This recipe is private

Tar Heel Pie

Russ Myers


North Carolina is known as the Tar Heel State, referring to it's pine forest that produces large quanties of tar products. This pie's rich brownie filling is just as thick and dark as the state's namesake resource.

★★★★★ 4 votes
40 Min
35 Min


Add to Grocery List

recipe standard pie dough or 1 store bought refrigerated rolled pie crust
1 stick
unsalted butter (melted)
1 c
semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 c
granulated sugar
1/2 c
packed light brown sugar
1/2 c
all purpose flour
2 large
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1 tsp
instant coffee granules
1/4 tsp
kosher salt
1 c
pecans (roughly chopped)
whipped cream, for serving

How to Make Tar Heel Pie


  • 1Heat oven to 350F. On a lightly floured surface, roll a disk of dough into a 12-in circle. Fit it into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-in pie plate. Trim the dough so that the overhang is even all the way around (about 1/2-in from the edge of the pie plate). Fold the overhang under itself to create a thicker rim of dough and crimp as desired, Refrigerate until ready to fill.
  • 2Melt the butter. Place the chocolate in a large bowl and pour the warm butter on top; stir until smooth. Add the granulated sugar and brown sugars, flour, eggs, vanilla, coffee, and salt and mix to combine. Stir in the pecans
  • 3Pour the chocolate mixture into the pie crust and bake until the filling is set and the crust is golden brown,30 to 35 minutes. Let stand for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve with whipped cream , if desired.

Printable Recipe Card

About Tar Heel Pie

Course/Dish: Pies
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom

Show 9 Comments & Reviews

17 Summer-perfect Peach Pie Recipes

17 Summer-Perfect Peach Pie Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Nothing is better than biting into a nice, juicy, sweet peach during a hot summer’s day...well...perhaps indulging in a slice (or 4) of homemade peach pie might top it. Check...

19 Raspberry Recipes Bursting With Flavor

19 Raspberry Recipes Bursting With Flavor

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

We're planting a little seed about what you need to make this week... Try one of these 19 yummy raspberry recipes bursting with flavor!

Sweet Treats That'll Keep Your Kitchen Cool Recipe

Sweet Treats That'll Keep Your Kitchen Cool

Kitchen Crew

It's hot, really hot. In my neck of the woods it gets pretty warm in the summer, but this year Mother Nature is playing a cruel joke. Even though it's...