18 Chess Pie Recipes

Chess pie recipes give you a different dessert to make for every holiday and special occasion!

Chess Pie Recipes

Chess pie is a very simple, very classic Southern pie recipe. Traditional chess pie is ultra sweet with a rich, creamy, custard filling that has a hint of vanilla. Chess pie consists of a limited number of pantry staple ingredients, ensuring that you’ll be able to make it any time that you like.

Classic chess pie is a fantastic recipe in and of itself and needs no improvement. However, there are quite a few variations on the original recipe. It’s fun to mix things up and make a new version, especially for a holiday, birthday, or other special occasion.

You’ll find classic dessert flavors, such as chocolate, peanut butter, and maple, as well as seasonal and holiday flavors, such as rhubarb, peach, and chocolate peppermint.

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Chess pie recipes

Classic Chess Pie The Gold Lining Girl


The Gold Lining Girl’s classic chess pie recipe is exactly what you want from this simple, classic Southern dish. The rich, sweet, vanilla custard pie is the perfect dessert for weeknight dinners to special occasions and everything in between.

Chocolate Chess Pie Grandbaby Cakes


Grandbaby Cake’s chocolate chess pie has a lush, fudgy center that melts in your mouth. As all of the chocolate flavor comes from a chopped bittersweet chocolate bar, don’t skimp on this ingredient. Springing for the best chocolate that you can find will take the flavor to a whole new level.

Chocolate Chip Chess Pie Crazy for Crust

Chocolate chip

Crazy for Crust’s chocolate chip chess pie is her favorite chess pie recipe. She adds chocolate chips because she believes that everything is better with chocolate. If your family does as well, this pie will quickly become a staple at holiday functions.

Chocolate Peppermint Chess Pie The Domestic Rebel

Chocolate peppermint

If you need another chess pie option for the holiday season, The Domestic Rebel’s chocolate peppermint chess pie is the dessert to make. It’s a cross between a fudge brownie and a molten lava cake with a gooey, slightly underbaked chocolate-y filling.

Lemon Chess Pie Recipes for Holidays


Recipes for Holidays’ lemon chess pie is a smooth, creamy lemon pie with a firm pudding texture. Using both lemon juice and lemon zest gives it the full lemon flavor that you want for this timeless dish.

Orange Chess Pie Playful Cooking


When you want to mix up the citrus chess pie concept, Playful Cooking’s orange chess pie is the perfect choice. Similarly, she uses both orange juice and orange zest to give the pie the most full orange flavor possible.

Coconut Chess Pie The Gold Lining Girl


I know that coconut is not everyone’s favorite flavor, but don’t knock The Gold Lining Girl’s coconut chess pie until you’ve tried it. Coconut chess pie is so easy and adds such a nice flavor and texture element to the classic recipe.

Coconut Pecan Chess Pie Plain Chicken

Coconut pecan

Plain Chicken brings yet another flavor into chess pie with her coconut pecan chess pie recipe. For anyone who loves pecan pie and enjoys twists on timeless recipes, this pie is right up your alley.

Rhubarb Chess Pie Sippity Sup


When fresh rhubarb is in season, take advantage of it and make Sippity Sup’s rhubarb chess pie. It has all of the traditional ingredients that you’ll find in a regular chess pie recipe with the addition of sweet and sour rhubarb to make it extra tangy.

Peach Chess Pie Southern Bite


Southern Bite’s peach chess pie is another fabulous recipe mash-up for the summer months when fresh peaches are in season. You get the custard texture that you love so much in chess pie with fresh peaches on top to make it sweet and juicy.

Caramel Chess Pie Spicy Southern Kitchen


Spicy Southern Kitchen’s caramel chess pie is a traditional chess pie with a delightful caramel flavor, thanks to the addition of light brown sugar. Finish the pie with a scoop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Funfetti Chess Pie Hummingbird High


Hummingbird High’s funfetti chess pie is a must-make recipe for anyone who is a long-time fan of funfetti cake. The key is to use both vanilla bean powder and clean imitation vanilla extract to mimic the taste of box mix funfetti cake.

Salted Maple Chess Pie The Baker Chick

Salted maple

The Baker Chick’s salted maple chess pie is the ideal sweet and salty pie recipe. It’s a great option for Friendsgiving and other holiday meals where people will welcome a non-traditional dessert.

Brown Butter Maple Chess Pie Broma Bakery

Brown butter maple

Broma Bakery boasts that her brown butter maple chess pie is not your grandmother’s chess pie recipe. The combination of brown butter, maple, and custard makes this pie one for the books.

Brown Butter Bourbon Chess Pie Barley and Sage

Brown butter bourbon

Barley and Sage’s brown butter bourbon chess pie has a flaky, buttery pie crust and rich custard filling. It’s very simple and so delicious. Finish the pie with a little fresh whipped cream.

Peanut Butter Chess Pie Bake or Break

Peanut butter

Bake or Break’s peanut butter chess pie is everything that you love about classic chess pie but with an irresistible peanut butter flavor. It still has the soft, sweet, gooey filling that we love for chess pie.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chess Pie The Spiffy Cookie

Peanut butter chocolate chip

Peanut butter-chocolate dessert fans will go crazy for The Spiffy Cookie’s peanut butter chocolate chip chess pie. The pie has a chocolate cookie crust and a peanut butter filling that’s studded with chocolate chips. Sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top as well.

Chess Pie Bars Food Banjo

Chess pie bars

Converting drop cookies to bars is such an effective way to make a recipe much simpler without compromising the taste. You can convert numerous pie recipes to bars with similar results. Chess pie bars are also known as chess squares or gooey butter cake bars. Food Banjo’s chess pie bars recipe has been in her family for generations.

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