Inn Keepers Pie – Holiday Pie Recipe

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We have been baking the Inn Keepers Pie for years. It is a holiday pie recipe that honestly can be made for any celebration. I followed a pie recipe from Hershey’s called Inn Keepers Pie or also known as Colonial Inn Keepers Pie. This pie has a delicious pie crust, a cake filling with a combination of chocolate baked into it.

This cake has a vanilla cake and a chocolate layer. I shared the process in this older post where I referred to it as a pake. Part pie part cake. Our family has a version of this pie made with a graham cracker crust. Both are delicious. I shared in the previous post how I made the crust step by step. Also,  you can see my pie images. That is a no-fail, amazing recipe for pie crust and part of Hershey’s recipe. I used chopped pecans, but walnuts can also be used. We like to serve this pie for celebrations such as Thanksgiving and Christmas…


Inn Keepers Pie 

Recently Sammie did a test run of making the Inn Keepers Pie. She’s celebrating with friends and she goes to college out of state. Instead of using a pie pastry pie crust, she used a pre-made graham cracker crust. Our family’s favorite version doesn’t include chopped nuts and we prefer a graham cracker crust. I’ll share an updated recipe soon. But, honestly, you can use this recipe and substitute a pre-made or homemade graham cracker crust instead of a homemade pie (pastry) crust to make this pie. 

When the pie is cooled and ready to be cut. We slice and plate it topping it with whip cream or vanilla ice cream. Below is how it looks using nuts in the recipe and a pastry crust (this is from an older post).

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Inn Keeper Pie Hershey

I used Cool Whip Frosting "Vanilla" for the nuts I used Pecans, but walnuts can also be used Full recipe credits to: http://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipe-details.aspx?id=3165&name=innkeeper-pie


  • Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
  • Ingredients
  • PASTRY CRUST recipe follows
  • 2/3 cup plus 3/4 cup sugar divided
  • 1/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • SWEETENED WHIPPED CREAM recipe follows


  1. Directions
  2. 1 Prepare PASTRY CRUST. Heat oven to 350°F.
  3. 2 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.
  4. 3 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.
  5. 4 Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in cake portion comes out clean. Cool slightly; serve warm with SWEETENED WHIPPED CREAM. 8 servings.
  7. 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  10. 1/2 cup shortening
  11. 3 tablespoons cold water
  12. 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.
  13. 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.

Recipe Notes

Intermediate level
How to step by step with images of making pie crust:

See summary for recipe credits

Inn keeper pie Hershey's

Hershey’s Inn Keepers Pie Recipe

Now I found a few other recipes but, can’t seem to dig up the one my mom had which uses the graham cracker crust, but when I do I will share it.

Have you ever made the Inn Keepers Pie? What recipe did you use? 

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  1. I’ve never heard of Inn Keepers Pie. It looks so yummy, I may have to give it a try!

    1. Its from a Colonial times recipe dating way back, at least that is what I have read. You will love it!

    1. Hi Katherine, Your going to love it when you make it! Your welcome, its always fun to join in blog hops when I have time.

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