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Chess Pie

Chess Pie is a rich, sweet, and sugary classic pie that is made with ingredients you probably have on hand and baked in a flaky crust!
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time55 minutes
Chilling Time2 hours
Total Time3 hours 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Chess Pie
Servings: 12
Calories: 280kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net


  • 1 9-inch pie crust, unbaked, store-bought or homemade
  • ½ cup (1 stick, 113g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar,
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (61g) buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • confectioners' sugar, for dusting
  • whipped cream, for garnish (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Pie Crust

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll pie crust out into a 12-inch circle. Carefully transfer the crust to a 9-inch pie plate. Cinch the edge of your pie crust to create your desired shape.
  • Transfer the crust to the freezer for 15 minutes.
  • Once cold and firm, line the pie crust with parchment paper and fill with pie weights, dry rice, or dry beans.
  • Bake the pie crust for 10 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven, and carefully remove the pie weights and parchment.
  • Set aside while you prepare the filling.


  • Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl, combine butter, sugar, and vanilla. Whisk together until combined.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure they are fully incorporated after each addition.
  • Add cornmeal, flour, buttermilk, and vinegar. Mix to combine.
  • Pour the filling into the crust and bake for 50-55 minutes, or until the pie is completely set.
  • Let the pie cool at room temperature for 30-45 minutes before transferring to the refrigerator to cool completely (about 2 hours).
  • Dust with confectioners' sugar and garnish with whipped topping. Enjoy!


Calories: 280kcal