Gluten-Free Ginger Chess Pie

Gluten Free Chocolate Ginger Chess Pie Recipe

If you want to serve something different for Thanksgiving dessert this year, something other than pumpkin pie, how about this Gluten Free Chocolate Ginger Chess Pie?

I myself won’t be serving this for Thanksgiving, lest I want to be chased out of my own house with forks and butter knives! If I don’t stick to the traditional gluten-free pumpkin pie, my family freaks out. So instead, I made this pie as a pre-Thanksgiving treat (it’s a thing … don’t judge me). If you can get away with serving something other than pumpkin pie or if you happen to have family members who don’t like pumpkin, I highly recommend this! It still has all the flavors of fall, but it breaks you out of the norm and gives you something new and exciting to enjoy.

Start with gluten-free ginger snap cookies (I use Kinnikinnick) to create a cookie crust. Fill it with the creamy cocoa-ginger mixture and top it with additional crystalized ginger. The combination of chocolate and ginger is so divine and the pie itself turns out flavorful, moist, and just rich enough. You’ll love this one!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Ginger Chess Pie

4.5 from 2 votes
Gluten-Free Ginger Chess Pie
Gluten Free Chocolate Ginger Chess Pie Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 557 kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski
  • 1 (7-ounce) box Kinnikinnick Ginger Snaps
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • ½ cup crystalized ginger plus more for serving
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • tablespoons gluten free corn meal
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grind the gingersnaps to fine crumbs in a food processor. Pour into a mixing bowl, add the brown sugar, and 4 tablespoons melted butter. Stir well. Press firmly into a 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 5-8 minutes, or until fragrant.
  3. Grind the ½ cup crystalized ginger in a food processor until it turns into a paste.
  4. Place the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a mixer and beat on low to combine. Add the ginger paste, 6 tablespoons melted butter, eggs, cornmeal, and vanilla. Beat on high for 2 minutes. Pour into the pie crust. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the filling is set. Let cool, then refrigerate until serving.
  5. Serve with whipped cream and a garnish of crystalized ginger.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Chocolate Ginger Chess Pie Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 557 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 137mg 46%
Sodium 306mg 13%
Potassium 88mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 80g 27%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 59g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 14%
Calcium 4.9%
Iron 8.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. epbarnes
    November 14, 2018

    Any substitute for corn meal? (I’m also sensitive to corn.) Thanks — it sounds grand!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      November 14, 2018

      Cornmeal is a traditional part of chess pie, but it’s mostly just used as a thickener so you should be able to use another thickener, like rice flour or tapioca flour. Just to be safe, if you’re making this for Thanksgiving, maybe try it ahead of time to make sure it comes out ok with this substitute. Hope you enjoy it! :)

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