Pecan Chess Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks

This Pecan Pie is so easy to make and so good! If you love pecan pie and you love chess pie, you will love this delicious combination! This pie would be the perfect addition to any holiday gathering or anytime you need a wonderful dessert. We love chess pie and the pineapple chess pie is probably one of our favorites, which is great for summer, but this one is quickly moving to the top of the list.

Pecan Chess Pie Ingredients Needed:

Deep Dish Pie Shell



Vanilla extract or flavoring


Buttermilk (see notes)


Distilled Vinegar


We have made this pie a few times and my family loves it. Most recently we decided to make it and didn’t have any buttermilk. I used evaporated milk, in the same amount and it worked great. So you can use that instead of buttermilk. It is delicious either way!

This pie is wonderful served warm with ice cream or whipped topping. Honestly we don’t find this pie overly sweet, even with the amount of sugar that is in it. I have not tried making it with less sugar.

Pecan Chess Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks

Pecan Chess Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Pecan Chess Pie

Judy Yeager
This Pecan Chess Pie is simple to make and absolutely wonderful!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert, Pie
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 deep-dish pie shell
  • 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons butter 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
  • 1 1/2 cups of pecan halves


  • Melt butter in the microwave and set aside. Beat sugar, cornmeal, and eggs in a bowl with a mixer.
  • Add buttermilk, vinegar, and vanilla.
  • With a spoon stir in melted butter and then mix in pecans. Pour into pie crust.
  • Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Turn off the oven and leave the pie in the oven until the oven cools.


You can use the same amount of evaporated milk in place of the buttermilk.
I did sprinkle a few more pecans on the top just to make it look good.
Keyword Pecan Chess Pie
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  1. This is like the best seller at Mrs. Jones’ Cafe in Pine Bluff, ARF, only she used lemon extract instead of vinegar. The best food anywhere, people driving 2 hours to have one of her plate lunches with little fried cornbread “silver dollars” served with the plate. She started cooking from scratch at 4:30 every morning. Customers ordered their desserts first so they would not be sold out!! Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Is there anything that you can substitute for the pecans? My grandson is allergic to nuts.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I would just make a chess pie, not a pecan chess pie. Use the search box on our website, and it comes right up.

  3. Susan Moss says:

    The pie looks absolutely divine and will be one that I try for Thanksgiving. BUT, that red patterned plate that you are showing it on has been on my search list. I would love to start a set of it for my only granddaughter. Do you know the maker/name/designer of that plate that you can share with me? I love your recipes and have so many of them in my to do’s!

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I just looked it is Royal Staffordshire Dinnerware by Clarice Cliff “tonquin” and made in England.