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No-Bake Chocolate Kahlua Pecan Pie

This recipe comes from the mom vault.

I came across it, written in faded teeny tiny cursive, on a tattered and stained Strawberry Shortcake recipe card that I had stashed in a manila folder when I moved to California three years ago.  When I asked mom about it, she literally gasped out loud and said she hadn’t thought of the recipe since the last time she made it…about twenty five years ago. She said she probably scribbled it down from another flight attendant on some international flight in the early eighties. Somehow the recipe card made it’s way into her black hole drawer of recipes, never to be seen again. That is, until I “borrowed” it three years ago — which, for the record, I never remember doing.

I also never remember “borrowing” her peep toe black heels but somehow, those too, made their way into my closet. How strange!

Naturally, curiosity was killing me so I had to make it immediately! And it ended up being so delicious that I had to take it straight over to a girlfriend’s house {or else I would have eaten the whole thing myself in an hour}, where we drank pear cider and ate this pie straight out of the dish with lots of whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings. No plates required.

The crust is just brilliant so let’s talk about that first.

Toasted pecan bits. Butter. Sugar. Kahlua. Salt.

All the major food groups! And no need to even bake it — you just assemble it then stick it in the freezer for an hour. I thought it might be a little weird unbaked {sort of like an unbaked graham cracker crust?} but it worked. It just did. And I wouldn’t change a single thing about it!

And then the filling. Pure, silky chocolate mousse spiked with some strong coffee and Kahlua. Need I say more?

For those of you worried about the eggs in the recipe, they are actually cooked when you beat them into the hot chocolate over the double boiler for about ten minutes. The end result is a thick, creamy chocolate sauce that firms up in the fridge. I probably should have let my mousse firm up a bit more before taking these photos, but the light was perfect…and I was hungry.

Thanks, mom! And unknown flight attendant lady from 1982 whose original recipe this was. My chocoholic self thanks you greatly.

And just a reminder! I will be signing books in Atlanta TOMORROW at the Barnes and Noble tent at the Taste of Atlanta at 4:45pm. See y’all there!

No-Bake Chocolate Kahlua Pecan Pie

serves 8

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for crust—

2 cups finely chopped, toasted pecans {you could pulse the pecans in a food processor for a moment to grind, but it’s not necessary)

5 tbsp brown sugar, packed

5 tbsp butter, melted

2 tsp Kahlua

pinch of salt

for filling—

6 oz semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 tsp instant coffee

4 eggs, room temperature

1 tbsp kahlua

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

shaved dark chocolate and whipped cream for serving


To make the crust, combine the finely chopped pecans, brown sugar, salt, melted butter and kahlua in a bowl. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated and then press down in a greased 9″ pie dish. Place in the freezer for 1 hour to harden.

To make the filling, melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Add the coffee once the chocolate has melted, stirring well to combine. Keep the chocolate pot over the double boiler {heat on low} and add the eggs, one by one. Keep whisking the eggs and chocolate continuously over low heat in the double boiler for ten minutes. The mixture should thicken slightly— when in doubt, beat more, but make sure your eggs have not curdled.

After about ten minutes of mixing, take the pot off the heat completely and add the kahlua and vanilla extract. Stir well.

Whip the cream to soft peaks. SLOWLY drizzle in the chocolate mixture, while folding with a rubber spatula. Be sure not to mix — gently fold the two together. You want to keep as much air as possible and not deflate the whipped cream.

Pour the mousse into the frozen crust and place in the fridge for four hours or overnight. Serve with chocolate shavings (use a vegetable peeler and a bar of chocolate for that!) and whipped cream.


active time — 30 minutes

total time — 6 hours or overnight

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  • the 3volution of j3nn
    October 5, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Oh my! Those flavors are intense. I looove chocolaty pie, the Kahlua is a nice bonus. 😉

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
    October 5, 2012 at 4:41 am

    This looks like a perfect dessert to serve for the holidays! So decadent!

  • Spencer
    October 5, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Looks like a delicious combination. I would love to try it.

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    October 5, 2012 at 4:47 am

    6 tsp kahula? What’s one to do with the rest of the bottle? Taking suggestions.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    October 5, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Toasted pecan bits. Butter. Sugar. Kahlua…. these are the things dreams are made of!! I want this as part of my Thanksgiving feast this weekend!!

  • Lauren
    October 5, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Oh goodness! More recipes should call for Kahula! Looks outstanding Jenna!

  • Andrea
    October 5, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Yum. This one’s getting stashed for the holidays! There’s something magical about hand-written recipes, right?

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    October 5, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Oh good Lord! That looks amazing! Love the last pic – a pop of orange with chocolate. Yum!

