Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

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.

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.


Most Helpful

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.

alvinakatz March 15, 2011

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