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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. This pie is right up my alley! I love a good chess pie (like any good Southener ๐Ÿ˜‰ and the PB brings this one over the top!

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

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

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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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  8. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ and will maybe see if I should split the 1 recipe between 2 crusts…

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