Classic Chess Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks

Classic Chess Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks

This classic chess pie is a family favorite. Chess Pie is sometimes called vinegar pie because you put vinegar in the recipe.  This is one of my favorite pies.  If you have never made chess pie, you will love it. It is perfect for any gathering as most people love it. You may also want to try our pineapple chess pie.

Classic Chess Pie Ingredients Needed:

Dish pie shell


White Granulated Sugar

Vanilla flavoring



Cornmeal (I used white self-rising cornmeal)

White distilled vinegar

Recently someone asked if you have to use the cornmeal. Cornmeal is what makes it a chess pie so yes.. you need the cornmeal. It really adds to the texture and makes this pie delicious and unique. The difference between this pie and a custard pie is the addition of the cornmeal. This is one of our favorite pies and we have many different versions on our website. Chess pies are so easy to make!

Once the pie cools to room temperature I do keep it in the refrigerator. It is also perfectly normal for a chess pie to crack on top. Don’t be alarmed if that happens. If you find that your pie is still slightly runny in the center. Turn off the oven and leave the pie inside for 5-10 minutes.

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Classic Chess Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks

Classic Chess Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks

Classic Chess Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks

Classic Chess Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Chess Pie

This classic Chess Pie is absolutely delicious!

Prep Time14 mins

Cook Time40 mins

Total Time54 mins

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American, southern

Keyword: chess pie, easy pie, holiday dessert

Servings: 1 pie

  • 1 deep dish pie shell
  • 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons butter or margarine melted
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal I used white self-rising cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
  • Melt butter in microwave and set aside. Beat sugar, cornmeal and eggs in a bowl with mixer. Add buttermilk, vinegar and vanilla. With a spoon stir in melted butter. Pour into pie crust.

  • Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Turn off oven and leave pie in oven until oven cools.

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