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Chess Pie 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.

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.  Enjoy!
If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Buttermilk Pies.
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38 Responses

  1. I’m a Canadian who married an American from NC and we celebrated American Thanksgiving here in Vancouver for the first time with our little half American newborn. I saw this recipe and thought it would be a great southern recipe for our dinner. It was so delicious and my husband and I loved it and so did everyone else, and none of us had ever heard of it before except my husband!! Thanks so much for sharing :)


  3. I want to make this tonight and serve tomorrow night, can I just refrigerate and heat in microwave to serve?

  4. do you refrigerate it?

  5. Yes I made two chess pies for today and they look just like the picture!!!! Lol my grandma best friend used to make the best chess pie. She is no longer with us, but I KNOW she is looking dosn from heaven with a big smile on her face. Will be making it again.

  6. How would you make third into chocolate chess pie?

  7. I am making a double batch for two pies for Thanksgiving tomorrow. This is my first time making so cross your fingers for me!

  8. I’ve been searching for this recipe forever! I’m making it first thing tomorrow!

  9. I dont have buttermilk, how can I substitute it? Thanks

    • Check the internet for how to use vinegar and milk to make buttermilk as a sub for the real thing.

    • Just add a tablespoon full of plain vinegar or lemon juice per cup or so of milk, stir, & let set for a few minutes, then stir again. Voila!

  10. Is the pie shell cooked or uncooked when you pour in the filling?

  11. can I use yellow corn meal since I have that or just buy the white?

  12. I made this pie last night. I can honestly say, this is one of the most heavenly things I’ve ever put in my mouth.

  13. I have been making this Chess Pie for yrs and this is the recipe I use its the best cant go wrong its very simple to make and so easy to eat Thank you for sharing …….

  14. When I was a child in Memphis my grandmama would make what I thought was CHEST pie. I used to wonder whose chest was in the pie? Today it is still one of my favorite pies.

  15. I just wish I could wrap my arms around your neck and hold on forever ! Your recipes remind me of my grandmas .So glad I found this site , and you.

  16. can U make one without buttermilk?

    • Linda, I have never made it without the buttermilk. It is a lot like Buttermilk Pie only it has vinegar and cornmeal in it and I would not substitute in a buttermilk pie. If you try it, let me know how it turns out.

  17. Looks wonderful! Yum!

  18. Yum! Seems almost like my Buttermilk Pie recipe, but the vinegar and cornmeal is what sets it apart. I’ve always wondered what the difference between a chess pie and buttermilk pie was, I guess this is it ; ) Thanks for solving this southern mystery for me ; )

  19. I always hear the story that a man asked a woman what sort of pie this was and she said j’es pie. And he heard chess. I still haven’t made one of these. Looks delicious.

  20. This recipe is absolutely one of the best for chess/vinegar pies. Been eating this “vinegar” pie all my life and is still my favorite. Have an awesome Labor Day!

  21. It looks perfectly delicious!!!!

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