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Slice of lemon chess pie on a scalloped plate with silver fork
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Lemon Chess Pie Recipe

Lemon Chess Pie Recipe is an easy old fashioned chess pie recipe! This southern pie is one of the best pies ever with a creamy lemon filling. You can even make mini pies with this recipe!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 339kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: $10


  • 1 pie crust from scratch or from a pack of 2
  • ¼ cup (57g) unsalted butter melted
  • 1 ½ cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon (8g) all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • ¼ cup (59ml) lemon juice
  • ¼ cup (59ml) milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Place pie crust in a 9-inch pie plate and crimp as desired. Refrigerate until ready to fill.
  • Whisk together butter, sugar, and eggs. Whisk in flour, cornmeal, lemon juice, milk, zest and salt.
  • Pour mixture into prepared crust. Top crust with a pie shield or strips of foil. Place pie on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 425°F for 10 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 350° and bake until pie is golden on top and wiggles just a teeny bit in the center, about 20-30 more minutes.
  • Cool completely before slicing. Store in refrigerator. Serve room temperature plain, or with whipped cream or ice cream.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 308IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg