Chess Pie is a simple custard pie mostly made from eggs, sugar, and butter—what’s not to love? These delicious ingredients are combined to create a yummy, sweet custard that is enveloped in a crunchy pie crust. Top this creamy treat with powdered sugar, fruit, or any topping your heart desires for a delicious, customizable dessert. Chess Pie is such a tasty confection, you’ll want to make it again and again! It certainly checkmates other desserts!

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  • 1 pie crust
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • powdered sugar, optional, for serving
  • fruit, optional, of your choice, for serving


Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Step 2 –Roll out the pie crust and place it in a 9-inch round pie dish.

Step 3 –Trim and crimp the edges of the crust and poke tiny holes in the bottom of the crust all over with a fork.

Step 4 –Place the crust in the freezer to chill for 15 minutes.

Step 5 –Place parchment paper inside the pie crust and fill it with pie weights or dried beans.

Step 6 –Bake the crust until golden, about 15 minutes. Blind baking like this helps prevent a soggy crust in your final product.

Step 7 –Carefully remove the parchment and pie weights and bake for 10 minutes.

Step 8 –Let the crust cool while making the pie filling.

Step 9 –Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

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Step 10 –In a large bowl whisk the eggs and sugar together.

Step 11 –Add the melted butter, milk, vinegar, and vanilla and whisk until incorporated.

Step 12 –Add the cornmeal, flour, and salt and whisk until combined.

Step 13 –Pour the filling into the pie crust and bake until just set in the middle, about 50 minutes.

Step 14 –Let the pie cool at room temperature for at least 4 hours.

Step 15 –Place the pie in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Step 16 –Dust the pie with powdered sugar or top with fruit before serving.