  • Kim@hungryhealthygirl
    October 5, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Wow! That pie looks dangerously delicious!!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
    October 5, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Ha what a fun memory to an unknown must try recipe 🙂

  • Tracey@cookingwithloveblog
    October 5, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Looks divine! I love chocoalte pie anything and this is on my grocery list for sure! 🙂

  • Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit
    October 5, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Wow, I love recipes that have a story! I did something similar earlier this week when I found an old, old apple crumble recipe I used to make with my babysitter as a kid!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    October 5, 2012 at 6:15 am

    The pie looks amazing!!!!

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    October 5, 2012 at 6:30 am

    There is not one darn thing that I don’t like about this pie. Well, besides the fact that I don’t have a piece sitting in front of me right now. Love that it’s no-bake too!

  • Runner Dad
    October 5, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I want some…now. Please send pie to….

  • Becky
    October 5, 2012 at 6:55 am

    My Thanksgiving menu keeps growing. Thanks!

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    October 5, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I love no bake desserts!! And with Kahlua?? I kinda wanna rush home and make this immediately…

  • Heather @ Girlyeverafter
    October 5, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I love the chocolate and pecan combo. I always “borrow” my mom’s jewlery, she has great style, and it’s only fitting for her to share;)

  • Linda @ My Foodgasm Journal
    October 5, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Kahlua + chocolate + no need to bake pie= priceless!

  • Caroline L.
    October 5, 2012 at 9:25 am

    You are the reason for my extra ten pounds (:
    Food with a history is just the best. I love the (maybe) story of your mom and the other flight attendant!

    • mom
      October 5, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      this is very true!

  • Janelle
    October 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Don’t hate me for this question, but… would this work minus the Kahlua? I mean, if some crazy person were to want that… 😉

    • Carla
      October 7, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      I would like to know, too?

  • Alyssa
    October 5, 2012 at 9:57 am


    I bought a copy of your book last night about 9ish…and finally went to bed at about 1:30 am after FINISHING it! I loved it! Congratulations!

  • Tiffany @ She Loves Yoga
    October 5, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I applaud you for this intense chocoholic post. Deeeeelish!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    October 5, 2012 at 10:39 am

    The mousse filling looks heavenly! and with kahlua!

    And that it’s no-bake. Jenna, this is GREAT!!

  • Euniece
    October 5, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Oh goodness this looks absolutely divine, mom’s recipes really are always the best. You can never go wrong with a classic. Have a wonderful time in Atlanta tomorrow!

  • Joanna
    October 5, 2012 at 11:29 am

    That looks amazing. Hope you have fun in your travels. 🙂

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    October 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Mom vault recipes really are the best! The the site of Chocolate Kahlua Pie puts me in a veeeeery good mood this Friday afternoon ; )

  • Cate
    October 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    And it’s naturally gluten-free- yay! I should make this for my mom and sisters- we’re all super Kahlua fans!

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    October 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    If I wasn’t pregnant, I’d be making this ASAP. But I’m pretty sure the Kahlua is a no-no right now. 😉

  • luv what you do
    October 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I have kahlua left over from kahlua cake. This pie looks even better than regular pecan pie!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.
    October 5, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    There are so many amazing things about this pie! Kahlua, chocolate, and pecans?!!

  • Lesley
    October 6, 2012 at 4:03 am

    It all sounds amazing but I really love the pecan crust part!

  • The Food Hound
    October 6, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Um, YES! This looks amazing! I have kahlua leftover from another recipe I made, as well as some Frangelico for a recipe I am about to make- wouldn’t THAT be great in this pie, too? Love it! Yum! PS- I just blogged about a recipe I got from you ages ago- skillet baked eggs with grape tomatoes and goat cheese. One of my faves! Too bad I took the pics with my old camera… I have a shiny new one I am just learning to use 🙂

  • Moni @ {Moni Meals}
    October 6, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Oh wow. I am drooling. 🙂 I can’t wait to make this as those are some of my favorite flavors!!

  • Julia (the roasted root)
    October 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    This pie looks delicious! I never would have thought to come up with a recipe like this. Looks delicious and a fun dessert to make and enjoy with friends and family!

  • Debbie
    October 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    My daughter, Robyn, and I are coming to the Influence Conference. Looking forward to meeting you.

  • Madison @ Pilates Makes You Happy
    October 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    This looks amazing! Think I can make it dairy free!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    October 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Now I have to pick between this and the deep dish salted chocolate chip cookie pie I saw at the bottom of the post. Licking my lips already in anticipation.

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  • Corey @ Learning Patience
    October 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    oh wow…that looks amazing.

    xoxo from Trinidad

    i wonder if you could add some bailys too

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    October 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Ok, I’m totally pondering how to adapt this crust for a cheesecake…WOW!

  • Shelly
    November 16, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I love that this does not have jello in it. I love chocolate/kahlua, and any excuse to buy a bottle of Kahlua is a good one for me!

  • Dana
    February 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Love this! Cannot wait to make this! I love how that old recipe traveled around !

  • Maria
    May 1, 2013 at 10:49 am