Caramel Chess Pie

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

Caramel Chess Pie


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




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!

Caramel Chess Pie

Caramel Chess Pie

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

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10 thoughts on “Caramel Chess Pie

  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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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