Thee next few days are back-to-back holidays. We have Cinco de Mayo on Thursday, the Kentucky Derby on Friday and Saturday, then Mother’s Day on Sunday! Yesterday I shared my recipe for no bake margarita cheesecake bites and today I’m sharing a recipe for these mini derby pies.
Is anyone wondering what a derby pie is? I can explain. A derby pie is a chocolate and walnut tart in a pie shell and it was created by George Kern in Kentucky around 1950. So naturally this dessert was adopted by Kentucky Derby fans and quickly became their go-to treats during the horse race.
Instead of using walnuts for the derby pie I used pecans—they have more flavor in my opinion. That pecan filling mixed with a few semi-sweet chocolate chips really take these little pies over the top. The savory, nutty pecan filling sits next to a few melted chocolate chips and together they nestle in a buttery, flaky crust. Excuse me, I have to go have another…
Okay, now if that description didn’t leave you wanting a mini derby pie, I’m not sure what will. Whether you watch the Kentucky Derby every year or you are attending your first derby-themed party with friends, I promise you these mini derby pies will be a hit.
Recipe adapted from Home Is Where the Boat Is.