Not Derby Pie Milkshake + The Lies of Official Derby Pie


Happy Thanksgiving Leftovers Day, everyone! If you ended up with leftover pie and ice cream, this is a quick and yummy way to use them up. Just throw them all in a blender and pour the desserty goodness down your throat! It’s all going to end up liquefied together anyway. Give your digestive system a break after that big meal.


This milkshake uses my favorite pie, my mom’s homemade Not Derby pie. My family spent several years living in Louisville, Kentucky, home of the Kentucky Derby. This spin on a Southern pecan pie originated there, as well. While this pie may not be a traditional dessert for most Thanksgiving meals, it definitely is at our house. I remember many birthdays when I had this pie in lieu of the typical, drab birthday cake. I also remember many late nights sneaking down stairs to shove an entire piece of this pie in my mouth in the dark. I may have a problem.


Ironically, the ‘official’ Derby Pie is made with walnuts, no booze and has some weird ugly top on it. It was created by the Kern family, owners of the Melrose Inn located in Prospect, KY. They trademarked the name ‘Derby Pie’ for their wrong pie that is definitely not a Derby pie. The Kern family has defended said trademark in court on at least 25 occasions with the fervor of religious zealots, landing in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s ‘Takedown Hall of Shame’ as the company behind the most litigious confection in America.


Anyone who has lived in Louisville knows what a Derby pie supposed to look like and they also know that it’s a recipe that belongs to the people! Despite the views held by the Kern family and federal courts, Derby pie is a generic name for a chocolate, pecan, bourbon pie in a pastry crust. It’s so much less of a mouthful. And it has NO walnuts because walnuts are gross!

This pie is a delicious and simple addition to any Thanksgiving menu. You just dump all the ingredients in a crust, pop it in the oven for half an hour and you can get on with preparing the rest of your gigantic meal. The pie keeps well in the fridge or freezer and can be made ahead. Just heat it up to serve. And…it’s good with ice cream so make this milkshake if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers.


Not Derby Pie Milkshake

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 slice Mom’s Not Derby pie (recipe below)

½ cup chocolate or vanilla ice cream

¼ cup milk

Shot of bourbon, optional

Whipped cream, chopped pecans and chocolate chips, for garnish


Combine pie, ice cream, milk and bourbon, if using, in a blender.

Blend until smooth.

Pour into glass and top with whipped cream, pecans and chips.


Mom’s Not Derby Pie


1 cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons butter, melted

½ cup dark corn syrup

3 eggs, beaten

2 cups pecans, chopped

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons Maker’s Mark bourbon

1 9” pastry pie shell

Mix all ingredients and pour into unbaked pie shell.

Bake at 375° F for 10 minutes.

Lower oven temperature to 350° F and bake for additional 25 minutes.

Cool on wire rack and serve warm.


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