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Luscious Lemon Chess Pie

Luscious Lemon Chess Pie

Lemon Chess Pie is an easy, tart, ooey gooey pie that bakes up with a sweet crispy candy-like top crust.  Chess pie is an old fashioned southern favorite that everybody loves.


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Are you a lemon lover?  I absolutely love everything lemon.  Lemon pie, lemon cake, lemon chicken, etc.  So if you’re here because you’re wondering how to make a lemon chess pie, then you’ve come to the right place. And it’s a super easy dessert!  Not just for a summer or holiday dessert either, this pie is a wonderful dessert any time of the year.


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BUT if you’re also a chocolate lover, or know someone who is, then check out my chocolate chess pie recipeIt’s just as delicious only in a rich chocolate flavor!


How to Make Lemon Chess Pie

Like I said earlier, this pie is super easy.  Buy a ready-made pie crust and bake according to package directions.  Alternatively, you could press the thawed, ready-made pie crust into a tart pan for that fancy crinkled pie look; then bake as directed.  


In a large bowl, mix together the ingredients:  sugar, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, butter, a little flour, and a little cornmeal.  The cornmeal assures the crispy topping so don’t leave it out!  Pour into prepared pie crust, bake at 375 for 35 minutes.  Voila!


slice of lemon chess pie by My Kitchen Serenity


It’s OK if the filling doesn’t appear to be fully set when you remove it from the oven.  As the pie cools, it will thicken.  Once cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Or top with whipped cream.  I think it’s at its best flavor and texture when fully chilled but some people eat it while it’s still warm.  Either way, it’s oh so delicious.


Whole lemon chess pie from My Kitchen Serenity

Lemon Chess Pie
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Lemon Chess Pie is an easy, tart ooey gooey pie that bakes up with a sweet crispy candy-like top crust.  Chess pie is an old fashioned southern favorite that everybody loves.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 ready made pie crust
  1. Bake ready made pie crust according to package directions.

  2. Heat oven to 375.  Combine sugar, cornmeal, flour, and eggs in large bowl using a whisk.  Stir in melted butter, lemon juice, and lemon zest.  Mix well.  Pour into prepared pie crust and bake for 35 minutes or until filling is mostly set but no more than 40 minutes.

  3. Cool on a wire rack.  Transfer to refrigerator to chill.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar or top with whipped cream.  NOTE:  Can be served at room temperature but I think it's better served cold.

If you try this recipe and like it, please leave me a comment.  I’d love to hear from you!


A couple of the items used in this recipe include:


A few of my all-time favorite southern cookbooks that I have in my kitchen:


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