Southern Chocolate Brownie Pie for Alice and “The Help”

When I read Kathryn Stockett’s book, “The Help”, last year, I couldn’t put it down. I loved it. I must admit. It sort of hit close to home since I was raised in Alabama predominantly by my maid, Alice. Alice rode the bus to our house five days a week, and she took care of me from the day I was born until I was a teenager. I was the baby of the family with three other siblings. My parents traveled often, and since I was the youngest, I usually spent the majority of my time with her. Looking back, it’s really amazing that Alice didn’t own a car or have a driver’s license, and yet, I happily stayed at home with her all of the time. Unlike the book, we didn’t have separate bathroom quarters. Instead, my parents treated her as a part of our family. She was so loving, and she had the sweetest heart. She made the best fried chicken, fried okra and of course, desserts. Last night, I took my daughter, Leigh, to see The Help, and I highly recommend it.  In honor of this movie and in memory of Alice, I thought I would share a recipe for this Southern Chocolate Brownie Pie. It’s so easy, crustless and it’s one of my favorites. Cheers to “The Help” and great women like Alice and those in this fabulous story.

Southern Chocolate Brownie Pie

Cook Time:

40 minutes

Prep Times:

15 minutes


11/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour
1/3 cup dark chocolate cocoa
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate or semisweet chocolate morsels
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Whipped Cream (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 325F.

2. Combine sugar, flour, cocoa, butter, eggs, vanilla and salt in a mixing bowl and beat at medium speed with an electric mixer. Stir in chocolate morsels and walnuts. Spread batter evenly in a lightly greased 9-inch pie plate.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes before slicing. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.

27 thoughts on “Southern Chocolate Brownie Pie for Alice and “The Help””

  1. Alison,
    I’m on it..tomorrow is my daughter’s birthday and now I know exactly what to make.
    Thanks for offering a small glimpse of your story. What a wonderful movie I can’t wait to read the book.

  2. I, too, loved the book and the movie. I felt that it was one of the better books-to-film I’ve seen.

    This pie looks utterly fabulous. Thank you for sharing both the recipe and your story!

  3. What a nice tribute to Alice – I’ve been wanting to read the book but haven’t had the chance yet. Hopefully I’ll catch the movie too. Growing up, we had several different women taking care of me and my siblings. It is amazing that they didn’t know how to drive, yet we were happily occupied a home, unlike these days where kids seem to “need” to be everywhere!

  4. I can definitely relate the The Help, too, Alison. My mother had the same maid, Susie Mae, for over 40 years and now her daughter is mother’s maid. Susie Mae was definitely part of the family and was treating as such. She would love your pie!

  5. –Oh, Alice. What a gem she must have been & What a delicious story you have to tell. I despised turning the last page of “The Help.” I loved it.
    I have saved this recipe to my Favorites. Can’t wait to make it. Thank You. Power to all of those women like Alice!!!!!!!!!

  6. Made this tonight. It needed probably extra 7 mins though but being undercooked didn’t bother my family. I sprinkled walnuts on my half since kids dont care for them and they stayed put. Topped with Blue Bell vanilla ice cream hit the spot.

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