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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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 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. :)

Peanut Butter Chess Pie

Peanut Butter Chess Pie


  • 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


  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.


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!

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81 Responses to “Peanut Butter Chess Pie”

  1. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on November 12, 2013 at 3:22 pm (#)

    I have never heard of a chess pie. May have to investigate and make one. Thanks for sharing :)


  2. Mom posted on November 12, 2013 at 3:26 pm (#)

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


  3. Debbie Caraballo posted on November 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm (#)

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



  4. Janet posted on November 12, 2013 at 4:56 pm (#)

    I love PB too :) I am going to try this in a gluten-free graham cracker crust. Thanks for the recipe.


  5. Kristin posted on November 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm (#)

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


  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on November 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm (#)

    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!


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

      When in November, bask in the glory of pies. :) Thanks Averie!


  7. Ashton posted on November 12, 2013 at 6:56 pm (#)

    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 😉 ). But ohhhhhhhmmyyyyyygggooosssshhhhhhh. THIS PIE. I mean….. I need it!! Adding it to my Pie round up from last week RIGHT NOW!


    • 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.


      • 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. Erin | The Emerging Foodie posted on November 12, 2013 at 7:08 pm (#)

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


  9. Tieghan posted on November 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm (#)

    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!


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

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


  10. Melissa posted on November 12, 2013 at 7:48 pm (#)

    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!


  11. Joshua Hampton posted on November 13, 2013 at 12:38 am (#)

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


  12. Megan - The Emotional Baker posted on November 13, 2013 at 3:58 am (#)

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


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

      Me too – lots of versions are coming!


  13. tanya posted on November 13, 2013 at 6:08 am (#)

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


  14. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted on November 13, 2013 at 7:45 am (#)

    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.


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

      It’s out of this world Erin!


  15. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on November 13, 2013 at 9:07 am (#)

    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! :)


  16. miss messy posted on November 13, 2013 at 9:49 am (#)

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


  17. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life posted on November 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm (#)

    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! 😉 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? 😉


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

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


  18. Heather @ French Press posted on November 13, 2013 at 5:24 pm (#)

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


  19. Dina posted on November 13, 2013 at 6:20 pm (#)

    I never had chess pie but this version sounds great!


  20. Jennie @themessybakerblog posted on November 13, 2013 at 6:47 pm (#)

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


  21. Ala posted on November 13, 2013 at 7:39 pm (#)

    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 :) yes yes and yes?


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

      Cookie butter – YES. Do it!


  22. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) posted on November 14, 2013 at 5:02 am (#)

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


  23. Laura Dembowski posted on November 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm (#)

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


  24. stephanie posted on November 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm (#)

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


  25. Ginger posted on November 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm (#)

    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. :-)


  26. Amy posted on November 14, 2013 at 10:26 pm (#)

    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? 😉 )


    • 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! :)


  27. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on November 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm (#)

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


  28. Rene @ Two in the Kitchen posted on November 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm (#)

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


  29. Renee @ Awesome on $20 posted on November 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm (#)

    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.”


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

      LOL!!! Yes! Thanks Renee!


  30. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking posted on November 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm (#)

    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.


  31. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on November 18, 2013 at 11:58 am (#)

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


  32. Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifec posted on November 19, 2013 at 6:07 pm (#)

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


  33. Jessie posted on November 26, 2013 at 12:50 pm (#)

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


  34. Vera posted on February 1, 2014 at 4:51 pm (#)

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


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

      Yay!!! I’m so glad you liked it. :)


  35. Paula posted on February 22, 2014 at 3:17 pm (#)

    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!


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

      I so need a lemon one!! I’m drooling for that. :)


  36. germanwife posted on March 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm (#)

    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!


    • 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. :) Enjoy!


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  38. Li posted on May 6, 2014 at 12:06 pm (#)

    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 :) and will maybe see if I should split the 1 recipe between 2 crusts…


    • 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. Jen posted on January 18, 2015 at 1:56 pm (#)

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


    • 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!


  45. Jena posted on January 29, 2015 at 6:58 pm (#)

    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)


    • 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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