I call this Pig Pen Pie, or Dirty pie, instead of derby! But it is for you, Jack, since it is your favorite: to celebrate your wonderful performance in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. I am so proud of you for even auditioning! How exciting to be in a performance at Red Barn Theatre! It was so much fun, and we all enjoyed watching you at every show! I don’t know how you held everything together performing and practicing so late into the night, while also dealing with all of the end of the year school stuff. You always amaze me.

Swaps' Derby Day Recipes

I can’t offer you great handicapping tips this year, but I CAN offer you great food. And drink. 

THE Derby Pie

  • ¼ cup butter (melted and cooled)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (semi sweet)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 nine-inch unbaked pie shell


  1. Mix sugar and flour, then add in butter and other ingredients.
  2. Pour in unbaked pie shell and bake at 350° for 35 minutes.

ALE-8-ONE SLUSH (aka, Mint Juleps are gross, and this is a great substitute)

  • 6- 12 ounce bottles of Ale-8-One (or ginger ale style beverage)
  • ¾ cups Kentucky bourbon

Pour Ale-8-one in a sauce pan, bring to a boil. Cook until reduced by half, about 15- 20 minutes. Remove pan from burner and add bourbon. Once the liquid has cooled, transfer to freezer safe container and place in the freezer. When ready to serve, allow the mixture to thaw until slushy, place in a blender to reincorporate.

You’re welcome. 

I sure am late with posting my husband’s birthday pie….this was from the end of February! But guess what? I just realized that it is relevant again because this weekend is the Kentucky Derby, and this just happens to be Derby Pie! Seriously, how can you beat a pie made with pecans, bourbon, and chocolate chips? This is definitely one of my favorites!

Derby Day - Derby Pie...Yummo!

In the tradition that is the Kentucky Derby we make Derby Pie which is easy and delicious.

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup pecans, broken up
  • 6 oz. chocolate chips
  • 2 shallow uncooked pie crusts

Mix flour and sugar together. Combine all other ingredients with the first mixture. Pour all into the pie crusts and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Serve with whipped cream, Cool Whip or ice cream.

Kentucky Derby Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream

Ghirardelli loyal for life. 

Adding chopped pecans to the egg-vanilla-butter mix.

Crumbly texture + a healthy dollop of bourbon whipped cream!

This post definitely goes out to my good friend Gio who went on a roadtrip down south and brought back news of this mythical bourbon laced pecan/walnut pie. How could that NOT be delicious? In any case - there’s no real ‘agreed upon’ recipe for derby pie. Seems like most are made with just pecans, Gio said the one he ate was a mix of pecans/walnuts, and there are a few that just use walnuts… I also didn’t realize that the bourbon in this recipe was limited to the whipped cream - which, by the way, is amazing. Next time I’m definitely going to try a recipe that has it in the actual pie. 



  • 1 regular frozen pie crust (not deep dish)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Bourbon Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Maker’s Mark Bourbon


Preheat oven to 325.

1. Melt butter, and cool for about 5 minutes.  Combine flour and sugar.  Whisk in melted butter, eggs and vanilla.  Stir in nuts.

2. Sprinkle chocolate chips on the bottom of the pie crust. Pour pecan mixture over chocolate chips.

3. Bake for 1 hour.  Serve with Bourbon Whipped Cream. (Best served warm!)

To make the cream, Whip together heavy cream, powdered sugar and bourbon. (I chill my mixing bowl in the freezer for 5-10 minutes before adding the cream and sugar). Whip at high speed for 1-2 minutes. 

Recipe from here.