Chess Pie


This chess pie is a very old Southern recipe. It's a very sweet, rich dessert 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. You will think you have died and gone to heaven when you taste this, especially when served with whipped cream.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • ½ cup butter

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 4 large eggs

  • ¼ cup evaporated milk

  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal

  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  2. Mix butter, sugar, and vanilla together in a large bowl. Mix in eggs, then stir in evaporated milk, cornmeal, and vinegar until smooth. Pour into pie shell.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) and continue to bake for 40 minutes. Let cool before cutting.

    close up view of Chess Pie on a cooling rack, next to a pie server

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

460 Calories
22g Fat
62g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 460
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 126mg 42%
Sodium 242mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 51g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 80mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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