The Easiest Derby Pie Recipe and Derby Bar


With the Derby only days away, it's time to talk about one of my favorite parts of any event... The food!If you missed the first Derby post, Two Derby Parties To Inspire, or our feature on the Draper James Love, Reese blog you must start there!

The first thing that comes to my mind when thinking of Derby food is, you guessed it, Derby Pie. I feel like most would think of Mint Juleps first, but I'm all pie all the time! I wanted to share not only this Derby Pie recipe, but also the stunning Derby Bar that Mary set up during our shoot. After all, don't we all love a good bar setup!



 Derby Bar

While I would love to eat nothing but pie, that just isn't feasible when hosting. When I arrived at Mary's home in Nashville, she had this darling Derby bar already set up and ready to go!

True to her brand of delegation, she used a “Callie’s Cocktail Party” kit, which includes all the small bites and snacks that you need when hosting. From biscuits to pimento cheese, does it get more Southern?!

We then added some beautiful Derby themed iced cookies from Summer’s Sweet Shoppe along with Mint Julep ingredients, of course!


The Easiest Derby Pie

This recipe is one of my absolute favorites, Derby or no Derby! It is the perfect “make to take” pie, whether you need to treat a friend or make a contribution to the dessert table.

While simple to make, it packs quite the punch when it comes to flavor. My trick? Use both semi sweet and dark chocolate chips!

1 disc pie crust
4 large eggs
¾ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup light corn syrup
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon bourbon
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup chopped pecans
½ cup dark chocolate chips
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare pie crust in dish.
Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat eggs, sugars, corn syrup, flour, melted butter, bourbon, and vanilla about 2 minutes.
Using a spatula gently fold in the chocolate chips and pecans.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust and use spatula to spread the chocolate and pecans evenly.
Bake 45-55 minutes or until the middle in set.*
Serve pie warm or chilled.


*Place aluminum foil around the rim to cover the crust about halfway into the bake time if worried about crust.

Photographer: Lele Fain, Flowers: Twigs Please Be Seated Rentals , Mini Derby Pies from Sweetie Pies ‘n Baby Cakes , Bar/Food: Callie’s Biscuits , Cookies: Summer’s Sweet Shoppe

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I'm Lauren, creator here at by Lauren Cermak! My husband Michael and I live in Knoxville, Tennessee. I'm into classic style, British baking shows, TBR piles, and pretty finds. My motto is dress like Kate, work like Reese, and entertain like Martha. If you get that, consider us quick friends!

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