Peanut Butter Chess Pie

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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. 🙂

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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!

Inspired by [Something Swanky|].

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  1. I have no idea why I’m just discovering this post now, but I’m so glad that I finally did!! Chess pies are great, and when you add peanut butter to anything you just take it to the next amazing level in my opinion!!

    I have to comment though that I was a total geek for the game Risk -haha!! My friends and I played every single Sunday for years on end!! Chess on the other hand I could easily pass up…not the pie type though :-P.

    Thanks for sharing this with all of us!!

  2. I gotta admit, I am so addicted to peanut butter right now that it has become a recurring theme for me at school. I’m doing a project on the history of peanuts and peanut butter in South America for cultural connections. Also, board games are the best.

    Rating: 5
  3. Is the vinegar 100% necessary? What does it do to the pie texture and is there a substitute I could use in it’s place? I am one of the lucky few people in this world allergic to vinegar, but I NEED this pie in my life!

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