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Nov 12

Peanut Butter Chess Pie

This chess pie is the best ever – it’s a Peanut Butter Chess Pie filled with peanut butter goodness!

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Like, oh my goodness I have a new addiction: this pie. It’s peanut butter. It’s chess. It’s a peanut butter chess pie.

Okay, so you probably know very well by now I am addicted to peanut butter. Also, because you’ve seen this napkin in about 100 of my posts, I’m addicted to teal. And to pie. But the pie part…that’s kinda obvious.

{Duh…you’re at Crazy for Crust!}

So along with peanut butter, pie, and teal, my new favorite thing is chess pie. Before a week ago, I’d never had a chess pie. Before last year, when Ashton introduced me to them, I’d never even heard of chess pie.

*pie lover hangs head in shame*

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In case you’re like me, and aren’t familiar with a chess pie, here’s the skinny:

First, it’s not skinny.

Second, it’s not chess, like the game. It’s not a checkerboard. No rooks and knights. (Sidebar: I never could get into chess. Like, I’d try but I don’t know…it was just too confusing. Kind of like Risk. Remember that game?)

Third, chess pie is a pie that’s filled with a mixture of eggs, sugar, and butter. You can add nuts (and it would be similar, I think, to a pecan pie) or flavorings, like lemon. Lemon Chess Pie is a very popular version. Ashton loves to put cookies in her pie, and add the chess mixture on top, kind of like a bread pudding…only different. And better.

This chess pie? Is an egg, butter, and sugar version. With peanut butter.

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When I was researching chess pie, I realized how many different methods there are of making them. 3 eggs, 4 eggs. Use milk, don’t use milk. Cornmeal, flour, vinegar. There are so many different little ways to make each chess pie special.

This recipe, inspired by Ashton’s, uses cornmeal and vinegar. A majority of the recipes I found use those two ingredients. I also used flour, for assurance that the pie would set up.

Oh, and did I mention the peanut butter? Yes? Good.

This pie is smooth and creamy, not at all jiggly (my pie requirement) and it’s so peanut buttery it’ll knock your socks off. It’s like eating a spoonful of the center of a peanut butter cup, with a crust.

I’m serious.

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Β So, yeah. This pie. Add some ice cream. Or whipped cream. Or chocolate sauce. Then die and go to heaven. Your relatives will LOVE you for this pie.

You’re welcome. πŸ™‚

Peanut Butter Chess Pie

Ingredients:

1 unbaked pie crust from scratch or from a refrigerated pack of two
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cornmeal
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place pie crust in 9” pie plate and crimp edges as desired. Chill until ready to fill.
  3. Whisk together butter and peanut butter. If the peanut butter is too stiff to whisk, microwave it for about 20-30 seconds.
  4. Whisk in eggs, sugar, cornmeal, flour, vinegar, and vanilla. Pour into prepared pie shell.
  5. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until crust is browned and top of pie is browned. It will still jiggly slightly in the middle. Mine took 40 minutes. Cool completely before cutting.
  6. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream, or chocolate sauce.

Notes:

Tip: cover the edges of the pie crust with strips of foil before baking. Remove about 15 minutes before the pie is done so that the crust will get golden but not too dark.

Tip: Add 1 cup of chocolate chips for a peanut butter chocolate delight!

Inspired by [Something Swanky|http://www.somethingswanky.com/snickerdoodle-chess-pie/].

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90 comments on “Peanut Butter Chess Pie

  1. I have never heard of a chess pie. May have to investigate and make one. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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  2. First I’ve ever heard of chess pie. Sounds great especially with the idea of whipped cream and chocolate sauce!!!! πŸ™‚
    Is there more of this in the freezer too? lol

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  3. I grew up around chess pie- but this one made me swoon! GREAT recipe! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Deb

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  4. I love PB too πŸ™‚ I am going to try this in a gluten-free graham cracker crust. Thanks for the recipe.

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  5. I LOVE chess pies…something about that cornmeal is so good!

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  6. Reminds me of Crack Pie that I’ve made which is Christina Tosi’s/Momofuku’s spin on Chess Pie. I ALWAYS wanted to do a PB version. Yours rocks. And I too used flour, for assurance that the pie would set up – same. And for a woman who claims she does not like photographing pies, you’re on a ROLL girl! WOW – so many lately!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 12th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      When in November, bask in the glory of pies. πŸ™‚ Thanks Averie!

