Nut-Free Derby Pie Bites

Nut-Free Derby Pie Bites

I had a get-together to celebrate my new basement yesterday, and because it was Derby day, I had a few Derby-themed items on the menu. I was going to make a Derby pie, but I didn’t want anything I was serving to require utensils. I’ve made bite-sized Boston cream pies before, so I decided it would be a good idea to try the Derby pie in a mini format, too.

I knew some of my party guests had nut allergies, so I wanted to make these without the traditional nuts. If you want to go traditional and use nuts, I’d recommend reducing the amount of chocolate chips.

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Nut-Free Derby Pie Bites

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: derby party dessert, kentucky derby pie, nut-free dessert
Servings: 60 pieces


  • Mini muffin tin
  • Stand mixer or hand mixer


  • 3 pie crusts see this post for the recipe I use, but store bought would also be fine
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp bourbon
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 10oz packages chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line mini muffin tins with liners, or grease each compartment with butter or cooking spray.
  • Cream butter and sugars in a large mixing bowl, using a hand or stand mixer. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. 
  • Add vanilla and bourbon and stir to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture ¼ cup at a time.
  • Stir in chocolate chips. Set cookie mixture aside.
  • Roll out each pie crust on a floured surface. Use a round 2½ inch (diameter) cookie or biscuit cutter to cut out the dough circles. Press each circle into the muffin tin compartments.
  • Press each dough circle into the muffin tin compartments.
  • Scoop dough into each pie shell and press down. You want enough in each pie shell so it fills the shell completely once pressed down.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cookies are on the darker side of golden brown.

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