Must-Try Christmas Pie

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This Christmas pie is over-the-top decadent, has the consistency of cheesecake, a mild nutty flavor, and a fudge brownie finish. It’s a roasted chestnut pie that will have you singing carols over an open fire!

a slice of Christmas pie

What is a Christmas Pie?

There is no particular pie that is called a Christmas pie, so any pie that has Christmas flavors can lay claim to that title. My favorite choice is this roasted chestnut pie. (I also frost my cupcakes with roasted chestnut frosting for the holidays.) Chestnuts are so linked to Christmastime that if I try to bake this pie any other time of year, I can’t even find the nuts at the grocery store.

But, if chestnuts aren’t your thing, other wonderful contenders for best Christmas pie include:

How to Make Chocolate Chestnut Pie

My chocolate chestnut pie is made with two layers:

  1. a chestnut layer flavored with maple syrup and nutmeg
  2. a chocolate layer made by dividing the batter and adding chocolate to some of the chestnut layer

To make a layered pie, simply fill the pie crust with the plain chestnut part of the batter. Then, top with the chocolate batter.

As long as you don’t shake the pie pan around too much, the layers will stay separated.

Variation

If you prefer more of a striped look instead of layers (like the image of the zebra pumpkin pie below), pour a little of the chocolate batter into the center of the pie pan, then pour some of the plain batter into the center of the chocolate batter. The plain batter will push the chocolate batter out. Alternate adding each kind of batter, always pouring batter into the center of the pie.

Zebra Pumpkin Pie

About Roasted Chestnuts

To make my life easier, I use store-bought roasted chestnuts for this pie. These chestnuts are really easy to work with.

They are nice and soft and turn into a nut-butter like texture once you food process them. (If you haven’t tried this with other nuts, you should! While it can get a little pricey, try making pine nut butter for a special occasion.)

bag of roasted chestnuts

If you prefer, you can roast your own chestnuts from-scratch. Boulder Locavore has a great guide on roasting chestnuts that you can follow. You don’t need an open fire – just a baking sheet in your oven.

The Best Crust for Christmas Pie

I use a graham cracker crust made from crushed store-bought or homemade graham crackers. It goes really well with the chestnut flavor.

You can experiment with using other types of pie crust, such as a more classic crust, an Oreo crust, or a pretzel pie crust.

Other Christmas Desserts

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Christmas Pie

Chocolate and roasted chestnut Christmas pie is over-the-top decadent, has the consistency of cheesecake,  a mild nutty flavor, and a fudge brownie finish. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 609kcal
Author Stefani

Ingredients

  • 15 ounces roasted chestnuts
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate chopped into small pieces
  • 9 inch graham cracker crust be sure to use a deep dish pie pan

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 F.
  • Using a mixer or food processor, process the roasted chestnuts with the heavy whipping cream and melted butter until smooth.
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl and mix in maple syrup, nutmeg, salt, and eggs.
  • Melt chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler.
  • In a small bowl, mix one cup of the pie filling with the melted chocolate.
  • Pour remaining pie filling into the pie crust.
  • Top with the chocolate/pie filling mixture.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 F and bake for another 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until ready to enjoy. The pie may be eaten warm or cold. Try it both ways and let me know which way you like better!

Notes

You can use store-bought roasted chestnuts or make them from-scratch. Boulder Locovore has a great guide on roasting chestnuts
Mix about 2 cups of crushed graham crackers with 6 tablespoons of melted butter and press into a deep dish pie pan.

Nutrition

Calories: 609kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 450mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 1065IU | Vitamin C: 21.7mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1.8mg
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Must-Try Christmas Pie