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  7. Ok… I’m just going to come on out and say it– peanut butter’s not really my favorite (averie’s already commented so hopefully she won’t see this πŸ˜‰ ). But ohhhhhhhmmyyyyyygggooosssshhhhhhh. THIS PIE. I mean….. I need it!! Adding it to my Pie round up from last week RIGHT NOW!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 12th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      Thank you Ashton! I searched your site and was all whaaaa? No PB Chess? Now I know why, lol.

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      • mandy replied on November 14th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

        She does have a Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes Chess Pie! You guys are killing me!

  8. Wow. This looks heavenly. I never knew what chess pie was so thank you for the lesson! πŸ™‚ This looks like the best type of peanut butter pie I’ve ever seen!

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  9. This is pie heaven!! I love peanut butter! And geez, your pies are gorgeous! I just shot one today and had some major trouble with it. Ugh! how about you just send me a piece or two of this pie? It looks amazing!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 13th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks Tieghan! I hate shooting pie. Or anything big. It’s so hard!

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  10. Keep using the teal napkins- I really love the contrasting colors- your photography is fabulous. I want to eat the recipes off the computer screen!

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  11. I’ve never heard of chess pie before. Sounds delightful. My mouth started watering just by looking at those pics.

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  12. I’ve only had a chocolate chess pie, but I can’t wait to try more flavors, especially peanut butter!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 13th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      Me too – lots of versions are coming!

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  13. Sadly I have never had a chess pie. This pie is going to make me change that though! Pinning to make for Thanksgiving!

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  14. I had chess pie for the first time summer 2012 and was blown away. I can only imagine how much I would love this pie with peanut butter, being one of my favorite things ever.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 13th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      It’s out of this world Erin!

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  15. I just learned what a chess pie was earlier this year! I totally googled when I saw it and it’s been on my list to try ever since. I love your version and explanation of it! Pinned! πŸ™‚

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  16. I’ve never heard of chess pie but this sounds delicious. So decadent!

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  17. My brothers love chess pie! Adding pb – level genius! This is worth digging my stretchy pants out of the closet for … best way to die! πŸ˜‰ This wins top award for pie (your chocolate toffee pecan in close second:) Was this one shared, too, or hidden in the closet with a fork? πŸ˜‰

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 14th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Definitely stretchy pants worthy!! Thank you! (And both. :))

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  18. I have never had a chess pie – and Ashtons was the first I had ever heard of – LOVE the peanut butter version

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  19. I never had chess pie but this version sounds great!

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  20. I’m a pie lover. I’m a peanut butter lover. This is fabulous. Pinned.

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  21. Ditto for never having tried a chess pie–I LOVE the peanut butter incorporation idea though. And, as always happens with me these days, I’m considering trying this and experimenting with cookie butter subs, but I will definitely need to have it both ways πŸ™‚ yes yes and yes?

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 14th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Cookie butter – YES. Do it!

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  22. I’ve seen a few chess pies out there but NEVER one like this. It looks divine!

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  23. I’m obsessed with both pie and peanut butter, so clearly I need this pie in my life asap!

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  24. This pie! Oh this pie! Pinned on my must make board!!!!! Thank you!

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  25. This pie sounds amazing! I just started hearing about Chess Pies last week and it seems like they are everywhere. But this one is first on my list to make. πŸ™‚

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 15th, 2013 at 6:21 am

      Enjoy Ginger! πŸ™‚

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  26. You had me fooled — once I saw the photos but before I saw the title, I thought it was pumpkin pie! Peanut butter is even better, especially with that whipped cream on top! (Is that why you asked the question about ice cream vs. whipped cream on pies? πŸ˜‰ )

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 15th, 2013 at 6:20 am

      Ha! I wanted to use ice cream on this, but since my husband has been on his diet we don’t have any! πŸ™‚

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  27. LOVE chess pie. LOVE peanut butter. LOVE the teal napkin. LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS PIIIIIIEEEEEEEEE!

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  28. Did you say “Peanut Butter-Pie”?????? You are SO speaking my language!!!!!

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  29. Great writing on this post! You made this pie sound so amazing. I can’t wait to try it. Also, my husband is always trying to get me to play chess. In my best Inigo Montoya accent I reply, “I have no gift for strategy.”

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 17th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      LOL!!! Yes! Thanks Renee!

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  30. Say whaaat?! I go away (on my honeymoon) for 3 weeks and come back to, like, twenty things I need to bake from your site! Starting with this pie. I’ve never been able to figure out exactly what chess pie is, much like the game, so thank you for your little intro! Someone actually brought the game of Risk to our study abroad in France (random), so I have played it a lot. And I lost every time!

    ps – I heart your teal napkin.

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  31. This pie is right up my alley! I love a good chess pie (like any good Southener πŸ˜‰ and the PB brings this one over the top!

