Lemon Chess Pie Recipe
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Lemon Chess Pie Recipe

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This creamy, lemony pie cuts beautifully and has a smooth texture. It’s one of my favorites. —Hannah LaRue Rider, East Point, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 sheet refrigerated pie pastry
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 482 calories, 20g fat (10g saturated fat), 168mg cholesterol, 283mg sodium, 71g carbohydrate (52g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.


  1. Unroll pastry on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edges.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs for 3 minutes. Gradually add sugar; beat for 2 minutes or until mixture becomes thick and lemon-colored. Beat in the lemon juice, butter, cornmeal, flour and salt.
  3. Pour into pastry shell. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Chess Pie in Country August/September 2008 , p49

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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abanans User ID: 8885462 249928
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2016

"My first Taste of Home failure. Is it because I live at 8,000 ft? Baked for more than 90 mins and it still isn't set in the middle. (Oven temp. is fine). Had to cover with a loose sheet of foil after 40 mins as it was getting so dark and of course it stuck to the gooey top. It may be edible by family, so not a complete waste, but I will need to bake something else for tomorrow night's company."

sdsparkles User ID: 8243225 241695
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"Gone so quick I did not even get a slice! A must for my family and easy peasy!"

NH-rescue User ID: 4255840 220062
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"So easy to make! Even tastes especially good warm out of the oven (if you can't wait the 3 hours recommended for cooling!) We needed some extra cooking time, too - we found it took us almost 50 minutes for it to bake and set. (But it was worth the wait!)"

becsli User ID: 7100900 115837
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"This was awesome! The only change I'll make next time is to add a little lemon zest. Also, the baking time seemed off - either that, or my oven is WAY off temp - but I had to bake mine for almost 60 minutes."

stay cute01 User ID: 5237657 175326
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"hannah this a wonderful recipe,it brings back memories of my grandma C's lemon chess pie...We miss her so much,please send more..."

KY_Cook User ID: 1619535 177075
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2010

"I'm so glad a lot of you like my recipe. :) It's been in my family a long, long time and it sure to be a hit no matter where or when you serve it :)"

chefMarshae User ID: 3618606 94835
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"This pie was wonderful! It was full of flavor and not too sweet. I will make it again."

StaceyOwen User ID: 5289070 161072
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2010

"Love chess pie!! mmm"

Tom1234 User ID: 5046863 175493
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2010

"I would make this recipe again. But being from Texas it was not what I expected. I didn't like the texture all that much."

bernel57 User ID: 3766359 173846
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2010

"This is a simple pie that my family loved. It was just the right amount of sweet and sour. I would make this all the time, its that easy and good."

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