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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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ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 9โ€ 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.

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  1. I have never heard of a chess pie. May have to investigate and make one. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. First I’ve ever heard of chess pie. Sounds great especially with the idea of whipped cream and chocolate sauce!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Is there more of this in the freezer too? lol

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


  4. I love PB too ๐Ÿ™‚ I am going to try this in a gluten-free graham cracker crust. Thanks for the recipe.

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

  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!

  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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). But ohhhhhhhmmyyyyyygggooosssshhhhhhh. THIS PIE. I mean….. I need it!! Adding it to my Pie round up from last week RIGHT NOW!

  8. Wow. This looks heavenly. I never knew what chess pie was so thank you for the lesson! ๐Ÿ™‚ This looks like the best type of peanut butter pie I’ve ever seen!

  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!

  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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