Mama's Chess Pie

Recipe by Helen Berry

My Mama used to make the best chess pies and this is the recipe she used. It is one of the best I have found.

Top Review by alvinakatz

I'd never eaten chess pie before but had heard about it. I decided that this was the perfect pie to bake for Pi Day, what with the slightly geeky name and the odd ingredients. It's a nice pie. It has the ability to sometimes taste sweet and sometimes taste sour. I found that I liked it more the second day. I can easily see this being served in the shape of a bar cookie, only with pie crust. I like the cornmeal in the recipe. That adds to the flavor and texture.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine sugar, corn meal, and flour. Melt the margarine and add to the sugar mixture. Cream well. Add eggs, one at a time and beat thoroughly after each. Add vinegar, vanilla, and milk. Beat thoroughly. Pour into unbaked pastry shell and bake in a 400 deg. oven for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 325 deg. and continue baking 30 to 45 minutes or until set.
  2. Makes 1 (9) pie.

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