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

  2. 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

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

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

  6. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ yes yes and yes?

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

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

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

  10. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 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? ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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

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

  14. 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.”

  15. 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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