Caramel Chess Pie

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Caramel Chess Pie


Caramel Chess Pie is a traditional,  old-fashioned chess pie with a wonderful caramel flavor. Chess Pies are one of the easiest homemade desserts to make whether you use a refrigerated pie crust or homemade.

A few simple ingredients you are likely to already have in your pantry, a bowl, a whisk, and a pie plate are all you need.

Caramel Chess Pie


If you’d like to use a homemade pie crust, here’s a video showing you how to make an easy, incredibly flaky pie crust.

Caramel Chess Pie


Caramel Chess Pie


The filling is very simple to make. It tastes like a buttery, caramel custard and the caramel flavor comes from brown sugar. There’s no need to make or use an actual caramel sauce.

To get a little fancy, add a dollop of whipped cream or even a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Caramel Chess Pie


Caramel Chess Pie makes a wonderful dessert for Thanksgiving. It can be made a day or 2 in advance and then refrigerated.

Caramel Chess Pie


Everyone will love this easy, caramel-flavored chess pie!

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Caramel Chess Pie

Caramel Chess Pie

Caramel Chess Pie is a traditional, old-fashioned chess pie with a delightful caramel flavor.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 467kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig


  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup flour, whisked or sifted to remove any clumps
  • 1 egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a medium heavy-bottomed pan, heat butter, both sugars, milk, and flour over medium heat. Stir constantly until butter is melted and sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and pour into a large bowl. Let cool 15 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk egg, egg yolks, vanilla, salt, and nutmeg together.
  • Slowly whisk about 1 cup of butter mixture into eggs (this prevents them from curdling). Then whisk the egg mixture into the butter mixture.
  • Pour into pie shell.
  • Bake 10 minutes and then reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake 35 more minutes.


Let cool completely before slicing. I typically refrigerate it overnight.


Calories: 467kcal

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9 thoughts on “Caramel Chess Pie

  1. I made this for Thanksgiving. It is a sweet delicious pie! I sprinkled pink sea salt on top and it was amazing. I think I will try and make this in mini tart-lets, and also try it with a pretzel crust

  2. This is the best thing I’ve ever tasted! Making it tonight with a pre-made graham crust I had on stash. So easy because all of the ingredients are always in our cupboard. I can’t wait to eat it!

  3. I made the pie this morning. It was FABULOUS! I used evaporated milk instead of regular milk and used 2 tsp. of Vanilla extract. Delicious! Thank you so much!

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