Old Fashioned Southern Chess Pie

Posted by on Thursday, July 21st, 2011


Here’s one of my favorite Southern classics that my Mom used to make for Sunday dinner.  My Mom always said that if you are going to make one pie, you might as well go ahead and make two pies!  She was right you know.  Don’t you think the world would be a better place if there were more pie to share??  Here’s the recipe for a single pie, but it can be easily doubled.

  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 stick real butter softened
  • 3 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon corn meal
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

In a large bowl, combine the sugar and butter until mixture is light and fluffy.  Then add the eggs and mix well. Next add the vinegar, milk, meal, and vanilla and blend well.  Pour into a deep dish pie crust.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 50-55 minutes.  Pie should be golden brown on top and mostly solid in the middle when done.  Cool before cutting.  Excellent served slightly warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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5 Responses to “Old Fashioned Southern Chess Pie”

  1. carolinaheartstringson 24 Jul 2011 at 5:43 pm 1

    This looks just fantastic Tara. I cannot wait to give your recipe a try. Delicious.

  2. Trishon 22 Nov 2012 at 8:45 am 2

    This looks exactly like the Chess Pie my sweet old Aunt Dot used to make for my boys when we lived in Tennessee. For some reason, they called it Chester Pie and all they had to do was ask Aunt Dot and she’d make them one…but Aunt Dot shared the same philosophy as did your mother…if you’re going to make one, you might as well make two. I never thought to get the recipe from the lovely woman because I never had to make one…she always made them. Thanks for posting the recipe and the wonderful photo. My boys are going to be pleased.

  3. Marianon 24 Nov 2012 at 4:07 pm 3

    This is absolutely the pie of pies. The best chess pie I have had had or made. I sent a copy to my daughter and to my sister. I made it for Thanksgiving and getting ready to make another one in a few minutes.

  4. Anne Fosteron 17 Jan 2013 at 10:14 am 4

    Haven’t had chess pie in years found this one and it was awesome……….

  5. Rexon 26 Nov 2013 at 3:16 pm 5

    I have been searching for a chess pie recipe and found this one.
    looks easy and sounds great. Will try it Thanksgiving Day. Thanks