I obtained this recipe 40-years ago from the cook at the Highway Cafe in Scappoose, Oregon. I have never found its equal. Whenever I serve it, I am always asked for the recipe.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Soak raisins in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain, and chop.

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  • In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each one. Stir in the vanilla, sour cream, walnuts and chopped raisins. Pour into the baked pie shell.

  • Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm in the center. Allow to cool completely before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

498.4 calories; 6.5 g protein; 55.8 g carbohydrates; 103.4 mg cholesterol; 216.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (18)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2005
Great Pie. I love chess pies so I thought I would try this one. I'm not a big fan of raisins so I just put in the nuts. I was worried it might not taste that great but it was wonderful. Everyone loved it. My mom even asked how to make it. This is not as sweet as a chess pie and I like it that way. My mom and I cut the sugar when making one anyway. Read More
(15)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/03/2010
Maybe it's just a matter of taste but I found this pie much too sweet. After the first couple of bites I just couldn't eat any more. I followed the directions exactly except for omitting the walnuts. Read More
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2005
Great Pie. I love chess pies so I thought I would try this one. I'm not a big fan of raisins so I just put in the nuts. I was worried it might not taste that great but it was wonderful. Everyone loved it. My mom even asked how to make it. This is not as sweet as a chess pie and I like it that way. My mom and I cut the sugar when making one anyway. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2005
Great Pie. I love chess pies so I thought I would try this one. I'm not a big fan of raisins so I just put in the nuts. I was worried it might not taste that great but it was wonderful. Everyone loved it. My mom even asked how to make it. This is not as sweet as a chess pie and I like it that way. My mom and I cut the sugar when making one anyway. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2006
Very pleased. I used Chopped Pecans in place of the Walnuts and Splenda Baking Sugar in place of regular sugar turned out great. Read More
(12)
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2007
This pie is divine! If you like rich desserts this is one to try. I omitted the walnuts as my boyfriend doesn't like them (I will make one with nuts for this Christmas though lol) and it was still great. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2008
Easy to follow. Got rave reviews from my Finnish inlaws. I used only one cup of raisins and half cup of walnuts (all I had) and boiled water to just pour over the bowl of raisins rather than actively boiling the raisins. Worked great. Served with vanilla sauce but next time I might serve with vanilla ice cream or caramel sauce. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2010
Delicious! I used more raisins because there was only alittle bit left in the bag and brown sugar instead of white (my preference). Will make again. Read More
(5)
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2008
Magnifficent spectacular i have found nervana! This recipe is better than any pecan or chess i have ever had. All other pies will never be the same. It is very addictive and may be dangerous if there isn t enough to go around. Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2006
Very very rich pie. I liked it but was the only one for our Christmas dinner. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2010
i used golden raisons and no nuts, i used cane sugar [plenty sweet]. i cut the pie in half and was going to give to my apartment neighbors...but i never delivered it...it got better and better and i ate the whole thing. this is my first chess pie...the door is open. thank you. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2008
This is an excellent pie. All our family thought it was the best ever and some preferred it to pecan because it was not quite so sweet. Read More
(2)
Rating: 3 stars
08/03/2010
Maybe it's just a matter of taste but I found this pie much too sweet. After the first couple of bites I just couldn't eat any more. I followed the directions exactly except for omitting the walnuts. Read More