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Chess Pie

a close up shot of a slice of Chess Pie on a plate
This old-fashioned Southern chess pie is so luscious and creamy, made from a handful of pantry staples, that it will be hard to resist.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 321 kcal


  • ½ cup salted butter, browned and cooled
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar, or lemon juice
  • 1 unbaked pie crust
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting the top of the pie


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Brown butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook and swirl butter until the butter begins to turn a toasted golden brown color. Remove from heat immediately and transfer to a dish to cool.
  • Whisk together the sugar, cornmeal, flour, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • In another mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and vinegar. Stir the cooled butter mixture into the milk/egg mixture.
  • Pour wet ingredients into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and stir or whisk to combine well.
  • Pour the pie filling into a 9-inch unbaked pie crust.
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, checking the pie after 20 minutes and covering (between 20 to 30 minutes, when pie and crust are browned) with aluminum foil to prevent the crust and top of the pie from over-browning.
  • Remove the pie from the oven when the center is just slightly jiggly.
  • Allow the pie to cool completely before slicing.
  • Dust lightly with powdered sugar and serve.


  • The cornmeal and the flour helps to thicken the custard filling.
  • If you are using a store-bought pie crust, we recommend placing the crust, foil tin and all, into a glass pie plate for added stability and easier transport.
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your pie at the lower end of the recommended baking time.


Calories: 321kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 232mgPotassium: 67mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 402IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg