby perfection.  How about taking this traditional pie and making it into Derby Pie Dip?

Who doesn’t love a sweet dessert dip?  Forget about making a flaky pie crust from scratch and just diving into the gooey, sweet, delicious pie center!  

Some store-bought, or homemade if you are willing, shortbread cookies are the perfect vehicle to get this dip in your mouth!

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This derby pie dip takes about 10 minutes on the stove-top and some quiet time in the fridge and she is ready to go.  Make it ahead of time to your Kentucky Derby Party is a breeze to throw together.  

If you are throwing a Derby Party check out my Bourbon Balls. Traditional Buckeyes with bourbon work great as do my Derby Pie Brownies.  You don’t even need a Derby party as a reason to make derby pie dip, a lazy Sunday afternoon will work too.  Maybe even dessert after dinner on Tuesday night.

I love an all-occasion dip, don’t you?

The inspiration for Derby Pie Dip came from my love of German Chocolate Cake.  The coconut-pecan topping that you cook on the stove and spread on the cake is my favorite part of the cake and the basis for this dip.  

In making the dip I started with my favorite frosting recipe from Averie Cooks.  She makes fabulous German Chocolate Brownies so I started with her topping recipe.

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Cooking the evaporated milk, butter, and brown sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat is how you get started.  Stir it constantly so the yolks don’t scramble and let it come to a gentle boil.  

Mine takes between 7-10 minutes to come to a gentle boil and get thick. The thickness will be similar to making a custard or loose pudding.

Once the mixture thickens and has boiled for at least 1 minute, remove the pan from the heat and add the bourbon.  I didn’t include the vanilla from the original recipe because Kentucky is famous for bourbon and the alcohol content is roughly the same.  

Just remove the pan from the heat as the bourbon is flammable and you will not want to get burned.

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As soon as the bourbon is mixed in, add the chocolate chips.  Chocolate is a component of Derby Pie which is where the chocolate chip cookie flavor comes from.  Kentucky Derby Pie contains pecans too so I added a cup of my Buttery Toasted Pecans.  I keep a bag in my fridge all the time for snacking and pie emergencies.  And since they are salted I don’t add any additional salt to the derby pie dip.

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Can I really call it a derby pie dip without a crust of some sort?  The crust is my favorite part of the pie itself unless it is cherry then the filling is.  Since this derby pie dip doesn’t have a crust we are using shortbread cookies to serve the dip.  The buttery, flaky goodness of the cookies are the perfect compliment to the derby pie dip.

I use Pepperidge Farm’s Chessman Cookies.  The horses on the cookies fit in perfectly with the Kentucky Derby theme!

When you make this Derby Pie Dip and throw the most awesome Derby party on the planet, make sure you take some pictures and tag me on social media using #TakeTwoTapas and #DerbyPieDip so I can see all the fun you are having!

Until next time, dip on!

Dipping a cookie in to the Kentucky Derby Pie Dip with Pecans

Derby Pie Dip

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

The world-famous Kentucky Derby Pie made with pecans, chocolate, and bourbon is now Derby Pie Dip.  Serve with shortbread cookies and it will be just like pie!


  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk (not low fat or fat-free)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 1 cup chopped Buttered Toasted Pecans
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Shortbread Cookies for dipping


  1. Add the milk, sugar, yolks, butter, and salt in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  2. Bring to a gentle boil over low to medium heat.
  3. Whisk slowly and often.
  4. Cook until the mixture thickens (7-10 minutes).
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Add bourbon.
  7. Stir to combine.
  8. Add chocolate chips and pecans.
  9. Stir to combine.
  10. The chocolate chips will melt so don't fret.
  11. Once all combined, place in an air-tight container until chilled completely.
  12. When ready to serve, put in a pretty container and serve with shortbread cookies.
  13. I like the Chessman Cookies because they have horses on them!


*If you like this recipe, please leave me a comment and rate it with some stars.  Thank you!

Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 3 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 293Total Fat: 20.5gSaturated Fat: 8.1gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 49.4mgSodium: 145.9mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 2.6gSugar: 21.2gProtein: 4.8g

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S Lamb

Sunday 6th of September 2020

This was a wonderful dip that everyone loved during our social distancing & small, intimate 2020 Derby party. I did add an extra tblsp of bourbon which was fabulous. Not if, but when I make this again, I will try 1/4 a cup of semi chocolate chips. Although the recipe was a fav among everyone, I want to double it except for the chips. I am going to put only 1/4 of the chips in. This recipe receives 5!stars from me !


Tuesday 8th of September 2020

I am so glad that you liked it!! There is nothing wrong with a little extra (or a lot extra) bourbon:)

Elizabeth from Bourbon Country

Friday 17th of January 2020

I've made this several times and I leave out the chocolate chips. It makes a super yummy dip this way. You can taste the bourbon better. For bourbon lovers, give this a try. You won't be disappointed. It gets gobbled up quickly. Most frequent comment is, can you make a double batch next time?


Saturday 18th of January 2020

Thanks for the dip tip! I will try it next time I make it:)


Tuesday 16th of May 2017

This looks so yummy! I have never thought of preparing a meal like this. It must be also so much fun to prepare. Your recipes are really great, I always find an idea for some new fun meal here every time I visit your blog!


Wednesday 10th of May 2017

OMG how did you even come up with such a creative idea? I am surely gonna try it.

Miz Helen

Tuesday 9th of May 2017

What a great Derby Pie Dip! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday! Come Back Soon, Miz Helen

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