Heides Kentucky Derby Dessert Recipe

  • 1 1/4 cups chopped pecans
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  2. Spread pecans over a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake pecans in preheated oven until toasted, about 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Check pecans after 30 minutes. Allow pecans to cool completely.
  4. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Whisk eggs, brown sugar, light corn syrup, flour, butter, white sugar, bourbon, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until smooth. Fold pecan pieces and chocolate chips into the egg mixture until combined; pour into prepared pie crust.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until pie is set, 50 to 60 minutes. Serve warm or chilled.