Picture of Kentucky Derby Mini Pies
A combination of toasty nuts (walnuts or pecans), chocolate, bourbon, and an awesome buttery crust, "Derby Pie® " is so delicious it's been trademarked. Similar to baby pecan pies, these Kentucky Derby Mini Pies are filled with all the best things: chocolate (standard pecan pies lack chocolate, but it can be added to make them extra awesome), nuts, butter, bourbon, and love! They're perfect as an everyday sweet treat, or for a special snack while watching the Kentucky Derby.

According to some people, these pies are even better with bacon added also. I've never tried it, but everything's better with bacon, right? Why not give it a shot and see?

If you prefer, you can also make a large pie instead of many mini pies, you'll just need to add a few minutes to the cooking time. Also, make sure your pie plate is quite deep, and make sure not to overfill it.

Step 1: You'll Need. . .

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Crust -
  • 3 cups flour (all purpose) - additional will be needed when rolling out for dusting board and rolling pin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons butter (cut in cubes and kept cold)
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Filling -
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (not pictured)
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon (something yummy from Kentucky is suggested, Knob Creek used here)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 3/4 cup chocolate, chopped (will be melted before adding)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • (optional) 1/2 cup coarsely chopped, cooked bacon (if you're going to use bacon, might want to cut back or eliminate the salt)
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon or whisk
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Rolling pin
  • Large biscuit cutter (this one used here)
  • Muffin tins
  • Plastic wrap
suayres4 years ago
From the dimensions of your pies, it looks to me like you could use Pyrex custard cups for pie plates.
shesparticular (author)  suayres4 years ago
Adorable idea!
KentuckySam4 years ago
Yeah, Derby Pie is copyrighted to the Melrose Inn
Not to put a damper on a superb treat but can anyone guess why this is called a durby pie? Think about what all those horses leave behind in their stales.
Well, this looks like the Winner's Circle Pie (same genre, slightly different name), and is traditionally served to the winner of the Kentucky Derby, at least, as I understand it.

Although, yeah, that's an unfortunate coincidence.
shesparticular (author)  yota4 years ago
I didn't even consider the appearance - how unfortunate! Winner's Circle Pie is for sure a better name.
mikeasaurus4 years ago
Chocolate, nuts and booze. Amazing!
Looks so good!
shesparticular (author)  mikeasaurus4 years ago
Thanks so much!