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Chess Pie Recipe

Chess Pie

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"This is a very old Southern recipe. It's a very sweet, rich pie which cannot be described as anything but marvelous. This is not my personal recipe but was passed to me by my grandmother and from her grandmother and so on and so forth."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix the butter, sugar and vanilla together. Mix in the eggs, then stir in the cornmeal, evaporated milk and vinegar until smooth.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 40 minutes. Let cool. Cut and top servings with whipped cream. You will think you have died and gone to heaven.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 29, 2003

I found that when I followed the directions, the pie wasn't set in the center so I had to return it to the oven. Might want to increase the bake time. Would also suggest that you cover with foil so the top won't brown too much.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 11, 2003

This may be a good pie, but, when I cooked it and let cool, the center was juicy, returned to oven cooked another hour and top turned hard and dark brown, center was still soft. Something is still very wrong with the time or temp....


20 Ratings

Jan 20, 2005

Excellent recipe. I never had chess pie before, but found out I sure do love it!! Everyone who had some did too. Had no problem with it....just followed the recipe exactly and it was great.

Nov 29, 2006

This was an Awesome Pie... My firs time making it and i was impressed.. So was Hubby! =)

Feb 19, 2009

Just like my Grammie used to make. My whole family is so glad I found this recipe. I make it for every family get together and my husband, brother and nephew all INSIST they each have to have one of their own. I usually have to make 5 just so have enough to go around!!!! THANKS so very much!!!!!

Nov 27, 2002

this pie is so delicious. the only problem i have is that the top always cracks after it's done. (Does anyone know how to prevent this)? also i think the initial 10 minutes could be increased some to help brown the bottom better. But we love it, and i make it often.

Sep 25, 2002

This pie is so good & easy to make .

Oct 15, 2003

The recipe do not work for me at all. It had the right consistency, but the taste was a little to eggy. I guess its all according to what your used to in chess pie. My pie firmed around the edges but took forever to firm in the middle leaving me with a slighty burned pie.


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  • Calories
  • 460 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 62 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 126 mg
  • 42%
  • Fat
  • 22.1 g
  • 34%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 5.3 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 242 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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