A super simple, classic southern pie, this Lemon Chess Pie recipe doesn’t get much easier, and it’s a sweet-tooths’ dream! This Lemon Chess Pie recipe produces a sweet, tangy, creamy, lemon-kissed, mind-blowing dessert! A springtime variation on a classic Chess Pie.
I was excited to make a Lemon Chess Pie before I ever even made a classic Chess Pie. Of course, to understand Chess Pie, I made a simple, classic one first, but I couldn’t wait to start making variations on it before I ever made the original.
Over the years, I’d noticed Chess Pie recipes in magazines and online, but I’d never made one. It was on my radar though, and I planned to do it at some point.
My uncle brought a Chess Pie to a family dinner a few years ago, and as soon as I tried it, I was hooked. I knew I would want to adapt it in a variety of ways, least of all this Lemon Chess Pie.
Also on my list to make soon: chocolate! But I haven’t gotten there yet. Once you’ve got a solid classic Chess Pie recipe down, it’s easy to create spinoffs.
Chess Pie is lovely. It’s ultra-simple, but highly unforgettable. The ingredients are mostly basic staples in your pantry or fridge, but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This pie in its complete form is much more than just sugar, butter, cream, vanilla, eggs, etc.
Besides zesting a few lemons, which is admittedly a small pain, you otherwise just whisk everything together and pour it in the pie crust. The filling is a breeze in this Lemon Chess Pie!
It reminds me a lot of my Gma’s Lemon Bars, but sweeter, and in pie form. It’s custard-like, but sweeter, and kinda creamy. The golden brown top of this pie is slightly crunchy and crackly. Plus, it’s tart and tangy with fresh lemon zest and fresh lemon juice.
This Lemon Chess Pie recipe uses just a store-bought pastry crust (I hate making crusts!), but you can certainly substitute to suit your preferences. As I said when I posted this Classic Chess Pie a few months ago, my uncle makes this pie all the time, and he sometimes uses a graham cracker crust or shortbread. Whatever your pleasure!
If you haven’t already finalized your Easter menu, this Lemon Chess Pie recipe is definitely one to consider! Other delicious lemony desserts would include these Easter Chicks Lemon Cookies, Iced Lemon Amish Sugar Cookies, or this Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze. Those are faves, but I’ve honestly got a TON of lemon recipes. 🙂
Lemon Chess Pie
A super simple, classic southern pie, this Lemon Chess Pie recipe doesn't get much easier, and it's a sweet-tooths' dream! This Lemon Chess Pie recipe produces an ultra sweet, tangy, creamy, lemon-kissed, mind-blowing dessert!
- 9 inch prepared refrigerated pie crust
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp. yellow cornmeal
- 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
- 1/4 cup heavy cream, whole, or 2% milk
- 1 tbsp. vinegar
- zest of 2 lemons and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 4 large eggs
- powdered sugar for garnish
Arrange pie crust in a 9-inch pie plate, and crimp or scallop the edges.
Line the pie crust with foil or parchment paper, and fill with pie weights or dried beans.
Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.
Remove from heat, carefully remove parchment and pie weights, and cool completely.
Meanwhile, prepare filling.
In a large bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients (except powdered sugar).
Pour into crust.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and center appears mostly set. It does not need to be completely set - it will set as it cools! Also, it's normal for the entire top (not just edges) to brown.
Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Dust with powdered sugar before serving. Cut and serve.
I’ve since also made a Maple Chess Pie, and it is *unbelievable*. Absolutely irresistible. Check it out. 🙂
Fun fact: pecan pie is a form of Chess Pie too! Here’s a few faves: Fireball Pecan Pie, Honey Pecan Pie, Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan Pie, Chocolate Espresso Pecan Pie, Orange Coconut Pecan Pie, and White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Pie. Enough ideas for ya?
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