Buttermilk Chess Pie

I ran across my recipe for buttermilk chess pie, and looking at the yellowed paper and faded blue ink, my mind traveled back to when I got it. Nearly 40 years ago when I worked for a factory some of the women would take pity on a hungry kid working his way through college. More than once there would be a pie or sandwich with my name on it waiting in the break room. This chess pie was my favorite, and the little old lady who made it gave me the recipe so I would always have it.

She’s long gone now, but this is her recipe for that oh-so-delicious dessert:


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 lb. melted butter
  • 1 unbaked pie shell


  1. Beat eggs until very thick.
  2. Sift together sugar and flour
  3. Combine vanilla, buttermilk, and melted butter.
  4. Add to eggs, sugar and flour
  5. Pour into pie shell
  6. Bake at 350º F. for 45 minutes.

I hope you enjoy this Buttermilk Chess Pie. Mmm.

© Wade Kingston

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