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    Old-timey Kentucky Chess Pie

    Old-timey Kentucky Chess Pie. Photo by LizzieBug

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    Cook Time:

    1 hr

    5 mins

    55 mins

    LizzieBug's Note:

    This is my Mom's famous Chess Pie. It was always one of the first to sell out at the Church bake sales. Rich and creamy and easy as can be. A dieter's nightmare - but quite the tasty treat.

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    Serves: 8



    Units: US | Metric


    1. 1
      Combine granulated sugar, light brown sugar, and corn meal.
    2. 2
      Beat in eggs one at a time.
    3. 3
      Stir in whipping cream, cider vinegar, vanilla extract, and melted butter.
    4. 4
      Pour into unbaked pie shell.
    5. 5
      Bake on middle rack at 400 F for 10 minutes.
    6. 6
      Lower heat to 325 F and continue baking for 45 minutes more.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 08, 2008


      Very good. Probably the best chess pie I've made. Of course, it's sweet but I think the mix of brown and white makes it just the right sweetness. I cooked the recommended time and then turned off the oven, opened the door and let the pie sit for about 10 minutes in the oven and it helped it to set perfectly. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • on September 26, 2008


      Wonderful! Chess pie has a buttery, caramel sweet filling and this is exactly how it should be. Adding nuts would just not be right! :) My kids devoured this pie in no time but I did manage to get one piece. Used half and half instead of whipping cream cause whipping cream was not available. Thanks to you and your mom for sharing the recipe! Made for PAC Fall 2008.

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    • on January 13, 2014


      I have made many, many chess pies in my life. They are one of my favorite pies. I lost my original recipe and tried this one. Holy moly! I followed the directions exactly (with the exception of me making my own pie crust). When the pie came out of of the oven, it took eight full paper towels to sop up the butter that was swimming on top. It was rich and waaaay to sweet. So sweet that it was almost gritty. It was like a poorly made pecan pie...minus the pecans. Oh... When the pie is refrigerated... It tastes like you've dipped a stick of butter in brown suger. Never again.

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    Nutritional Facts for Old-timey Kentucky Chess Pie

    Serving Size: 1 (116 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 426.9
    Calories from Fat 202
    Total Fat 22.5 g
    Saturated Fat 11.6 g
    Cholesterol 160.3 mg
    Sodium 223.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 52.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 45.2 g
    Protein 5.1 g

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