Southern Lemon Chess Pie

"Mother's recipe for my Dad's favorite pie! It's a lemon lover's dream. I often make these for Holiday gifts or potluck suppers."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
1 9inch pie




  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff.
  • Set aside.
  • In large bowl, cream together sugar, cornmeal, lemon juice, butter and egg yolks for 5 minutes or more until creamy.
  • Gently fold beaten egg whites into this lemon mixture.
  • Gently pour filling into pie crust.
  • Bake about 15 minutes or until top of pie begins to brown.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees and bake an additional 25 to 30 minutes or more until pie is just set in the middle.
  • It should be a little jiggly, not runny, in the middle.
  • Remove from oven and cool.
  • It can be refrigerated, but is best served at room temperature.
  • Covered, this pie will keep unrefrigerated for up to 4 days; however, it won't last that long!

Questions & Replies

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  1. Lisa W.
  2. Lisa W.
    Can this southern lemon chess pie be forxen?


  1. BogeysMom
    I substituted Splenda for the sugar and this was still really yummy. Very tart, just awesome.
  2. TGirl
    This was fabulous!!! lemon pies are my favorite, and this has just jumped to the top of my list..Like you said, this pie won't last long...Chris ate 2 pieces and still wanted more!! So easy to make, too...couldn't ask for more..delicious, simple, and just wonderful..will be making this alot!! Teresa
  3. gil.lou
    FABULOUS! And I normally don't even like lemon pie. This recipe is fantastic and easy to make. My husband took one piece and went for seconds! I used Meyer lemons, which are a cross between lemons and mandarins... yummy! I added a bit more lemon juice than the recipe called for and it was just perfect because Meyer lemons are a bit less tart than regular lemons. I will make this again and again. Thank you for posting this great recipe!
  4. NancyB
    Just like my grandmother's. Very good. Be careful when you cook - the top can burn quickly. I had to have a do-over with the first one I made because the top burned. But the 2nd was great.
  5. CarolAT
    Loved this pie. I made this pie for a friend who loves anything lemon. It was a great hit. I really liked the texture and lemony flavor of this pie. This one is a keeper. Thanks for sharing your mother's recipe with us.


  1. frostingnfettuccine
    I'm a huge lemon fan so I was excited to try this! I loved how easy this recipe came together, I would just say to watch out on the baking time, I baked it a few minutes less than the recipe said and it came out a little more done than I would have liked. Still super delicious though!! I topped it with some cool whip and lemons for garnish.


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