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Innkeeper Pie


2 hours
Skill Level
1 pie

This pie is the height of hospitality! It’s a recipe passed down through generations: Buttery vanilla cake meets a fudgy layer made with HERSHEY’S Cocoa. A slice of this classic dessert will make any guest feel welcome.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
32 minutes
Bake Time
55 minutes
7 minutes
Cool Time
15 minutes


  • 2/3 cup
    sugar plus 3/4 cup, divided
  • 1/3 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1 cup
  • 1/3 cup
    butter or margarine
  • 2 1/2 tsps
    vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 cup
  • 1
  • 1/2 cup
    nuts chopped
  • Pastry Crust
  • 1/3 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/8 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 cup
  • 3 Tbsps
    cold water

Step-By-Step Directions


Prepare Pastry Crust. Heat oven to 350°F.


Stir together 2/3 cup sugar and cocoa in medium saucepan; stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture boils; boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat; add butter and 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla, stirring until butter is melted. Set aside.


Stir together flour, remaining 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt in small bowl; add shortening, milk and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat on medium speed of electric mixer 2 minutes. Add egg; beat 2 minutes. Spoon batter into prepared crust. Stir chocolate mixture; gently pour over batter. (Do not stir. Chocolate layer will sink as pie bakes.) Sprinkle nuts over top.


Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in cake portion comes out clean. Cool slightly; serve warm with Sweetened Whipped Cream.

Pastry Crust: Stir together flour, salt and baking powder in medium bowl. Cut in shortening until pieces are size of small peas; sprinkle in water, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened. Roll dough into circle about 1/8 inch thick. Fit into 9-inch pie plate; flute edge.

Sweetened Whipped Cream: Combine 1 cup (1/2-pt.) cold whipping cream, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in small bowl; beat until stiff.

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