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  32. Holy yumness! I love the peanut butterness of this pie. Drizzle a jar of hot fudge on that and I would be in heaven!!!

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  33. Should you use yellow or white cornmeal? Self-rising? Does it matter? Can’t wait to make this!

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  34. I just made this and it is AWSOME!!!!!!!! I added chocolate chips too. I am definitely making this again!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 2nd, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Yay!!! I’m so glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

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  35. ah-hahahahahaha, you crack me up Dorothy! I had never seen this post before and we had this discussion on obc last week. I think Chess Pie is a Southern thing, but you really out-did yourself with this peanut butter one. I thought I’d was getting adventerous with the lemon…I should have googled it beforehand. I grew up only knowing vanilla and chocolate chess pies. And just for the record, my son has eaten a peanut butter sandwich every day of his life at school and he’s in the 5th grade now, so, yeah, we love peanut butter too!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 23rd, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      I so need a lemon one!! I’m drooling for that. πŸ™‚

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  36. Hi Dorothy, this pie, these pictures, your humor all looks great. Just like Jessie I’m wondering what you mean with ‘cornmeal’. Does one use cornstarch (white, powdery like confectioner’s sugar) or plain corn meal (yellow, coarse, literally rolled corn)? Thank you. I’m eager to try your recipe soon!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 16th, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      I use cornmeal – the plain, yellow coarse meal. On my box it’s just called cornmeal. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

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  38. Hi there! Thank you for sharing such awesome recipes! I am a huge fan of peanut butter and found your blog on Facebook. I made this pie on Sunday and it was delicious. I doubled the recipe and split it between 2 pie crusts. I’m wondering if this recipe is for 1 pie or 2? My pie was a lot thicker than the pie in your picture. I’m going to make it again today πŸ™‚ and will maybe see if I should split the 1 recipe between 2 crusts…

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 6th, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      It’s for one pie – I use a 9″ traditional size pie plate (not deep dish). I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  44. I am having a redhead moment lol..do you bake the frozen pie she’ll first or just add the ingredients and then bake?

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 18th, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      I haven’t used frozen pie shells in years (I usually use a homemade crust or a Pillsbury refrigerated one). If I remember right, you fill the shell frozen and then bake it. Check the package directions to double check!

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  45. Wow! Just stumbled across this on Pinterest and need an occasion for which to make it! Just curious… Anyone tried it with an Oreo crust? I feel like the chocolate-PB combo would be delightful. Thanks for sharing (and for being funny)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 30th, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      I haven’t tried it with a crumb crust but I think it would work as long as you pre bake the crust for about 8-10 minutes before filling it! Let me know how it works out!

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  47. Hey, I just saw this post and I have to admit I was laughing so loud at work that folks came over to check on me. I “literally” was shaking my head while reading the part about “never heard of a chess pie”…they are a favorite with all my folks. Glad you now know the joy of a old-time Southern classic! Y’all have a blessed day~~di

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 11th, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Thanks for reading Diane!! Have a great weekend!

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  48. I have heard of chess pies & I have baked chess pies, so that’s why I am totally confused. I followed the recipe exactly, even covered the crust edges with foil. I let the pie cool completely and when I cut it, it was like soup! Is there enough flour in the recipe? 1 tablespoon? The batter was thicker than the baked pie. Bummed!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 21st, 2016 at 6:56 am

      That’s so strange! I’ve made this a few times with success, and most of my chess pies have only a bit of flour. What kind of peanut butter did you use? Possibly it needed to be baked longer as well, all ovens bake differently. How long did you bake it?

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      • Cheryl p replied on March 21st, 2016 at 7:24 am

        I used the Peter Pan honey roasted creamy peanut butter. My oven bakes hotter than normal so I always lower the degrees a little but the top of the pie was very brown after 40 minutes, almost too brown. So I have no idea what went wrong. I used self rising flour

  49. Well it was sooo my fault on my pie not turning out!!! Only my top element was working (which is why the top got too brown). I had no idea the bottom element had gone out. I will definitely try this recipe again & try to bake it this time! Thought I had lost my mind. Thanks for your quick response trying to help me out.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 22nd, 2016 at 8:19 am

      That’s the worst!! We had that happen once, a long time ago. Hopefully it gets fixed quick!

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  50. I am a peanut butter lover too and this pie sounds amazing. I am making this for a party however there are some who are less fond of peanut butter. Could I use the same recipe and omit the peanut butter to make a plain chess pie? I want to bring the same thing only a little different. Thanks.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 19th, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      I think you can – I don’t have a chess pie recipe on my site – yet! I’m working on creating the perfect one. πŸ™‚

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