Chocolate Hazelnut Chess Pie with Rolos

This Chocolate Hazelnut Chess Pie is totally indulgent! It is the richness and sweetness of a chocolate hazelnut spread in pie form. A pie with loads of sugar and eggs. Like I said – indulgent. And SO worth it!

Chocolate Hazelnut Chess Pie with Rolos

When I was contacted about trying a sample of Nocciolata, a hazelnut spread with cocoa and milk, I couldn’t wait! It’s organic, uses ingredients such as dark chocolate from the Antillean Islands, Italian hazelnuts, brown sugar, skim milk and Bourbon vanilla extract. Delicious! It’s also gluten-free, kosher and has no palm oil, hydrogenated fat, artificial flavors or artificial colors.

Isn’t it great that since Nocciolata is organic and uses skim milk it makes this pie healthy?

Ha! Wouldn’t that be nice? 😉

Chocolate Hazelnut Chess Pie with Rolos

I was really excited to bake with it, but it was so hard deciding what to make. This stuff is so good, all I really need is a spoon. So I wanted to make sure that whatever I made, the flavor of the spread was what really came through. The Nocciolata has a stronger hazelnut flavor to it than Nutella (a similar product), which I think is more chocolatey. So if you prefer a nuttier taste, Nocciolata is the spread for you!

I’ve been dying to try chess pie. I had never even heard of it until recently. Now it’s popping up in a number of places with all kinds of fun variations. I’ve yet to see a Chocolate Hazelnut one though, so I figured your favorite sugar addict would be the girl for the job!

Now you may still be wondering what in the world chess pie is. I hear you.

Chocolate Hazelnut Chess Pie with Rolos

I’ve read a few variations on the origin. Bascially, it’s a traditional southern pie. Since I’m southern, I figure I should know about it.

The ingredients are very simple – mostly eggs and sugar (giving it it’s wonderful sweetness) with a sprinkling of a few other things. Many variations use a bit of cornmeal. I didn’t have that on hand and I didn’t want to buy a whole bag for one pie, so I used flour instead.

I think my favorite thing about making this pie is that it is so simple, especially if you use a pre-made crust. You don’t even have to blind bake the crust.

Chocolate Hazelnut Chess Pie with Rolos

You literally whisk everything together in a bowl, pour it into an unbaked crust and bake it. No need for a mixer or anything!

And to rev it up even more, I added rolos. Because caramel makes everything even better.

You may not be able to tell from the pictures, but there are rolos baked right into the pie. They melted as it baked and blended right it, adding to the sweet serenity that is this pie. If you don’t like things sweet, this is not the pie for you.

Chocolate Hazelnut Chess Pie with Rolos

The pie bakes up with a nice crust on top of it. I added some whipped cream and chopped rolos, but that part is up to you. However you top it, there’s no doubt in my mind you’ll enjoy it! :)

I was provided with a free sample of Nocciolata, but all opinions are my own.

Chocolate Hazelnut Chess Pie with Rolos


3 egg yolks
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tsp flour
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup hazelnut chocolate spread
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
14 rolos, chopped
1 9-inch pie shell, unbaked
whipped cream and additional rolos for garnish, optional


1. Whisk all ingredients, besides rolos, together in a large bowl.
2. Add chopped rolos and stir to combine.
3. Unroll pie crust and place in pie pan.
4. Pour pie filling into unbaked pie crust.
5. Bake for 50 minutes at 325 degrees. Center will still be a little jiggly. Allow to cool completely before serving.
6. Add whipped cream and rolos for garnish, if desired.
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  1. Omigosh, I love chess pie, and this recipe variation has me drooling. I cannot wait to try it. I’m guessing the chocolate spread is Nutella or a variation. Thanks for sharing this yummy that I should not eat but will!
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  2. This looks soo good! Omg – yum. Need to make this.
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  3. This pie looks incredible Lindsay! Sounds like it comes together quickly too which is perfect! Thanks for sharing, love how decadent it is :)
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  4. G’day! Love chocolate and hazlenut combination, true!
    I could go for a slice of your pie right now too!
    Cheers! Joanne
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  5. This looks delicious, Lindsey! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday Christmas Party!
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  6. This pie looks crazy good, Lindsay!
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  7. You sure know how to make a chocolate dessert. Wow, so creamy, love hazelnut spread. Thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday. Merry Christmas.
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  8. I am going to make this for Christmas dessert. Is it best baked the day before, or baked the day of?

    • says:

      Great! :) You can do it either way. Some people prefer a warmer/room temperature pie, so if that’s the case I’d do it the day of with a fews hours to cool so that it firms up. But it also tastes delicious cold. I think it’s a preference thing. Hope that helps! Merry Christmas!

  9. Oooh that spread you used sounds delicious, as does the look of that pie! Merry Christmas Lindsey :)
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  10. Hi Lindsay,
    Just stopping by from Show Stopper Saturday, your Chess Pie looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks for sharing!
    Miz Helen
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  11. Oh my gosh this looks amazing! I love that you added Rolos to the pie – I’ve never thought of that! And who can argue with chocolate and hazelnut? I’ve never heard of Nocciolata, but I’ll have to keep an eye out for it.
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  12. This looks amazing! I love Nutella, but don’t love the super processed ingredients–this seems like it might be a good alternative! And then of course once I get my hands on some of the spread I’ll have to do something with it other than eat it straight from the jar…this pie might be just the thing :). Definitely pinning.
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  13. Oh Lindsay! WHY must you tempt me?! This Chess Pie looks AMAZING!!!! Chocolate and Hazelnut are two of my favorite things in the world! I can’t wait to make this! Thanks for sharing on Saturday Night Fever, pinning now!
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  14. I love chocolate! This looks so good!!! =)
    Pinned to my dessert board!
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  15. I only recently made my first chess pie – meyer lemon. I;’ve had chess pie before that but first time making it myself. I gotta try this one next time!
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    • says:

      Oh my gosh, meyer lemon sounds awesome! This was my first chess pie too – I love how easy they are.

  16. Holy smokes. This looks INCREDIBLE! I have never had chess pie but I’m a big fan of everything that makes this up, so this will have to get made ASAP. So happy to have found your blog, Lindsay!

    • says:

      Thank you Mallory! I’m so glad you found me too! Yay for fb groups! :) This was my first chess pie too – I was surprised how easy and tasty it was – especially with the chocolate hazelnut – YUM!

  17. Ooo this looks so scumptious.
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  18. I just made this and it did not set its all runny :( very disappointed, any thoughts ?

    • says:

      That’s too bad :( I wish I knew what to suggest, but I’m not sure. I haven’t had that result. I’m sorry.

  19. Marilyn Fields says:

    OMG! Can’t wait to make this! I bought a bag of unwrapped mini rolos weighing 8 oz. Is this about the right amount to put in the pie? Love your recipes, Lindsay.

    • says:

      I would think it’d be plenty. The recipe calls for 14 rolos, with minis I’d use around 20. Enjoy it!

  20. This is the best pie I have ever made. It is super simple to make. Great recipe all around!!


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