Classic Chess Pie

A simple southern pie that no one can resist! Chess Pie is a spring classic, perfect for serving with fresh fruit and light roast coffee.

Chess Pie - A Creamy Southern Favorite! #Pie #ChessPie #PieCrust

I cannot… absolutely cannot, resist a good piece of pie.

Whether it’s a cream pie, a fruit pie, or a chocolate pie, the combination of crisp buttery crust and sweet decadent filling is more than I can bear.

Easy Chess Pie - A Creamy Southern Favorite! #Pie #ChessPie #PieCrust


Back in the 90’s, when I used to pay attention to calories, I would eat the fruit filling out of the pie, then pick at the buttery crust trying to determine how much damage I’d done. Thank goodness I’m over that!

At this stage in life, I’m a firm believer in eating clean more often than not. Yet when it’s time to splurge… either go big, or go home.

Chess Pie is a supreme example of rustic southern decadence. It’s composed of a rich creamy custard filling and a sturdy high-edged pie crust.

Making Chess Pie - A Creamy Southern Favorite! #Pie #ChessPie #PieCrust

I like my chess pie filling with a touch of nutmeg and citrus zest to balance the sweet density.

And I like my chess pie crust to be a little sturdier and flakier than most pie crusts, so it doesn’t crack when you lift it out of the pie pan, but offers serious texture.

How to Make Chess Pie - A Creamy Southern Favorite! #Pie #ChessPie #PieCrust

This sort of crust is accomplished by folding cold dough, rolling it down, and folding it again to create flaky layers.

Also notice the paper thin crust that forms on the top of the chess pie filling. It’s slightly cracked and offers that little extra something that takes this pie over the edge.

Classic Chess Pie - A Creamy Southern Favorite! #Pie #ChessPie #PieCrust

Chess Pie is a fabulous spring dessert because it goes well with fresh sliced fruit, berries, tea, and light roast coffees.

Starbucks newest blonde light roast coffees are a perfect pairing to chess pie. Their bright delicate flavors scream spring and elevate the appeal of simple desserts.

Starbucks Blonde Bright Sky Blend

I’ve been serving Starbucks® Aria Blend K-Cup® Packs with a crispy citrus essence and Starbucks® Bright Sky Blend K-Cup® Packs with its mild nutty flavor, ever since the weather started to improve.

I like offering my guests single serve coffee options from my Keurig® Special Edition Brewing System, because it allows them to choose whichever Starbucks Coffee they fancy.

Starbucks K-Cups

Together, the pie and coffee remind me of two old friends that always prefer each other. The light nutty Starbucks Blonde Bright Sky Blend complements the touch of nutmeg in my chess pie recipe, bringing the flavors of both the pie and coffee to the forefront. Neither one outshines the other.

What a luxurious way to prefer your friends this spring, by offering them Classic Chess Pie and blonde roast coffee!

Perfect Chess Pie - A Creamy Southern Favorite! #Pie #ChessPie #PieCrust

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23 comments on “Classic Chess Pie

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted March 21, 2014 at 5:47 am Reply

    “I’m a firm believer in eating clean more often than not. Yet when it’s time to splurge… either go big, or go home” Love this! SO true.
    I love pie…I actually love crust more than pie.My grandma used to just make my mini crusts with no filling.
    Hi, I’m healthy
    But this looks like one filling that I could face plant right into! Pinned

  2. Erin | The Law Student's Wifeposted March 21, 2014 at 6:52 am Reply

    Pie is one of my all-time fave food categories. I cannot CANNOT resist a homemade slice. Lemon chess pie is my fam’s standard Easter dessert, and I’m loving your orange twist!

  3. Melanie @ Carmel Momentsposted March 21, 2014 at 7:03 am Reply

    I’ve never made chess pie. I’ve course I’m not southern so maybe that’s my excuse. But excuses are gone. This definitely needs to go on the menu!

  4. Tieghanposted March 21, 2014 at 7:15 am Reply

    I have never made a chess pie, but this orange version has me thinking this should be Easter dessert! Looks awesome, Sommer!

  5. Mariaposted March 21, 2014 at 7:41 am Reply

    I love Chess Pie!

  6. Gabyposted March 21, 2014 at 10:14 am Reply

    Totally gorgeous pie, so perfect for spring!

    Rating: 5
  7. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted March 21, 2014 at 8:16 am Reply

    You know, I have never had chess pie; it looks and sounds amazing!

  8. Shainaposted March 21, 2014 at 8:20 am Reply

    It turned out just lovely. Pie is definitely my dessert of choice when I have guests coming over. I adore the simplicity of this one.

  9. marlaposted March 21, 2014 at 8:44 am Reply

    Gotta LOVE a classic Chess Pie :)

  10. Norma | Allspice and Nutmegposted March 21, 2014 at 9:26 am Reply

    I love chess pie. I agree, clean eating is better than calorie counting.

  11. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted March 21, 2014 at 10:02 am Reply

    I have never heard of a chess pie!! Love this, Sommer! Can’t wait to try!

  12. Rachel @ Twin Toughposted March 21, 2014 at 11:39 am Reply

    This pie sounds delicious!! I am checking to see if I have all of the ingredients – I may have to make this for dessert tonight! ;)

  13. Heather Christoposted March 21, 2014 at 12:13 pm Reply

    I have NEVER had a chess pie, but boy does that one look good!

  14. Amandaposted March 22, 2014 at 9:14 am Reply

    Looks delicious Sommer!

  15. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted March 22, 2014 at 9:12 pm Reply

    Never had a chess pie!! Feel so left out, Sommer. Need to remedy this, ASAP :D

  16. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted March 23, 2014 at 10:06 am Reply

    I’m so sad to say that I have never had a Chess Pie – *The Horror!* I know, it has been on my Make It and Bake It list for AGES. You might have finally done me in with it Sommer! Gorgeous!!

  17. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventuresposted March 24, 2014 at 7:45 am Reply

    What a great spring recipe with yummy citrus flavor!

  18. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted March 24, 2014 at 5:08 pm Reply

    Gorgeous pie, Sommer. I had never heard of chess pie until a couple years ago when I shared a piece with Sandy in Louisville, KY. So good!

  19. Christine from Cook the Storyposted March 25, 2014 at 8:52 am Reply

    Chess pie is amazing! Love the burst of color on the top of yours

    Rating: 5
  20. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted March 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm Reply

    I’ve never tried chess pie but with citrus and nutmeg, this is a must for easter!

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  23. Ruby Yoderposted August 18, 2016 at 11:02 am Reply

    I cannot have lemon, can I use orange juice and orange zest and 1/2 lemon zest