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Caramel Chess Pie

Caramel Chess Pie is a traditional,  old-fashioned chess pie with a wonderful caramel flavor.

Slice of caramel chess pie topped with whipped cream.

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.

Whole pie in a pie plate.

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.

Easy Filling

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.

Make Ahead Holiday Recipe

This pie makes a wonderful dessert for Thanksgiving. It can be made a day or 2 in advance and then refrigerated.

Caramel Chess Pie Recipe Tip

You can use a store-bought refrigerated crust, frozen crust or a homemade crust. The pie crust does not need to blind-baked.

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

Slice of Caramel Chess Pie topped with whipped cream.

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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.
PREP: 25 minutes
COOK: 45 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour 10 minutes
SERVINGS: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose 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
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Thanksgiving

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Originally posted November 1, 2016.


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  1. Sonjia Hopper

    Fyi…this can also be made with a pecan pie recipe….just leave out the pecans!!! Simple…1 cup Karo syrup…half stick…can use a whole stick too.real butter melted…a cup of suar…+ a tsp vanilla extract…ot you can use any extract…caramel…vanilla almond…doesn’t matter..just melt butter…add syrup, sugar, extract + 3 eggs…whisk very well + bake 350 for 55-60 minutes!!! It’s that easy!!! I’ve never tryed 1 with either milk or flour so I’m gonna try it!! The 1 i wrote here was what my mom called chess pie + this 1 seems quite different!!! They mine + I’ll try this!!! It’s the easiest thing you’ll ever try + like this says…the only thing you might not have is a crust!!!! Those are easy to but or make!!! Surprise company will be in for a treat + it can be done with having that surprise company!!! Definitely save this recipe…just for that reason!!! You cant mess it up!!! Just try it!!!! I think I’ll try this 1…just because it’s got the milk and flour in it….mine doesn’t take those ingredients so theres bound to be a certain difference??? Instead of the brown sugar tho…I’m gonna double the white sugar + use caramel extract!!!! Thanks for the ideas!!! Idt lemon would be good!!! Imagine a pecan pie with lemon flavor???? Just dont sound good….now I will try adding cocoa…or coconut….just not lemon…ewww!!!!x

  2. I’ve been looking for an old caramel pie recipe that is simple.Im in the process of making this pie now for Sunday dinner.So far it looks amazing .I can’t wait for my family to try this.Yumm!

  3. 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

  4. This looks amazing! I’m wondering if it would be god to sprinkle some flaky sea salt on top…

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I’ve never had caramel chess pie before! This looks amazing, Christin! Pies are a favorite of mine, so I can’t wait to try this!

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