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Traditional Chess Pie

Chess pie

This recipe appeared in a cookbook published by the Fort Worth Women's Club in 1928, perhaps the earliest printed reference to chess pie. There are many theories for the name of this pie, along with a few interesting stories, but the origin remains a mystery.

Recipe Makes: one 9-inch pie

Whatcha Need:

  • pastry for a 9-inch pie, purchased or homemade
  • 4 ounces butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon cornmeal

Whatcha Do:

  1. Heat the oven to 350° F.

  2. Prepare the pie pastry and line a 9-inch pie plate. Flute the edge.

  3. In a bowl, combine the melted butter with the brown and granulated sugars. Add the beaten eggs, vinegar, vanilla, and cornmeal; stir until thoroughly blended. Do not beat.

  4. Pour into the pastry-lined pie plate and bake for 1 hour, or until set and crust is browned.